NJ Transit Rail Strike Information

July 27, 2016 Update

New Jersey Transit's board approved contracts with the last rail unions on July 27, 2016. Lisa Torbic, an NJ Transit spokeswoman, said that the board unanimously approved contracts with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the SMART Transportation Division , which represents conductors and trainmen.

**July 1, 2016 Update**

Dear Madison Train Commuter: 

New Jersey Transit (NJT) recently announced a tentative settlement of the possible rail strike.  The Agreement still needs to be ratified by the two unions who rejected the prior settlement.  Both parties have agreed not to have a work stoppage until the union members have a chance to vote on the new contract which could take up to thirty (30) days.

Accordingly, there is no need for the Borough bus service during this period and we will not be starting service on July 5, 2016 as previously indicated. 

If the contract offer is rejected again by the unions and a strike is called, the Borough will reactivate our alternate bus service plan to and from New York City. 

Thank you for your patience.

Very truly yours,

Raymond M. Codey
Borough Administrator

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Attention Madison Residents Traveling to NYC

Due to the possibility of a NJ Transit Rail Strike, the Borough of Madison will be providing bus transportation to and from New York City beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  Read the full letter from Borough Administrator, Raymond M. Codey.

Where will the buses be located?

The buses will be at the Madison Train Station parking
lot (between Green St. & Prospect St.).

What time will the buses start boarding and departing?

The first bus will arrive at at the Madison Train Station parking lot at 5:15 AM (between Green St. & Prospect St.) and will begin boarding at 5:30 AM. Buses will depart when full, and the last bus will leave no later than 6:00 AM

When will the service be provided?

Monday through Friday, starting July 5, 2016
(Except on Holidays) until the NJ Transit System is
up and running. 

What is the cost of a round-trip ticket?

The cost of a round trip ticket is $25.00 cash only, exact
change please. Tickets are only valid the day they are issued.

How will the tickets be sold?

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve Cash Only 
basis. Exact change will be appreciated.

Where is the bus drop-off location?

Buses will drop off patrons on 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues and pick-up at the same location. 

When will the bus return to Madison?

The bus will start loading at approximately 5:00
p.m. and will leave NYC when full. The last bus
will depart NYC at 6:00 p.m.

Additional Information

  • The buses will have “Madison” on the windshield and have “Aristocrat” on the sides.
  • If you are in NYC and cannot find the bus, please contact the Police Desk at (973)-593-3000.

  • Please sign-up for Nixle from the Madison Police Department. Text Madison’s zip code 07940 to 888777. You will receive text message alerts from the MPD.

  • Stay connected by signing-up for Borough alerts and events through Notify Me.

NJ Transit Announces Alternate Service Plan for Possible Rail Stoppage

Rail Customers:

Know your alternatives. Regularly check the website at njtransit.com/railstoppage. Sign up for alerts at njtransit.com

Car Drivers:

Try to travel before 6 a.m. or after 10 a.m. Leave before 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. Carpooling is strongly suggested. Get E-ZPass if you don’t have one. Get real-time traffic alerts at 511nj.org .


Avoid Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. Consider diverting around the region.



Encourage flextime, staggered hours, and alternative work sites. Consider a 4-day work week and telecommuting.

Bus Customers:

Expect extensive delays and severe overcrowding.