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Modifications align capacity with customer demand and responds to customer feedback



April 26, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT’s spring rail schedule change continues the effort to best match equipment and timetables to customers’ travel needs.  Highlights of the plan, to go into effect on May 7th, include adding additional seating capacity to ease overcrowding on heavily traveled trains and adjusting the schedules on certain trains to provide improved connections at Secaucus and Newark Penn Station in response to customer feedback.  An additional weekday evening stop at Newark Airport also will be available for North Jersey Coast Line customers.


The following is a summary of some of the improvements:


Easing weekday overcrowding:

  • NJCL train #3502, the 8:08 a.m. arrival in Penn Station New York (PSNY) from South Amboy, will switch from nine single level rail cars to nine multi-levels.  This train will no longer stop at Newark Airport, instead, train #3124, five minutes later, will add Newark Airport.

  • M&E train #6653, the 5:50 p.m. MidTOWN Direct departure from PSNY to Dover, will have an additional multi-level car, increasing to ten cars.

  • Main Line train #1206, the 8:22 a.m. arrival in Hoboken from Waldwick, will add an additional car, making it a total of seven cars.

  • Gladstone Branch trains #412, the 8:13 a.m. arrival in Hoboken, and train #414, the 8:46 a.m. arrival in Hoboken, will both regularly have five cars, instead of four.  The movement of equipment allows an additional eastbound trip, a 9:48 p.m. departure from Gladstone.


    Extended connection times at Secaucus:

  • Eight Main/Bergen County (ML/BC) and Pascack Valley Line (PVL) trains in the late afternoon and early evening will depart Hoboken several minutes later to extend connection times at Secaucus from seven minutes to ten minutes.  This is in response to customer feedback received at a recent “We Are Listening” forum in Secaucus suggesting improved connection times.
    • #1271 – (BC) Departs Hoboken 2 minutes later at 6:02 p.m.
    • #1175 – (BC) Departs Hoboken 3 minutes later at 7:18 p.m.
    • #1277 – (BC) Departs Hoboken 1 minute later at 8:41 p.m.
    • #1127 – (ML) Departs Hoboken 1 minute later at 7:46 p.m.
    • #1129 – (ML) Departs Hoboken 1 minute later at 8:46 p.m.
    • #1641 – (PVL) Departs Hoboken 3 minutes later at 7:29 p.m.
    • #1643 – (PVL) Departs Hoboken 3 minutes later at 8:23 p.m.
    • #1645 – (PVL) Departs Hoboken 2 minutes later at 9:44 p.m. to Spring Valley


Adjustments to accommodate customer travel patterns

  • NEC train #3817, the 6:34 a.m. departure from PSNY to Trenton will depart PSNY 5 minutes later at 6:39 a.m. 
  • NEC train #3897, the 12:14 a.m. departure from PSNY to Trenton will arrive in Trenton 6 minutes later at 1:55 a.m.
  • NJCL train #3269, the 5:34 p.m. departure from PSNY to Long Branch will no longer stop at Secaucus to improve Raritan Valley Line connections at Newark Penn Station. Train #3267 will add a Secaucus stop at 5:35 p.m.
  • NJCL train #3271, the 5:52 p.m. departure from PSNY to Long Branch will depart PSNY 3 minutes later at 5:55 p.m.

  • NJCL train #3283, the 8:22 p.m. departure from PSNY to Long Branch, will make a stop at Newark Airport at 8:46 p.m.


    IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTE:  Customers are advised to carefully check the new timetables, which are available at major stations and online at, for changes that may affect their itinerary.  Customers with questions may call NJ TRANSIT at 973-275-5555.


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