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BUS SERVICE TO MOUNTAIN CREEK EXTENDED

Easy Access and Discounts for Skiers and Snowboarders

VERNON, NJ, December 24, 2003 – NJ TRANSIT is teaming up with Mountain Creek ski resort this winter to provide skiers with less hassle in hitting the slopes.

Beginning Friday, December 26th, bus service on the No. 194 route will be extended to include Mountain Creek. Customers can take the bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, which will stop at the Willowbrook Mall Park/Ride and head to Mountain Creek. Service will be available daily begin this Friday to Sunday, January 4, 2004, including New Year’s Day. Beginning January 8th through January 29th, service will be available Thursdays, weekends and holidays, including Martin Luther King and Presidents’ Day. This offer expires February 29.

TThe following schedule includes:

On weekends and holidays (including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day & Presidents’ Day), the bus will leave Port Authority Bus Terminal Gate 326 at 7:30 a.m., stop at Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. and reach Mountain Creek at approximately 9:12 a.m., allowing for a full day on the mountain. The bus departs Mountain Creek at 4:30 p.m., stops at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at 5:40 p.m. and arrives back at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:12 p.m.

On Thursdays the No. 194 Bus will leave Port Authority Bus Terminal Gate 326 at 3:00 p.m., stop at Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at 3:32 p.m. and reach Mountain Creek at approximately 4:42 p.m. The bus departs Mountain Creek at 10:00 p.m., stops at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at 11:12 p.m. and arrives back at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 11:42 p.m.

The roundtrip bus fare from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Mountain Creek will be $16.90 for adults, and $7.60 for senior citizens, passengers with disabilities and children between 5 and 11-years-old. Round-trip fares between Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride and Mountain Creek will be $6.40 for adults, and $2.90 for senior citizens, passengers with disabilities and children ages 5 to 11.

Customers 19 and older, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and seniors age 65 and older can receive a $10 discount off weekends/holidays tickets. Children between 7 and 12-years-old can receive a $5.00 discount on weekends/holidays. The discount is available upon providing current and valid NJ TRANSIT yellow bus fare receipt at the Mountain Creek ticket booth. On Thursdays all customers receive $5 off lift tickets.

Customers should purchase their round-trip bus tickets prior to boarding the bus. Tickets are available at tickets windows and Ticket Vending Machines at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. At Willowbrook Park & Ride, tickets are available at Ticket Vending Machines or from the bus operator.

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.