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Route will be split into two effective June 27 to improve reliability

June 22, 2009

NEWARK, NJ — As part of a broader effort to put seats where they are needed most, NJ TRANSIT’s No. 39 bus route will be split into two routes starting June 27, 2009, to provide more service for customers traveling to and from Newark Penn Station and to improve reliability.  A new bus route—the No. 30—is being introduced to serve customers in North Arlington, Kearny, Harrison and Newark.


As a result of these changes, customers along the new No. 39 route will benefit from more direct service to Newark Penn Station, making it easier to make connections to other modes.  In addition, by shortening the length of the route, buses will operate more reliably for all customers. 


All customers will continue to have bus service from their regular bus stop to downtown Newark.  However, customers who travel through downtown Newark (e.g. from Irvington through to North Arlington) will now have to transfer between the No. 30 and No. 39 routes on Broad Street or at Newark Penn Station.


Beginning June 27, the new No. 39 will operate between Irvington and Newark Penn Station, serving all of the same stops between these locations.  However, No. 39 buses will no longer serve points north of Raymond Boulevard in Newark, Harrison, Kearny or North Arlington.  Most No. 39 buses will begin and end their trips at Newark Penn Station.  Certain trips, known as “39X” (EXPRESS), will continue to operate to and from Washington Park in Newark. 


The new No. 30 bus route will serve bus stops previously served by No. 39 buses in North Arlington, Kearny, and Harrison, as well as selected stops along Broad Street in Newark.  On weekdays until 6 p.m., buses will operate from North Arlington to/from Lincoln Park in Newark.  Starting with the 6:20 p.m. departure from North Arlington on weekdays and all day on weekends, No. 30 buses will begin/end their trips at Newark Penn Station.  (On weekdays, the first trip from Newark Penn Station to North Arlington departs at 7:05 p.m.)




The one-zone fare will continue to be $1.35, and the zone boundary for the new No. 39 will continue to be the border of Newark and Irvington, so most customers will not have to pay more than they do today.  Customers who transfer between the new No. 39 and the No. 30 will need a 65¢ transfer (just like any other bus transfer).  However, customers who travel one zone on the new No. 39 to connect to the No. 30 can pay less than they do today by purchasing a one-zone bus card.


Boarding locations at Newark Penn Station


No. 39 buses to Irvington will continue to board from Bus Lane 1A at Newark Penn Station.  No. 30 buses to North Arlington will board from Bus Lane 3B until 10:00 p.m.  After 10:01 p.m., No. 30 buses will board at Bus Lane 1B.  (On weekdays, the first departure from Newark Penn Station is 7:05 p.m.) 


Destination signs


Bus destination signs will read as follows for customers traveling from the points below:


  • Traveling from Irvington to Newark Penn Station:  39 NEWARK PENN STATION
  • Traveling from Irvington to Washington Park (express):  39X EXPRESS / WASH PARK
  • Traveling from Newark Penn Station to Irvington:  39 IRVINGTON
  • Traveling from Washington Park to Irvington (express):  39X EXPRESS / IRVINGTON
  • Traveling from Newark to North Arlington:  30 KEARNY / N ARLINGTON
  • Traveling from North Arlington to Newark:  30 NEWARK / (LINCOLN PARK or PENN STATION)

NJ TRANSIT is advising customers to carefully check bus schedules dated June 27, 2009, as many departure times have changed.


For schedules and fares, customers may visit or call 973-275-5555.




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday 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 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.