Summer Of Hell: The Sequel? Look What’s Coming To NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton Line

A $30 million Amtrak project will wreak some havoc (but hopefully not full blown transit hell) for Montclair-Boonton line commuters.

The trouble starts on June 17, 2019, when NJ Transit will start temporarily diverting select Midtown Direct rail service on the Montclair-Boonton Line and one North Jersey Coast Line train to Hoboken, in order to accommodate Amtrak repair work that will take two tracks at Penn Station New York (PSNY) out of service.

Other temporary service adjustments will include Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct trains no longer stopping at Newark Broad Street station during the morning and evening peak periods, and a limited number of Midtown Direct reverse-peak trains will operate from Hoboken.

NJ TRANSIT must implement service changes weekdays only between Monday, June 17th and Friday, September 6th.

The following service plan will be in place weekdays from June 17th through September 6th.

Montclair-Boonton Line (MOBO)
A.M. Peak Period PSNY Arrivals Diverted To Hoboken Arrivals:
MOBO 6206, currently arrives at PSNY 7:40 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 7:32 a.m. and be renumbered 206.
MOBO 6210, currently arrives at PSNY 8:20 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 8:09 a.m. and be renumbered 210.
MOBO 6214, currently arrives at PSNY 8:59 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 8:49 a.m. and be renumbered 214.
MOBO 6216, currently arrives at PSNY at 9:50 a.m., will arrive at Hoboken 9:42 a.m. and be renumbered 218

P.M. Peak Period PSNY Departures Diverted To Hoboken Departures:
MOBO 6263, currently departs PSNY at 4:52 p.m., will depart Hoboken 4:54 p.m. and be renumbered 263.
MOBO 6273, currently departs PSNY at 5:31 p.m., will depart Hoboken 5:36 p.m. and be renumbered 273.
MOBO 6279, currently departs PSNY at 6:10 p.m., will depart Hoboken 6:22 p.m. and be renumbered 279.
MOBO 6283, currently departs PSNY at 6:41 p.m., will depart Hoboken 6:47 p.m. and be renumbered 283.

PP.M. Peak Adjustments to Hoboken Arrivals
Note: MOBO 250, currently departs MSU at 4:33 p.m. bound for Hoboken, will depart at 3:41 p.m. and will be renumbered as train 246. Customers have two alternative options:

Midtown Direct 6248, departing MSU at 4:13 p.m. and arriving at PSNY at 5:08 p.m. Hoboken customers can transfer from Train 6248 to Train 430 at Newark Broad Street. Train 430 departs Newark Broad Street at 4:57 PM and arrives in Hoboken at 5:13 PM.
Midtown Direct 6252, departing MSU at 5:07 p.m. and arriving at PSNY at 5:57 p.m. Hoboken customers can transfer from Train 6248 to Train 430 at Newark Broad Street. Train 432 departs Newark Broad Street at 5:56 PM and arrives in Hoboken at 6:13 PM.

Bus Service

* NJ TRANSIT bus service will be enhanced along three routes which travel along the Montclair-Boonton line to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) — Bus Route Nos. 324, 191 and 192 — to accommodate an anticipated increase in customer demand during the summer track work.

* DeCamp bus service is another travel option, however DeCamp is NOT cross honoring NJ TRANSIT passes/tickets. A DeCamp bus ticket must be purchased.

Ticketing/Fares for Montclair-Boonton Line Customers
Montclair-Boonton Line fares will be adjusted to offset the cost of PATH or NY Waterway (NYWW) ferry travel options into New York City during June, July, August and September. This provides customers with the ability to choose the alternative travel option which best suits their commute to New York City. The adjusted fare amount will be based on the customer’s origin and the destination stations on the Montclair-Boonton Line. For detailed fare information, please visit

PATH Option
Montclair-Boonton Line customers may purchase their PATH tickets at the large PATH Ticket Vending Machine in Hoboken Terminal or any one of the New York City PATH stations. NY Waterway Ferry Option Montclair-Boonton Line customers choosing to take ferry service into New York City during the summer may purchase a rail-ferry monthly combination pass at any of NJ TRANSIT’s Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs), Ticket Offices or the MyTix feature on the mobile app. Customers who prefer to buy one-way ferry tickets can purchase them at an adjusted fare by displaying their valid Montclair-Boonton Line ticket at the designated ticket window located in Hoboken Terminal.

Important note: Customers planning to return by ferry must purchase two one- way ferry tickets at Hoboken Terminal as these adjusted ferry tickets will NOT be available for purchase in New York City.

Regular weekday Midtown Direct service will resume on the Montclair-Boonton Line on Monday, September 9.

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  1. In other words, there are no direct rush-hour trains to or from NY for the entire summer. That’s the seventh circle of transit hell.

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