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NJ Transit Offers Travel Tips for Macy's Fireworks

Customers encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early and purchase round-trip tickets in advance

NJTRANSIT is offering the following travel tips for anyone looking to attend the Macy's fireworks display in New York City. 

For those staying local, to Teaneck-area events. 

 

Fourth of July Fireworks Service Overview

New Jersey’s Hudson River Waterfront is accessible by NJ TRANSIT rail, bus and light rail service to Hoboken Terminal. NJ TRANSIT operates six rail lines and five bus routes with direct service to Hoboken, as well as the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.  Please note that the five bus routes and other routes that serve the Hudson River Waterfront may experience delays and detours on July 4 as a result of traffic congestion. 

Rail Service

On July 4, the following rail lines will provide direct service to Hoboken:

  • Main Line
  • Bergen County Line
  • Pascack Valley Line
  • Port Jervis Line
  • Morris & Essex Lines
  • Montclair Line (from Bay Street Station and points east only) 

Visit njtransit.com/fireworks for rail schedule details.  All other rail lines will operate on a regular weekend schedule. 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail connects the waterfront communities of Hudson County, including service to Hoboken Terminal and Liberty State Park.  On July 4, light rail service will operate on a regular weekend schedule (trains every 20 minutes).  Light rail tickets can be purchased at Hoboken Terminal or any other light rail station.  Visitnjtransit.com for details.

Travel Advice for Customers

To help ensure a safe, enjoyable trip, NJ TRANSIT is offering the following travel tips:

  • Plan Ahead.  NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail service will operate on a weekend schedule.  Get your schedule information in advance fromnjtransit.com.
  • Buy Roundtrip Tickets Before Starting Your Trip.  Remember, you’ll need a ticket to get home.  Please purchase round-trip tickets from ticket vending machines at your boarding station before getting on a Hoboken-bound train.  Ticket lines will be long after the fireworks, and customers will not be allowed to board a train without a ticket.  On light rail, you must activate your ticket by time-stamping it in an orange machine before boarding the train. 
  • Arrive Early.  You’re smart for taking public transportation, but many other people have the same great idea.  Plan to arrive on the Waterfront as early as possible, and consider staying around for a bit after the fireworks are over.  The busiest trains will be those immediately preceding and following the event.
  • Delays are possible.  Large crowds can sometimes have an impact on train operations.  Be courteous to your fellow riders by standing clear of the doors, moving all the way into the car, and making all seats available.
  • Know the Rules.  Due to crowding conditions, bicycles may not be brought aboard NJ TRANSIT trains on July 4.  As a reminder, smoking is not permitted aboard trains, in stations or on platforms. 

Important Information for Bus Customers

On Monday, July 4, between 4 p.m. and midnight, many streets along the Hudson Waterfront will be subject to closure and traffic congestion due to the Macy’s Fireworks Display over the Hudson River. 

  • NJ TRANSIT bus service along the Hudson Waterfront may be subject to detours and delays before, during and after the fireworks.
  • In most cases, buses will be detoured to roadways farther west from the Hudson River.  Bus stops near fireworks viewing areas may be inaccessible.   
  • Customers should allow extra travel time.  

Several local bus routes may experience service impacts as follows: 

  • No. 165 Westwood- New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • No. 166 Dumont-New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • No.168 Paramus-New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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