ONE-SEAT RIDE NJ TRANSIT TRAIN SERVICE FROM NEW YORK TO ASBURY PARK: WHAT TO KNOW TO SAVE 25 MINUTES
Now through September 1, NJ Transit – the largest statewide transit system in the US – will offer round trip, one-seat ride express trains Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between New York Penn Station and Bay Head, NJ. Two of these new round trips will be geared to beach travelers, with the additional two round trips providing service during the early morning and late night timeframes.
The new express service will include New York Penn Station, Secaucus Junction, Newark Penn Station, Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, and then all station stops to Bay Head.
Riders on these express trains will not have to transfer in Long Branch. A travel time savings of 25 minutes, according to NJ Transit, is expected.
Express trains will operate using ALP-45 dual-powered locomotives. These specialized trains operate in electric mode between New York and Long Branch and switch to diesel operation for travel between Long Branch and Bay Head, allowing for the one-seat express ride.
Beginning soon, Cablevision / Optimum customers will be able to access free wireless on all NJ Transit trains.
The first direct train from New York to Asbury Park rolled in on August 30, 1875. This event sparked growth and a historic economic boom in the area. From 1875 to 1885, the Jersey Shore experienced a 400% population increase.
The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is asking fans of the one-seat ride to sign a petition to encourage the powers that be to make the service year-round. NJ Transit responds to demand and usage – consider taking a ride as well.