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June 29, 2018


NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will offer “early getaway’’ rail and bus service on Tuesday, July 3, for the benefit of customers leaving work early in anticipation of the Independence Day holiday on Wednesday, July 4. In addition, there will be service changes throughout the NJ TRANSIT system on July 4.


To help speed the getaway, customers are reminded that they can enjoy the convenience of purchasing tickets through the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will not be permitted on board train/bus/light rail cars. This policy will be strictly enforced.  As a reminder, beverages of any kind are not permitted at any time on board buses regardless of the event.


On Tuesday, July 3

  • Starting at approximately 1:00 p.m., extra outbound service will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines to accommodate early customer departures. Visit for details.

  • Many bus lines will feature service adjustments throughout the day. Visit more information.
  • All light rail systems will operate on regular weekday schedules.



On Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4:

  • Trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines, with these additions:
    • Additional Bay Head-Long Branch trains on the North Jersey Coast line (which began service 6/24); see NJCL timetable for details HERE.
    • An additional train departing Port Jervis at 4:09 p.m., which makes all stops to Suffern, then operates express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken.
  • NJ TRANSIT will adjust Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) for the Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival at Exchange Place.


Between 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

At the request of public safety officials, beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. light rail vehicles will travel through Exchange Place but will bypass the Exchange Place stop.  Customers will not be able to board or exit light rail vehicles at Exchange Place during this time.  Customers may use Essex St. or Harborside as alternates.


Beginning at 2:00 p.m.:

    • Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken Terminal southbound trains will terminate at Harborside.
    • West Side Avenue and 8th Street northbound trains will terminate at Essex Street.
    • There will be no direct light rail service from 8th Street to Hoboken Terminal or from Tonnelle Avenue to West Side Avenue.
    • Normal HBLR service will resume when the New Jersey Transit Police Department determines it is safe to reopen Exchange Place to light rail traffic.
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. 
  • River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. 
  • Bus service levels will vary by line.  Visit for more information. 

Summer Savings

The Independence Day holiday is a great time for customers to take advantage of

NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags and Monmouth Park.


  • Beach Packages:  Board a train anywhere on NJ TRANSIT's rail system (excluding Atlantic City Rail Line stations) and save up to $5.50 on admission to one of five beaches — Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach or Belmar—by purchasing round-trip train fare and a discounted beach admission for one price at NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Beach Package”) or at ticket windows. 


  • Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari or Hurricane Harbor:  Save up to $38 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together.  NJ TRANSIT provides express bus service to Six Flags from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York and Newark Penn Station. 
  • Monmouth Park:  Save $5.50 when you travel to Monmouth Park Racetrack.  Simply purchase a package to Monmouth Park from NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Monmouth Park Racetrack”) or at ticket windows from any NJ TRANSIT station except Atlantic City Rail Line stations and receive round-trip transportation, Grandstand Admission and an official track program for $3.50 plus the regular cost of a round-trip rail ticket. 

Visit for more information on NJ TRANSIT summer travel deals. 


NJ TRANSIT is a proud partner with Monmouth County Tourism.  Head to to learn more about beaches, restaurants, shopping and all of the offerings of historic Monmouth County.


Family SuperSaver Fare

Every weekend, families riding NJ TRANSIT can save with the Family SuperSaver Fare, which allows two children ages 5-11 to travel free with each fare-paying adult. (Up to three children ages 4 and under always travel free with each fare paying adult.)  This policy will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 through 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.

Travel tips


  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the long holiday weekend may affect bus travel times especially on routes using the Garden State Parkway heading down the shore, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Luggage:  Travel as light as possible.  Passengers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, those with bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.



NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 251 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 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.


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