NEWARK— New NJ Transit bus schedules will take effect on many routes Sept. 1, including implementation of the agency’s Bus Service Optimization plan that contains both service reductions on some routes as well as new investment in expanded and enhanced service along heavily-traveled corridors.
Effective Sept. 1, the No. 62 (Newark-Woodbridge-Perth Amboy) bus route will be restructured into two separate routes, allowing for the creation of 24/7 service between the heavily-traveled Newark-Newark Airport and Elizabeth Corridor. The routes will operate as follows:
- No. 62: Service will operate exclusively between Elizabeth and Newark Penn Station via Newark Liberty International Airport. Select trips will continue to operate via the south area of the Airport along Earhart Drive. Service has been expanded to operate 24-hours a day weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Elizabeth, Newark Liberty International Airport and Newark Penn Station.
- No. 48 (new bus route): This new service will operate between Elizabeth (Broad and Jersey streets) and all southern destinations previously served by the No. 62 Line, including Perth Amboy, Woodbridge Center Mall, Metropark and Rahway. Transfers are available in Elizabeth for service to Newark and Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as to many locations throughout Union County.
- A Continuing Trip Ticket has been created for customers transferring between the No. 48 and 62 lines at Broad and Jersey streets in Elizabeth in order to allow travel between zones 1 and 2 on the No. 62 and zones 2 through 5 on the No. 48 at no additional fare.
The No. 99 (Clifton Avenue Crosstown) bus route is also being extended to the Branch Brook Park Newark Light Rail Station, providing Newark residents and employees with connections to more than a dozen routes and access to the light rail system. Nearly all trips on weekdays, Saturday and Sundays have been extended to Branch Brook Park Light Rail Station.
NJ Transit will discontinue service on four routes and reduce service on six others. The routes are either largely underutilized, or directly compete with NJ Transit rail or light rail services. These routes average 16 customers per trip, in comparison to the systemwide average of 35, according to the agency.
The routes that will be discontinued effective Sept. 1 include:
- No. 42 (Newark-18th Avenue)
- No. 43 (Newark-Jersey City)
- No. 75 (Butler-Newark)
- No. 93 (Bloomfield-Newark Light Rail)
Other routes will be adjusted Sep. 1 as follows:
- No. 56 (Elizabeth/Cranford/Winfield): Weekday schedules have been adjusted during the AM and PM peak periods from 25/40 minutes to 60 minutes.
- No. 57 (Elizabeth/Linden): Weekday schedules have been adjusted to eliminate the first and last round trips.
- No. 181 (Union City-NY/GWB): Sunday service will be discontinued. Alternate service is available on the No. 156 bus route.
- No. 28 (No. 258 Bloomfield/Newark Airport): Service will now operate every 30 minutes, seven days a week year-round, including weekends and holidays. Service on the University Heights Branch has been eliminated. Customers along Clifton Avenue, Norfolk Street and Central Avenue should utilize the nos. 41, 99, 108, and Coach USA 24/44 Lines for connections to Downtown Newark, Newark Airport and Newark Light Rail.
- No. 451 (Camden/Lindenwold PATCO): Service between Voorhees Town Center and Lindenwold PATCO has been eliminated, with alternate service available via the nos. 403 and 459 bus routes.
- No. 604 (Trenton/East Trenton): Trips operating only between Trenton Transit Center and the Justice Complex have been eliminated.
In June, NJ Transit conducted an open public comment period and held two public hearings and an information session to solicit feedback from customers and members of the public. The final Bus Service Optimization plan being implemented on September 1 reflects the customer feedback received during that time.
For detailed service changes on all affected routes, customers may consult new timetables, available onboard buses, at NJ Transit customer service offices at major terminals or online at www.njtransit.com.