NJ Transit: Accessible Services: Rail, Light Rail, Bus & Paratransit

NJ Transit: Accessible Services: Rail, Light Rail, Bus & Paratransit-Transportation for Everyone

Welcome!

We are pleased you have chosen to ride NJ Transit. This brochure provides a brief description of the accessible services available to people with disabilities and senior citizens. For more information, please contact NJ Transit or visit http://www.NJTRANSIT.com. Services include accessible rail and light rail  vehicles, lift-equipped and kneeling buses, Access Link ADA paratransit, the Reduced Fare Program, transit information in accessible formats and more. We encourage you to take advantage of these services and allow NJ Transit to be “The Way to Go.”

Accessible Rail:

Many NJ TRANSIT’s rail stations are accessible by elevator, ramp, mini high-level platform or portable lift. Before a passenger using a mobility device boards the train, the passenger should inform the train crew of their destination.

Accessibility Features:

*Bridge plates are available at all high and mini high-level platforms to bridge the gap between the platform and the train.

*On Board station stop announcements

*Accessible parking (where parking is provided)

*Detectable warning edge along platforms

*Priority seating

Accessible Light Rail:

NJ TRANSIT operates three light rail systems, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the Newark City Subway and the River line. Most of the light rail stations served by NJ TRANSIT are accessible. Platforms are accessible by elevator or ramp. Most light rail stations do not have ticket agents, so you will need to buy a ticket from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) and validate it.

Accessibility Features:

*Level boarding between the platform and light rail vehicles.

*Audible station stop announcements and visual signage on-board light rail cares.

*Accessible parking (where parking is provided)

*Detectable warning edge along platforms.

*Priority Seating

Accessible Bus:

NJ TRANSIT provides lift-equipped buses, which are marked with the international symbol of accessibility. It’s required that your mobility device be secured. You may make a reservation for a lift-equipped bus but it is not required.

*Call the Transit information Center (TIC) at 973-275-5555 or 800-772-2287 (TT):

1. For accessible transportation information.
2. To reserve a lift-equipped bus for travel into or out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.
3. To make courtesy reservation, if you are a customer with a visual impairment.

Accessibility Features:

*All of NJ TRANSIT buses are equipped with a kneeling feature. This is for people who have difficulty with the first step up into the bus. When a bus “kneels” the first step lowers several inches to the ground.

*Internal announcements are made at transfer points, major intersections, final destinations and any stop requested by a passenger.

*External Announcements

*Priority Seating

Reduced Fare Program:

People with disabilities and senior citizens age 62 and above may take advantage of the reduced fare at any time on buses, light rail and trains.

*People with disabilities must present a NJ TRANSIT Reduced Fare Card or Medicare Care to obtain the reduced fare.

*Senior Citizens over the age of 62 can produce any form of ID that verifies their date of birth.

Call the Reduced Fare Program for information or an application or an application at 973-378-6401 or 973-378-6327.

Access Link:

Access Link is a public transportation service developed to comply with the paratransit regulations of the ADA. Access Link service is comparable to the local fixed route bus and light rail systems. Access Link is for people with disabilities who are unable to use the local fixed route bus. In order to use Access Link, you must first apply for an in person eligibility assessment.

Key Characteristics:

*Curb to curb service
*Shared-ride system
*Operates during the same days and hours as the local fixed route bus system.
*Same fare as the local fixed route bus.
*Exact fare required
*Origin and destination of Access Link trips must fall within 3/4 mile of a local bus route.

Call Access Link at 800-955-2321 or 800-955-6765 (TT)

Important Phone Numbers:

Transit Information

973-275-5555 *800-772-2287 (TT)

Reduced Fare Information

973-378-6401 *973-378-6327

Access Link Information

800-955-2321 *800-955-6765 (TT)

Website

http://www.njtransit.com

Community Paratransit

Community Paratransit services provide flexible transportation options to people with disabilities and senior citizens in all 21 counties. Community Paratransit providers use lift equipped vans and minibuses and may operate modified fixed route, curb to curb, door to door or advance reservations.

Call 973-491-7372 for information about your local county paratransit service or visit the Council on Special Transportation’s website at http://www.njcost.com.

This information taken from the NJ Transit pamphlet.

Disclaimer: I have not used this service so my option is neither for or against the program. You must call the company for information.

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I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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