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Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Service Adjustments Planned for the 4th of July

NJ TRANSIT will adjust service on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) on Monday, July 4, as Jersey City hosts the Jersey City Freedom Fireworks Festival at Exchange Place. 

The Independence Day event will feature live music and a fireworks display in the evening.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will not be permitted on board train/bus/light rail. This policy will be strictly enforced. 

In the interest of pedestrian safety around Exchange Place due to the expected crowd, beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4, HBLR will adjust the routes which normally travel through and serve Exchange Place by terminating one stop before the Exchange Place station.

At the request of public safety officials, beginning at 10 a.m., light rail vehicles will terminate at both Essex Street and Harborside stations.

NORTHBOUND: All northbound service from 8th Street or West Side Avenue will terminate at Essex Street and will operate every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

SOUTHBOUND: Southbound service from Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken will terminate at Harborside and will operate every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Shuttle service between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken will operate from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. 


Normal HBLR service will resume when the New Jersey Transit Police Department determines it is safe to reopen Exchange Place to light rail traffic. 

Customers who don’t plan to attend the festival are strongly advised not to travel toward Exchange Place as they will experience significant vehicle and pedestrian congestion. 

Customers are strongly encouraged to buy roundtrip tickets from ticket vending machines in advance of the fireworks event. 

Travel Tips

  • Purchase roundtrip tickets in advance to avoid potentially long lines
  • Use  NJ TRANSIT’s mobile app for a seamless travel experience
  • Plan accordingly. Customers should familiarize themselves with NJ TRANSIT schedules and fares prior to starting their trip. To see the schedules and fare information, visit
  • Customers should download the latest version of the NJ TRANSIT mobile app and customize service alert notifications available via push notifications
  • Stay connected to NJ TRANSIT social media during your commute. Search for rail, bus, or light rail-specific Twitter accounts for the best information


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