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Bus and Ferry Service for NYC Commuters Continues as NJ Transit Works to Repair the Rails

Information regarding bus pick-up and drop-off for commuters, as well as information regarding a new ferry from Hoboken to Midtown.

NJ Transit will continue to offer emergency buses for New York City commuters as they work to repair damage to certain bridges and rail lines, according to spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

Emergency buses will operate inbound from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will return commuters from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The bus and ferry service listed in the chart below is free.

Origin  Destination 

Ramsey Station
Route 17, Ramsey 

Weehawkin, Port Imperial for free ferry service to Midtown (39th Street, Pier 79) Meadowlands MetLife Stadium
1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford Weehawkin, Port Imperial for free ferry service to Midtown (39th Street, Pier 79) Liberty State Park Station, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
Communipaw Ave. & Johnston Ave., Jersey City Shuttle to Statue Cruise for free ferry service to Battery Park PNC Arts Center
Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel Inbound buses go to Broadway, return buses pick up from Church Street PNC Arts Center
Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel Newark Penn Station, return buses pick up by Greyhound bus stop PNC Arts Center
Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel Port Authority Bus Terminal, pick up on 41st between 8th and 9th Bay Street Station, Glen Ridge Station, Bloomfield Station Weehawkin, Port Imperial for free ferry service to Midtown (39th Street, Pier 79) Morristown Station Weehawkin, Port Imperial for free ferry service to Midtown (39th Street, Pier 79) Convent Station, Madison Station, Chatham Station Liberty State Park for free ferry service to Battery Park (slip #4) Maplewood Station Liberty State Park for free ferry service to Battery Park (slip #4) Metropark Station Liberty State Park for free ferry service to Battery Park (slip #4) Aberdeen-Matawan Station Liberty State Park for free ferry service to Battery Park (slip #4)

Ferries from Liberty State Park also operate for free between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., however buses will not be available at that time from the original destinations listed above.

NJ Transit has also established a round-trip ferry service between Hoboken Terminal and Pier 79 on West 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan with BillyBey Ferry. The round-trip ticket costs $10, Snyder explained. A ticketbooth is operating at Hoboken Terminal for this specific service. Customers using the Hoboken-Midtown ferry line can also access the NY Waterway shuttle buses for free.

There is no estimated restoration date for the NJ Transit rails. According to Snyder, the lines along the shore and in Morris County sustained extensive damage.

"We're working around the clock to restore the service," she said.

ResidentM November 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Aberdeen bus to Liberty State Park can also get you to Hoboken Terminal via light rail. NJ Transit doesn't tell you that!
ResidentM November 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM
NJTransit failed miserably on the contingency planning for NJCL riders to Hoboken. When I called NJTransit yesterday, they told me to take bus from PNC to downtown Manhattan then ferry to Hoboken. A colleague told me to go to Liberty State Park via bus from Aberdeen and then take light rail to Hoboken. Website does not show that route. Only bus to LSP then ferry to NYC. I guess they assume everyone knows there's is a light rail at liberty state park!
SS November 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I've been taking this service so far this week and so far I have to commend NJ Transit (and as someone who wastes countless hours on their delays, it takes a lot to convince me to give them credit). In the morning and evening plenty of buses are waiting, they're on time and so far there's been no issues of any kind. To those considering using this one think to take into account is that it may be considerably longer than the train. From Aberdeen-Matawan station it's been a little over 2 hours total from the train station to my office near New York Penn one way.
Robin November 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
when you take the bus to liberty state park then how do you get to nyc? I need Penn station area and my sister needs wall street area ?
SS November 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
The free ferry takes you across to Battery Park. From there you can get on the 4 or 5 train at Bowling Green which will take you to Wall Street and you can transfer at Fulton for the 2 or 3 which bring you right into Penn Station (can also transfer to others that may be more direct for you depending on where you're going). The 1 train is normally down there as well but the South Ferry stop still isn't open yet so for now Bowling Green is your best bet.
Robin November 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM
thanks for the info greatly appreciated !

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