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NJ Transit Offering Extra Service, Children Discounts For Holidays

Two kids under 11 can ride free with one paying adult from Dec. 20-Jan. 6

Planning to hop on a train with the kiddies to see the city lights during the winter break? Don't pre-purchase tickets for the kids on the platform, because they may be able to ride free.

Also, New Year's Eve revelers are being warned that NJ Transit will not tolerate open containers of alcohol on New Year's Eve.

In an announcement Tuesday, NJ Transit said it will extend the Family Super Saver Fare starting at 7 p.m. Friday, December 20 until 6 a.m. Monday, January 6, on all trains, buses and light rail lines. The farewhich allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, is usually available only on weekends. 

Here is information for Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line riders:

On Tuesday, December 24, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines with additional “early getaway” service from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast and North Jersey Coast Line. 
Buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule on most routes, with early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting around 1 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel. 

On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, trains will operate on a weekend schedule/major holiday schedule on all rail lines. 

Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit njtransit.com for details. 

On Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays.  

Buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with extra bus service to and from New York on selected routes, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Friday, December 27 starting around 1 p.m.

On Saturday, December 28, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.   

On Sunday, December 29, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.  

In addition, on Sunday, December 29, service on the Meadowlands Rail Line will operate for the Giants/Redskins game at 1 p.m.

On Monday, December 30, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays.  Buses and light rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule.    

On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays. 

In the evening, additional New York-bound trips will operate on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines. In addition, certain trips that normally depart just before or just after midnight will operate later to accommodate customers returning from New Year's festivities.  

Bus schedules vary by route.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules, available on njtransit.com, to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership.  Early getaway service will also operate from the Jersey City Waterfront on the No. 64 and No. 68 bus routes.  In the evening, additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be offered on selected routes from approximately 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate customers traveling to New York for the festivities. 

No open containers of alcohol will be permitted on board trains, light rail vehicles, aboard buses or in any NJ TRANSIT facility.  This policy will be strictly enforced on New Year’s Eve and after midnight.

After midnight, special late-night trains will operate on most rail lines, and expanded bus service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal until approximately 2 a.m. on selected routes.  Visit njtransit.com for details.

On New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule.   Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.  River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit njtransit.com for details. 




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