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Fall 2013 NJT Schedule Changes

October 11th, 2013  |  Published in NJT

New rail schedules will be in effect October 13, 2013. Earlier this week, we asked the commuters to share their impressions  regarding what will be changing.  This post reflects what was shared:

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  This is community-generate content. The format of the below is a bit inconsistent. Clever Commute is NOT responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data below. Please check your schedule prior to Monday’s commute. (Schedules are available  from NJT via this link)

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  • Northeast Corridor Line (1 report)
  • Gladstone/Morristown Lines (2 reports)
  • Montclair-Boonton Line (2 reports)
  • Main/Bergen Line (1 report)

Northeast Corridor

Earlier departures are marked “-”

later departures “+” (since an earlier departure is a pain, but a later departure is a plus).

== AM Rush – Trains arriving New York before 9:00 am ==

Scheduled arrival times in Newark and New York are unchanged.

+ Trains that departed Trenton at 5:59 and earlier will now depart Trenton through New Brunswick 1 to 5 minutes later. Sleep in!

- The 6:11 Trenton local will now depart Trenton, Hamilton & Pr. Jct. 2 minutes earlier (at 6:09, 6:15, and 6:23).

- The 6:23 Trenton express will now depart T/H/PJ 2 minutes earlier (at 6:21, 6:28, and 6:35).

- The 6:46 Trenton express will now depart Pr. Jct 1 minute earlier (at 7:00); Trenton & Hamilton are unchanged.

- The 7:00 Trenton express will now depart T/H/PJ 3 minutes earlier (at 6:57, 7:04, and 7:11).

= The 7:12 Trenton express (7:19 at Hamilton, 7:27 at Pr. Jct) is unchanged.

+ The 7:29 Trenton express will now depart T/H/PJ 2 minutes later (at 7:31, 7:38, and 7:45).

- The 7:04 semi-express from New Brunswick will now depart 1 minute earlier at 7:03.

+ The 7:12 semi-express from New Brunswick will now depart 2 minutes later at 7:14.

+ Jersey Avenue departures at 7:54 and earlier will now depart 1-4 minutes later, except for the 6:49 which will depart 2 minutes earlier at 6:47.

== PM Rush – Trains departing New York 4-8 pm ==

Most trains are unchanged.

- The 4:54 to Jersey Ave will now leave 2 minutes earlier at 4:52 and add a stop at Seacaucus. It will still depart Newark at 5:10.

+ The 5:12 to Jersey Ave will still leave NYP at 5:12, but will leave Newark 2 minutes later at 5:32.

- The 5:17 express to Trenton will leave 1 minute earlier at 5:16, and will leave Newark 1 minute earlier at 5:36.

Gladstone/Morristown (I of 2)

·         If I take a HOB-bound train to change at Summit for NYP, a train originating at Summit was moved earlier to catch others doing the same change, or just starting at Summit. That’s great since that train gets very crowded. The current train I would change to, originating in Gladstone, no longer stops at Summit.

·         A new MTD option was added for Morristown with a 7:06a departure and 8:12a arrival.

Gladstone/Morristown (2 of 2)

Short Hills station and I presume others on my line will be inconvenienced…in the evening.
Most express trains are now gone, replaced with locals that increase travel time by 11 minutes or so.
Some details:
  • OUTBOUND
  • Train number 6655
  • Origin/Destination names Penn Station – Short Hills
  • Old “departure time” = 6:22
  • New “departure time” = 6:18
  • Old “arrival time” = 6:55
  • New “arrival time” = 7:02
Meanwhile, they also cancelled stops at Short Hills and Millburn that also stop at Mountain.

Montclair Boonton Line (1 of 2)

  • Direction (inbound/outbound): Inbound
  • Train number: 6210
  • Origin/Destination names Origin: MSU…Destination: NYP
    (best if you can also share the name of the “end of the line” for all trains)
  • Old “departure time”: 7:25am
  • New “departure time”: 7:22am
  • Old “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT 8:21pm
  • New “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT: 8:19pm

