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Transportation in New Jersey

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New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) ensures safe and convenient commuting of people and transfer of goods. NJDOT owns, manages and maintains numerous lane-miles of roadways, bridges, tunnels, rails and also responsible for air and water quality, communities and roadsides cleanliness. NJDOT implemented a new approach called the Asset Management, which is a systematic cost effective method of upgrading and maintaining physical and infrastructure assets. Jamie Fox is the current Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

New Jersey Road Transportation

The road transportation in New Jersey comprises of several interstate highways, state routes, bridges and tunnels. NJDOT administers numerous state highways, tunnels and many moveable bridges to provide easy and safe connectivity to various cities and states. New Jersey Transit serves as the state's main intrastate public transportation. NJ transit oversees 3 separate light rail systems, 11 commuter rail lines, and a state-wide bus system.

Each segment of roads maintained by the state is assigned a number, officially called State Highway Route X, which is also popularly known as Route X by the NJDOT and the general public. Some of the major interstate highways in New Jersey are I‑76, I‑78, I‑80, I‑95, I‑195, I‑278, I‑280, I‑287, I‑295, I‑495, I‑676, I‑695 and I‑895.


New Jersey Turnpike: The New Jersey Turnpike, NJTP is a toll road that is operated by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the authority has designated NJTP among the top 6 busiest toll roads and most frequently used highways in the nation. The southern terminus is located at I-295 around Pennsville and Carneys Point's border while its northern terminus is at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, Bergen County.

Garden State Parkway: The Garden State Parkway, GSP is a toll parkway of limited access that is commonly known as the Garden State or the Parkway. The highway extends from the Montvale to Cape May, the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Its name refers to New Jersey's nickname, the "Garden State." Most New Jersey residents refer to it as simply "the Parkway" or "the Garden State".

Interstate 76: Begins from I-71 interchange west of Akron, Ohio and east to I-295 in Gloucester City, New Jersey.

Interstate 78: Union Township - Lebanon County - Pennsylvania to New York City.

Interstate 80: New York City Metropolitan Area - westward to San Francisco, California.

Interstate 95: Scudder Falls Bridge - south into Bucks County, Pennsylvania - Route 29 interchange - heads northeast past suburban development - northwest of the airport before coming into Hopewell Township.

Bridges and Tunnels

Tolls collected in New Jersey is one way toll, meaning, no toll need to be paid while entering into New Jersey, but must pay when exiting the state. Tolls are levied in both directions (enter and exit) for the Dingman's Ferry Bridge and the Delaware River-Turnpike Toll Bridge.

Some of the notable bridges in the state include-tunnels

  • Pulaski Skyway
  • Newark Bay Bridge
  • Edison Bridge
  • Driscoll Bridge
  • Basilone Bridge
  • Donald and Morris Goodkind Bridges
  • Great Egg Harbor Bridge

New Jersey Transit Bus Service

New Jersey Transit serves the state with over 200 bus routes across the state. New Jersey Transit offers commuter, local and long-distance bus services in all twenty-one counties of New Jersey.

NJ Transit bus pass is available for daily bus commuters, which may save up to 30% off your daily travel.

There are 3 choices of pass available-

  • The intrastate pass - It is valid for rides between local routes within New Jersey only.

  • The interstate pass - It is valid for rides between New Jersey and New York City or Philadelphia . It may also be used for local rides within New Jersey.

  • The intra-commuter pass - It is valid for rides on bus routes between U.S. Highways 9 & 18 from Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken, or Newark.

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NJ Transit Bus Schedules

NJ TRANSIT Information
Phone: (973) 275-5555
Text Telephone (800) 772-2287
Operator assistance 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Automated information 24 hours/day

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Learn more: New Jersey Transit

Some of the state’s major private buses are listed below-

A&C Bus Corporation
Broadway Bus
Carefree Bus
Coach USA
Trans-Bridge Lines
DeCamp Bus Lines
Lakeland Bus Lines
Lion Trailways
Martz Trailways
Susquehanna Trails

Scenic byways

Given below are the seven designated Scenic Byways in New Jersey.
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  • Bayshore Heritage Byway
  • Delaware River Scenic Byway
  • Millstone Valley Byway
  • Palisades Scenic Byway
  • Pine Barrens Byway
  • Warren Heritage Scenic Byway
  • Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway

Ride sharing

Ride sharing was initially proposed to help minimize travel cost to half, reduce traffic congestion and struggle for parking spaces. It also gives the luxury to commute in cars, vans and shuttles without having to bear the hassle and cost of car ownership. It is system in which privately owned vehicles are rented by the hour or day.

