Alcohol Ban Will Be Strictly Enforced System-wide

December 31, 2014


NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service for travelers attending New Year’s Eve festivities across the region.  Please note that No open containers of alcohol will be permitted on board trains, light rail vehicles, buses or in any NJ TRANSIT facility.  This policy will be strictly enforced by the NJ TRANSIT Police Department on New Year’s Eve and after midnight.

On New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31 additional evening New York-bound trips will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines. In addition, certain trips that normally depart just before or just after midnight will operate later to accommodate customers returning from New Year's festivities.  


Bus schedules vary by route.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules, available on njtransit.com, to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership.  Early getaway service will also operate from the Jersey City Waterfront on the No. 64 and No. 68 bus routes.  In the evening, additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be offered on selected routes from approximately 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate customers traveling to New York for the festivities. 


Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.  


In addition, River Line will operate extended late-night service on New Year’s Eve and after midnight on New Year’s Day to accommodate customers attending the festivities on the Camden Waterfront.  Special late-night trains will operate between Camden and Trenton, making all local stops. 


Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will also operate added late-night service on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to accommodate travelers returning home from midnight celebrations. 


After midnight, special late-night trains will operate on most rail lines, and expanded bus service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal until approximately 2 a.m. on selected routes.  Visit njtransit.com for details.


On New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule.   Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit njtransit.com for details. 


On Friday, January 2, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays.  Buses and light rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule. Selected Port Authority Bus Terminal routes will see some reductions in a.m. and p.m. peak service due to lower passenger demand. Please consult njtransit.com for additional details.






Light Rail

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Early getaway service from Hoboken on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines


Extra evening NY-bound trips on the NEC, NJCL and M&E lines


Early getaway service from New York and the Jersey City Waterfront on selected routes


Additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the evening on selected routes





Weekday schedule


Extended late-night service on HBLR and River Line

Thursday, Jan. 1

Special late-night trains after midnight on most rail lines


Weekend/major holiday schedule 

Additional buses on selected routes from PABT after midnight


Schedules vary by route

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Newark Light Rail on Saturday schedule; River Line on Sunday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

Friday, Jan. 2

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines


Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

Weekday schedule


Extra service to/from New York on selected routes off-peak.


Selected PABT routes will see some reductions in a.m. and p.m. peak service

Weekday schedule


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 holidays 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.  Use 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, 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 915,900 weekday trips on 262 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.