NEW TRAIN

  • Direction (inbound/outbound): Inbound
  • Train number: 204
  • Origin/Destination names Origin: MSU…Destination: Hoboken (via Newark Broad St)
    (best if you can also share the name of the “end of the line” for all trains)
  • Old “departure time”: 6:29am (based on Train 1070 from Hacketsstown)
  • New “departure time”: 6:30pm
  • Old “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT 7:13am (Hoboken), 7:28 (NYP via Newark Broad St)
  • New “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT: 7:17am (Hobken due to add’l stops), 7:28 (NYP via Newark)
  • Direction (inbound/outbound): Inbound
  • Train number: 1070
  • Origin/Destination names Origin: Hackettstown…Destination: Hoboken (via Newark Broad St)
    (best if you can also share the name of the “end of the line” for all trains)
  • Old “departure time”: 5:14am (6:29am from MSU))
  • New “departure time”: 5:10am (6:25am from MSU)
  • Old “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT 7:13am (Hoboken), 7:28 (NYP via Newark Broad St)
  • New “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT: 7:00am (Hobken due to express train due to new train # 204), 7:16(NYP via Newark)
  • Express Train Skips: Montclair Heights, Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair, Walnut Street, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield & Watsessing
  • Direction (inbound/outbound): Inbound
  • Train number: 1000
  • Origin/Destination names Origin: Denville…Destination: Hoboken (via Newark Broad St)
    (best if you can also share the name of the “end of the line” for all trains)
  • Old “departure time”: 6:30am (7:08am from MSU))
  • New “departure time”: 6:27am (7:04am from MSU)
  • Old “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT 7:55am (Hoboken), 8:17am (NYP via Newark Broad St)
  • New “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT: 7:42am (Hobken due to express train due to new train # 208),8:00am (NYP via Newark)
  • Express Train Skips: Montclair Heights, Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield & Watsessing

NEW TRAIN

  • Direction (inbound/outbound): Inbound
  • Train number: 208
  • Origin/Destination names Origin: MSU…Destination: Hoboken (via Newark Broad St)
    (best if you can also share the name of the “end of the line” for all trains)
  • Old “departure time”: 7:08am (based on Train 1000 from Denville)
  • New “departure time”: 7:10am
  • Old “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT 7:55am (Hoboken), 8:17am (NYP via Newark Broad St)
  • New “arrival time” <== IMPORTANT: 7:57am (Hobken due to add’l stops)

Montclair Boonton Line (2 of 2)

Train 6293 from NY Penn Sation to Watchung Ave. (Montclair State is end of line)

  • Old 8:37 PM => 9:15 PM (9:28 PM at MSU)
  • New 8:32 PM =>9:09 PM (9:22 PM at MSU)

Main/Bergen

Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays
Train 1878
Old: Depart Waldwick at 7:38pm; arrive in Secaucus 8:17pm; arrive in Hoboken 8:29pm
New: Depart Waldwick at 7:32pm; arrive in Secaucus 8:11pm; arrive in Hoboken 8:23pm
Train 94
New: Departing Port Jervis at 6:22am –> only runs on November 28, January 20, and February 17
Train 88
New: Departing Port Jervice at 4:09pm –> only runs on January 20 and February 17
Train 91
New: Departing Hoboken at 12:13pm –> only runs on November 28
Train 93
New: Departing Hoboken at 5:19pm –> only runs on January 20 and February 17
Monday - Friday
Train 99
Old: Departing Hoboken at 2:45pm –> only on August 30th
New: Departing Hoboken at 2:45pm –> only on November 27 and December 24
Train 59
Old: Departing Hoboken at 6:11pm –> does not run on August 30th
New: Departing Hoboken at 6:11pm –> does not run on November 27 and December 24

 

How we help when there are LIRR “track changes at NY Penn” and NJT “single tracking”

September 6th, 2013  |  Published in Inside Track, LIRR, NJT

The problem: Some widespread transit issues can be identified purely by technology (e.g., when 30% of NJT trains are listed as “STAND BY”). However, other issues benefit from user input. When “the latter” happens, we need a way to quickly publish/share the info with interested commuters.

The solution: Clever Commute technology will now “listen” for keywords which indicate that a known large problem is happening. When it does, The Inside Track will then automatically send a message to it’s subscribers.

To be clear: We will still depend on commuters to be the primary source of this info. Somebody must post the first alert to identify when these situations happen. The innovation here is that ALL in-scope commuters are now guaranteed to be notified…according to their preferences (text vs e-mail, time-of-day, day-of-week, etc)

Two examples of where we are putting this to work:

1. LIRR Track number changes at NY’s Penn Station - Seasoned commuters know that LIRR NYP track number assignments are fairly predictable. It’s not exact…but there is a pattern…or a cluster…and the commuters have a feel for what to expect.
However, the absence of finding trains on normal tracks can be a sign of system-wide problems (the problem may be in progress or on the horizon).  At a minimum, “track changes” requires heightened awareness on the part of the commuter.

