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Substitute bus service to operate between Montclair State University and Denville stations through Friday, May 2

May 1, 2014

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT today announced that rail service on a portion of the Montclair-Boonton Line will remain suspended until Monday, May 5, to accommodate ongoing repairs to a track washout caused by severe flooding along the railroad overnight.  


Customers are advised of the following:


  • Montclair-Boonton Line service will remain suspended between Montclair State University and Denville stations in both directions until Monday, May 5.  (Weekend service does not operate on this segment of the line.)
  • Substitute bus service will be provided between Montclair State University and Denville stations on Friday, May 2.
  • Customers traveling toward Hoboken/New York will utilize substitute bus service between Denville and Montclair State University stations.  Midtown Direct service is not affected.
  • Customers traveling from Hoboken Terminal: 
    • To all stations from Watsessing Avenue to Montclair State University:  Customers must transfer at Newark Broad Street Station to a Montclair-Boonton Line Midtown Direct train.
    • To all stations from Little Falls to Mountain Lakes:  Customers must transfer at Newark Broad Street Station to a Montclair-Boonton Line Midtown Direct train, and then transfer again at Montclair State University Station to substitute bus service.
    • To all stations from Denville to Hackettstown:  Customers may board their regular trains from Hoboken, which will operate via the Morris & Essex Lines.
  • To give customers alternate travel options, NJ TRANSIT rail/tickets passes will be honored on Lakeland Bus Lines—which operates along the Boonton Line corridor— on Friday, May 2.


Montclair-Boonton Line service was disrupted starting at approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, due to a washout between Boonton and Towaco stations, where the stone ballast that supports the rails was washed away because of severe flooding.  Repair work requires an engineering assessment, excavation of a compromised drain pipe, backfilling of ballast and surfacing of the track bed.


Customers are reminded to visit for the latest service information.  NJ TRANSIT will provide updates via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager.  (If you are not yet a My Transit subscriber, we encourage you to sign up at 




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 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.