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NJ Transit to extend "bike-friendly" program

August 7, 2012 12:51:09 PM PDT
In response to customer requests for more bike access at train stations, New Jersey Transit will implement designated "bike-friendly" trains on weekends and other improvements to cycling transportation.

The plan, an extension of the Bike Abroad program, will provide capacity for up to 7,200 bicycles on Saturdays and Sundays combined.

Effective Saturday, August 11, all weekend trains on the Raritan Valley Line and Atlantic City Rail Line and on rail service to and from Hoboken Terminal will become "bike-friendly" trains, providing capacity for up to 12 bicycles per train. The current policy allows for bicycle access only on open rail cars, meaning if four cars of a six-car train are open to customers, that train can accommodate only eight bicycles. Under the newly revised Bike Aboard program, train crew members will be able to open unused rail cars on designated bike trains as needed to provide additional capacity for cyclists.

New Jersey Transit will be offering 418 designated bike trains on weekends on the Raritan Valley, Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton and Atlantic City Rail lines. An additional 273 non-designated bike trains on weekends can accommodate up to two bicycles per car on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Midtown Direct lines.

Starting in October, rail timetables will be reprinted to clearly indicate designated bike trains with a special bicycle icon near the train number.

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ONLINE: njtransit.com

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