2. Single-tracking into NY’s Penn Station – This appears to be more of a NJ Transit phenomenon…but may happen elsewhere. The scenario is that some type of “blockage” means that only 1 of 2 tracks are available for travel (usually) into or out of the city. Undeniably, a single-track situation creates delays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Commute on September 5, 2013 – chronology

September 5th, 2013  |  Published in announcements, LIRR, NJT, press

Signal problems were the stated cause of a bad commute on both NJ Transit and LIRR.

Oldest entries at the bottom [see "Published on" for the as-of time of this post]

Carrier Route Timestamp Comment
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:37:02 The late 545 left penn approx 620 we just got to secaucus seats available (06:37 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Gladstone & Morristown Lines 2013-09-05 18:36:08 No problems at hoboken (06:36 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Main & Bergen County Lines 2013-09-05 18:35:19 629 still at sec. At 633. No word how long were waiting here (06:35 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:29:08 601 from NWK left at 628. Seats available. (06:29 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Main & Bergen County Lines 2013-09-05 18:20:09 Hoboken not crowded. Seems best bet for main/Bergen riders (06:20 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Montclair-Boonton Line 2013-09-05 18:19:03 6.08 from NYP left at 6.15. NYP is packed, phone networks overloaded (06:19 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Montclair-Boonton Line 2013-09-05 18:16:03 Just got on the 6:27 from Hobokem. No cross-honoring on. PATH. (06:16 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Gladstone & Morristown Lines 2013-09-05 18:14:29 5:50 MTD Dover packed, still in station, no announcements (06:14 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:14:08 5:41 NEC left about 30 mins late. Just arrived at sec (6:14 (06:14 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Montclair-Boonton Line 2013-09-05 18:14:02 Decamp cross honoring (06:14 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:10:06 Trn 3171 NYP NEW BRUNSWICK track 10 (06:10 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) North Jersey Coast Line 2013-09-05 18:08:25 NEC rider validates what njt website says – delays of 20-30 out of NYP. Trains exiting Hoboken are fine. (06:08 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:05:19 3867 semi express to Trenton still boarding at Nwk (6:04), has stop signal from east bound amtrak (06:05 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 18:03:05 Apparent Signal prob in newark. All trains westbound stopped. (06:03 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 17:59:02 5:23 south amboy just getting to newark (05:59 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Raritan Valley Line 2013-09-05 17:55:39 update-continued NYP is crowded with delayed trains. Hoboken is fine. Avoid trains which transfer at Newark due to crowds there (05:55 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) North Jersey Coast Line 2013-09-05 17:49:06 Signal problems, mechanical problems causing delays (05:49 PM)
DeCamp 33 & 66 2013-09-05 17:48:10 5:35 66x just arrived (05:48 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 17:45:29 5:12 from NY just boarded. Doors closed. Train hasn’t left Penn. Its 5:39 (05:45 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) North Jersey Coast Line 2013-09-05 17:38:09 Chaos at Newark Penn Station (05:38 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Gladstone & Morristown Lines 2013-09-05 17:34:07 NJT Alerts says bus is xhonoring but buses in PABT aren’t. Say they haven’t heard from NJT (05:34 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 17:33:03 4:54 to JA just reached Newark no seats available (05:33 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Babylon Branch 2013-09-05 17:23:07 LIRR website says up to 20 min delays, all lines (05:23 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Main & Bergen County Lines 2013-09-05 17:18:07 Trains in hoboken are on schedule (05:18 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Port Jefferson Branch 2013-09-05 16:59:08 Many cancellations and track changes at NYP (04:59 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Port Jefferson Branch 2013-09-05 16:55:27 Major delays and cancellations – Signal problems on the Queens side of the tunnels (04:55 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 16:50:24 Track changes at Penn. Looks like no 13 or 14 (04:50 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Pascack Valley Line 2013-09-05 16:33:23 Reconsider using NYP tonight. The next 5 trains on the board (NEC/NJCL) are all cancelled or delayed.  (04:33 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 16:28:12 Eastbound LIRR delays this PM – signal issues on the Queens side of the East River. MTA estimates complete repairs by approx 6:15 PM (04:28 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 16:20:26 Repairs will take 2 hours (04:20 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Gladstone & Morristown Lines 2013-09-05 16:13:10 LIRR has signal problems. NJT departureboard shows some delays/Standby.  (04:13 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Northeast Corridor Line 2013-09-05 16:13:03 Delays at NYP (04:13 PM)
NJ Transit Train (NJTT) Gladstone & Morristown Lines 2013-09-05 16:03:10 All trains at Penn Station on standby due to signal problems between Sunnyside Yard Queens and Penn St. Major crowding starting. (04:03 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Port Washington Branch 2013-09-05 16:03:09 UPDATE: PW line WESTBOUND has the problem. No reported issue with EASTBOUND (04:03 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 16:01:03 Problems brewing service suspended in and out of pen (04:01 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Montauk Branch 2013-09-05 16:00:44 Problems brewing service suspended in and out of pen (04:00 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 15:57:16 Service suspended between Jam and NYP – signal problems. Also suspended between Woodside and Penn on the Port Washington Branch (03:57 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Babylon Branch 2013-09-05 15:54:08 Get ready for a crazy commute. Service suspended between Penn and Jamaica (03:54 PM)
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Ronkonkoma Branch 2013-09-05 15:53:09 Lirr reporting Penn to Jamaica is suspended (03:53 PM)

