What you need to know if there's a NJ Transit strike

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Toni Yates is live in Woodbridge with the latest details.

More than 4,000 workers have authorized a strike for 12:01 a.m. Sunday in what would create monumental gridlock in the already congested New York-New Jersey region and affect more than 100,000 rail riders.
The contingency plan would only accommodate about 40,000 seats.


Here's what you need to know if a strike or work stoppage shuts down New Jersey Transit this weekend.

Heather O'Rourke has a series of videos to help you get around depending where you live:

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Regional Park-Ride Service
Park-ride service will operate on a first come, first served basis from five key regional park-ride lots, weekdays only, during four-hour AM inbound (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and four-hour PM outbound (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) peak periods.

  • MetLife Stadium to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York

  • PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel to New York City (Academy Bus)

  • Hamilton Rail Station to Newark Penn Station for PATH service

  • Metropark Rail Station to Harrison PATH Station

  • Ramsey/Route 17 Rail Station to Lincoln Harbor Ferry, Weehawken

  • No midday, evening, weekend or reverse commute service will operate on these park-ride routes.

    Park-ride locations were selected based on their size/parking capacity, access to regional highways, and geographical distribution. Access to area PATH stations and ferry service also was analyzed to minimize congestion at Hudson River crossings.

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    Enhanced NJ TRANSIT New York Bus Service

    NJ TRANSIT will enhance peak period service on 29 existing New York bus routes in close proximity to rail stations. The routes are:

  • Northeast Corridor: 108, 112, 115 and 129 bus routes

  • North Jersey Coast Line: 116 and 133/135 bus routes

  • Raritan Valley Line: 113 and 114X bus routes

  • Morris and Essex Lines: 107X and 114X bus routes

  • Montclair-Boonton Lines: 191X and 324 bus routes

  • Main/Bergen County Lines: 145, 160L, 160T, 160P, 163P, 164SX, 190P/D, 190R, 190X and 192X bus routes

  • Pascack Valley Line: 151, 162, 163L, 165P, 165R and 165T bus routes

  • In addition, to accommodate Atlantic City Rail Line customers, NJ TRANSIT will enhance service on the 554 bus route, which operates between Atlantic City and Lindenwold. At Lindenwold, customers can connect with PATCO service to Philadelphia. PATCO will cross honor Atlantic City Rail Line tickets and passes to/from Philadelphia (8th & Market St. Station).

    To lessen traffic congestion and delays at the Lincoln Tunnel and to take advantage of the proximity to connecting PATH and ferry service, NJ TRANSIT will make the following service adjustments in the event of a rail stoppage:

  • The 156R, 158 and 159R bus routes serving the River Road corridor will terminate at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken on weekdays, enabling cross honoring with connecting NY Waterway ferry service. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

  • The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. In the evening, the 126 bus route will operate from Hoboken Terminal back to Willow Avenue and 19th Street. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

  • You can search for bus service from your community by clicking here.

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    Traffic and Road Conditions

    Traffic conditions in and around New York City could be extremely congested if there is a strike. The map below shows the potential additional congested conditions (in yellow).

    Here are some tips from NJTransit for getting around:

    Rail Customers: Know your alternatives. Regularly check the website at njtransit.com/railstoppage.

    Bus Customers: Expect extensive delays and severe overcrowding.

    Car Drivers: Try to travel before 6 a.m. or after 10 a.m. Leave before 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. Carpooling is strongly suggested. Get E-ZPass if you don't have one.

    Truckers: Avoid Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. Consider diverting around the region.

    Employers: Encourage flextime, staggered hours, and alternative work sites. Consider a 4-day work week and telecommuting

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  • Stay alert as roadways will be extra crowded with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Consider alternative work locations.

  • Keep luggage and extra carry-ons to a minimum, especially if taking buses, light rails or ferries. All will likely have increased ridership.

  • Sign up for NJTransit alerts at My Transit.

  • Be sure to check njtransit.com for updates or call customer service at (973)275-5555.

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    You can check traffic conditions anytime at abc7NY.com/traffic.

    Stay with Eyewitness News on Channel 7 and abc7NY.com for continuing updates on this story.
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