Extra Rail And Bus Service Set For Thanksgiving Travelers

NEWARK — As NJ Transit continues its storm-recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the agency is gearing up to offer nearly normal Thanksgiving service levels on most of its lines to ensure customers’ travel plans go smoothly over the holiday weekend.

NJ Transit is reminding customers that rail service may be subject to delays and cancellations as a result of ongoing storm recovery efforts. Due to residual storm impacts, Gladstone Branch rail service remains suspended until further notice, and Newark Light Rail will continue to operate on a modified schedule between Newark Penn and Broad Street stations (service every half-hour). In addition, North Jersey Coast Line service will experience delays of up to 15 minutes between Long Branch and Woodbridge stations over the holiday weekend. Most inbound (to Newark/New York) North Jersey Coast Line trains will depart stations five minutes earlier between Long Branch and Woodbridge.

To assist customers with their travels, 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, November 21, 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. In addition, some emergency shuttle bus/ferry service will begin operating in the early afternoon to provide special early getaway trips.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, NJ Transit will add extra trains and buses to the schedule in the morning and midday hours to accommodate customers traveling to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Then on Friday, Nov. 23, 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 complete schedule and fare information, customers may visit njtransit.com or call 1-973-275-5555.

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