NJ TRANSIT RESUMES NORMAL SERVICE
Rail, Bus and Light Rail service back on normal weekday schedules with only minor adjustments
Updated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday December 28, 2010
NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT bus service has been restored systemwide as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, December 28. Bus customers should expect possible delays based on local road conditions and allow extra travel time.
Due to continued severe weather conditions and lower ridership, NJ TRANSIT rail service will operate on an enhanced weekend schedule on Tuesday, December 28, on all lines except the Atlantic City Rail Line. (Atlantic City Rail Line service will follow a regular weekday schedule.) Customers should expect crowded trains and delays.
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IMPORTANT: In addition to the enhanced weekend schedule, NJ TRANSIT will add trains on select lines to provide at least one train per hour in each direction. The following is a list of additional trains:
- 1746: Depart Suffern at 5:34 AM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Hoboken at 6:40 AM.
- 1790: Depart Suffern at 6:37 AM, Main Line all stop local, Arrive Hoboken at 7:49 AM.
- 1794: Depart Suffern at 7:54 AM, Bergen County all sto
Updated 5:49 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010
NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT services have resumed normal operations -- on a regular weekday schedule with only minor adjustments expected.
- Bus service is operating on a regular weekday schedule on all routes. A small percentage of routes are subject to truncations or detours as a result of local road conditions. Customers are encouraged to check njtransit.com for further information.
- Rail service is operating on a regular weekday schedule on all lines. A handful of trains (representing about one percent of the weekday schedule) will be cancelled. Please see the complete list below.
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- River Line is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- Newark Light Rail is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- Access Link paratransit service is resuming normal operations.
The following NJ TRANSIT trains will not operate on Wednesday due to weather-related equipment issues:
- Northeast Corridor train 3122, the 7:09 a.m. departure from New Brunswick. To accommodate customers, train 3920, the 6:46 a.m. departure from Trenton, will add stops at New Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen and Metropark.
- Northeast Corridor train 3124, the 7:30 a.m. departure from New Brunswick. To accommodate customers, train 3924, the 7:12 a.m. departure from Trenton, will add stops at New Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen and Metropark.
- North Jersey Coast Line train 2304, the 6:04 a.m. departure from Bay Head.
- North Jersey Coast Line train 2311, the 5:46 p.m. departure from Hoboken.
- Raritan Vallep local, Arrive Hoboken at 8:59 AM.
- 1760: Depart Suffern at 10:20 AM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Hoboken at 11:25 AM.
- 1764: Depart Suffern at 12:20 PM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Hoboken at 1:25 PM.
- 1768: Depart Suffern at 2:27 PM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Hoboken at 3:31 PM.
- 1709: Depart Hoboken at 8:23 AM, Main Line all stop Local, Arrive Suffern at 9:37 AM.
- 1713: Depart Hoboken at 10:23 AM, Main Line all stop Local, Arrive Suffern at 11:37 AM.
- 1765: Depart Hoboken at 11:18 AM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Suffern at 12:24 PM.
- 1721: Depart Hoboken at 2:23 PM, Main Line all stop Local, Arrive Suffern at 3:37 PM.
- 1781: Depart Hoboken at 7:20 PM, Bergen County all stop local, Arrive Suffern at 8:26 PM.
- 1733: Depart Hoboken at 8:25 PM, Main Line all stop local, Arrive Suffern at 9:36 PM.
Raritan Valley Line
- 1504: Depart Raritan at 5:43 AM, all local stops except Garwood, Arrive Newark 6:39 AM
- 8553: Depart Newark 6:13 AM, all local stops except Garwood, Arrive Raritan 7:06 AM
- Jersey Avenue Station will be closed on Tuesday, December 28. Customers should use New Brunswick Station as an alternate boarding location.
- Trains will add stops at North Elizabeth Station. The station is normally not served on weekends.
- On the Raritan Valley Line, there will be no service west of Raritan. Also, six trains on the weekend schedule that normally operate only on Saturdays will operate on Tuesday.
- There will be no service west of Dover on the Morris & Essex Line.
Systemwide Cross-Honoring Extended
NJ TRANSIT will continue full systemwide cross-honoring until further noy Line train 5412, the 6:33 a.m. departure from Raritan. To accommodate customers, the earlier train, #5710 departing Raritan at 6:22 a.m., will make all local stops.
- Raritan Valley Line train 5416, the 6:58 a.m. departure from Raritan. To accommodate customers, the earlier train, #5714 departing Raritan at 6:51 a.m., will make all local stops.