Ride sharing contact line: 1-800-245-POOL

Ride Sharing Locator

New Jersey Rail Transportation

The railways in New Jersey serve the people of the state to provide convenient intercity and interstate connectivity. Additionally, the railways are an important mode for freight movements.

Passenger Rail services in New Jersey are provided by the following operators-

New Jersey Transit Rail Operations

The New Jersey Transit Rail Operations operates large mileage of rail tracks in the nation and also serves large number of weekday riders. There are 2 divisions of the commuter rail lines, namely

  • The Hoboken Division: Operates from Hoboken Terminal tthrough Newark-Broad St.

Hoboken Division’s Transit Rail Lines-

-Bergen County Line
-Pascack Valley Line
-Main Line
-Gladstone Branch
-Morristown Line
-Meadowlands Rail Line
-Montclair-Boonton Line

  • The Newark Division: Operates through Newark Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor

Newark Division’s Transit Rail Lines-

-Atlantic City Line
-North Jersey Coast Line
-Northeast Corridor Line
-Princeton Branch
-Raritan Valley Line

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Light Rails

There are 3 separate light rail lines that are managed by New Jersey Transit. The entire light rail systems of the state function on a proof-of-payment fare system.The light rail lines include-

  • The Hudson-Bergen Light Railrail
  • The Newark Light Rail
  • The River Line

Learn more: Light Rail Schedules and details

NJ TRANSIT Information
Phone: (973) 275-5555
Text Telephone(800) 772-2287
Operator assistance 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Automated information 24 hours/day


Amtrak serves as a major passenger rail route that provides interstate connectivity to and from New Jersey. The Amtrak trains that serve the state of New Jersey are-

  • Iselin, NJ - Metropark (MET)
  • New Brunswick, NJ (NBK)
  • Newark, NJ - Airport (EWR)
  • Newark, NJ - Penn Station (NWK)
  • Princeton Junction, NJ (PJC)
  • Trenton, NJ (TRE)

Learn more: Amtrak Service, Time tables, Routes, Fares and other details

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

It is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It connects the cities of New Jersey (Harrison, Newark, Hoboken and Jersey City) to Manhattan.

PATCO Speedline

It is operated by the Delaware River Port Authority. It connects Camden County in New Jersey to Center City, Philadelphia. The line serves 9 stations in New Jersey and operates 24 hours a day.

Freight Rails

Railways provide a convenient and cost effective mode to transfer goods and covers around 1000 miles of freight rail lines. Some of the important commodities shipped by train are construction materials, petrochemicals (such as crude oil and plastic pellets), food products, manufacturing raw items and finished products.

New Jersey Air Transportation

New Jersey Air Transportation is a major mode that offers all round efficient and easy intercity and interstate connectivity. The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operations in New Jersey State.

The primary airports that provide commercial services include-

Atlantic City International Airport

Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is jointly operated as civil-military airport. ACY is owned by South Jersey Transportation Authority and operated by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & SJTA. The airlines that operate to and from ACY are Air Canada Express and Spirit Airlines.

The top 10 domestic destinations ACY serve include-

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Orlando, FLairport
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Tampa, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Detroit, MI

Contact Details:
Atlantic City International Airport
101 Atlantic City International Airport
Suite 106, Egg Harbor Twp
NJ 08234, United States
Airport Information:(609) 645-7895
Airport Administration:(609) 641-3833
Website: http://www.sjta.com/acairport/

Trenton Mercer Airport

Trenton–Mercer Airport (TTN) is jointly operated as civil–military, public airport. TTN is owned by County of Mercer and operated by Mercer County Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure. The one scheduled airlines served by TTN is Frontier Airlines.

