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Wear Green and Be Green with NJ TRANSIT: The Easy, Safe and Sustainable Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

February 28, 2024

NEWARK, NJWant to go green for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?  Leave the driving to NJ TRANSIT and help the environment! NJ TRANSIT is ready for the season of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the region over the coming weeks including the New York City parade and festivities in Belmar and Pearl River.

On Sunday, March 3rd, NJ TRANSIT will accommodate the anticipated larger volumes of customers by enhancing service for festivities in Belmar with hourly shuttle trains between Long Branch and Bay Head. Customer service ambassadors will be at Long Branch and Belmar stations to assist customers.

On Saturday, March 16, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule with additional trains and buses before and after the parade. Light Rail systems will operate on their normal weekend schedule. Customer service ambassadors will be at Penn Station New York, Secaucus, Aberdeen-Matawan and Middletown, NJ stations to assist customers.

NJ TRANSIT will also enhance rail capacity on the Pascack Valley Line (PVL) on Sunday, March 17, to/from the parade in Pearl River.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For these special events, customers are advised that NO BEVERAGES, INCLUDING ALCOHOL - OPEN OR CLOSED - WILL BE PERMITTED on any train, bus, or platform the entire weekend of March 2 and 3 to accommodate festivities in Belmar and elsewhere around the state; as well as March 9 and 10 for festivities in Atlantic City and Asbury Park, and March 16 and 17 for festivities in New York City, Pearl River and South Amboy. This policy will be strictly enforced.

On these dates, customers may see an increased presence of New Jersey Transit Police across the transit system.

NJ TRANSIT’s Role in Sustainability

Public transportation is an inherently sustainable service. Every mile a person travels on mass transportation, instead of sitting in traffic, plays an important role in a better future for the planet. According to the Federal Transit Administration, the estimated change in an individual’s carbon footprint by shifting from driving to mass transit would be a 33 percent reduction if shifting to bus, a 62 percent reduction if shifting to light rail, and a 65 percent reduction if shifting to commuter rail. Every trip on transit, rather than a personal vehicle, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and over 3.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions are displaced by NJ TRANSIT every year. Learn more at

 Travel tips

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online make your travel seamless. 
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion may affect bus travel times to and from New York City, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return and use the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, which is available for free download on any web-enabled iOS or Android device, to make the purchase even easier. To make a purchase, customers simply install the app and then create an account, which will securely save a customer’s profile information and purchase history for ease of use. Customers can also use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Reminder: Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal must purchase tickets before boarding.
  • Customers are encouraged to download or update the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to set up and receive customized service alert information via push notifications.  Visit the You Tube video for easy instructions on setting up custom push notifications.
  • Stay connected to NJ TRANSIT social media during your travel. Search for rail, bus or light rail-specific Twitter accounts for the best information
  • Twitter: @NJTRANSIT
  • @NJTRANSIT_NBUS (North Jersey Bus)
  • @NJTRANSIT_SBUS (South Jersey Bus)
  • @NJTRANSIT_AL (Access Link)
  • Facebook:
  • YouTube Channel:  TheNewJerseyTransit
  • Sign up for the My Transit alert system on, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone via email or text.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 263 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.