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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

  • Trains, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark City Subway will operate on weekday schedules.
  • Buses will follow a weekday schedule. Early getaway service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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.”

  • No. 114 Somerville-New York (including express service)
  • No. 126 Hoboken-New York
  • No. 138 East Brunswick-New York
  • No. 139 Lakewood-Old Bridge-New York
  • No. 162 Maywood-New York
  • No. 163 Ridgewood-New York
  • No. 164 Midland Park-New York (including express service)
  • No. 165 Westwood-New York
  • No. 166 Dumont-Tenafly-New York (express service)
  • No. 167 Harrington Park-Dumont-New York
  • No. 168 Paramus-New York
  • No. 190 Paterson-New York (express service)
  • No. 192 Clifton-Allwood Park/Ride-New York (express service)
  • No. 193 Pompton Lakes-Packanack
  • No. 194 Newfoundland-New York
  • No. 195 Clifton-Cedar Grove-New York
  • No. 196 Warwick-New York

CHRISTMAS EVE, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

  • Trains will operate on weekday schedules, with early getaway service as noted below.
  • Buses will follow weekday, holiday or Saturday schedules, depending on the line. Early getaway service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as noted below. Customers should also check special service notices for exact service information.
  • The Newark City Subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on weekday schedules.

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

Bergen County and Main Lines

  • An early getaway train will depart Hoboken via the Main Line at 1 p.m. and make all stops to Waldwick, where it will arrive at 1:55 p.m.
  • An early getaway train will depart Hoboken via the Bergen County Line at 1:50 p.m. and make all stops to Waldwick, where it will arrive at 1:55 p.m.
  • Regularly scheduled trains departing Hoboken at 4:57 p.m. (train 1257), 5:24 p.m. (train 1259) and 5:56 p.m. (train 1261) will be extended to make all station stops between Harmon Cove and Suffern.
  • To accommodate the extended and early getaway service, trains that normally depart Hoboken at 4:54 p.m. (train 1159), 5:21 p.m. (train 1161) and 5:50 p.m. (train 1163) WILL NOT operate.

Northeast Corridor Line

  • An early getaway train will depart New York at 1:54 p.m., make stops at Newark Penn and Newark International Airport stations, operate express to Metropark, then make all stops to Trenton, except Jersey Avenue. It will arrive in Trenton at 3:09 p.m.

North Jersey Coast Line

  • An early getaway train will depart Newark at 3:45 p.m., operate express to Woodbridge, then make all local stops to Bay Head, where it will arrive at 5:40 p.m. (A connecting NJ TRANSIT train leaves New York at 3:26 p.m.)

Pascack Valley Line

  • Early getaway trains will depart Hoboken at 1:32 p.m. and 3:35 p.m., making all stops to Spring Valley. To accommodate this additional service, trains that normally depart Hoboken at 5:03 p.m. (train 1605), 5:29 p.m. (train 1607) and 6:02 p.m. (train 1611) WILL NOT operate.

Port Jervis Line

  • The 1:20 p.m. departure from Hoboken (train 53) will be extended beyond Middletown, NY to Otisville, NY and Port Jervis, NY. This train WILL NOT stop at Ridgewood and Ramsey. Arrival time in Port Jervis is 3:30 p.m.
  • An early getaway train will depart Hoboken at 2:50 p.m. and make all station stops between Allendale, NJ and Port Jervis, NY. Arrival time at Port Jervis is 5:06 p.m.
  • To accommodate the extended and early getaway service, the 3:25 p.m. departure from Middletown, NY (train 62) and the 5:16 p.m. (train 59) and 6:23 p.m. (train 63) departures from Hoboken WILL NOT operate.

Raritan Valley Line

  • Train 5425, the 1:06 p.m. departure from Newark to Raritan will be extended, serving all stations between Raritan and High Bridge. This train arrives in High Bridge at 2:29 p.m. (A connecting NJ TRANSIT train leaves New York at 12:43 p.m.)
  • An early getaway train leaves Newark Penn Station at 3:32 p.m. and makes all stops to Raritan except Finderne. The train arrives in Raritan at 4:29 p.m. (A connecting NJ TRANSIT train leaves New York at 3:08 p.m.)
  • To accommodate early getaway and extended service, two early evening trains — the 6:23 p.m. High Bridge express (train 5711) and the 6:29 p.m. Plainfield local (train 5903) — will be combined. The combined train will depart Newark at 6:29 p.m. and make all stops to High Bridge.

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.”

  • No. 113 Dunellen-New York (Parkway Express)
  • No. 114 Somerville-New York
  • No. 116 Perth Amboy-New York
  • No. 126 Hoboken-New York
  • No. 128 Boulevard East-New York
  • No. 133 Old Bridge-Aberdeen-New York
  • No. 137 Toms River-New York (including express service)
  • No. 138 East Brunswick-New York
  • No. 139 Lakewood-Old Bridge-New York
  • No. 156 Englewood Cliffs-New York
  • No. 158 Fort-Lee Edgewater-New York
  • No. 159 Fort Lee-New York
  • No. 160 Elmwood Park-New York
  • No. 161 Paterson-Passaic-New York
  • No. 162 Maywood-New York
  • No. 163 Ridgewood-New York
  • No. 164 Midland Park-New York (including express service)
  • No. 165 Westwood-New York (express service)
  • No. 166 Dumont-Tenafly-New York (express service)
  • No. 167 Harrington Park-Dumont-New York
  • No. 168 Paramus-New York
  • No. 190 Paterson-New York (express service)
  • No. 191 Willowbrook-Little Falls-New York
  • No. 192 Clifton-Allwood Park/Ride-New York (express service)
  • No. 193 Pompton Lakes-Packanack
  • No. 194 Newfoundland-New York
  • No. 195 Clifton-Cedar Grove-New York
  • No. 196 Warwick-New York
  • No. 197 Warwick-Wayne-New York
  • No. 319 Atlantic City-New York
  • No. 320 North Bergen Park/Ride-New York

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25

  • Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule, with the exception of the Northeast Corridor, which will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Newark City Subway service will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. The Nos. 11, 21, 28 and 29 bus routes will follow a special holiday timetable. The Nos. 79 and 11 buses WILL NOT operate.
  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule.

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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