NEWARK— Whether you’re traveling over the river or through the woods, NJ Transit is gearing up to ensure that your travel plans go smoothly over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Scores of NJ Transit customer service representatives and volunteers will be deployed at major facilities to assist customers throughout the holiday period, and extra rail and bus service is ready to roll to match Thanksgiving travel patterns.
This year, NJ Transit will once again offer “early getaway” rail and bus service on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for the benefit of customers leaving work early, and to provide additional capacity for customers traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically the airport rail station’s busiest day of the year, with ridership levels about twice that of a typical weekday.
On Thanksgiving Day, NJ Transit will add extra trains and buses to the schedule in the late morning hours to accommodate customers traveling to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Then on Friday, Nov. 27, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, enhanced bus service will be offered to shopping centers throughout New Jersey and additional trains will operate to and from New York.
For detailed schedule information, visit njtransit.com or call 1-973-275-5555.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines (Friday schedule on Atlantic City Rail Line) with additional “early getaway” service from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines. Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule. Buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with additional buses providing early getaway service on select routes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting around 1 p.m.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule (Sunday schedule on Atlantic City Rail Line). To accommodate customers traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NJ Transit will add extra trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines. On the Montclair-Boonton Line, service will operate on a weekend schedule between Bay Street Montclair and Hoboken, with connections at Newark Broad Street. Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule; River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.
On Friday, Nov. 27, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines. Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, to take advantage of regular peak-period service during the rush hour. Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule; River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.
Special Holiday schedules will operate the day after Thanksgiving on several dozen bus routes. Customers can view and print the special timetables online.
Extra bus service to New Jersey malls
Starting Friday and continuing through Dec. 23, NJ Transit will offer additional bus service to major New Jersey shopping destinations to accommodate extended store hours and busy shopping times throughout the day. Throughout the holiday shopping season, extra trips or expanded service will be offered on 13 bus routes serving 11 malls and shopping centers throughout the state, including Elizabeth Center at 13A (IKEA), Garden State Plaza, IKEA Paramus, Jersey Gardens, Livingston Mall, Harmon Meadow/Mill Creek in Secaucus, The Mall at Short Hills, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Towne Center Mall and West Belt Mall.
Kids ride free on NJT
For the Thanksgiving holiday, NJ Transit’s Family Super Saver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 30. In addition, discounted off-peak roundtrip tickets will be valid anytime during this period.
• Check Schedules in Advance: Additional service will be provided on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Plan your trip online at njtransit.com to take advantage of extra trains and buses.
• Travel Early on Friday, November 27: On Friday, NJ Transit rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule with extra trains during the late morning hours. Avoid the crowds by traveling during the traditional peak-period (6-9 a.m.) when ridership is light. Best of all, you can use off-peak tickets all day.
• Ticketing: Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return. Use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges. Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
• Luggage: Travel as light as possible. Passengers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces. On multilevel trains, customers with large bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.
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