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Holiday Travel Info and 5 Podcasts for the Road

20 Dec

Another record-breaking number of Americans will be traveling for the holidays, 107.3 million according to the new AAA travel forecast. And driving seems to be very popular again this year; 97.4 million Americans will be taking over the roads. So, if you find that your trip may take longer than normal, and AAA says it might take three times longer, consider passing the time with one or more of these podcasts:

  1. Wait, wait… don’t tell me! – the NPR weekly current events quiz is a fun way to test your knowledge and catch up on current events
  2. Revisionist history – if you like Malcolm Gladwell’s writing, you will definitely enjoy this weekly podcast
  3. Radiolab –  a science show, informative and easy to digest
  4. Freakonomics – inspired by the book with the same name, the show explores “ the hidden side of everything”  and they do mean everything
  5. The Ezra Klein Show – his guest list includes policymakers, writers, business leaders, and techies. The show is entertaining and informative

And if you are taking public transit, here are the holiday transit schedules:
NJ Transit Bus Service – Christmas Eve, December 24, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611,612, 619,624
December 25, Christmas Day, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611, 612, 619, 624.
December 31, New Year’s Eve, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611, 612, 619, 624.
Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 610, 611, 612, 619, 624
Bicycles permitted at all times

NJ Transit Rail Service – Weekend Service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Bicycles are not permitted on trains on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Riverline – Sunday Schedule for Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Bicycles permitted at all times

Amtrak –Schedules available here 

AirTran – http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-to-from.html

SEPTA – Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day regular Sunday schedule

PATH Sunday Schedule,  Christmas Day– Monday, December 25 Saturday Schedule,  New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31  Saturday Schedule, New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1  Sunday Schedule

FreeB – No Service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
New schedule in effect January 2, 2018.

Route 130 Connection – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Tiger Transit – Limited or suspended service during University holidays. More information available at https://transportation.princeton.edu/

Suburban – Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day on a Sunday Schedule

Ocean Ride – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Ride Provide – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Happy and Safe Holidays from all of us at GMTMA!

Sources: http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/holiday-travel-forecast/

 

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Holiday Travel and Transit Schedules

16 Dec

According the AAA Year-End Travel Forecast, 2016 is another record year for holiday travel; more than 103 million will be traveling for the holidays this year.  Gas prices are still low compared to previous years and many people choose to drive to their destination, although travel by other modes of transportation will increase as well.

If you are driving, please check our winter driving safety tips before you hit the road and check out these AAA winter driving tips.

If you are taking public transit:

NJ Transit – Bus Service . December 25, Christmas Day, Sunday service, no service on 603, 611, 612, 619, 624.

Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day observed, Saturday schedule, no service on 603, 610, 611, 612, 619, 624

Bicycles permitted at all times

Rail Service – Weekend Service on Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Bicycles are not permitted on trains on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Riverline Sunday Schedule for Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Bicycles permitted at all times

Amtrak –Schedules available here 

AirTran – http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-to-from.html

SEPTA – Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed regular Sunday schedule

PATH – Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016 Sunday Schedule,  Christmas Day Observed – Monday, December 26, 2016 Saturday Schedule,  New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016 Saturday Schedule, New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1, 2017 Sunday Schedule

FreeB – No Service on Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Route 130 Connection No service on Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Tiger Transit – Evening Circulator, Lawrence/Lakeside, Equad, Sunday Shopper, and Weekender will not be in service Thursday, December 22, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017.  Saturday Shopper will run on limited service from 9am -3pm on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and December 31, 2016

Suburban – Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed on a Sunday Schedule

Ocean Ride No service on Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Ride Provide – No service on Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day Observed and Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day Observed

Happy and Safe Holidays from all of us at Greater Mercer TMA!