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Free Shuttle Bus, Ferry Service for Gladstone Riders

New service starts Monday, to assist Somerset Hills and Long Hill commuters whose commute has been disrupted by Sandy.

NJ Transit will expand the free emergency shuttle bus/ferry service and  shuttle bus to rail service to improve the Trans-Hudson commute for Gladstone Branch customers along the Morris & Essex lines — including those at stations in Bernardsville and Bernards Township — still impacted by the ongoing suspension of Gladstone Branch train service following Sandy.

Starting Monday, new bus shuttle-to-ferry service and bus shuttle-to-train service will operate from selected stations along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines to provide an alternate travel option for customers impacted by the ongoing suspension of Gladstone Branch train service.

Also effective on Monday, bus shuttle and ferry services from several locations will no longer operate due to the restoration of NJ Transit rail service near those locations.

  • Starting Monday, November 19, free shuttle bus service will operate weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. between Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons, Berkeley Heights and New Providence stations and Liberty State Park (LSP), where free ferry service is available between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).
  • Statue Cruise Lines ferry service to Battery Park will be offered free of charge.
  • Free shuttle bus service will board customers from the following locations on the Gladstone Branch:
  • Bernardsville — in the parking lot at the station.
  • Basking Ridge — on North Finely Avenue at Ridge Street
  • Lyons – on South Finely Avenue at Cross Road
  • Berkeley Heights – at the station building on Sherman Avenue
  • New Providence – on Springfield Avenue at Old Springfield Avenue
  • Standard parking rules and fees are in effect at all rail station parking lots.

New Gladstone Branch bus shuttle to train option (to midtown Manhattan)

  • Starting Monday, Nov. 19, free shuttle bus service will operate to meet trains departing from Summit on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and returning to Summit for trains departing Penn Station New York from 4 p.m. to 8:02 p.m. between Gladstone, Peapack, Far Hills, Millington, Gillette, Murray Hill and Summit stations, where customers will be able to connect with Morris & Essex Lines train service to/from Summit. More detailed schedule information is available on njtransit.com.
  • Free shuttle bus service will board customers from the following locations on the Gladstone Branch:
  • Gladstone — in the parking lot at the station
  • Peapack — on Main Street at Holland Avenue
  • Far Hills — at the station building in the parking lot
  • Millington – on Division Avenue at River Road
  • Gillette – on Mountain Avenue at the station parking lot entrance
  • Murray Hill – on Floral Avenue at the station parking lot exit
  • Summit – on the eastbound side of the station on Railroad Avenue at Elm Street
  • Standard parking rules and fees are in effect at all rail station parking lots.

Effective Monday, Nov. 19, the following bus shuttle and ferry options will not operate due to reduced customer demand:

Morris & Essex Lines

  • Discontinued: Free express shuttle bus service between Morristown station and Weehawken Ferry Terminal.
  • Discontinued: Free shuttle bus service between Maplewood Station and Liberty State Park.

Further details are available on the Bernards Township website.

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