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RAIL SCHEDULES TO CHANGE ON APRIL 27 IN PREPARATIONS FOR SECAUCUS TRANSFER

Premium Service Added to MidTOWN DIRECT Lines and New Trains Plug Service Gaps on the Northeast Corridor

NEWARK, NJ, April 17, 2003 – NJ TRANSIT is gearing up for the fall opening of weekend service for the Secaucus Transfer and to do so, the Corporation will revise its rail schedule on April 27. For passengers on the Montclair-Boonton Line, the schedule change will continue to enhance the existing rail service, offer a new solution for passengers wanting a quicker transfer to MidTOWN DIRECT service and allows for a new Hoboken-bound express train.

In addition, four express trains have been added on the Northeast Corridor for the morning and evening rush hours, and two late night trains departing Penn Station New York have been added to eliminate the hour long wait between service. NJ TRANSIT has also increased its weekend service on the Northeast Corridor by adding three Saturday trains and 11 Sunday trains to the rail schedule.

“New trains have been added as a part of the ramp-up to Secaucus operations,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “Our customers can expect more enhanced travel options that include improved frequency in service, more capacity, especially on the Northeast Corridor and MidTOWN DIRECT trains, and a plug in long late night service gaps on the Northeast Corridor.

Customers traveling on the Montclair-Boonton Line, and who transfer at Montclair Heights Station for MidTOWN DIRECT service, will now make their transfer at the site of the future Montclair State University Station at Little Falls, scheduled to open in spring 2004. This transfer platform is the result of Executive Director Warrington, realizing customers’ need for faster connection to MidTOWN DIRECT service, challenging rail schedulers to produce a safe and efficient alternative while the new station is under construction.

The platform is intended for transfer service only and will allow passengers a more convenient connection to New York-bound trains. Montclair-Boonton Line customers will also receive a new train – Train 1002, departing Denville at 7:25 a.m., runs express from Great Notch to Hoboken and arrives in Hoboken at 8:29 a.m.

The following are details on additional service changes:

Montclair – Boonton Line

  • Train 1052, currently the 6:32 a.m. Mount Olive departure, arriving in Hoboken at 8:07, will no longer stop at Bay Street or Montclair Heights Station.
  • Train 6241, currently the 1:39 p.m. New York departure, will now depart New York at 1:31 p.m. and make all stops eight minutes earlier, arriving at the transfer platform at 2:16 p.m.
  • Train 1077, currently the 1:52 p.m. Hoboken departure will be replaced by Train 243, which will depart Hoboken at 1:40 p.m. and arrive at the transfer platform at 2:23 p.m. Passengers can transfer to Train 1027, which will depart the transfer platform at 2:27 p.m., arriving in Hackettstown at 3:51 p.m.
  • Train 6214 will no longer stop at Newark Board Street Station. The Train will depart the new transfer platform at 8:09 a.m., stop in Montclair Heights at 8:14 a.m. and make all remaining stops seven to nine minutes earlier, arriving in New York at 9:02.
  • Train 6210 will depart the transfer platform at 7:37, stop in Montclair Heights at 7:42 a.m. and make all stops five minutes earlier, arriving in New York at 8:27 a.m.

Morris & Essex Lines

  • Train 6343 will depart Penn Station New York at 4:43 p.m. and will replace Train 335, a Newark Broad Street – Summit local.
  • Train 6643 will continue to depart Penn Station New York at 4:50 p.m., running express to Summit Station. It will arrive at stations 10 minutes earlier except for Dover Station, which arrives six minutes earlier.

Northeast Corridor Line

  • Train 3928 will depart Trenton at 8 a.m., serving Hamilton Station, Princeton Junction and New Brunswick, then run express to Newark International Airport, Newark Penn stations and arrive in New York at 9:15 a.m.
  • Train 3932 will depart Trenton at 8:40 a.m., serving Hamilton Station, Princeton Junction and New Brunswick, then express to Newark Airport, Newark Penn Station and arrive in New York at 9:52 a.m.
  • Train 3959 will depart New York at 4:11 p.m. and go express from Newark Penn Station to Princeton Junction, arriving in Trenton at 5:22 p.m.
  • Train 3977 will depart New York at 7:02 p.m., serving Newark Penn Station, Newark International Airport and go express to New Brunswick, making all following stops, arriving at Trenton at 8:18 p.m.
  • Train 3891 will depart New York at 10:09 p.m. arriving in Trenton at 11:34 p.m.
  • Train 3895 will depart New York at 11:09 p.m. arriving in Trenton at 12:34 a.m.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

For further information, riders 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, riders 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. Information is also available on the Internet at www.njtransit.com.