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Bikes and personal vehicles

Bikes & Other Personal Vehicles

NJ TRANSIT supports and encourages the use of personal vehicles, such as bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, Segways, and hoverboards, by providing accommodations for customers using personal vehicles to the greatest extent possible.

There is no extra charge for bringing personal vehicles aboard NJ TRANSIT vehicles, access is allowed from all station platforms, and permits are not required.

NJ TRANSIT employees may limit personal vehicles onboard vehicles when crowded or when they believe it creates an unsafe situation.

For passengers’ safety, riding or charging personal vehicles inside NJ TRANSIT facilities or on board NJ TRANSIT vehicles is strictly prohibited. Gasoline-powered personal vehicles, such as mopeds, are also prohibited on NJ TRANSIT vehicles.

Personal Vehicles on NJ TRANSIT Trains

Personal Vehicles on Trains

Collapsible personal vehicles, such as collapsible bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, and hoverboards, are permitted on all NJ TRANSIT trains at all times.

Non-Collapsible personal vehicles, such as a standard frame bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-moped, and Segways are permitted on many NJ TRANSIT trains as described below:

On Weekdays

  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are permitted on all weekday trains on all lines from 10 am to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 6 am. Personal vehicles are permitted on Atlantic City Line trains at all times.
    • Trains can accommodate up to two personal vehicles on each single-level rail car and up to eight personal vehicles on each multilevel rail car subject to crowding or the accessibility needs of other customers.
  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are permitted on outbound trains departing Hoboken, Newark or New York between 6 am and 10 am and inbound having a final destination Hoboken, Newark or New York between 4 pm and 7 pm.
  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are not permitted on inbound trains having a final destination of Hoboken, Newark or New York between 6 am and 10 am and outbound trains that originate in Hoboken, Newark or New York between 4 pm and 7 pm.
  • This restriction also includes any station stop in between during those timeframes.

On Weekends

  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are permitted on all weekend Raritan Valley, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton, Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Port Jervis, and Atlantic City Line trains.
    • These trains are designated by a bicycle symbol in public timetables.
  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles also are permitted on all Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Morristown Line trains with the exception of trains arriving in New York between 9 am and 12 pm and trains departing New York between 5 pm and 8 pm.
  • Trains can accommodate up to 12 bicycles per train, up to two in each single-level rail car and up to eight in each multilevel rail car, subject to crowding or the accessibility needs of other customers.

On Holidays

  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are not permitted on trains (with the exception of the Atlantic City Line) on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Sunday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. They are not permitted on the day before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but are permitted on the holidays themselves.

Other Times

  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles are not permitted on substitute bus service during rail service outages.

Larger Groups

  • Groups may be accommodated with advance reservations on some trains by calling our Group Sales Division at 973-491-7220.

Know Before You Ride

  • Always walk with your personal vehicle on platforms and in station buildings.
  • For safety reasons, please do not bring personal vehicles on escalators. Use an elevator instead if one is available.
  • Allow other customers to exit and enter the train before boarding or detraining with a personal vehicle. Customers must be able to lift their personal vehicle up and down stairs while boarding and detraining rail cars.
  • For larger personal vehicles, secure it with tiedowns in the accessible area of the rail car as shown on the diagram at that location. Customers may alternatively hold and steady a personal vehicle that is not secured by tiedowns.
  • If space is not available, customers with personal vehicles must wait for the next available train. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities have priority over the accessible area. Customers with personal vehicles may need to detrain and wait for the next available train if a person with disabilities requires the accessible area.
  • Please remain with your personal vehicle and follow all direction from train crew members to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow passengers.

Other Restrictions

  • Train crews may limit personal vehicles onboard trains when trains are crowded or when they believe it creates an unsafe situation.
  • Customers under 16 traveling with personal vehicles must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Tandem and gas-powered personal vehicles are not allowed on trains.
  • Customers failing to abide by the safety requirements and outlined restrictions, or the direction of NJ TRANSIT officials, are subject to removal from the system.
Personal Vehicles on NJ TRANSIT Buses

Personal Vehicles on Buses

Know Before You Ride

  • Collapsible personal vehicles, such as collapsible bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards, are permitted on all NJ TRANSIT buses at all times.
  • Collapsible personal vehicles are permitted at all times on buses using bicycle racks on the front or with underfloor luggage compartments on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Currently half of the NJ TRANSIT bus fleet is bike-friendly.
    • Bike-racks are available on all buses in the NJ TRANSIT Southern Division (generally the area from Princeton/Trenton to Atlantic City and south).
  • Child carrier seats and tandem bicycles are not permitted on a bus bicycle rack.
  • All loose items should be removed from the personal vehicle before the bus arrives.
  • If using a bicycle rack, notify the bus operator before loading or unloading the personal vehicle. For safety reasons, the bus operator cannot get off the bus to assist customers with personal vehicles, but will be able to give instructions.
  • The use of bicycle locks on bus bicycle racks is prohibited. We recommend sitting near the front of the bus to keep an eye on the personal vehicle.
  • If space is not available, customers with personal vehicles must wait for the next available bus.
  • The bus operator may limit personal vehicles when vehicles are crowded or when they believe it creates an unsafe situation.
  • Personal vehicles are not permitted on articulated buses (long buses which bend in the middle) since no accommodations are available.

