Additional North Jersey Coast Line rail service to start June 2

May 22, 2013

NEWARK, NJ — Reflecting the Christie Administration’s steadfast commitment to the revitalization of the Jersey Shore, NJ TRANSIT today announced the addition of quick and convenient express service this summer to New Jersey’s shore towns, beaches and boardwalks.   


The service, which consists of four new weekend express trains between New York Penn Station and Long Branch, is part of an overall expansion of the North Jersey Coast Line rail service that will begin June 2.   In addition to the new express service, hourly rail service between Long Branch and Bay Head will also resume operations.


“NJ TRANSIT is committed to making the trip down the shore quick, convenient and comfortable for the hundreds of thousands who will return to our world-class beaches and boardwalks this summer following Superstorm Sandy,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman James Simpson.


Starting June 2, NJ TRANSIT will debut new, enhanced weekend/holiday rail service to and from shore towns along the North Jersey Coast Line.  This service includes:


  • The addition of two new morning express trains from New York Penn Station, which will leave at 8:01 am and 10:01 am on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays. These new express trips will save customers up to 16 minutes off the normal trip, and will allow customers to change at Long Branch for service to Bay Head.
  • The addition of two new evening express trains, leaving Long Branch at 4:57 pm and 6:57 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays.  These new express trips will save customers up to 17 minutes from their normal trip.


Hourly service for the summer season will resume between Bay Head and Long Branch on June 2, with 12 new trains added to transport customers to popular stops including Point Pleasant, Spring Lake, Belmar, Bradley Beach and Asbury Park.  


Additional weekday service will also return to the North Jersey Coast Line starting June 2, including more trains operating between Hoboken and Bay Head. 


“NJ TRANSIT is committed to being a good neighbor and supporting the businesses and the communities along the Coast Line,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.  “The addition of new weekend express service from New York and the return of Bay Head service from Hoboken and Long Branch is critical to keeping the Jersey Shore moving this summer”.


New schedules will be available on njtransit.com starting Thursday, May 23.




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 61 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.