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Kids Ride Free on NJ TRANSIT All Holiday Weekend

November 24, 2020

NEWARK, NJNJ TRANSIT has announced its operating schedules for rail, bus and light rail for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the cancellation of large events such as the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, service levels have been adjusted from prior years.  Customers are strongly encouraged to view timetables or use the online trip planner available at or in the mobile app prior to beginning their travel.

Customers are reminded that face coverings are required while on board all NJ TRANSIT trains, buses, light rail and Access Link vehicles and while in stations and facilities.  On Wednesday, November 25th, NJ TRANSIT’s “Mask Force” will be out at select stations and terminals handing out free masks to customers to encourage the proper use of masks.  Look for our volunteers in bright red Mask Force t-shirts!

For the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, NJ TRANSIT’s Family SuperSaver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 30.  


For complete schedule and fare information, customers may visit or call 973-275-5555.

On Wednesday, November 25, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines. Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River LINE Light Rail service will operate on a weekday schedule.  Bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit for schedule information.  Select routes will operate on special holiday schedules to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and on the No. 64 and 68 bus routes from the Hudson River waterfront between noon and 4:30 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel. Check for more information.

  • Important Advisory for North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL):  NJCL rail service will continue to operate on a modified schedule through Wednesday, November 25 as the result of a derailment early Tuesday morning in Perth Amboy.  Rail service will remain suspended in both directions between South Amboy and Penn Station New York. Bus service is being provided between South Amboy and Metropark, with stops at Perth Amboy, Woodbridge and Avenel stations.  Customers can transfer at Metropark for Northeast Corridor (NEC) trains to and from Penn Station New York. North Jersey Coast Line trains are operating on a normal weekday schedule between South Amboy and Bay Head.  For more information and complete list of alternate travel options, click here

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule, with a special rail schedule operating on the Gladstone Branch. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule; Newark Light Rail and River LINE will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—bus customers are advised to visit Please note that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, November 27, trains will operate on an enhanced weekend/major holiday schedule (the same schedule as operated on Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Days), with extra trains during morning and afternoon/evening peak periods and rail service on the Gladstone Branch. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule.  Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  River LINE will operate on a weekday schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit 




Light Rail

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Regular weekday service

Atlantic City – Egg Harbor routes are operating on a Saturday schedule

Early getaway from Port Authority Bus Terminal on some routes 

Consult timetable or visit for information about specific routes

Regular weekday service

Thursday, Nov. 26

Weekend/major holiday schedule; rail service on Gladstone Branch

Most routes operating on a Sunday schedule

Consult timetable or visit for information about specific routes

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Sat/Sun/holiday schedule

Newark Light Rail, Sunday/holiday schedule

River LINE, Sunday schedule

Friday, Nov. 27

Enhanced weekend/major holiday service (same schedule as used on MLK and Presidents Days)

Extra trains will run in peak a.m. and p.m. periods; Gladstone Branch rail service will operate 

Schedules vary by route

Consult timetable or visit for information on specific routes

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, regular weekday service

Newark Light Rail, Saturday/holiday schedule

River LINE, regular weekday service

Travel tips

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online and consult the schedules and timetables prior to traveling. 
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use the 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.  Customers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, customers with large 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 925,000 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 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.