NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit’s ongoing installation of a positive train control system on its rail fleet will mean that several more North Jersey Coast Line trains will be temporarily put out of service, effective this week.

Here is the latest list of the canceled trains, beginning October 14, as well as several earlier train options for travelers.

INBOUND

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  • Train 3500: 5:53 a.m. departure from South Amboy arriving Penn Station New York at 7 a.m.
    • Alternate for local trips: Train 3208 will depart Long Branch at 4:52 a.m. and make all local stops to Rahway. Transfer to Northeast Corridor Train 3702 at Rahway for local travel.
    • Alternate Rahway to Penn Station New York: Train 3812 will depart Trenton at 5:21 a.m. and make local stops.
    • Alternate South Amboy to Penn Station New York: Train 3310 will depart Bay Head at 4:54 a.m. and make all stops to Avenel, then express to Newark Penn Station and continue to Penn Station New York.

OUTBOUND

  • Train 3507: 7:46 a.m. departure from Penn Station New York to South Amboy.
    • Earlier option is Train 3223, which departs Penn Station New York at 7:44 a.m. to Long Branch.

These additional cancellations on the North Jersey Coast Line and several other lines are aimed at speeding up the installation of hardware for the train safety system on NJ Transit locomotives and cab-control cars. The first round of cancellations came in June (read more here).

In the past seven months, the transit agency reports that it has gone from completing 12 percent to 66 percent of this phase of the project, which must meet a December 31 federal deadline.

Regular service is expected to be restored by mid-January on all affected lines, including the North Jersey Coast, Northeast Corridor, Morris and Essex, Morris and Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Main and Bergen County and Pascack Valley.

NJ Transit Fare Discount: November through January

NJ Transit will offer a10 percent discount on all NJ Transit rail tickets and passes for travel in November, December and January, while the positive train control installation continues. The discount applies to NJ Transit rail service only and does not apply to Metro-North service.

 

Customers are strongly encouraged to view the full timetables on njtransit.com for all travel options. Click here for the North Jersey Coast Line schedule effective October 8.

NJ Transit offers the following alternate travel options for North Jersey Coast Line customers:

  • Utilize private bus carriers such as Academy Bus from locations that include the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Visit www.academybus.com for complete details.
  • NJCL customers may also consider ferry service from Monmouth County including NY Waterway’s ferry from Belford or the Seastreak ferry from Highlands or Atlantic Highlands
  • Customers may also utilize NJ Transit bus service on the Route 9 corridor.

NJ Transit recommends checking njtransit.com for service advisories or alerts that may affect your trip. If you do not have a My Transit account, sign up to receive alerts at njtransit.com/mytransit

Commuter can also stay connected through social media at:

  • Twitter: @NJTRANSIT
  • Facebook: facebook.com/NJTRANSIT
  • YouTube Channel: TheNewJerseyTransit

For questions or additional information, call NJ Transit customer service at 973-275-5555 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

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