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ICYMI: NJ TRANSIT Early Getaway Service in Advance of Independence Day Holiday



NEWARK — NJ TRANSIT will offer “early getaway’’ rail and bus service on Wednesday, July 3, for the benefit of customers leaving work early in anticipation of the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4. In addition, there will be service adjustments throughout the NJ TRANSIT system on July 4.

 To help speed the getaway, customers are reminded of the convenience the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app offers to purchase tickets.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will not be permitted on board train/bus/light rail vehicles all day on July 4. This policy will be strictly enforced.  As a reminder, beverages of any kind are not permitted at any time on board buses regardless of the event.

On Wednesday, July 3

  • Beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m., extra outbound service will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines to accommodate early customer departures. Visit for details.
    • NOTE: Due to summer work affecting peak period service to/from Penn Station New York, getaway service has been adjusted, especially on the North Jersey Coast Line.
  • Many bus lines will feature service adjustments throughout the day. Visit for more information.
  • All light rail systems will operate on regular weekday schedules.

 On Independence Day, Thursday, July 4:

  • Trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines. 
  • Most NJ TRANSIT bus routes will operate on either a Saturday or Sunday schedule. Some routes will not operate or will follow a special schedule. Visit the Bus Service Holiday Guide at for your individual bus route service level.
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. 
  • River LINE will operate on a weekend schedule. 
  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) will operate on a modified schedule due to the Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival at Exchange Place. Please visit for specifics.

Friday, July 5

All NJ TRANSIT rail, bus and light rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Summer Savings

The Independence Day holiday is a great time for customers to take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags and Monmouth Park.

  • Beach Packages:  Board a train anywhere on NJ TRANSIT's rail system (excluding Atlantic City Rail Line stations) and save up to $5.50 on admission to one of four beaches — Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove or Bradley Beach —by purchasing a Beach Pass that includes round-trip train fare and a discounted beach admission for one price at NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Beach Package”) or at ticket windows. 
  • Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari or Hurricane Harbor:  Save up to $40 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together. 
    NJ TRANSIT provides express bus service to Six Flags from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York and Newark Penn Station. 
  • Monmouth Park:  Save $5.50 when you travel to Monmouth Park Racetrack.  Simply purchase a package to Monmouth Park from NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Monmouth Park Racetrack”) or at ticket windows from any NJ TRANSIT station except Atlantic City Rail Line stations and receive round-trip transportation, Grandstand Admission and an official track program for $3.50 plus the regular cost of a round-trip rail ticket. 

Visit for more information on NJ TRANSIT summer travel deals. 

NJ TRANSIT is a proud partner with Monmouth County Tourism.  Head to to learn more about beaches, restaurants, shopping and all of the offerings of historic Monmouth County.

Family SuperSaver Fare

Every weekend, families riding NJ TRANSIT can save with the Family SuperSaver Fare, which allows two children ages 5-11 to travel free with each fare-paying adult. (Up to three children ages 4 and under always travel free with each fare paying adult.)  NJ TRANSIT is extending the Family SuperSaver Fare for the Independence Day holiday, and this policy will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8.

Travel tips

  • Download NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App for easy access to service information through customized push notifications, advisories, ticket purchases via MyTix, real-time train departure status through DepartureVision, real-time or scheduled bus arrivals through MyBus, and other features to assist you during your commute.
  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Stay connected during your commute through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Search for rail, bus or light rail-specific Twitter accounts for the best information. While we make every effort to respond to comments posted on our social media channels, we recommend that you contact our Customer Service team directly with critical or time-sensitive issues.
    • Twitter:  @NJTRANSIT
    • Facebook:
    • YouTube Channel:  TheNewJerseyTransit
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the long holiday weekend may affect bus travel times especially on routes using the Garden State Parkway heading down the shore, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Luggage:  Travel as light as possible.  Passengers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, those with bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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ICYMI: NJ TRANSIT Early Getaway Service in Advance of Independence Day Holiday