Meadowlands Park & Ride commuters offered new "FERRY" service into Midtown/W.39th St
South Bergen commuters offered new service into NYC
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:12 PM
BY JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS
Due to multiple complaints from South Bergen commuters, NJ TRANSIT and NY Waterway are offering another option for New Jersey residents to get to their jobs in New York City and back home again in the wake of Sandy.
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, a free weekday emergency shuttle bus, shuttle-ferry service will operate between the Meadowlands Park & Ride, Weehawken Ferry Terminal and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan.
Customers will board shuttle buses at Meadowlands/MetLife Stadium lots "J" and "K." While boarding, customers will be given two ferry tickets.
Upon arrival in Weehawken, customers will use one ferry ticket for the trip to New York. The second ticket will be used for the return ferry trip from New York to Weehawken. Buses will then transport customers back to the Meadowlands Park & Ride. The service will operate weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. (inbound) and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (outbound).
Kingsland Station and Lyndhurst stations opened earlier in the week and riders can only get to Hoboken and then must take a ferry to New York. Rutherford trains are still not up and running, although the 190 is bus is operational.
The region's mass transit network suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy late last month. NJ TRANSIT is in the process of rebuilding much of its rail and light rail network that was severely damaged during the hurricane. The new shuttle bus/ferry service continues to supplement existing bus service, very limited rail service and other emergency bus and ferry Trans-Hudson services that have been implemented since the storm.