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New Jersey Transit ready for holiday travel surge

GLENN TOWNES Special to the AmNews | 11/28/2011, 3:41 p.m.

In an effort to effectively handle the expected surge of holiday travelers during the next several days, New Jersey Transit will add additional workers at several of its major travel hubs across the area, officials announced on Monday.

With thousands of people expected to travel between New York and New Jersey by train and bus service over the long upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the agency will also offer "early getaway" service starting on Wednesday with expanded service between New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal. Additionally, expanded service will be available on the busy Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex lines. Trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on Thanksgiving Day with additional trains headed into New York for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. And in anticipation of Black Friday, NJ Transit will also offer expanded bus service to several of New Jersey's biggest shopping malls, including Woodbridge Center and Paramus Shopping Center. "It's good to know that travel into New York will be easier and readily available," said one Trenton commuter. "My family will be attending the Macy's parade."

One Edison shopper said, "It's easier to take a bus to the shopping mall on Black Friday-trying to find a parking space is next to impossible." Visit the NJ Transit web site (www.njtransit.com) for specific details regarding expanded train and bus service.