Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Rail Travelers Urged to Review Their Options
NJ TRANSIT’s summer rail service changes due to Amtrak track work at Penn Station in New York (PSNY) will go into effect on Monday, July 10. This includes the diversion of all M&E Midtown Direct trains scheduled to arrive at Penn Station after 7 a.m. to Hoboken Terminal, where alternate bus, ferry and PATH service is available. Additional busing will be in place at key locations.
“This has been an all-hands-on-deck effort to communicate with our customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steve Santoro. “If you haven’t done so already, I strongly urge all customers to utilize the next few days to familiarize yourself with all of your travel options.
“This will not be a normal commute for any of us including our customers, so we ask that you; stay connected to social media and our web page for the latest information; stay ahead by building in extra time for your commute; and stay cool and try not to lose patience. On Monday, our customer service ambassadors will be out in force, so if you have questions or need directions, just look for them in their bright yellow vests,” Santoro said.
New paper rail schedules reflecting the service changes have been printed and are available throughout the NJ Transit system They can be found in information racks in the Morris County Administration and Records Building, Schyuyler Building, and the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown.
Electronic printable versions of the schedules can be found at http://njtransit.com/theupdate
To accommodate Amtrak’s track repairs in July and August at Penn Station, NJ TRANSIT must implement service changes weekdays only between Monday, July 10 and Friday, Sept. 1. NJ TRANSIT is strongly advising customers on all modes of transportation to remain aware of the status of the system by signing up for My Transit alerts, monitoring Twitter (@NJTRANSIT) and the website njtransit.com/theupdate.
NJ TRANSIT Service Plan on Weekdays July 10-Sept. 1
All Morris & Essex Lines (M&E) customers should check the new schedules for train times and station stops.
- Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line scheduled to arrive in Penn Station after 7 a.m. will be diverted to Hoboken for the rest of the service day. Important Note: Customers traveling into New York on four early morning Midtown Direct trains will not have return service in the p.m.; they should travel to Hoboken to access westbound M&E trains. Your Hoboken ticket/pass will be valid for travel into New York on the four early morning Midtown Direct trains.
- The four Morris & Essex Lines Midtown Direct trains are:
6602, the 5:44 a.m. arrival at Penn Station New York
6604, the 6:29 a.m. arrival at Penn Station New York
6696, the 6:54 a.m. arrival at Penn Station New York (check schedule for station stops.)
6306, the 6:58 a.m. arrival at Penn Station New York (check schedules for station stops.)
- Midtown Direct trains on the Gladstone Branch will be diverted to/from Hoboken.
- Midtown Direct trains on the Montclair-Boonton Line will operate on regular weekday schedules with minor time changes to/from Penn Station. Montclair-Boonton Line Midtown Direct trains will not stop at Broad Street Station during peak hours. Note: All Montclair-Boonton Line customers should check the schedules as station stops may have changed.
Ticketing/Fare Discounts for M&E Customers
- M&E Midtown Direct customers will receive up to a 63 percent discount off their regular New York fare, and will
be able to utilize cross-honoring in Hoboken and alternates described below.
- M&E Midtown Direct customers should purchase a Hoboken destination ticket for July and August. This discount will be
based on the origin and the destination of the M&E customer’s travel.
- One-Way, Round Trip, Ten-Trip and Reduced Fare tickets purchased with the discount will have expiration dates of September 1st and will not be valid for travel beginning September 2nd.
- Monthly passes with the discount will be available beginning June 19.
- Weekly passes with the discount will be available beginning June 29.
- One-Way/Round Trip/Ten-Trip/Reduced Fare tickets with the discount will be available beginning July 9.
Tickets will be available at all points of purchase including Ticket Vending Machines), Ticket Offices and the MyTix feature on NJ TRANSIT’s mobile app.
- Customers purchasing monthly rail passes to Hoboken will be able to use those passes to/from Penn Station
from July 1-July 9.
- Customers traveling to Penn Station New York between July 1– July 9 with One-Way/Round
Trip/Ten-Trip/Reduced Fare tickets must purchase tickets with Penn Station as the final destination.
- Customers with Hoboken passes and tickets will be able to use those passes and tickets on the four
early morning M&E trains operating to Penn Station on weekdays in July and August.