MTA Restoring Bus Service, PATH Running For Morning Rush

NJ TRANSIT Service Information for Monday, August 29 (8:10 a.m.)

NJ TRANSIT rail service will remain suspended until further notice as a result of residual impacts of Hurricane Irene, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line.  NJ TRANSIT will operate bus and light rail service on a modified schedule on Monday, August 29.  Crews are working around the clock today to assess storm damage and make necessary repairs.  As NJ TRANSIT redeploys assets in an effort to restore service, customers are advised of a number of service adjustments that will help mitigate the stress on the system.
NJ TRANSIT is advising customers of the following:
Rail Service:

  • Crews continue to assess the rail infrastructure and are nearly complete.

- There are numerous downed trees across the rail system.
 - Several rail stations are flooded.

  • Rail service will be suspended until further notice, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line, which will operate.
  • Rail customers (except ACRL) are advised to seek alternate transportation because of significant storm damage.
  • There will be NO service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex tomorrow night for the Giants/Jets Game due to expected limited equipment and crew members.  Coach USA will supplement its bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Bus Service:

  • Bus service is expected to operate a modified weekday schedule tomorrow, with fewer trips operating during peak periods on some routes.
  • Some routes may be subject to delays, detours or cancellations due to local flooding.
  • Bus service to/from Willowbrook Mall and Mothers Park/Ride will not operate due to flooding.
  • There is no bus service on the following routes and portions of routes:

o    No. 75 – no service north of Wayne
o    No. 138 – no service to Spotswood or Monroe
o    No. 139 – no service to Elizabethtown
o    No. 193 – no service
o    No. 194 – no service
o    No. 196 – no service
o    No. 197 – no service to Preakness Mall

Light Rail Service:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekend schedule. River Line customers may be subject to delays between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Entertainment Center due to flooding.
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Access Link:
Access Link Paratransit Service will begin operating at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:
To give customers additional travel options, NJ TRANSIT will offer systemwide cross-honoring, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode – rail, bus or light rail.  For example, customers who normally take the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station may use their rail pass on the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line.  In addition, PATH trains and private carrier buses will cross honor NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.
Important Travel Information:

  • Before starting your trip, visit for up-to-the-minute service information. This information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
  • Allow plenty of extra time travel time.  Delays and service changes are possible.
  • Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.


UPDATE (4:02): The Port Authority has announced that PATH train service will be restored at 4 a.m. Monday in time for the morning rush. Port Authority Hudson River crossings and Staten Island bridges already are in full operation with E-ZPass and cash tolls being accepted.

The MTA is beginning to restore limited bus service as of 4:30 p.m. Full details on which routes will be restored first are available at Restoration will begin in Manhattan and the Bronx, followed by Queens and Brooklyn. Because of conditions on Staten Island work cannot yet begin. No fares will be charged Sunday.

"Conditions vary greatly across our system, but we're working hard to assess storm damage and will begin to restore service wherever we can do it safely, starting with limited bus service this afternoon," said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. "The actions we took to protect the system have helped limit damage, but there were still storm impacts across our system and we will keep customers informed as we work to restore service across our 5,000 mile territory. I can't say enough about the hard work of our employees first in evacuating New Yorkers and now in bringing service back."

The Port Authority and the FAA are still working to restore flight service at local airports. UPDATE: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has reopened the North Tube of the Holland Tunnel, which was closed earlier this morning due to flooding. The North Tube handles vehicles traveling from New York to New Jersey.

The George Washington Bridge's Lower Level, which closed last night due to weather conditions, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway ramp to the bridge, which also closed last night, will both reopen at 11 a.m.

The Port Authority's three major airports -- John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports -- remain closed. Service on the PATH system also remains suspended.

Passengers are reminded to check for updated information about PATH and all other Port Authority facilities. For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New Jersey, visit; for New York State, visit; and for New York City, visit



Subway, bus and rail service remains suspended as Hurricane Irene makes its way through the region. Residents are advised not to attempt to travel on the MTA's public transportation network until further notice. Suspensions and restrictions are also in place at MTA bridges and tunnels.


  • MTA service is suspended for all bus, subway, and Access-A-Ride services until further notice. Check frequently for more information. Depending on the effect of the storm, MTA service may or may not be restored in time for rush hour Monday morning. Check with your employers regarding business openings on Monday.
  • The Cross Bay Veteran's Memorial Bridge, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, and the Broad Channel Bridge are closed.
  • The Staten Island Ferry has suspended all service.
  • Amtrak service from New York City to Albany will be suspended as of 12 pm on Saturday, August 27, and Amtrak service from Washington, DC to New York City will be suspended as of 5 pm on Saturday. Amtrak expects service to resume on Monday, August 29, but this is subject to change. New Jersey Transit Rail will be suspended throughout most of the region beginning at 12 pm on Saturday. For the latest information visit: and
  • Beginning at noon on Saturday, August 27, JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia Airports will close for arriving domestic and international flights. These airports will remain open for departing flights pending further updates. Please check with your carrier before departing.
  • Commuter ferry services operated by the Economic Development Corporation will stop after Friday’s rush hour.