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Millburn Commuters Brace for First Day of NJ Transit Service Disruptions

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MILLBURN, NJ - As residents of the Millburn-Short Hills community prepare for the first day of service disruptions during the planned summer track repairs at NY Penn Station, NJ Transit has issued updated schedules for July and August. The scope of work will affect only the weekday service while weekend schedules remain unchanged. 

The changes go into effect today, Monday July 10 and are projected for completion on Friday, September 1.  The Morris & Essex Line, which serves the Millburn and Short Hills Train Stations, will divert to Hoboken (except trains scheduled to arrive in NYPS before 7:00 am).

NJ Transit issued the following guidance regarding the Service Plan and the impact on commuters. 
 
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NJ TRANSIT Service Plan July 10th- September 1st  

The following service plan will be in place weekdays from July 10th through September 1st.   All Morris & Essex Lines (M&E) customers should check the new schedules for train times and station stops as changes have been made.

Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line scheduled to arrive in PSNY after 7:00 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.

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 (Please check schedule for station stops.)

6306, the 6:58 a.m. arrival at Penn Station New York. (Please 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 PSNY.  

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.

All Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains to PSNY will operate on regular weekday schedules with minor time changes to/from PSNY.

Hoboken-bound North Jersey Coast Line trains will terminate at Newark Penn Station.  Note: Customers can utilize rail service to Secaucus and transfer to Hoboken-bound trains. Hoboken tickets will be honored at Secaucus. See gate agent upon arrival.

Raritan Valley Line trains will operate on regular weekday schedules with minor adjustments.

Main/Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines will operate on regular weekday schedules, however, connecting PATH trains at Hoboken Terminal may be different.

Atlantic City Line will operate on regular weekday schedules.
 
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.

Sale Dates

Monthly passes with the discount will be available for purchase beginning June 19.

Weekly passes with the discount will be available for purchase beginning June 29.

One-Way/Round Trip/Ten-Trip/Reduced Fare tickets with the discount will be available for purchase beginning July 9.

Tickets will be available at all points of purchase including Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs), 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 PSNY from July 1st -July 9th.
Customers traveling to Penn Station New York between July 1st – July 9th with One-Way/Round Trip/Ten-Trip/Reduced Fare tickets must purchase tickets with PSNY 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 PSNY on weekdays in July and August.

Customers with Hoboken monthly/weekly passes will be able to use those passes on M&E trains to/from PSNY on weekends in July and August.

Customers traveling on the weekends with a One-Way or Reduced Fare ticket must purchase tickets with PSNY as the final destination.
Discounted M&E rail tickets and passes will not be valid for travel on other rail lines including Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Main/Bergen County Line, Port Jervis Line, Pascack Valley Line or the Atlantic City Line.
Cross-Honoring Options

At Hoboken:

All NY Waterway Ferry routes to/from Hoboken Terminal including the special ferry service between Hoboken Terminal and W. 39th St. Ferry Terminal in midtown Manhattan.  Note: Cross- honoring on NY Waterway ferries will be to/from Hoboken Terminal only.
PATH at Hoboken, 33rd Street and World Trade Center only.
NJ TRANSIT’s 126 bus to/from PABT.

These options will provide access to/from New York City for M&E customers opting to purchase tickets/passes with Hoboken as final destination.
 
At Newark Broad St:

Newark Light Rail to Newark Penn Station to access NEC, NJCL and RVL rail service to PSNY.  Note: Cross-honoring is available on Newark Light Rail however, once at Newark Penn Station a New York rail ticket/pass will be required for travel to/from Newark Penn Station to PSNY.  Tickets/passes to Hoboken will not be valid into PSNY.

Contracted private bus carrier express bus service from Newark Broad Street to PABT. This option will provide access to New York City for M&E customers opting to purchase tickets/passes with Hoboken as the final destination.  **This is only AM service.

NJ TRANSIT and Private Bus Carriers:

M&E rail tickets/passes will be cross-honored on regularly scheduled
NJ TRANSIT bus service and private carriers including DeCamp, Lakeland and Community Coach.  Note:  Private carrier busing to PABT will cross-honor rail tickets/passes with Hoboken as the final destination.
 
Enhanced Ferry Service

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m., NY Waterway Ferry will operate special service from Hoboken Terminal to W. 39th St. in Midtown Manhattan every 15 minutes.  This special service will also operate in the afternoon peak hours between 4:00 p.m. (W. 39th St. Manhattan) and 8:00 p.m.  All of these trips will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes to/from Hoboken.
 
Enhanced NJ TRANSIT Bus Service
NJ TRANSIT will enhance peak period bus service on three key lines, bus routes 107, 108 and 126.

NJ TRANSIT will have additional buses on standby to provide supplemental service from the South Orange train station bus stop located on Sloan Street between Second and Third streets with express service to PABT should overcrowding arise on the 107 route. 
NJ TRANSIT will maintain additional buses on standby at Newark Penn Station to accommodate increased demand on the 108 line as needed.

NJ TRANSIT will add additional service on the 126 line from Hoboken to PABT with the focus on midpoint stops between 9th and 19th streets traveling toward PABT, and maintain additional buses on standby to accommodate times of increased demand.

NJ TRANSIT has contracted with private bus carriers to provide supplemental bus service from Newark Broad St. rail station, boarding at University Ave., with express service to PABT as demand warrants.  This service will only operate during the AM peak period (from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.)

Enhanced NJ TRANSIT Light Rail Service

Newark Light Rail service will increase the number of trips between Broad Street Station and Newark Penn Station to provide a 10-minute frequency instead of the current 15-minute frequency between 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. and between 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Website and Travel Information
NJ TRANSIT will provide updated information as new details become available at njtransit.com/theupdate.
 
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 cell phone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555. 
 
Allow additional time for travel and parking. Service and parking spaces will be limited and will fill up quickly. Expect overcrowded conditions and delays.  Customers who have travel time flexibility should consider off-peak travel. 

Ticketing

Morris & Essex Lines customers -- tickets can also be purchased at the following stations through ticket agents: 

Lyons Station                                      5:05 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Dover Station                                      5:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Morristown Station                              6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Convent Station                                  6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Madison Station                                  6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Chatham Station                                 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Summit Station                                   6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Short Hills Station                               5:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Milburn Station                                    6:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Maplewood Station                            6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
South Orange Station                         6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Orange Station                                    6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Brick Church Station                          5:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Newark Broad Street Station             6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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