Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Christie Administration has announced plans to provide free shuttle bus/ferry service for Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton rail lines commuters for their Trans-Hudson commute.

This, as NJ TRANSIT continues recovery operations from Hurricane Sandy and this week’s nor’easter.

Free weekday emergency shuttle bus/ferry service began Friday, Nov. 9, and will operate weekdays to and from the following locations:

Morris & Essex Lines:
• Free express shuttle bus service between Morristown Station and Weehawken Ferry Terminal. Free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan (Midtown Manhattan).
• Free shuttle bus service between Convent, Madison and Chatham stations and Liberty State Park (LSP). Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).
• Free shuttle bus service between Maplewood Station and LSP. Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).

Montclair-Boonton Line:
• Free shuttle bus service between Bay Street, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield stations and Weehawken Ferry Terminal. Free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan (Midtown Manhattan).

These new bus shuttle/ferry services will operate weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. (inbound) and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (outbound). Bus shuttles will operate on a load and go basis every 10 minutes.

Weehawken ferries serve Midtown Manhattan while LSP ferries serve Lower Manhattan. Customers traveling to Weehawken will be given two free NY Waterway ferry tickets for use to/from New York. No tickets are required for the LSP Statue Cruises ferry service.

For the latest travel information, NJ TRANSIT said customers should listen to broadcast traffic reports, visit njtransit.com, or access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT.

Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager.

Automated service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.

NJ TRANSIT said its mass transit network suffered extensive damage during the two storms, and as a result, it is in the process of rebuilding much of its rail and light rail network. These new bus/ferry services continue to supplement existing bus service, very limited rail service and other emergency bus and Trans-Hudson ferry services that have been implemented since the storm, according to NJ TRANSIT.