NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The free rides are over for most NJ TRANSIT users.

The agency says it will discontinue most of the free shuttle bus and ferry services it initiated after Superstorm Sandy by 8 p.m. Wednesday.


With service back close to normal on most lines, NJ TRANSIT will discontinue free bus service originating from the following locations:

-PNC Arts Center

-Convent, Madison and Chatham stations


-Ramsey/Route 17 station

Free ferry service from Port Imperial Terminal in Weehawken and Liberty State Park also will be discontinued.

The agency will continue to offer free shuttle service along the suspended Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex rail lines. The shuttle service will not operate this Thursday or Friday.

Nearly a third of NJ TRANSIT’s locomotives and a quarter of its rail passenger cars suffered storm damage.

In total, 62 locomotives, and 261 rail cars, stored in the NJ TRANSIT Meadows maintenance complex in Kearny  and in Hoboken during Sandy were water-damaged and out of commission, according to NJ TRANSIT.

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