Extra service, kids ride free on Thanksgiving

NJ Transit has announced a plan for the long holiday weekend that will offer additional service for travelers and shoppers, as well as the opportunity for children to ride for free.

The agency advises customers to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid queues at ticket offices and ticket machines.

The “Early Getaway” train service will be offered on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which has historically been the busiest day of the year at the Newark Airport train station, NJ Transit said. The additional service is also expected to accommodate workers leaving work early to get a jump over the bank holiday weekend.

These excursions are scheduled to depart Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. from Penn Station New York, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines.

On Thanksgiving Day, NJ Transit operates additional trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, and Port Jervis lines for people traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

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On Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, trains run on an “extended” weekend/major holiday schedule, NJ Transit said — it’s the same schedule as MLK Day and Presidents’ Day. Additional trains will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Gladstone and Port Jervis lines during morning and afternoon “peak hours”.

Buses to malls across the state will also be offered Friday, the agency said.

From 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to 6:00 a.m. Monday, NJ Transit offers a “SuperSave Fare” where up to two children (ages 11 and under) can travel free with each paying adult.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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