NJ Transit announces expanded North Jersey Coast rail service

Using NJ Transit trains in southern Monmouth can be an exercise in frustration – but an expanded service will alleviate those headaches for the summer.

The trains run infrequently, slowly and there is sometimes a wait to transfer from the diesel trains running between Bay Head and Long Branch to electric trains running north toward Hoboken and New York City, leading many summer shore-goers to elect to suffer through highway traffic or forgo their visits entirely.

The transit agency in conjunction with Gov. Chris Christie has announced four new weekend express trains between New York Penn Station and Long Branch, and the resumption of hourly service south to Bay Head. The expanded services will begin June 2.

“NJ Transit is committed to making the trip down the shore quick, convenient and comfortable for the hundreds of thousands who will return to our world-class beaches and boardwalks this summer following Superstorm Sandy,” Transportation Commissioner James Simpson said.

Starting June 2, NJ Transit will debut new, enhanced weekend/holiday rail service to and from shore towns along the North Jersey Coast Line. This service includes:

The addition of two new morning express trains from New York Penn Station, which will leave at 8:01 am and 10:01 am on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays. These new express trips will save customers up to 16 minutes off the normal trip, and will allow customers to change at Long Branch for service to Bay Head.
The addition of two new evening express trains, leaving Long Branch at 4:57 pm and 6:57 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays. These new express trips will save customers up to 17 minutes from their normal trip.

Hourly service for the summer season will resume between Bay Head and Long Branch on June 2, with 12 new trains.

Additional weekday service will also return to the North Jersey Coast Line starting June 2, including more trains operating between Hoboken and Bay Head.

“NJ Transit is committed to being a good neighbor and supporting the businesses and the communities along the Coast Line,” NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein said. “The addition of new weekend express service from New York and the return of Bay Head service from Hoboken and Long Branch is critical to keeping the Jersey Shore moving this summer.”

The agency is still exploring a train route through interior portions of Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties that would run from Manchester and connect with existing tracks at Monmouth Junction with stops in Freehold and Manalapan.

New schedules will be available on njtransit.com starting Thursday, May 23.

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