The top domestic routes TTN serve include-

  • Orlando, FL: MCOairlines
  • Chicago, IL: MDW
  • Atlanta, GA: ATL
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC: RDU
  • Detroit, MI: DTW
  • Tampa, FL: TPA
  • Fort Myers, FL: RSW
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL: FLL
  • Charlotte, NC: CLT
  • Cincinnati, OH: CVG

Contact Details:
Mercer County Administration Building
640 South Broad Street
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, New Jersey
Phone: 08650-0068
Website: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/airport/index.html

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is owned and operated by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Newark Airport was United State's first major airport and based on flight operations, EWR is the busiest airport of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.

The airlines that operate to and from EWR include-

Air Canada
Air Canada Express
Air India
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
American Eagle
Austrian Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Delta Air Lines
Delta Connection
Jet Airways
JetBlue Airways
Scandinavian Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
TAP Portugal
United Airlines
US Airways
US Airways Express
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic
La Compagnie
Porter Airlines

The top international destinations EWR serve are-

  • London–Heathrow, United Kingdom
  • Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Israel
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Toronto–Pearson, Canada
  • Toronto–Billy Bishop, Canada
  • Munich, Germany
  • Mumbai, India
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France
  • Zurich, Switzerland

Contact Details:
Newark Liberty International Airport
10 Toler Pl
Newark, New Jersey 07114
Phone: 973 961-6000
Website: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html

New Jersey Water Transportation

The water transportation in New Jersey is one of the most important modes of transportation in the state. It serves as an important system for passenger transportation and sight seeing and offers many recreational activities. Additionally, the ports also serve as a major business hub for freight movements across the state and beyond border.

A combination of 11 independent New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) projects, called Portway was implemented to help improve the connectivity to many major ports and facilities that serve as a very important gateway to global and domestic business and commerce.


Portway's main objectives are-

  • To improve the connectivity to and between-

    -The Newark-Elizabeth Air/Seaport Complex
    -Inter-modal rail facilities
    -Trucking and warehousing/ transfer facilities
    -The regional surface transportation system.

  • To enhance safety and provide smooth roadway and inter-modal connections.

  • To reduce congestion and keep up with future demands.

  • To promote economic growth and provide more jobs and work for better environment

Port of New York and New Jersey

The Port of New York and New Jersey manages varied cargo, including containers, roll on-roll off automobiles (Ro-Ro), liquid and dry bulk, breakbulk and specialized project cargo. The various services provided by the port include Ocean Shipping Schedules, Containerized Cargo, Cruise Terminals, Vehicle Shipping & Processing Bulk, Distribution & Warehousing, Breakbulk & Project Cargo, Foreign-Trade Zone 49 and Inland Transport Drayage Truck Registration.

Contact Details:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Corporate Offices
225 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212 435-7000
Website: http://www.panynj.gov/port-authority-ny-nj.html

Ports along Delaware River

There are 3 ports along the Delaware River in New Jersey. South Jersey Port Corporation managed the ports. The Ports are-

  • The Port of Camden: The South Jersey Port Corporation operates the Port of Camden.

  • The Port of Salem: It is operated by the South Jersey Port Corporation.

  • The Port of Paulsbor: It is located across the river from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Contact Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, New Jersey DOT
Phone: 08625-0600

North Region:
New Jersey Department of Transportation
200 Stierli Court
Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856-1322

North Region
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union counties and portions of Warren County (including Route 57 and north)

Executive Director's Office
Phone: 973.601.6600
Fax: 973.601.6603

Central Region:
New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625

Central Region: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset counties and portions of Warren County (Routes 22, 122, 173, 78 and including south of Route 57)

Executive Director's Office
Phone: 732.625.4340
Fax: 732.625.4344

South Region:
New Jersey Department of Transportation
One Executive Campus
Route 70 West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

South Region: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties

Executive Director's Office
Phone: 856.486.6600
Fax: 856.486.6833

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