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Major Transit Changes In Place For Commuters After NJ TRANSIT Train Crash

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Major traffic and transit changes are in place after a train crashed into a wall at the Hoboken station.

WATCH: Video Coverage From CBS2 | PHOTOS: Train Hits Wall At Hoboken Station

More than 60,000 commuters pass through the station on a daily basis to access the NJ TRANSIT rail, light rail, PATH, Metro-North, NJ TRANSIT buses, private buses and ferry services.

PATH trains into and out of the Hoboken station resumed at 3 p.m. for the evening commute, with full rush hour service to be expected.

NJ TRANSIT will be expanding bus, rail and light rail services as much as possible to accommodate the closures at Hoboken. NJ TRANSIT released the following guidelines in a statement Thursday afternoon:

The following service changes are in effect:

  • Main, Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will operate on a modified weekend schedule originating/terminating in Secaucus.  Buses will shuttle customers from Hoboken to Secaucus Junction on a load and go basis. Customers will be directed to this service by ambassadors wearing safety vests.
  • Customers who need to access Secaucus are urged to take trains from New York Penn Station.
  • Morris & Essex Line, Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line will be limited service for points west of Montclair State University and west of Dover.
  • Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line (New York service only), Raritan Valley, MidTOWN DIRECT and Atlantic City rail lines will all operate on normal weekday schedules.  Please note: Midtown Direct service will make additional stops east of Summit.

Alternate Service Plan As Of Friday For Port Jervis & Pascack Valley Line Customers

MTA Metro-North is providing a limited shuttle bus service for Metro-North customers that will operate from the following locations during peak hours:

  • Middletown Station (to Beacon Station on the Hudson Line)
  • Harriman Station (to Tarrytown Station on the Hudson Line)
  • Palisades Center Park and Ride in West Nyack (to Tarrytown Station on the Hudson Line)

Weekday, rush-hour, peak direction only shuttle service will be extremely limited. There will be no off-peak, weekend or reverse commute service.

Click here to view the shuttle service map.

For All Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis line customers traveling to Suffern, Sloatsburg, Tuxedo, Harriman and Salisbury Mills
Take Hudson Line Train Service to Tarrytown Station for connecting bus service to Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley on the Pascack Valley Line and Suffern, Sloatsburg, Tuxedo, Harriman and Salisbury Mills/Cornwall stations on the Port Jervis Line. Buses will meet trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 3:43 PM and 8:33 PM.

For Port Jervis Line customers traveling between Campbell Hall and Port Jervis Stations
Take Hudson Line Train Service to Beacon Station for connecting bus service to all stations between Campbell Hall and Port Jervis. Buses will meet trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 3:48 PM and 8:29 PM.

Metro-North is honoring all Pascack Valley and Port Jervis line rail tickets until further notice

Ferry Service Options

NY Waterway is accepting NJ TRANSIT tickets for ferry service to Manhattan September 30.

PORT IMPERIAL – NY Waterway has ferry service from Port Imperial in Weehawken, next to the Light Rail station, to Lower Manhattan.  There also is NJ TRANSIT bus service to this terminal. Ferries go to the World Financial Center on the Hudson River and to Wall Street on the East River.  Ferries also go to the West 39th Street Terminal, where free buses take passengers on several cross-town routes.

HOBOKEN 14th STREET – Service to West 39th Street and to the World Financial Center.

PAULUS HOOK IN JERSEY CITY – Service from Paulus Hook, next to a Light Rail Station,  to World Financial Center, Wall Street and West 39th Street.

EDGEWATER – Rush-hour service to West 39th Street.

LINCOLN HARBOR WEEHAWKEN – Service to West 39th Street.

BELFORD/MIDDLETOWN IN MONMOUTH COUNTY – Rush-hour service to Wall Street, World Financial Center, Paulus Hook and West 39th Street.

Newburgh-Beacon Ferry Service

Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry Service

Parking Options
Some parking is available at Metro-North's Cortlandt Station on the Hudson Line and North White Plains Station on the Harlem Line.

Metro-North will cross-honor West of Hudson Metro-North tickets on the Hudson & Harlem Lines and the ferry services.

Other Options
Use existing bus services: From Rockland the Tappan ZEExpress; from Orange County use the Newburgh Beacon Shuttle.

Bus Service:

NJ TRANSIT will increase the number 126 bus line between Hoboken and the Port Authority bus terminal. A shuttle bus will run between Hoboken on a load-and-go basis.

Additional staff members were brought in to set up barricades in anticipation of long lines, CBS2's Ali Bauman reported.

"I was concerned there would be a lot more traffic coming through, I didn't want to wait in a long line, so I left [work] a little bit early," one woman said. "But everyone's been great. There were already lines set up downstairs to kind of help with traffic, and it's been really easy."

Some riders told Bauman they are hesitant to get back on the train.

"It's going to take more time, and I'm feeling sad and frightened," one man said.

"I'm actually going to be taking the bus I think for the month of October, just to stay clear of all that," a woman said.

Commuters were encouraged to contact their bus carriers before heading to the bus terminal.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to run buses along the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines between the Tarrytown and Beacon stations.

For the evening rush, a bus shuttle will operate from Hoboken at the alternative bus service on Observer Highway to Newport/Pavonia.

NJ TRANSIT buses will be cross-honoring all PATH passengers to Hoboken.

Bus shuttle service will operate between Secaucus Junction and Liberty State Park Light Rail Station.  Service will begin at 6:00 AM and continue throughout the day until midnight.  This service will operate on a load and go basis from bus lanes 8, 9 and 10 during peak hours. During off-peak hours, service will continue to operate less frequently, based upon demand. NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes will be cross-honored on this shuttle service.

Customers wishing to go from Secaucus to the Jersey City waterfront should use the shuttle bus service to Liberty State Park and make a connection to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.


Light Rail Service:

All 8th Street to Hoboken services will terminate at Newport Station. All Tonnelle Avenue to Hoboken trains are terminating at 2nd Street.

All Westside Avenue to Tonnelle Avenue trains will run regular service.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will resume full service into and out of Hoboken on morning of Sept. 30.

NJ TRANSIT has announced service plans for the morning of September 30th, 2016 following a commuter train accident at Hoboken Terminal.  All rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will resume full service into and out of Hoboken station tomorrow morning.


NJ TRANSIT is asking commuters to call (855) 336-1774 for more information.

Metro-North said they will also be cross-honoring all NJT rail tickets and passes on their Hudson Line.

NY Waterways will be offering ferry service from Port Imperial in Weehawken to Lower Manhattan. All NJ TRANSIT tickets will be cross-honored, according to the service.

Commuters can also take the ferry from Paulus Hook in Jersey City, with drop-off points at the World Financial Center, Wall Street and 39th Street in Manhattan.

Street cleaning and alternate side parking has also been suspended.

(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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