SERVICE ADVISORY: NJ TRANSIT OFFERS EXTRA SERVICE AND SAVINGS FOR HOLIDAY WEEK

Children 11 years and under Ride for Free December 17th through January 3rd; Holiday Promotions offered for New Riders and Special Destinations

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NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service this holiday season. Customers will have more travel options and flexibility for attending special events, family gatherings and other festivities with additional service offered on buses, trains and light rail lines.

This holiday season is also a great time to ride NJ TRANSIT with your children. NJ TRANSIT is offering customers more than two weeks of continuous savings with its SuperSaver fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, in effect from 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 17 until 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 3.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is offering great new deals and discounts for the holiday season.  Both new and current customers can save on travel by using various promotional codes in the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, including an invitation for new customers to “Try NJT” to take a free ride, “Bring a Friend” or “Buy One, Get One” deals, as well as discounts to Newark Liberty International Airport and MetLife Stadium for NFL football. Complete details are at njtransit.com/holiday.

For complete schedule and fare information, download the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT A GLANCE

  Rail Bus Light Rail
Thursday, Dec. 23 Early getaway service from Penn Station New York, Newark Penn and Hoboken Terminal

 

Additional stops at Newark Airport and Secaucus

Weekday schedule with early getaway service from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Regular weekday schedule
Friday, Dec. 24 Enhanced weekend schedule. (same schedule as MLK and Presidents’ Days)

 

Most lines on a Saturday schedule.  Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com.

 

Newark Light Rail, HBLR and River LINE will operate a Sunday/Holiday schedule
Saturday, Dec. 25

 

Regular weekend schedule. Most lines on a Sunday schedule. Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

 

Newark Light Rail, River LINE and HBLR on Sunday/Holiday schedule Check njtransit.com for details
Sunday, Dec. 26  

 

Regular weekend schedule.

 

Meadowlands service for Jets-Jacksonville game

 

 

 

 

 

Regular weekend schedule. Check njtransit.com for details

 

 

Regular weekend schedule

 

On Thursday, December 23, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines with additional early getaway service from Penn Station New York, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1:00 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL), Raritan Valley Line (RVL), Morris & Essex Lines (M&E) and Port Jervis Line. Early-getaway trains are shown on all timetables. A special NEC timetable, showing all service leaving New York/Newark after 12:00 p.m., including added Secaucus and Newark Airport stops, is available at https://www.njtransit.com/schedules/printable. Most buses will operate on a weekday or holiday schedule with “early getaway” service from Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) and the Jersey City waterfront between noon and 4:00 p.m. Customers are advised to consult their timetable for the holiday schedule or visit njtransit.com for details.  All light rail systems will operate regular weekday service.

On Friday, December 24, trains will operate on an enhanced weekend schedule with additional service during the morning and afternoon/evening peak periods (same schedule as operated on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day). Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. Check the holiday service guide for additional information. Light Rail lines will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

On Saturday, December 25, all trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule. Most bus lines will operate on a Sunday schedule; consult timetable or visit the holiday service guide for details. Newark Light Rail, River LINE and Hudson Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

On Sunday, December 26, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule, with Meadowlands service operating for the Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game (1:00 p.m. kickoff). Buses will operate on a regular weekend schedule; consult timetable or visit njtransit.com for details. Newark Light Rail, River LINE and HBLR will operate on a regular weekend/Sunday schedule. 

Monday, December 27 – Thursday, December 30 trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule with certain Northeast Corridor morning peak period trains canceled and additional late morning trains operating on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines. Rail customers are encouraged to visit njtransit.com to check rail timetables for details and travel before 9:00 a.m. on these days, if possible when ridership is lighter. Buses and light rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule. Select PABT bus routes will have more frequent service operating inbound to PABT on some lines during the late morning hours and outbound from PABT during the early and late evening hours. Consult timetable or visit view the holiday service guide for details.

NEW YEAR’S SERVICE AT A GLANCE

  Rail Bus Light Rail
Friday, Dec 31 Modified weekday schedule with extra evening service to New York. Visit njtransit.com for details.

 

Most lines operating a Saturday schedule. With additional early PM service to NY and late-night service from NY and on select lines in Newark.

 

Holiday Schedule
Saturday, Jan 1 Extra overnight service from PSNY/Hoboken, with connecting service at Newark Broad Street/Summit/Long Branch; After 6 a.m., regular weekend schedule Bus service will vary by route. Consult timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide Sunday schedule for River LINE. Saturday schedule for Newark Light Rail. HBLR on a weekend schedule

 

On New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on certain Northeast Corridor morning peak period trains canceled and additional late morning trains operating on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.  After 8:00 p.m., there will be additional trains to PSNY on the North Jersey Coast Line and the M&E.  Additional stops will be added at Newark Liberty International Airport.  Raritan Valley Line trains are extended into PSNY through the night and into New Year’s Day. Certain trains that normally operate from New York just before and after midnight are canceled. 

After midnight (early January 1), additional late-night trains will operate on all rail lines, except the Atlantic City Line. Additional trains will depart New York and Hoboken and connecting trains will depart from Newark Broad Street, Summit and Long Branch through the early morning hours. Raritan Valley Line service operates from New York all night. Several trains that normally operate between midnight and 1:30 a.m. are canceled and replaced by later trains. Additional service departing Penn Station New York, Hoboken Terminal and Trenton will operate between midnight and 4:30 a.m. After 6:00 a.m., a regular weekend schedule operates.

Rail travel information for New Year’s Eve will also be available via the Trip Planner and Station-to-Station features on njtransit.com.

Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, December 31. Consult your timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.

Expanded bus service will be provided to/from the PABT until approximately 2:00 a.m. Some routes will be departing from alternate areas within the PABT. Visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for specific schedule details and departure gate assignments.

Light Rail will operate on a holiday schedule for New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, after 6:00 a.m., trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule. River LINE will operate on a Sunday schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. Bus service will vary by route. Customers are advised to visit the  Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.

Important Note:  Customers are required to wear masks while inside waiting rooms and on board all public transit vehicles regardless of physical distance through March 18, 2022 per the Transit Security Administration’s (TSA’s) federal directive.  Eating and drinking on board is prohibited.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return and use the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, which is available for free download on any web-enabled iOS or Android device, to make the purchase even easier. To make a purchase, customers simply install the app and then create an account, which will securely save a customer’s profile information and purchase history for ease of use. Customers can also use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Reminder: Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal must purchase tickets before boarding.
  • Customers are encouraged to download or update the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to set up and receive customized service alert information via push notifications.  Visit the You Tube video for easy instructions on setting up custom push notifications.
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