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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT today launched a new comprehensive communications initiative aimed at improving the customer experience. The effort, entitled “Engage. Inform. Improve.” focuses on addressing customer needs, providing more timely information, and improving all customer touchpoints including announcements, station and facility conditions, and the onboard experience.

“From day one, I’ve been committed to restoring NJ TRANSIT for the commuters of New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The improvements underway in this initiative will have a real and tangible impact on the lives of nearly one million daily riders who rely on trains and buses every day.”


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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT is prohibiting all beverages on its trains, light rail vehicles and buses on Saturday, December 8th and the early morning of Sunday, December 9th to coincide with the annual SantaCon event in New York City and Asbury Park.

No beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will be permitted on board trains, buses or light rail vehicles during this time. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

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Ridgewood Looking to restore and Preserve Iconic Bus station

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood ‘s Historic Preservation Commission has “identified the Ridgewood bus station building as having historic significance to the village. The bus station designed by architect J. Robert Gilchrist, is of the 1950s mid-century modern school of design .

Gilchrist, who died in 2008, was a prominent Bergen County architect, whose projects include Continental Plaza in Hackensack and International Crossroads in Mahwah.

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NJ TRANSIT Celebrates Labor Day With ‘Early Getaway’ Service


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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT is kicking off the Labor Day weekend with “early getaway” rail and bus service on Friday, August 31 for the benefit of customers leaving work early for the last long weekend of the summer. To help speed the getaway, customers are encouraged to enjoy the convenience of purchasing tickets through the MyTix feature of the NJ TRANSIT mobile app [download].

Friday, August 31:

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NJ Transit Hearings Long on Dialogue Short on Action


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Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) said today’s hearing of the state senate and assembly transportation committees with N.J. Transit executives failed to break new ground on how the organization will improve service.

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Ridgewood NJ, To accommodate the lane closures necessary as part of the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) rehabilitation of the Route 495 Bridge over Routes 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen, several NJ TRANSIT local bus routes will require detours.

The Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) will be maintained weekday mornings (6 a.m. – 10 a.m.) throughout the construction.

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Route 495 lane closures to begin in mid-August

July 31,2018

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North Bergen NJ, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the lane closures necessary as part of the rehabilitation of the Route 495 Bridge over Route 1&9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen are expected to begin in mid-August.

The work is scheduled to start on Friday, August 10, with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 495 westbound, with traffic detoured onto Patterson Plank Road. A week later, on Friday, August 17, one lane of Route 495 in each direction will be closed, limiting the roadway capacity and causing severe congestion. NJDOT will provide more detailed information as the start of the lane closures nears.

The exclusive bus lane (XBL) will remain operational during construction. This construction is expected to last for about two and a half years while the entire bridge deck, parapets, light fixtures, guiderail, and drainage are replaced. The entire project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

The $90.3 million state-funded project began in September 2017 with local street improvements. The work in the first phase, which was necessary before the lane closures could be implemented, has been taking place under the bridge and along the Paterson Plank Road – Union Turnpike corridor.

The project to rehabilitate the nine-span viaduct includes repairs and reconstruction of the bridge deck, replacement and strengthening of deteriorated structural steel, and the repair and painting of the substructure. Construction will be accomplished in stages by first making improvements to local streets in the surrounding areas that will need to handle some of the diverted traffic during bridge construction

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April 2,2018

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Ridgewood NJ,  of the City of Hackensack, NJ TRANSIT bus service in that city will have slight adjustments to bus routes and/or stops which take place effective April 7.

All NJ TRANSIT bus service will be moved off of Main Street between Court and Passaic streets and will no longer operate through that area. These changes are the result of the City of Hackensack’s implementation of the next phase of their Main Street streetscape and redevelopment project.

Certain NJ TRANSIT bus routes will see some adjustments to their routes in Hackensack as the city makes improvements to enhance pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow. Customers who normally board their bus along Main Street will now board their bus along State or River streets.

The bus routes that will have slight adjustments are: 83 (to Jersey City), 165 (to Westwood), 168 (to New York and to Paramus), 751/755 (to Paramus), 752/770 (to Ridgewood/Oakland/Paterson), 753 (to New Milford/Cresskill and to Paramus), 762 (to Paramus), 772 (to Meadowlands and to Paramus) and 780 to Passaic and to Englewood). The 76 and 712 bus routes will have slight changes to a few bus stops.

Northbound bus service currently operating along Main Street will be relocated to State Street and River Street.

The trip destination signs seen on the front of the bus will not be affected.

Fares and the frequency of service will not change.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for My Transit Alerts, which provide customized notifications via email or text messages based on a customer’s preferences. My Transit alerts can be accessed by creating a free account on Real-time bus arrival information is available through MyBus, using the five-digit code at the bus stop.

A “Hackensack’s Main Street’’ brochure, which highlights individual route and bus stop locations, is available in printed form and for viewing at

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Reader says if you move Ridgewood Bus Station ,the “Green” bike lane needs to be removed

Bike Lane Traffic Easing Ridgewood

RE:” The bus station may be moved to the train station to create a single transit hub.  This would free up many parking spots in the core of the village by Van Neste.  It would also get buses off of Ridgewood Avenue and onto Franklin Avenue.  Of course with high density housing slated for the Ken Smith property, there is going to be a lot more traffic on Franklin anyway.  And the bus station on the other side of the tracks would take away some spots there.  But overall there would be a net gain of 38 (?) spots.”

This seem like a bad idea.

If this is done, that idiotic “Green” bike lane needs to be removed.
Traffic is a nightmare already.
I can’t imagine how bad it will be when you add bus traffic AND vehicle traffic for people dropping offs/picking up bus passengers.

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April 7,2017
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Ridgewood NJ,  At 6:55 a.m., Amtrak advised NJ TRANSIT that all but one track is back in service at Penn Station New York (PSNY). NJ TRANSIT’s MidTOWN Direct Service has been operating to PSNY this morning, and the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line train service is operating on their regular weekday schedules.

Trains are running with 15-20 delays !

As a precaution, NJ TRANSIT is advising customers that they may experience some delays and should give themselves some extra time to get to their destinations.  We also urge customers to check before traveling.

At approximately 9 a.m. Monday morning, NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor line train #3926 experienced a slow-speed derailment while pulling in to Track 9 at New York’s Penn Station.  Three cars in the middle of the ten car train derailed.  These were cars 5, 6, and 7.  Amtrak, which owns and maintains the tracks near Penn Station New York, has determined that a track problem was the cause of the derailment.

As long term commuters many on the staff of the Ridgewood blog would like to offer the following advise : Always have a backup plan  or a plan B . Long term commuters often have a plan C as well .

If you take the Train everyday be familiar with the NJT bus schedule (163,164 ) as well as the Short line bus schedule and the NJT 165 express buses that leave the park and ride at Garden State Parkway off Ridgewood ave. Also be familiar with the 752 buses ,they link Ridgewood to Hackensack bus station. And don’t forget the 175 goes to the GWB bus station linking to the A express subway line.
Midtown direct passengers should be familiar with the Hoboken PATH trains  as well as trains from Newark Penn to Ridgewood .Main line Bergen Line passengers should also be familiar with Pascack Valley line .
Complaining about commuting does not get you home to your family but good planning does.