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HOLIDAY TRAIN ARRIVES IN SOUTH JERSEY

CAMDEN, NJ, December 1, 2003 – The Holiday Train is making its way along the River Line to bring some Christmas cheer during the holiday season and serve up light rail information to local communities.

Beginning Tuesday, December 2 and ending Tuesday, December 16, the Holiday Train will be parked at various train stations along the River Line system. Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Helpers and the Grinch will join Santa Claus to share information on the new system, give safety tips and hand out holiday treats.

Visitors stepping inside the light rail vehicle will be treated to a winter wonderland of festive holiday decorations. The outside of the car will be adorned with oversized wreaths and an oversized snowman will be on the station platforms. The River Line is scheduled tobegin service February 15, 2004.

The Holiday Train will be making the following stops at River Line stations:

Tuesday, December 2: 36th Street Station 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Pennsauken – Route 73, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3: Palmyra, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Riverton, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, December 4: Cinnaminson, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Riverside, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Friday, December 5: Waterfront Entertainment Center, 2 to 3 p.m.; Aquarium, 3 to 4 p.m.; Rutgers, 4 to 5 p.m.; Walter Rand Transportation Center, 5 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 9: Delanco, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Beverly-Edgewater Park, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 10: Burlington South, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Towne Centre, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, December 11: Florence, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Roebling, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, Cass Street, 4 to 5 p.m.; Hamilton, 5 to 6:45 p.m.; Trenton, 6 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16, Bordentown 6 to 8 p.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 162 rail stations, 29 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 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. Riders can also visit the NJ TRANSIT website at www.njtransit.com.