North Jersey Coast Line Service Resumes Monday

All NJ TRANSIT rail lines except one will be running on full or modified service beginning Monday.

The North Jersey Coast Line will resume service for next week's commute, according to a press release by Gov. Chris Christie's office. All but one NJ TRANSIT rail lines will be running full or modified service effective Monday, Nov. 19

“This is a major milestone in our continuing, post-Sandy recovery.  The devastation wrought on the North Jersey Coast Line was the worst sustained throughout our system,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman James Simpson in the release. “While we are not out of the woods and the recovery process continues, the restoration of this critical rail service is a major step forward for the Garden State.”

The restoration of service on the North Jersey Coast Line completes the full or partial restoration of all NJ TRANSIT rail lines. More than 30 miles of North Jersey Coast Line track sustained severe damage during the storm, including extensive rail washouts between South Amboy and Bay Head, according to te release. The River Drawbridge over Raritan Bay was severely damaged following a collision between two tugboats in addition to a record storm surge. The Morgan Drawbridge in South Amboy also sustained severe damage following a record storm surge and the impact from recreational boats and a cargo container.

Effective Monday, Nov. 19, NJ TRANSIT rail service will operate as follows:

  • Northeast Corridor: Service between Trenton and New York has been fully restored and will operate on a regular schedule.
  • North Jersey Coast Line:  Service between Long Branch and New York will operate on a regular schedule, except for selected trains that will be cancelled.  Trip times will be approximately five minutes longer due to signal system limitations. Service between Bay Head and Long Branch will operate on a regular schedule, except for 2300-series trains to/from Hoboken that will be cancelled.
  • Raritan Valley Line: Service between Raritan and Newark will continue to operate on a special schedule, with limited peak-period service between High Bridge and Newark. 
  • Atlantic City Line:  Service has been fully restored and is operating on a regular schedule.
  • Morris & Essex Lines: Midtown Direct service between Dover and New York will operate on a regular schedule. Shuttle trains between Summit and Hoboken will provide approximately hourly service to stations not served by Midtown Direct. Gladstone Branch service remains suspended until further notice. Customers may use free emergency shuttle bus/ferry service or shuttle bus to rail service from selected Gladstone Branch stations.
  • Montclair-Boonton Lines:  Midtown Direct service between Montclair State University and New York will operate on a regular schedule. Limited shuttle service between Hackettstown and Hoboken will operate on a special schedule. 
  • Pascack Valley Line:  Service between Spring Valley and Hoboken will continue to operate on a special schedule. Trains will resume stopping at Secaucus Junction. 
  • Main/Bergen County Line:  Service between Suffern and Hoboken will continue to operate on a special schedule. Trains will resume stopping at Secaucus Junction. 
  • Port Jervis Line: Service between Port Jervis and Hoboken will continue to operate on a special schedule. Trains will resume stopping at Secaucus Junction.
Donna Alan November 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Thank God! I never realized how much I would miss the train until you have to figure a way to get to and from work! Turning my normal 2 hour commute into a 4+ hour commute! Glad to have you back NJT!!!
lenny g November 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Then why does NJT update 7:30 pm 11/16 say Coastline remains suspended? Great coordination... http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TravelAlertsTo&rel=Rail&selLine=NJCL
Breanne Kuhnen November 17, 2012 at 02:16 AM
When will the Coastline train be able to go into Hoboken?
Barzillai November 17, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Service still is suspended as of today, of course. It resumes Monday. I don't get your point, lenny? I too am glad the service is being restored. I just hope it goes smoothly. I expect some delays as NJT gets the kinks out of the system. Let's all be patient on Monday. Allow a little extra time and try to be nice. Leave your ornery bones home. Many commuters have not bought a November monthly NJT train ticket. There are up to ten (10) work days left in the month, depending on your holiday plans. That would be 20 one-way peak trips. As I recall, ten-trip passes do not save you any money but generate ten separate tickets you have to carry around. Don't buy your ticket on the train or you'll pay $5 premium. You cannot price your ticket at the NJT website tonight, sorry to say. They've overridden their schedule tool, making it so you can't get to the prices that would normally appear on the screen with the times. Don't forget that PATH service has not been restored to WTC and likely won't be for a while. Matawan commuters heading for downtown Manhattan have to head to Penn Sta and take the subway downtown.
Holmdel Resident November 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
How is the service on the coast line trains todays? Are things running close to normal? I have a relative who plans to travel on Thanksgiving day from NYC to Hazlet, so I'm wanting to know if coast line trains are running OK on a work day, which would predict smooth holiday service. If not, she can take the northeast corrdior line and I'll pick her up at Metropark. Thanks!
