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For comfort and convenience, NJ TRANSIT is 'the way to go'

November 17, 2004

With this year’s first “gridlock alert” day less than 48 hours away, NJ TRANSIT is gearing up to provide additional trains and buses for the benefit of commuters and visitors alike.

A “gridlock alert” is issued by the New York City Department of Transportation on the busiest traffic days of the year. In addition to Friday Nov. 19, the other designated gridlock alert days for 2004 are: Wednesday, Nov. 24 (day before Thanksgiving); Tuesday, Nov. 30 (tree lighting at Rockefeller Center); Friday, Dec. 10 (popular shopping day); Wednesday, Dec. 15 (matinee day at Broadway theaters/popular shopping day); Thursday, Dec. 16 (popular shopping day); Friday, Dec. 17 (popular shopping day); Wednesday, Dec. 22 (matinee day at Broadway theaters/popular shopping day); and Thursday, Dec. 23 (day before Christmas Eve).

“With the holidays fast approaching, this is a good time to remind everyone that our trains and buses offer a convenient alternative into and out of midtown Manhattan,” said Lynn Bowersox, NJ TRANSIT Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs. “Whether you’re going shopping, taking in a Broadway show, watching the tree lighting or headed to the parade, we encourage you to leave the car at home.”

For the benefit of NYC visitors this holiday season:

  • NJ TRANSIT is offering 16 “Holiday Extra” express trains on weekends this holiday season on the Morris & Essex Lines and the Northeast Corridor. The trains shave roughly 20 minutes off the regular travel time in each direction, making them a great option for NYC visitors.

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 24, NJ TRANSIT will offer special “early getaway” rail service from New York Penn Station for the benefit of commuters leaving work early. Additional bus service will be offered from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting at 12 noon.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, NJ TRANSIT will add 14 trains for the benefit of thousands of customers traveling to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  • On Friday, Nov. 26 (one of the busiest shopping days of the year), NJ TRANSIT will operate special “early getaway” trains from New York Penn Station and a shoppers’ extra train on the Morris and Essex Lines. Additional bus service will be offered on more than a dozen lines to major New Jersey shopping centers, including Bergen Mall, Elizabeth Center, Garden State Plaza, Jersey Gardens, Livingston Mall, Newport Centre Mall, Paramus Park Mall, The Mall at Short Hills, The Mall at Mill Creek, Harmon Meadow, Willowbrook Mall, Woodbridge Center Mall, Cherry Hill Mall, Hamilton Mall, Moorestown Mall, Quaker Bridge Mall and Shore Mall. Bus customers should check their timetables and notices on buses for holiday service information.

  • NJ TRANSIT’s Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and under to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Senior citizen and round-trip excursion tickets will also be valid without restriction throughout the period.

  • NJ TRANSIT has teamed up with Radio City Entertainment to offer customers $10 off admission to select performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world-famous Rockettes. Simply mention code “NJT” when purchasing tickets at the Radio City Box Office, or by calling the Ticketmaster Christmas Hotline at (212) 307-1000. Combine this discount with the NJ TRANSIT Family Supersaver (kids ride free) offer for maximum savings.

NJ TRANSIT offers direct, frequent service to New York Penn Station from points along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Montclair-Boonton Line and Morris & Essex Lines. Connecting service to New York is available at Secaucus Junction for customers on the Main, Bergen and Pascack Valley lines. Connecting service is available at Newark Penn Station for customers on the Raritan Valley Line.

For NJ TRANSIT schedules, fares and other information, customers may visit or call 1-800-772-2222.

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