NJ Transit Starts Free Bus From Maplewood to Liberty State Park

Service begins Friday; commuters can connect to free ferry service from LSP to Lower Manhattan.


NJ Transit announced on Thursday an expanded plan to get commuters on suspended train lines into New York City.

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 9, there will be a free shuttle bus service between Maplewood Station and Liberty State Park. From LSP, commuters can take free service between LSP and Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

Here is the complete release from the NJ Transit website:

Christie Administration Announces Additional Free Trans-Hudson Bus/Ferry Service

Expanded Plan Serves Morris & Essex, Monclair Boonton, Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines

Trenton, NJ – As NJ TRANSIT continues recovery operations from Hurricane Sandy and a significant nor’easter storm, the Christie Administration has announced plans to provide more free shuttle bus/ferry service for the Trans-Hudson commute.

On Friday, November 9th, free weekday emergency shuttle bus/ferry service will operate from to/from the following locations: 

Morris & Essex Lines

  • Free express shuttle bus service between Morristown Station and Weehawken Ferry Terminal. Free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan (Midtown Manhattan).
  • Free shuttle bus service between Convent, Madison and Chatham stations and Liberty State Park (LSP). Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).
  • Free shuttle bus service between Maplewood Station and LSP. Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).

Montclair-Boonton Line

  • Free shuttle bus service between Bay Street, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield Avenue stations and Weehawken Ferry Terminal. Free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street in Manhattan (Midtown Manhattan).

 North Jersey Coast Line

  • Free shuttle bus service between Aberdeen-Matawan Station and LSP. Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).

Northeast Corridor

  • Free shuttle bus service between Metropark Station and LSP. Free ferry service between LSP and Battery Park (Lower Manhattan).

These new bus shuttle/ferry services will operate weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. (inbound) and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (outbound). Bus shuttles will operate on a load and go basis every 10 minutes.

Please note that Weehawken ferries serve Midtown Manhattan while LSP ferries serve Lower Manhattan. Customers traveling to Weehawken will be given two free NY Waterway ferry tickets for use to/from New York. No tickets are required for the LSP Statue Cruises ferry service.

The additional emergency shuttle bus service compliments established emergency shuttle bus service already established at Ramsey Rt. 17, Meadowlands/MetLife Stadium Lots J & K, PNC Arts Center and Hudson-Bergen Liberty State Park Station. Please check njtransit.com for more information.

The region’s mass transit network suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy late last month, and some additional damage in the November 7th nor’easter. As a result, NJ TRANSIT is in the process of rebuilding much of its rail and light rail network. These new bus/ferry services continue to supplement existing bus service, very limited rail service and other emergency bus and Trans-Hudson ferry services that have been implemented since the storm.

Customer Tips

The following tips are offered for customers traveling around the region:

  • Customers utilizing NJ TRANSIT rail or regular NJ TRANSIT bus service are encouraged to consider traveling during off-peak periods to avoid crowds and potential delays.
  • Customers can expect delays, detours and other challenges during the system restoration and recovery process. 
  • For the latest travel information, customers should listen to broadcast traffic reports, visit njtransit.com, or access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT.
  • Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager.
  • Automated service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.
Philip Ryan November 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I called NJ Transit about options for Maplewood residents today and the agent had never heard of this. Frustrating. Anyway I work in midtown so this is less than wonderful. Trains still "Suspended until further notice."
DylanWilco November 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Now that trains are running to Midtown again, people are going to be parking at the train station. However, the entire block of Oakview between Valley and Dunnell was blocked off to allow a few buses to sit there. This meant 40 to 50 parking spaces were not available by the station. Would it be possible to open up at least some of these spaces?
Meryl Stone November 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Has anyone taken the Shuttle bus from Maplewood to LSP? How often does it run? What are its hours? How many passengers fit on a bus?
John Connor November 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Yesterday a.m. it took about 1 3/4 hrs. Mplwd Stn to Battery Park. Last night 1 hr. from Battery Park to Maplewood Stn. (Excellent). This a.m., with a driver from Florida, 2 1/2 hrs. stn. to Battery. Driver got lost, ending up on 1 & 9 (with open drawbridge for 1/2 hr), having missed the lane for Tpk. Extension. Guided him through Jersey City to LSP. It all depends on the driver, his familiarity with roads here and driving in "northern" traffic conditions, which require an aggressiveness not required in the South. Under optimum conditions, a very good option, which is also "free."
Mary Bryan November 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
When Iowa flooded four years ago people on I-80 were routed to hwy 20 - about four hours out of anyone's way to get over the Iowa, Cedar, and Mississippi Rivers. That was a major inconvenience. I grew up in So. Orange so I know the area and how much people depend on NJT. I read about the free shuttle and thought it would be great for some, but what about everyone else? You will look back and wonder how you got through this and you will be stronger. We are still rebuilding from our mess four years ago. It takes a lot of time and hard work.


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