ResidentM November 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Train service on the NJCL into Hoboken has been muted by NJTransit! The NJTransit website makes no reference to the trains into Hoboken other than they are "cancelled". When the entire NJCL was out, there was no contingency plan for Hoboken bound riders anywhere on their website nor did their customer service representatives have any knowledge. All that was evident was a plan to get riders to NYC. Buses were available in many locations and running every few minutes. However, no buses were provided for Hoboken bound riders. The suggested route to Hoboken by the customer service representative was to take a bus from PNC Art Center to Port Authority then another bus to Hoboken. However if you went to the website, there was still no plan for NJCL riders into Hoboken. Another route available to NYC commuters along NJCL was a bus from Aberdeen train station to Liberty State Park, then a ferry to lower Manhattan. I learned from a colleague that there is a light rail that runs through Liberty State Park to Hoboken! So, he suggested I take the bus from Aberdeen to Liberty State Park and then the light rail to Hoboken. This option was never suggested by a NJ Transit customer representative, nor was it highlighted on their website. Friday, November 16th, that service to Liberty State Park was suspended! Why? Because NJCL was now operating trains again, to NYC! The website clearly states that Hoboken bound trains on the NJCL are cancelled. Again, no contingency plan exists!
ResidentM November 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Well with 30 years experience riding the rails, I know the train goes from Secaucus to Hoboken on other lines. Why not switch at Secaucus and take another line into Hoboken. Again, an option not mentioned on the website. This morning I attempted that route. When I got to Secaucus, I was informed that I would have to pay an additional fare to get to Hoboken because my $291 monthly ticket which I have not been ale to use since Nov 1 is "only good between Middletown and Hoboken NOT via Secaucus". Tonight I had a discussion with a conductor who advised me that the tracks getting to Hoboken are in good shape (hence why other lines are going there). The reason no trains along NJCL are going into Hoboken is because the equipment (diesel engines) were left in flooded areas of Kearny and Jersey City! So in summary, Hoboken bound riders of NJ Transit were not only left out in the cold on valid communication and contingency plans, we are are being asked to pay additional money for negligence demonstrated by NJ Transit. NJ Transit failed miserably on this outage both in preparation and in communication of a contingency plan that falls short of acceptable. Today the trains began running again, or as some said, crawled today. Signal trouble turned normal commuting times into headaches with over 1 hour delays along NJCL. Switches that direct crossing gates were rusted from the lack of use recently. Was NJCL really ready to come back? Will Hoboken route ever come back?
ResidentM November 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Hoboken bound MUST use a diesel train and 75 % of the diesels were damaged as they "we're left in flood prone areas of Kearney and Jersey City" during the storm. NJTransit had the nerve to "try" and charge me to go through Hoboken!
ResidentM November 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
There are delays but from NYC it should be fine.
Holmdel Resident November 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
How is the service on the coast line trains todays? Are things running close to normal or how long are the delays?
SS November 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I've been taking it between Matawan and New York Penn this week and personally I haven't noticed any real delays. The train will go slow through areas between South Amboy and Matawan because there's still work going on in that area to fix signals and switches and stuff, but nothing bad. Monday there were some serious delays south of Matawan though (I got on the 6:11 train at 7:20) but I can't say if that's still an issue. But from Matawan to New York Penn has been perfectly normal so far for me.
Holmdel Resident November 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM
thank you
NJCommuter November 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I've been switching in Secaucus to get to Hoboken, and the conductors and gate agents have no idea what to do. One conductor tried to argue that I needed to pay an additional $4 to transfer in Secaucus, even though I had a Nov monthly pass from Aberdeen to Hoboken. My advice... don't give in. Argue with the conductors or gate agents in Secaucus and make them let you through. This is a case of no communication from NJ Transit to their employees on how to handle this.
ResidentM November 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well I gave in and bought tickets as I received no help from their customer service, even though I had an email from CS stating that I did NOT have to pay. The agent said "I don't care what the email says, you have to pay". You know what the problem is? We are dealing with incompetent and insecure personnel. I even wrote to NJDOT, Menendez, Dir of NJ Transit, Star Ledger and Sen Kyrillos. Only NJDOT got back to be and said I should be contacting NJ Transit directly. I guess the incompetency carries over to the government level.


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