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NJ TRANSIT TO REROUTE DOWNTOWN NEWARK BUS ROUTES

Changes Due to Construction

NEWARK, NJ, December 17, 2002 – NJ TRANSIT will reroute a number of bus routes in downtown Newark beginning Saturday, January 4, 2003. The route changes are being done in anticipation of the Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link Phase I construction, which will close Ronald H. Brown (Mulberry) Street between Raymond Boulevard and Center Street in 2003.

NJ TRANSIT will take advantage of the opening of Raymond Boulevard to two-way traffic at all times, which will simplify the route patterns. Some customers will have to board and alight at different bus stops. Customers should check their timetables carefully and check the route identifiers on the bus stop sign at their bus stops.

Bus routes that will be impacted are listed below:

  • The outbound Nos. 71 and 73 morning peak buses and all outbound 79 buses will now travel straight up Raymond Boulevard from Newark Penn Station, make a left on Warren Street and merge onto West Market Street using the regular route of the 71 and 73. (Note: the evening peak I-280 service will follow its current route.)
  • All outbound No. 72 buses will follow the regular route of the 72 by traveling up Raymond Boulevard from Newark Penn Station and make a right onto Washington Street.
  • All No. 40 buses to Port Newark and Jersey Gardens Mall will now travel up Raymond Boulevard from the Penn Station area, make a left on Mulberry Street, then a right onto Commerce Street and a left on Broad Street to continue on the present route.
  • All No. 40 buses to Kearny will now use Broad Street, making a right onto Raymond Boulevard and then a right onto Mulberry Street to continue on the present route.
  • All inbound Nos. 72, 76 and 78 buses will use University Avenue to Raymond Boulevard from Broad Street Station to Newark Penn Station.
  • The inbound Nos. 71 and 73 evening peak buses and all inbound 79 buses will follow the reverse of the outbound route, coming in on West Market to Warren Street, onto Raymond Boulevard toward Newark Penn Station.
  • The inbound Nos. 39, 62 and 67 buses will now use Broad Street directly onto Raymond Boulevard toward Newark Penn Station.
  • The inbound Nos. 75 and 108 buses will use McCarter Highway instead of Ronald H. Brown (Mulberry) Street between the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Raymond Boulevard.
  • All inbound No. 70 buses will follow the regular route on Washington Street to Raymond Boulevard toward Newark Penn Station.

For further information, riders can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-626-RIDE or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287. Riders can also visit NJ TRANSIT’s website at www.njtransit.com.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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