Press Release Article


Date: Mar 11, 2016
Press Release Number: 38-2016

In the event of an NJ Transit rail stoppage – currently scheduled to begin Sunday, March 13 at 12:01 a.m. if a settlement is not reached – the Port Authority is preparing to handle an expected increase in riders and vehicles at affected bridges, tunnels and bus stations, where possible.

The Port Authority will be providing information on its website,, with frequent agency alerts and social media posts to keep travelers up to date on commuting issues and options. For additional information regarding NJ Transit’s contingency plans, please visit

The following Port Authority facilities, services and other systems are likely to be impacted by a rail stoppage:

Port Authority Bus Terminal/Tunnel and Bridge Crossings

Motorists and bus riders traveling to New York between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and to New Jersey from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. should allow additional time and expect significant delays and crowded conditions. The Port Authority encourages anyone attempting to drive during a rail stoppage to carpool and travel at off-peak hours.

The Lincoln Tunnel Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL), a contra-flow bus lane serving the Port Authority Bus Terminal, will be operational one hour earlier than normal, starting at 5 a.m., to ease typical morning traffic. It will remain in operation an hour later than normal, until 11 a.m.


Efforts will be made to maximize capacity during the peak weekday morning and evening hours on the Newark to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd Street and the Hoboken to 33rd Street and Hoboken to World Trade Center lines. PATH will be cross-honoring NJ Transit rail passengers on its system.

Newark Liberty International Airport

There will be no NJ Transit service to the airport’s rail link station, while Amtrak trains will continue service. There will be no airport shuttle buses between Newark Penn Station and the airport, but customers can utilize existing NJ Transit buses and taxis and other ground transportation providers. AirTrain Newark will be in operation.

Ferry Service

The agency also urges commuters to consider ferries as an alternate means of travel. Commuters are encouraged to take advantage of ferry service near the Hoboken PATH station, given the expected passenger increases on PATH trains to New York. Service on the Hoboken to 33rd Street PATH line will remain unchanged. For information on the ferry service, please visit:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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