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NJ Transit's Morris Line Resumes Service Monday

Service will be limited as transportation company continues to recover from Sandy.

New Jersey Transit announced it will resume limited midtown direct service along the Morris line beginning Monday.

This is the first time the line has offered service since Tropical Storm Sandy hit the region on Oct. 29.

Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson said emergency bus and ferry operations will continue into midtown and lower Manhattan despite train service resuming.

Service begins with the first train departing Denville at 4:07 a.m. and one train per hour within the 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours. Return trains will include three trains in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. hours and two in the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. hours.

Trains will service the Morris Plains, Morristown, Convent, Madison and Chatham stations throughout the day with service to Newark Broad Street, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station.

There will be no service on the Gladstone Branch or the Montclair-Boonton line, or from Morristown to Hoboken.

A complete schedule of the Morris & Essex Line's limited service is included in the Photos & Documents section of this article.

Other Transportation Options

NJ Transit also offers free bus and ferry service to and from the following locations as an alternative option for commuters:

  • Free shuttle service between Morristown Station and Weehawken Ferry Terminal, with free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street.
  • Free shuttle service between Convent, Madison and Chatham stations and Liberty State Park, with free ferry service between Liberty State Park and Battery Park.
  • Free shuttle service between Maplewood Station and Liberty State Park, with free ferry service between Liberty State Park and Battery Park.

Several municipalities, including Madison and Chatham Borough, have chartered buses leaving from local train stations and arriving at midtown Manhattan.

Gina Randall November 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM
So happy to read this, but again -- Sandy was not a tropical storm when it hit NJ. It was a hybrid storm or a post-tropical cyclone.
The Good Guy November 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I live right by the tracks and let me tell you, these guys have been working 7 days a week for 12 hours a day, cleaning and repairing these tracks. Kudos to the NJ Transit workers! I must say it was peaceful not hearing the trains go by, but also sad since I've live near trains almost my whole life so far.
Secaucus Penn November 12, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Anybody know if "Secaucus Junction New York" means "NY Penn" or "Secaucus Junction"? What are those times supposed to represent?
Chris Flinn November 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I'm glad the trains were back today, but the commute was a disaster. What normally takes 65 mins from Morristown to Penn Station took 2 hrs 40 mins due to broken down trains, slippery tracks, etc. I think today the shuttle bus/ferry combo may have been better. I took that on Friday and it just took under 2 hrs to get to NYC, but it took 2.5 hrs to get home because of bad traffic.
Boris Zakharin November 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I took it to mean that the trains don't stop at Secaucus, but now I'm not so sure, looking at their new map which implies that NEC and Morristown lines both stop at SEC. I was wondering why the other lines bypass SEC out of Hoboken given that when they were first started after the storm, they *originated* at SEC.
TCG November 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Once again, NJ Transit proves itself to be perhaps the most incompetent, arrogant and clueless rail line anywhere. No idea when the trains will be scheduled within those hours? No explanation whatsoever as to why, if the tracks are open, the number of trains is limited. Were rail cars damaged in the storm? Is it lack of personnel? How about just a ballpark idea of when service (and I use the term ever so lightly) might be resored? No accountability, horrific communication and zero pressure from elected officials. Makes you wonder who is in who's pocket. Yet...despite the fact that I have been a month ticket holder for many years, if I forget my ticket, even once, NJT charges me $15. Let me see if I can make this clear. They will wait until we get a 100 year storm before I pay that bill. Oh...wait...nevermind.
Jeanne November 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I don't understand the one train per hour thing...I was laying in bed this morning and from roughly 6:45 - 7 am there must have been 4 separate trains pass my house...all east bound.
Gerry Geisler November 13, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I don't know where the one train per hour came from, NJT has an actual schedule for the limited service posted on their web site. And as to why the Hoboken trains don't stop at Secaucus, it's simple, the tracks to Hoboken don't pass through Secaucus Jct station.
Gerry Geisler November 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
To clarify my previous statement: Morris & Essex Lines tracks to Hoboken don't go through Secaucus Jct. NJT had some of the other lines (Pt Jervis and Main Line) that pass through the Jct originate trains at the Jct because Hoboken was not ready to start receiving trains again.
Kim November 13, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Lets keep it real here. I took the bus to the ferry to downtown where I work near the WTC. This was organized by FEMA, they had workers come from Long Island to guide us an d my trip was great (manu of the bus drivers are from out of state so there will be some teething for them for these first few days). Remember that FEMA was on Romney's list of what to discontinue...?
Kim November 13, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Please excuse mispelling within my post. Getting used to my new Iphone.
Boris Zakharin November 13, 2012 at 01:14 PM
My question is, why do the trains from Hoboken not stop at Secaucus now? (not the m&e ones, the main, Bergen, and pascack valley) This makes SEC useless as a transfer station (all trainst stopping there go to/from NYC)
Gerry Geisler November 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I understand that NJT has temporarily dropped the Seacaucus stop for its Main, Bergen, and Pascack Valley trains beccause of over crowding on the limited schedule of trains that are operating through the station on the Northeast Corridor. I have read in teh newspaper of trains that were so packed that people were standing in the bathrooms! I guess they figure it is better to take the riders on to hoboken and a ferry connection than to drop them at Seacaucus for trains that are too crowded for them to board.
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