- Raritan Valley Line train 5743 (6:23 p.m. from Newark) and 5445 (6:30 p.m. from Newark) will be combined into a single train, departing Newark at 6:30 p.m. making all local stops to High Bridge.
- Morris & Essex Line train 6614, the 7:27 a.m. departure from Short Hills. To accommodate customers, train 6312, the 7:27 a.m. departure from Summit, will add stops at Short Hills, South Orange and Brick Church.
In addition, customers are reminded that the following trains are not operating this holiday week, as indicated in printed timetables:
- Northeast Corridor train 3922 (7:00 a.m. departure from Trenton)
- Northeast Corridor train 3126 (7:36 a.m. departure from New Brunswick)
- North Jersey Coast Line train 3218 (6:27 a.m. departure from Long Branch)
While service is returning to normal, there are some important things customers need to know:
- Parking capacity at many stations and terminals is reduced as a result of large snow mounds. Customers who park are advised to plan accordingly.
- Rail customers are advised that some key switching locations remain out of service, which may limit NJ TRANSIT's ability to work around otherwise minor operational issues.
- Some bus routes remain impacted by local road conditions. Detours and delays are possible. Please allow extra travel time.
- Parking lots and station platforms are subject to melting and re-freezing conditions. Please use extreme caution on tice, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode-rail, bus or light rail. For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead.
In addition, all NJ TRANSIT rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open extended hours, including evenings and overnight, throughout the storm.
- Travel only if necessary.
- Before starting your trip, visit njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information. This information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
- Sign up for free My Transit Alerts to receive travel advisories for your specific trip via email or mobile device.
- Allow plenty of extra travel time. Delays and service changes are possible.
- Use extreme caution when walking on exposed sidewalks, parking lots or station platforms and when boarding trains and buses.
- Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
- If you park, ensure your car is stocked with a snow brush and ice scraper so you can clear your car upon returning to the lot.
- Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ TRANSIT staff.
- Local jurisdictions are responsible for clearing bus stops. Local residents can help their neighbors by shoveling the bus stops along the sidewalks near their homes so that people are not standing in the icy streets while traffic is passing.
Systemwide cross-honoring will remain in effect on Wednesday, enabling customers to use their tickets or passes on any travel mode - rail, bus or light rail - at no additional charge.
NJ TRANSIT customers are encouraged to visit njtransit.com before traveling for the latest service information.
About the Recovery Effort
NJ TRANSIT crews, working around the clock since Sunday, have brought the system back to a relatively normal operating status. Since the first inch of snow fell, bus maintenance crews have worked to keep buses moving across the state. More than 100 of NJ TRANSIT's 2,000 buses became stuck in snow during the storm, requiring the assistance of NJ TRANSIT's fleet of tow trucks and response vehicles.
"It's been a Herculean effort," said Jim Gigantino, Vice President/General Manager of Bus Operations. "Our bus operators, maintenance crews and support personnel have worked in the most extreme conditions to restore service and get our customers safely to their destinations."
Bus service was suspended from 8:30 p.m. Sunday until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday due to weather conditions. At the request of the State Police, NJ TRANSIT bus operators rendered assistance on the Garden State Parkway, transporting motorists whose cars became stranded to safe locations.
On the rail side, roughly 80 percent of NJ TRANSIT's fleet of 1,400 rail cars weathered the storm in outlying rail yards, where crews have spent the past 36 hours digging out the fleet. Approximately 140 cars needed to be physically dug out, and all cars required inspection and servicing before they could be returned to service. More than 40 rail cars required repairs. Other rail crew members spent the hours during and after the storm clearing tracks, digging out switches and responding to other weather-related infrastructure issues.
Rail service operated on an enhanced weekend schedule on Monday and Tuesday, allowing crews additional time to prepare rail cars, locomotives and infrastructure. Under the enhanced weekend schedule, NJ TRANSIT operated about 40 percent fewer trains than a typical weekday schedule.
Bus and Rail personnel responsible for plowing snow and clearing boarding locations had their work cut out for them - not only because of the extreme snowfall levels, but due to wind that followed, requiring many locations to be re-plowed and re-treated multiple times.
NJ TRANSIT's Light Rail Operations personnel, similar to their counterparts on the railroad, have been readying equipment, clearing tracks and station platforms. Access Link reservations specialists worked extended hours individually calling paratransit customers whose trips needed to be rescheduled Monday and Tuesday as a result of suspended service.
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