Integration with alerts from your transit provider

June 7th, 2013  |  Published in announcements, Inside Track, NJT

In our continuing effort to make Clever Commute as effective and helpful as possible, we added alerts from your provider into The Inside Track application.

For example, NJ Transit riders can save a trip to njtransit.com by simply clicking on the red gears icon…and following the link to Alerts From NJT.

ShowProviderAlerts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clever Commute’s on-time performance metrics

March 23rd, 2013  |  Published in NJT

Historically, train on-time performance metrics have two flaws:

  1. They are self-reported (e.g., no independent verification)
  2. They use a non-neutral methodology  (e.g., one which favors the transit providers)

Clever Commute will address these issues via a new initiative: On-time metrics which are generated by the commuters on the trains.

How it works:

  • At the moment that the train doors open at the terminal platform, use your mobile-enabled device to send a (blank) message to their train’s e-mail address.
  • Clever Commute will capture and aggregate this information (train #, arrival-time timestamp)
  • The address is YourTrainNumber@clevercommute.com

For example, NJT runs a train as follows:

Depart : WATCHUNG AVENUE at 7:32 AM
Board : Train 6210 toward NEW YORK PENN STATION
Arrive : NEW YORK PENN STATION at 8:19 AM

The e-mail address for each train has the following format: train-number “at” clevercommute.com

In this instance, it is 6210@clevercommute.com. Here is an example:

 

CleverCommuteTrackMetricsFormat   #1 – This train is NJT 6210… so the e-mail address is 6210@clevercommute.com

#2 – Optional (but helpful): Put the arrival time in the Subject*

#3 – The commuter does not need to add a Body


*Our technology records (A) the train number (based on “To”)…and (B) the arrival time (based on the timestamp of the e-mail)!

 

 

Maplewood, South Orange, Morristown…some helpful news for for commuters

November 8th, 2012  |  Published in announcements, bus, new markets, NJT, press, promotion

We created 3 new Clever bus communities. Please join whichever one(s) you like. If you have never used Clever Commute for the bus…then this might be a good opportunity to start.
(More info about Clever Commute here)

  • Lakeland bus Route 78 (Summit)
  • NJ Transit bus Route 107 (South Orange)
  • Coach USA Route 77 (Morristown)

To sign up: go to clevercommute.com/signup and change “Select provider type” to “Bus Alerts”.
(there is no easy way to simply “add” these to your current subscription…so you need to re-sign up for each. Sorry)
A few other caveats:

  • If you are new to Clever Commute, it may take a few days until you can _send_ messages…but you will be able to _receive_ as soon as you get your “Welcome” e-mail
    (after you confirm…and we approve you)
  • When you get the mail asking you to confirm, please use the “Click this link” option. If you use the “reply to this mail to confirm”…you’ll see it does not yet work yet.
  • The e-mail address that you need for each community is found in the “Welcome” mail you receive after we approve/add you.
  • We are still working on the Twitter feeds for each of these new communities.
  • And of course: the content comes from YOU. Please lead by example and share whatever it is you think your fellow commuters want to know.

We pulled these together quickly…so there are some rough edges. Please be patient as we put the finishing touches on.
If you have any questions or comments, please use the Contact Us feature of our web site

If you ride NJ Transit trains…

October 5th, 2012  |  Published in announcements, Inside Track, NJT

It’s time you try The Inside Track …our premium offering which goes WAY beyond the features you know
(actually, we have moved some features FROM our “free” service…and put them in the premium product)
So, why the urgency?

