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How To Get Around If NJ TRANSIT Shuts Down

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)-- NJ TRANSIT officials are providing commuters with information regarding alternative travel amid a possible system-wide shutdown midnight Saturday if rail workers go on strike. The complete suspension of NJ TRANSIT would affect more than 160,000 customers who ride on an average weekday.

NJ TRANSIT warns that the impact will be severe regardless of back-up routes. The contingency plan accommodates 38 percent of riders, about 40,000 seats.

Here are the options available for regular NJ TRANSIT travelers who are still hoping to use public transportation:

Regional Park-Ride Service

Weekdays only from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • MetLife Stadium to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York
  • PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel to New York City (Academy)
  • Hamilton Rail Station to Newark Penn Station PATH
  • Metropark Rail Station to Harrison PATH Station
  • Ramsey/Route 17 Rail Station to Lincoln Harbor Ferry, Weehawken

Enhanced NJ TRANSIT New York Bus Service

  • Northeast Corridor:  108, 112, 115 and 129 bus routes
  • North Jersey Coast Line:  116 and 133/135 bus routes
  • Raritan Valley Line:  113 and 114X bus routes
  • Morris & Essex Lines:  107X and 114X bus routes
  • Montclair-Boonton Lines:  191X and 324 bus routes
  • Main/Bergen County Lines:  145, 160L, 160T, 160P, 163P, 164SX, 190P/D, 190R, 190X, 192X
  • Pascack Valley Line:  151, 162, 163L, 165P, 165R, 165T

Light Rail

  •  Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line service will operate regular weekday schedules with extended peak hour service.

Ticketing Information:

All existing valid rail tickets and passes with an origin or destination of New York , Newark or Hoboken will be accepted for travel on all park-ride service, and will be cross-honored on NJ TRANSIT buses and light rail lines, private carrier buses, PATH and NY Waterway.

For Hoboken commuters:

The city of Hoboken has also been coordinating with NJ TRANSIT to guide riders to feasible transportation plans.

NJ Transit 126 Bus Route

Customers are urged to commute to Manhattan via ferry or PATH service to avoid traffic congestion. The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal via Willow Avenue and Washington Street for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. During evening commutes, the bus route will go from Hoboken Terminal to Willow Avenue and 19th Street via Clinton Street and Washington Street. The 126 bus route will not travel to or from the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the week. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

Private Shuttles

The stop for private shuttles will be temporarily relocated to the east side of River Street between Hudson Place and Newark Street.


The taxi stand will be temporarily relocated to the east side of Washington Street between Observer Highway and Newark Street. Taxis will not be able to drive into the restricted terminal area.

NJ Transit 22, 23, 63, 64, 68, 85, 87, 89 Bus Routes

Local bus service will operate on a regular schedule. Riders should anticipate and plan for much longer commutes due to exceptionally heavy roadway congestion expected throughout the region.


On the PATH rail system, efforts will be made to maximize utilization of capacity during the peak weekday morning and evening hours on the Newark to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd Street and the Hoboken to 33rd Street and Hoboken to World Trade Center lines. PATH will be cross-honoring NJ Transit rail passengers and 126 bus route passengers on its system. PATH riders needing to switch to uptown subway lines can travel to the PATH World Trade Center Station, which offers easy access to the MTA subway system, to minimize congestion at the Journal Square and Newport stations.

Ferry Service

Thousands of ferry seats are expected to be available to passengers using ferries as a commuting option. Commuters are encouraged to take advantage of ferry service near the Hoboken PATH station (to Pier 11/Wall St and World Financial Center).

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