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Montclair-Boonton Line: Amtrak Penn Station Work Prompts NJ TRANSIT Service Changes - Beginning June 17, 2019
May 02, 2019

 

Beginning Monday, June 17, NJ TRANSIT will be temporarily diverting select Midtown Direct rail service on the Montclair-Boonton (MOBO) Line to Hoboken in order to accommodate vital Amtrak repair work that will take two tracks at Penn Station New York (PSNY) out of service. Please see below for impacts to specific MOBO trains and suggested alternates.

Click HERE for MOBO printable timetable.

The following service plan will be in place weekdays from June 17 through September 6.

Montclair-Boonton Line fares will be adjusted to offset the cost of PATH or NY Waterway (NYWW) ferry travel options into New York City during June, July, August and September.

A.M. Peak Period PSNY Arrivals Diverted To Hoboken Arrivals:

  • MOBO 6206, currently arrives at PSNY 7:40 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 7:32 a.m. and be renumbered 206.
  • MOBO 6210, currently arrives at PSNY 8:20 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 8:09 a.m. and be renumbered 210.
  • MOBO 6214, currently arrives at PSNY 8:59 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 8:49 a.m. and be renumbered 214.
  • MOBO 6216, currently arrives at PSNY at 9:50 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 9:42 a.m. and be renumbered 218

P.M. Peak Period PSNY Departures Diverted To Hoboken Departures:

  • MOBO 6263, currently departs PSNY at 4:52 p.m., will depart Hoboken 4:54 p.m. and be renumbered 263.
  • MOBO 6273, currently departs PSNY at 5:31 p.m., will depart Hoboken 5:36 p.m. and be renumbered 273.
  • MOBO 6279, currently departs PSNY at 6:10 p.m., will depart Hoboken 6:22 p.m. and be renumbered 279.
  • MOBO 6283, currently departs PSNY at 6:41 p.m., will depart Hoboken 6:47 p.m. and be renumbered 283.

P.M. Peak Adjustments to Hoboken Arrivals

Note: MOBO 250, currently departs MSU at 4:33 p.m. bound for Hoboken, will depart at 3:41 p.m. and will be renumbered as train 246. Customers have two alternative options:

  • Midtown Direct 6248, departing MSU at 4:13 p.m. and arriving at PSNY at 5:08 p.m. Hoboken customers can transfer from Train 6252 to Train 432 at Newark Broad Street. Train 430 departs Newark Broad Street at 5:46 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 6:03 p.m.
  • Midtown Direct 6252, departing MSU at 5:07 p.m. and arriving at PSNY at 5:57 p.m. Hoboken customers can transfer from Train 6248 to Train 430 at Newark Broad Street. Train 432 departs Newark Broad Street at 5:56 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 6:13 p.m.

Bus Service:

NJ TRANSIT bus service will be enhanced along three routes which travel along the Montclair-Boonton line to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) -- Bus Route Nos. 324, 191 and 192 -- to accommodate an anticipated increase in customer demand during the summer track work.

Important Note: DeCamp bus service is another travel option, however DeCamp is NOT cross honoring NJ TRANSIT passes/tickets. A DeCamp bus ticket must be purchased.

Newark Broad Street Station Advisory:

To prevent the possibility of unsafe overcrowding conditions at Newark Broad Street station resulting from customers transferring to/from PSNY trains, Morris & Essex (M&E) Midtown Direct trains traveling TO PSNY between 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and trains traveling FROM PSNY between 4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. will NOT make station stops at Newark Broad Street. Additionally, Train 6363, the 7:18 p.m. from PSNY, will not stop at Newark Broad Street. During these timeframes, Newark Broad Street customers must utilize trains to/from Hoboken, or use Newark Light Rail to access PSNY service from Newark Penn Station.

Important Note: As a result of operating with fewer tracks in PSNY, some trains in/out of PSNY may be required to utilize shorter platforms and will be required to have fewer cars. To make maximum use of the limited track space, some trains that currently operate with 10 cars will be reduced to 9 cars.

PATH Option: Montclair-Boonton Line customers may purchase their PATH tickets at the large PATH Ticket Vending Machine in Hoboken Terminal or any one of the New York City PATH stations.

Ticketing/Fares for MOBO Customers:

Montclair-Boonton Line fares will be adjusted to offset the cost of PATH or NY Waterway (NYWW) ferry travel options into New York City during June, July, August and September. This provides customers with the ability to choose the alternative travel option which best suits their commute to New York City. The adjusted fare amount will be based on the customer’s origin and the destination stations on the Montclair-Boonton Line. For detailed fare information, please click HERE.

PATH Option: Montclair-Boonton Line customers may purchase their PATH tickets at the large PATH Ticket Vending Machine in Hoboken Terminal or any one of the New York City PATH stations.

NY Waterway Ferry Option: Montclair-Boonton Line customers choosing to take ferry service into New York City during the summer may purchase a rail-ferry monthly combination pass at any of NJ TRANSIT’s Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs), Ticket Offices or the MyTix feature on the mobile app. Customers who prefer to buy one-way ferry tickets can purchase them at an adjusted fare by displaying their valid Montclair-Boonton Line ticket at the designated ticket window located in Hoboken Terminal.

Important Note: Customers planning to return by ferry must purchase two one-way ferry tickets at Hoboken Terminal as these adjusted ferry tickets will NOT be available for purchase in New York City.

Regular weekday Midtown Direct service will resume on the Montclair-Boonton Line on Monday, September 9. As a courtesy to customers, One-Way, Roundtrip, Ten-Trip and Reduced Fare tickets purchased will be valid through September 30. These tickets will not be valid for travel beginning October 1. Customers should only purchase the amount of tickets needed through September 30th as adjusted ferry tickets are not refundable.

Sale Dates:

  • Montclair-Boonton monthly passes with the adjusted fares will be available for purchase beginning May 19 at 5 p.m.
  • Weekly/One-Way/Round Trip/Ten-Trip/ReducedFare tickets with the fare adjustment will be available for purchase beginning June 13.
  • Adjusted Montclair-Boonton Line rail tickets and passes will be valid only for rail service on the Montclair-Boonton Line. Montclair Boonton rail tickets will not be valid on the NEC, NJCL, RVL, M&E, Main/Bergen County, Port Jervis, Pascack Valley or Atlantic City lines.

For more information and language assistance, please call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.