NJ Transit prepares for full restoration of service

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit plans to restore full service at Penn Station New York on Tuesday, Sept. 5, following confirmation by Amtrak that Phase One of the track renewal project has concluded. As a result, all Morris & Essex Lines Midtown Direct trains will resume service to and from PSNY and will no longer be diverted to Hoboken. North Jersey Coast Line trains also will resume operating into Hoboken Terminal.

“I want to thank our customers for their patience and flexibility during the summer months,” NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro said in a press release. “While many had to adjust their personal schedules, we tried to provide them with enough options and support to make the transition as smooth as possible. We also monitored travel patterns throughout the summer and made service adjustments as needed.”

New NJ Transit weekday rail schedules will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 5, following a two-month modified service plan that enabled Amtrak to complete a series of major infrastructure projects aimed at improving reliability and safety at PSNY.

With the anticipated resumption of full service at PSNY, NJ Transit’s alternate travel options, discounted fares and cross-honoring will conclude. Morning peak-period express buses from Morristown, Madison, Summit, Maplewood, South Orange and Newark Broad Street to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will no longer operate. Cross-honoring with private bus carriers, PATH and NY Waterway will end on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 a.m.

NY Waterway’s new ferry service between Hoboken and West 39th Street in New York, which was operated at the request of NJ Transit, will continue to operate after full service is restored at PSNY and be available to the general public; however, this ferry service will no longer cross-honor NJ Transit rail tickets and passes after Sept. 1.

All NJ Transit rail customers are strongly advised to check the new schedules for specific departure times and station stops.

“I also want to thank our transportation partners — particularly PATH and New York Waterway, communities, elected officials and countless NJ Transit employees who helped to make the service plan work as smoothly as it did,” Santoro said.