NJ Adds Private Buses To Help Commuters

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TRENTON – To ease congestion and aid commuters while NJ Transit works to restore service, government officials  have contracted with private bus companies to provide emergency service into New York City from locations around the state.

The emergency bus service will provide transportation options for NJ Transit customers, with access to ferries, light rail and employment in Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City and Manhattan. This temporary emergency service is anticipated to provide approximately 50 percent of NJ Transit’s normal rail rush hour service.

While NJ Transit system restoration progress continues, NJ Transit is still several weeks away from full service restoration. Emergency conditions still exist across the NJ Transit system and will continue for some time for regular commuters.

For instance, NJ Transit normally operates 63 trains into New York Penn Station during the morning peak. On Monday morning, NJ Transit only expected to be able to operate 13 trains into New York during the peak – pending critically needed repairs to be completed by Amtrak. Customers are advised to start their commute outside of the 6-10 a.m. peak period to avoid overcrowding.

“The emergency bus plan utilizes federal, regional and statewide resources to help the Garden State return to work,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson. “Led by Gov. Christie and incorporating assets made available by the federal government, regional transportation partners and our statewide transit system, the resulting collaborative approach has resulted in a plan which will help New Jersey residents return to work on Monday.”

Utilizing the regional transportation network with a base of operations out of park-and-ride locations in central and northern sections of New Jersey, emergency buses will transport customers to light rail and ferry services in Hoboken, Weehawken, and HBLR’s Liberty State Park Station as well as providing limited, direct service to several boarding locations in lower Manhattan. The busing plan will remain in effect until further notice and operate on weekdays during the peak travel periods of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, free ferry service will be available from Liberty State Park Marina to Battery Park.

NJ Transit will also be operating a shuttle service from Hoboken Terminal south to Marin Boulevard in Jersey City to further offer additional access for customers seeking to return to work.

Emergency bus service to Lower Manhattan has been coordinated following the approval of, and collaboration with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as well as the New York City Department of Transportation. Pick-up and drop off locations will take place at the following, designated Suburban Transportation bus stops:

  • Greenwich Street between Battery Place & Morris Street.
  • Trinity Place between Rector & Thames Streets
  • Church St. between Warren & Chambers Streets
  • Church St. between Reade & Duane Streets

“While the hard working men and women of NJ Transit have made substantial progress, the full restoration of service is still several weeks away,” said NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein. “Our rail infrastructure is still heavily damaged and our rail capacity into New York Penn Station can only transport a fraction of our weekday customers. These are extraordinary times, the busing plan announced today will help bring our customers back to work – and just a little bit closer to resuming their everyday lives.”

Customers utilizing the emergency bus service plan can ride the buses at no cost. Customers utilizing ferry and light rail services will still be responsible for paying normal light rail and ferry fares.

Buses will operate to and from the following limited-capacity transportation hubs:
A. Hoboken Service
Bridgewater (Patriots Stadium)

  • NJ Transit to operate 15 buses from Patriots Stadium to Hoboken Terminal from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for light rail/ferry connections.
  • NJ Transit to operate 15 buses from Hoboken Terminal to Patriots Stadium from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Woodbridge (Woodbridge Center Mall)

  • Academy Bus to operate 20 buses from Woodbridge Center Mall to Hoboken Terminal from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for light rail/ferry connections.
  • Academy Bus to operate 20 buses from Hoboken Ferry Terminal to Woodbridge Center Mall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wayne (Willowbrook Mall Annex)

  • NJ Transit to operate 16 buses from Willowbrook Mall to Weehawken/Port Imperial from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for light rail/ferry connections.
  • NJ Transit to operate 16 buses from Weehawken/Port Imperial to Willowbrook Mall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ramsey (Ramsey/Rt 17 Station Park and Ride)

  • Suburban Transit/Coach USA to operate 40 buses from Ramsey/Rt. 17 Station Park and Ride to Weehawken/Port Imperial from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for light rail/ferry connections and Meadowland MetLife Stadium (Lots J & K).
  • Suburban Transit/Coach USA to operate 40 buses from Weehawken/Port Imperial to Ramsey/Rt. 17 Station Park and Ride and to the Meadowlands MetLife Stadium from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holmdel, Garden State Parkway Exit 116 (PNC Arts Center)

  • Academy Bus to operate 130 buses from the PNC Arts Center from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to:
    • Lower Manhattan
    • Port Authority Bus Terminal
    • Newark Penn Station
  • Academy Bus to operate 130 buses between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from:
    • Lower Manhattan
    • Port Authority Bus Terminal
    • Newark Penn Station

Elizabeth, Newark Liberty International Airport (Next to Dollar Rent-A-Car)

  • Coach USA to operate 5 buses to Lower Manhattan from the adjacent lot of Newark Liberty’s Dollar Rent-A-Car from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Coach USA to operate 5 buses from Lower Manhattan the adjacent lot of Newark Liberty’s Dollar Rent-A-Car from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jersey City (Liberty State Park)

  • Community/Coach USA to operate 5 buses from Liberty State Park to Lower Manhattan from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Community/Coach USA to operate 5 buses from Lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Statue Cruises will also begin temporary operations from Liberty State Park Marina to Lower Manhattan from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Ferry service from this location will be offered free of charge.


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