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NJ TRANSIT ENHANCES SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

NEWARK, NJ, December 18, 2002 NJ TRANSIT will adjust its rail, light rail and bus service for travelers during the Christmas holiday weekend, including early getaway service on Friday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 24.

“NJ TRANSIT wants to make this holiday a convenient one for New Jersey residents traveling throughout the region,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “The Corporation will provide early getaway service from Penn Station New York, Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal to accommodate travelers. We will also provide frequent service on Christmas Day.”

As an added convenience NJ TRANSIT will extend its Weekend Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and under to travel free with each fare-paying adult. The Super Save Fare will be in effect from 7 p.m. Monday, December 23 to 6 a.m. Thursday, December 26. Senior citizen and round-trip excursion tickets will be valid without restriction throughout the period.

Customers are reminded to purchase their tickets in advance before boarding a train, bus or light rail vehicle. Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail customers must also validate their tickets before riding.

Following are details of the service planned by NJ TRANSIT for the holiday:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

Early getaway bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal

NJ TRANSIT will provide early getaway service on the following commuter services out of New York between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some routes will be on an “as needed basis.”

CHRISTMAS EVE, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

Early getaway trains and/or trains making extra station stops include:

Bergen County and Main Lines

Northeast Corridor Line

North Jersey Coast Line

Pascack Valley Line

Port Jervis Line

Raritan Valley Line

Early getaway bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal:

NJ TRANSIT will provide early getaway service on the following commuter services out of New York between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some routes will be on an “as needed basis.”

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25

For further information, customers in North Jersey can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-772-2222 or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. In South Jersey, customers may call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 1-800-582-5946 or at 215-569-3752 from Pennsylvania. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287. Customers can also check NJ TRANSIT’s website, www.njtransit.com, for the latest information.

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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