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NJ Transit offers extra service for New Year’s celebrations

Two Children 11 Years and Under Ride for Free Through January 3rd; Holiday Promotions: Buy One, Get One Free and Discounts to NYC, Philadelphia and Atlantic City

NEW JERSEY – NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service this holiday season. Customers will have more travel options and flexibility for attending special events, family gatherings and other festivities.

This holiday season is also a great time to ride NJ TRANSIT with your children. For the whole month of December, NJ TRANSIT has been offering customers its SuperSaver fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, in effect from now until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is offering great new deals and discounts for the holiday season.  Both new and current customers can save on travel by using various promotional codes in the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, including “Buy One, Get One” deals, as well as discounts to New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Complete details are at

For complete schedule and fare information, download the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, visit or call 973-275-5555.

New Year’s service at a glance:




Light Rail

Friday, Dec. 30 Regular weekday schedule Weekday schedule with early getaway service from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Consult timetable or visit

Regular weekday schedule
Saturday, Dec. 31 Regular weekend service with extra service to New York/Hoboken on select lines during the evening


Most lines operating a Saturday schedule. With additional early PM service to NY and late-night service from NY and on select lines in Newark.

Holiday Service Guide


Regular weekend service
Sunday, Jan. 1 Extra overnight service from PSNY/Hoboken, with connecting service at Newark Broad Street/Summit/Long Branch. Certain trains that normally operate between midnight and 1:30 a.m. will be cancelled.; After 6 a.m., regular weekend schedule Most line operating Sunday schedule. Consult timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide Sunday schedule for River LINE. Saturday schedule for Newark Light Rail. HBLR on a Sunday/holiday schedule
Monday, Jan. 2 Weekend/Holiday schedule with extra rail service on select lines during the morning and evening peak periods.

(Service will follow the same schedule as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day)


Most lines on a Saturday schedule. Check for details



Newark Light Rail, HBLR and River LINE will operate on Sunday/holiday schedules

No beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will be permitted on board trains, buses or light rail vehicles at any time on Saturday, December 31 through the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 1. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

On New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule, with additional service in the afternoon and evening on the NEC, NJCL, RVL, M&E, Montclair-Boonton and Port Jervis Lines.

After midnight (early January 1), additional late-night trains will operate on all rail lines except the Atlantic City Line. Additional trains will depart Penn Station New York, Hoboken and Trenton, with connecting trains departing from Newark Broad Street, Summit and Long Branch through the early morning hours. Raritan Valley Line service operates from New York all night. Several trains that normally operate between midnight and 1:30 a.m. are canceled and replaced by later trains. After 6:00 a.m., a regular weekend schedule operates.

Rail travel information for New Year’s Eve will also be available via the Trip Planner and Station-to-Station features on

Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule on December 31. Consult your timetable or visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.

Expanded bus service will be provided to/from the PABT until approximately 2:00 a.m. Some routes will be departing from alternate areas within the PABT. Visit the Bus Holiday Service Guide for specific schedule details and departure gate assignments.

Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule for New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, after 6:00 a.m., trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule. Rail service will operate on the BetMGM Meadowlands Rail Line for the Giants vs. Colts 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium.  River LINE will operate on a Sunday schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are advised to visit the  Bus Holiday Service Guide for details.
On Monday, January 2 (New Year’s Day observed), trains will operate on an enhanced weekend/major holiday schedule on all rail lines with additional trains operating during the morning and afternoon “peak” periods on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Gladstone and Port Jervis lines (the same schedule as followed on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day). Customers should use the printable schedule page at, check printed timetables, or use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” at and the mobile app for rail schedules – including trains in shaded columns, many of which operate this day. Most buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some routes operating special schedules; consult timetable or visit the holiday service guide for details. Newark Light Rail, River LINE and HBLR will operate on a regular Sunday/holiday schedule.

Travel tips

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses.
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the holidays may affect bus travel times to and from New York City, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • Luggage:  Travel as light as possible.  Customers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, customers with large bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return and use the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, which is available for free download on any web-enabled iOS or Android device, to make the purchase even easier. To make a purchase, customers simply install the app and then create an account, which will securely save a customer’s profile information and purchase history for ease of use. Customers can also use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges. Reminder: Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal must purchase tickets before boarding.
  • Customers are encouraged to download or update the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to set up and receive customized service alert information via push notifications.  Visit the You Tube video for easy instructions on setting up custom push notifications.
  • Stay connected to NJ TRANSIT social media during your commute. Search for rail, bus or light rail-specific Twitter accounts for the best information.
  • Sign up for the My Transit alert system on, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone via email or text.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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