NJ Transit Offers Extra Service New Year’s Weekend

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NEWARK — NJ Transit will offer additional service for New Year’s weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 30, trains will operate on a modified 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, when ridership is light. Some early-morning trains will not operate, due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays.

Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule. Bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables. Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting around 1 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership.

On Saturday, Dec. 31, trains will operate on a weekend schedule, with additional New York-bound trips in the evening on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. River Line will operate on a Saturday schedule. Buses will operate on a regular Saturday schedule on all lines, with additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal offered into the evening on select lines. Visit njtransit.com for additional details.

In addition, River Line will operate extended late-night service on New Year’s Eve and after midnight on New Year’s Day to accommodate customers attending the festivities on the Camden Waterfront. Special late-night trains will operate between Trenton and Camden, making all local stops. Visit njtransit.com for details.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will also operate some added late-night service on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to accommodate travelers returning home from midnight celebrations.

Throughout the New Year’s Eve festivities, extra police will be on hand across the NJ TRANSIT system to ensure the safety of customers.

After midnight New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, special late-night trains will operate on most rail lines, and expanded bus service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between midnight and 5:30 a.m. on selected routes. Visit njtransit.com for details.

On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, trains will operate on a weekend schedule. In addition, service on the Meadowlands Rail Line is scheduled to operate for the Giants/Cowboys game. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Buses will operate on a regular Sunday schedule.

On Monday, Jan. 2, trains will operate on an enhanced weekend schedule, with additional trains to and from New York/Hoboken during “peak periods” on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line, Morris & Essex Lines, Montclair-Boonton Line and Port Jervis lines. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekday schedule. Bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.

NJ Transit offers these travel tips:

  • Check Schedules in Advance: Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses.
  • Allow Extra Travel Time: Traffic congestion during the holidays may affect bus travel times to and from New York City, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • 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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