Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016
There is a possibility of an NJ TRANSIT rail stoppage resulting from a rail union job action beginning on Sunday, March 13. This would result in a complete suspension of rail service. Please visit njtransit.com/railstoppage for more information.
A work stoppage would affect more than 160,000 customers, including thousands of Morris County commuters, who ride the system on a typical weekday. In the event of such a stoppage, NJ TRANSIT has developed a contingency plan that would accommodate up to about 38 percent, or about 40,000 seats, of the existing New York-bound customer base.
But commuters are advised to expect unusual congestion and delays on all travel modes
This contingency plan includes adding capacity to existing New York commuter bus routes in close proximity to rail stations, contracting with private carriers to operate bus service from key regional park-ride locations during weekday peak periods, increasing capacity on its three light rail systems, and maximizing use of the available capacity on PATH and ferry service.
Here is some key information for Morris County commuters:
Parking availability may be limited at these Park & Rides. Please review the schedules and information on parking regulations on www.njtransit.com.
Some towns in Morris County, including Morris Township, Morristown and Madison have arranged for some morning commuter buses for round-trips to New York if the strike occurs. You are advised to check your municipal websites.
“A rail stoppage would have a severe impact on travel in the entire region, as capacity constraints on both our public transportation system and our road network limit our ability to accommodate every displaced rail customer,” said NJ TRANSIT Interim Executive Director Dennis Martin. “NJ TRANSIT will operate a plan that the overall system and region can safely handle to accommodate as many customers as possible who absolutely must travel into and out of New York, bearing in mind that bus service cannot replicate the railroad.”
In developing its contingency plan, NJ TRANSIT focused available resources on the largest segment of its rail customer base—the New York-bound customer. Approximately 105,000 customers make up the total rail-based interstate market, including customers who transfer from NJ TRANSIT rail to PATH trains at Hoboken Terminal and Newark Penn Station.
Through a combination of added capacity to existing New York bus routes, operation of a regional park/ride service, and private carriers adding capacity where possible to their own bus routes that parallel rail corridors, NJ TRANSIT estimates that it can carry approximately 40,000 New York customers.
Regional Park-Ride Service
Park-ride service will operate on a first come, first served basis from five key regional park-ride lots, weekdays only, during four-hour AM inbound (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and four-hour PM outbound (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) peak periods.
The park-ride locations were selected based on their size/parking capacity, access to regional highways, and geographical distribution. Access to area PATH stations and ferry service was also analyzed in an effort to minimize congestion at Hudson River crossings.
Enhanced NJ TRANSIT New York Bus Service
NJ TRANSIT will enhance peak period service on 29 existing New York bus routes in close proximity to rail stations. The routes are as follows:
Other NJ TRANSIT Services
All existing valid rail tickets and passes with an origin or destination of New York will be accepted for travel on all park-ride service, and will be cross-honored on NJ TRANSIT buses and light rail lines, private carrier buses, PATH and NY Waterway.
Customers who do not already have a ticket or pass may purchase round-trip tickets to/from New York during morning hours on site from the park-ride locations. Round-trip tickets for regional park-ride service will also be available via MyTix, NJ TRANSIT’s mobile ticketing app.
Fares from regional park-rides are based on the existing fares from those locations. Adult, senior/disabled, and child fares will be available, as follows:
|ORIGIN||DESTINATION||ADULT ROUND TRIP FARE||SENIOR/DISABLED
ROUND TRIP FARE
|CHILD ROUND TRIP FARE|
|MetLife Stadium||Port Authority Bus Terminal||$11.00||$4.90||$4.90|
|Ramsey/Rt 17||Lincoln Harbor Ferry Terminal||$24.50||$11.40||$11.40|
|Metropark||Harrison PATH Station||$21.50||$9.80||$9.80|
|Hamilton||Newark Penn Station for PATH connection||$32.50||$14.70||$14.70|
|PNC Arts Ctr.||New York||$36.00||$18.00||$18.00|
NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes will be cross-honored on all NJ TRANSIT bus and light rail lines as well as on private carrier buses and PATH trains. Passes also will be cross-honored on all NY Waterway service including Weehawken, Hoboken and North Hoboken, as well as Seastreak services into Manhattan and PATCO service to/from Philadelphia.
Web Site and Travel Information
NJ TRANSIT has created a special section on njtransit.com with links to the latest travel information across modes.
Information on NJ TRANSIT’s website is available in 14 languages using Google Translate. To use a language other than English, click on “Translate This Site” at the lower right corner of the homepage and click on the language of your choice.
Customers may also access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT or listen to broadcast traffic reports. 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 smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.