New Jersey Transit is adding four round-trip, one-seat-ride trains from New York to the Jersey shore this summer at a cost of $273,000.
The express trains will operate from New York to Bay Head, with no change required in Newark. Two of the round trips will be geared to beachgoers, one to early-morning travellers, and one to late-evening passengers.
The express service will serve Penn Station New York, Secaucus Junction, Newark Penn Station, Elizabeth, Rahway, Aberdeen-Matawan, Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, and then all stations to Bay Head, without the need for a transfer in Long Branch. A travel-time savings of approximately 25 minutes is expected from the normal travel time between New York and trains such as Belmar, Manasquan, and Point Pleasant.
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) authorized the funds through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).