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HBLR SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS PLANNED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
June 28, 2019
NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT will adjust Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) service on Thursday, July 4, as Jersey City hosts its 6th Annual Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival at Exchange Place. The Independence Day event, which is expected to attract 150,000 attendees, will run from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. featuring live music and an evening fireworks display.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will not be permitted on board train/bus/light rail cars on July 4. This policy will be strictly enforced. As a reminder, beverages of any kind are not permitted at any time on board buses regardless of the event.
In the interest of pedestrian safety around Exchange Place due to the expected crowd, beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4, HBLR will adjust the routes which normally travel through and serve Exchange Place by terminating one stop prior to the Exchange Place station.
At the request of public safety officials, beginning at 10 a.m., light rail vehicles will terminate at both Essex Street and Harborside stations.
Customers are strongly encouraged to buy roundtrip tickets from ticket vending machines in advance of the fireworks event.
- All northbound service from 8th Street or Liberty State Park will operate every 15 minutes and will terminate at Essex Street.
- Southbound service from Tonnelle Avenue will terminate at Harborside, operating every 15 minutes.
Shuttle service between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken and between Harborside and Hoboken will operate every 20 minutes.
DURING THIS TIME, ALL CUSTOMERS TRAVELING FROM HOBOKEN AND NEWPORT TO EXCHANGE PLACE ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO USE PATH.
Normal HBLR service will resume when the New Jersey Transit Police Department determines it is safe to reopen Exchange Place to light rail traffic.
Light rail vehicles can safely transport a maximum of 3,000 customers every hour in each direction. Current estimates forecast attendance to potentially be in excess of 150,000 people.
Customers who don’t plan to attend the festival are strongly advised not to travel toward Exchange Place as they will experience significant vehicle and pedestrian congestion.
- Download NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App for easy access to service information through customized push notifications, advisories, ticket purchases via MyTix, real-time train departure status through DepartureVision, real-time or scheduled bus arrivals through MyBus, and other features to assist you during your commute.
- Check Schedules in Advance: Customers should sign up for My Transit alerts to get updated service information sent directly to cell phones or email accounts.
- Allow Extra Travel Time: Attendees planning to utilize HBLR service to or through Jersey City will encounter overcrowding and may experience extensive delays due to high customer volumes, along with significant pedestrian and traffic congestion around stations and tracks. With this, HBLR customers should build extra time into travel plans.
- Ticketing: Customers are strongly advised to buy roundtrip tickets from ticket vending machines in advance of the event.
- Check for Updates: Listen to news media for service updates, visit njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information, or access our Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT.
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