How to Load/Unload Your Bike

Personal Vehicles on NJ TRANSIT Light Rail

Personal Vehicles on Light Rail

River LINE

  • Collapsible and non-collapsible personal vehicles, such as bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-moped, and hoverboards can be carried aboard River LINE vehicles at all times.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark Light Rail

  • Collapsible personal vehicles, such as collapsible bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards, are permitted on all light rail lines at all times.
  • Non-collapsible personal vehicles can be carried on board Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Newark Light Rail vehicles from 9:30 am to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 6 am on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays.

Know Before You Ride

  • Always walk with your personal vehicle on platforms and in station buildings.
  • Allow other customers to exit and enter the train before boarding or detraining with a personal vehicle.
  • Remain in the low floor vestibule section of the vehicle and hold or secure the personal vehicle while traveling. Bicycle hanging racks are available in River LINE vehicles.
  • Personal vehicles may not be left unaccompanied, block aisles, be placed on empty seats, or cause inconvenience to other passengers.
  • Bicycle kickstands must remain up at all times when on board a train.
  • If space is not available, customers with personal vehicles must wait for the next available train.

Other Restrictions

  • The light rail operator may limit personal vehicles when vehicles are crowded or when they believe it creates an unsafe situation.
  • Customers under 16 traveling with personal vehicles must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Tandem and gas-powered bicycles are not allowed on the vehicle.
  • Customers failing to abide by the safety requirements and outlined restrictions, or the direction of NJ TRANSIT officials, are subject to removal from the system.
General Safety Reminders

If an NJ TRANSIT employee or an employee of an entity under contract to NJ TRANSIT considers a personal vehicle to be a safety hazard, the employee may not allow the personal vehicle on-board the vehicle.

At rail stations, use stairways, ramps or elevators to gain access to station platforms. Do not use escalators. Walk personal vehicles when passing through stations.

There are no additional charges for personal vehicles. Personal vehicles are transported at the owner's risk. NJ TRANSIT is not responsible for personal vehicles that are lost, stolen or damaged while on board any NJ TRANSIT vehicle or at any NJ TRANSIT facility.

Personal Vehicle Parking & Storage

NJ TRANSIT provides free parking capacity for about 2,300 personal vehicles at stations and park & rides. Racks are located at about 90 percent of the train stations in New Jersey, at several bus park & ride lots along the Route 9 corridor, at a number of bus terminals, and at most Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River LINE stations. Customers must provide their own locks and assume responsibility for their personal vehicles. Click here to find bicycle rack location information.

Enclosed, locked bike lockers are available for long-term rental at a number of locations. These provide parking for about 375 bicycles. Rentals are administered locally by  Transportation Management Associations or municipalities. Contact the organizations shown below concerning lockers at the following stations or park/rides:

 

Greater Mercer TMA (609) 452-1491 Hamilton, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Princeton Junction
Keep Middlesex Moving (732) 745-4465 Dunellen, Edison, Metropark, New Brunswick, Old Bridge Park/Ride, South Amboy  
Meadowlink (201) 939-4242 Cranford, Maplewood, Rahway, Roselle Park, Summit, Westfield
RideWise of Raritan Valley (908) 704-1011 Raritan, Somerville
TransOptions (973) 267-7600 Chatham, Convent Station, Denville, Dover, Madison, Morris Plains, Morristown
Metuchen (Parking Authority) (732) 548-5553 Metuchen
NJ TRANSIT (973) 491-8569 Aberdeen-Matawan, Belmar, Long Branch, Middletown, Red Bank    

 

Emergencies

Customers with personal vehicles must follow direction from the train crew, bus or light rail operator, other authorized personnel, police, local authorities and/or fire officials. If an emergency should occur, customers may be required to leave their personal vehicles onboard. Personal vehicles are not permitted on substitute bus service.

Liability

Customers with personal vehicles assume all liability for any damage or injury to persons or property resulting from, or in connection with, the carriage of a personal vehicle on NJ TRANSIT trains, buses or light rail vehicles, or at or near any facility used in connection with NJ TRANSIT services.