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Yes, it is another record-breaking year. The number of Americans traveling for the holidays this year is a record 112.5 million according to the new AAA travel forecast. Driving is very popular again this year; 101.1 million Americans will be taking over the roads.  So, if you are one of the drivers hitting the road this holiday season don’t forget to pack an emergency kit and prepare your car for winter.  You can find a complete list of winter driving tips here.

Source: AAA

Whether you are driving, flying, taking public transit, or staying local, we have prepared a list of podcasts to help you pass the time:

  1. Hidden Brain – NPR’s Shankar Vedantam talks about the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior shape our choices and direct our relationships.
  2. This American Life – in their own words “entertaining journalism that’s built around plot.”
  3. Corner Office from Marketplace – Kai Ryssdal interviews business leaders transforming our economy, culture, and daily lives.
  4. 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
  5. Revisionist history – if you like Malcolm Gladwell’s writing, you will definitely enjoy this weekly podcast

And as usual, we also prepared a public transit schedules guide for the holidays:

NJ Transit

Bus Service

December 25, Christmas Day and January 1st, New Year’s Day – Sunday service on 600, 601, 605,606, 607, 608, 609, 613 and no service on 409, 603, 610, 611, 612, 619, 624

Bicycles permitted at all times

Rail Service

On December 21, getaway trains 8845, 8847, 8849, 8851, and 8855 will operate, while trains 3867, 3955, and 3961 will not operate. Some train will add additional stops at Newark Airport, more details at njtransit.com.

On December 25 and January 1, trains will operate on weekend/major holiday schedule. More details at njtransit.com

On December 24-31, a modified weekday schedule will be in effect. Some peak period trains will be cancelled, and additional trains will operate during the mid- to late-morning period. More details at njtransit.com

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

To download the NJ Transit app go to njtransit.com

Riverline – Sunday Schedule for Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Tuesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Bicycles permitted at all times

FreeB – No Service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

ZLine and ZLine2 – Schedule updates will be available on our website https://gmtma.org/mercer-county-bus-service/

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

Tiger Transit – service will be limited on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more informatio

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

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

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

Amtrak –Schedules available here 

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

SEPTA 

December 24:  City Transit Routes will operate on a Modified Weekday schedule

December 25:  Christmas Day: Buses, Trains, and Trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule due to the holiday

December 26 – 28: Buses, Trains, and Trolleys will operate on a Modified Weekday schedule due to the holiday

December 31: Additional Regional Rail Trains will be added to the schedule to accommodate passengers attending the fireworks display in Center City

January 1: New Year’s Day: Buses, Trains, and Trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule due to the holiday

PATH –December 25 Saturday Schedule, more details at panynj.gov

Stay safe and Happy Holidays!

 

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