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July 12, 2005

– To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first commuter train to Atlantic City, the "ghost" of Dr. Jonathan Pitney – regarded as the Father of Atlantic City – will board a NJ TRANSIT train on Thursday, July 14 to re-enact the first Camden-Atlantic Railroad train ride into the City by the Sea.

Character actor Michael Doyle, who plays the role of Dr. Pitney, will lead a parade of 300 invited friends and dignitaries from the historic registered Dr. Pitney B&B House to NJ TRANSIT’s Absecon Train Station and board Train 4611 at 10:53 a.m. The train will arrive in Atlantic City at 11:09 a.m.

Interested parties can order their free Atlantic City Commemorative tickets by contacting Doyle at (609) 377-4229. The commemorative tickets are eligible for 10 percent discounts for certain purchases at Boscov’s department store in the Shore Mall in Northfield and at Siganos Plaza at 1700 Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

On July 1, 1854, the first trans-New Jersey train left Coppers Ferry Terminal in Camden and arrived on the then-bare Absecon Island in Atlantic City. The first train carried 600 dignitaries, politicians and members of the press.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 779,200 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.