1. LAST NIGHT
– It was a TERRIBLE commute for many of you. (e.g., NE Corridor)
Yes…the traditional “Clever Commute” service helped…BUT…”Inside Track” has a FANTASTIC feature which lets you browse the Clever Commute alerts on your smartphone (NOT in your inbox)!
  • YOU control “which train lines?” (yes…you can see not just your own line)
  • YOU control “how much history to see?” (1-24 hours)
  • YOU control whether or not you read the new alerts (yes…our technology “hides” messages you have already seen!)
2. Oct 14 – The NJT train schedule will change on that day.
We are putting the finishing touches on an INCREDIBLE NEW FEATURE
We will tell you “what changed?”
That’s right! It’s the end of the tedious process of YOU doing a side-by-side comparison between “old” and “new”.
YES – we do it for you…included in your subscription price.

 

And of course, there is a 30-day free trial…so you have NOTHING to lose.
We have extended the Fall promotion…so the monthly fee is less than a cup of coffee.

An amazing (yet limited-time) offer for NJ Transit riders

August 28th, 2012  |  Published in announcements, Inside Track, NJT

The first 100 people to sign up for our premium service will receive a special back-to-school rate of $2.99 a month (before it returns to $3.99 a month).
(as always: a 30-day free trial…and two months free when you subscribe for the year)
Remember, from now on, you MUST be a member of our premium service to receive…
  • our Labor Day get-away tipsheet
  • advance notification about a BIG event this week which will impact your commute
  • A COOL new feature which means you no longer need to receive your Clever Commute alerts via e-mail
    Imagine: You ONLY see “fresh” alerts…and it faster than e-mail. No more inbox!
    And if that’s not cool enough: you can actually scan/monitor TWO train lines this way!
  • track number history for ALL trains…and advance notification at many other stations
Again – here is the link to sign-up

How The Inside Track impacted me in a VERY personal way

August 11th, 2012  |  Published in Inside Track, NJT

[This is an excerpt from a message I sent to Clever Commuters on  April 18, 2012]
I’ve been telling you about our revolutionary new service (Clever Commute “Inside Track”) which lets you avoid problems with your commute. Well…last night, it was a game-changer for me…for a reason VERY near and dear to me. I strongly encourage you to be a charter member at the price of $1.99 (this is introductory pricing which will not last).
To sign up, go to http://www.clevercommute.com/insidetrack and create your new account.
The scoop: Last night was a mess at NYP…but I was still OK to put my daughter on a train…alone…for the first time ever. Why?
  • Even though Penn was teeming…with mobs at every terminal…we WALKED RIGHT PAST THEM AND GOT ON THE 5:44 PM AT 5:20 PM. The train was NOT yet announced…but The Inside Track told me “Track 4″.
    We strolled right down…and were the FIRST people on the train. We got her THE BEST seat…and then waited upstairs for her to be safely en route
  • ALSO: throughout the evening, Clever Commute technology “scanned” the NJT departure boards and let me know when the number of trains on “Stand by” surpassed the Clever Commute threshold. (example below)
It does not matter if you have been with Clever Commute for a long time…or if you are new. When you see The Inside Track, you’ll be blown away.
For me, last night was proof positive that it’s worth all the effort we put into it.

NJT – We Tweet your track number!

March 25th, 2012  |  Published in announcements, NJT, social

If you ride NJ Transit trains from NY Penn Station, then check out our new offering which tweets your track number. This is very cool because tweets are fast and simple…and it gives you newfound control over the delivery of your data. When you “follow” the track announcements for your line, you can even tell Twitter to send them to you as text messages!

Here are the “follows”

  • @cc_ny_nec_trx – track numbers for the Northeast Corridor line
  • @cc_ny_mande_trx – Gladstone/Morristown line
  • @cc_ny_njcl_trx – North Jersey Coast line
  • See this link for Montclar-Boonton Line

Other great news: separately from the “track number” tweets, we also deliver the general Clever alerts via Twitter.  So, instead of your getting “alerts” in your inbox, you can get those as tweets as well. You can read all about that at http://www.clevercommute.com/twitter

  • For general alerts regarding Northeast Corridor Line, follow @cc_njtt_nec
  • For general alerts regarding North Jersey Coast Line, follow  @cc_njtt_njcl
  • For general alerts regarding  Gladstone & Morristown Lines,  follow  @cc_njtt_mande

Remember: generally, tweets are delivered faster than e-mails!

Here are notes about using Twitter (from Twitter.com)

Finally: Please note that this new service is beta…and is currently free.   The use of any Clever Commute services is subject to our Terms and Conditions.