Starting today and ahead of summer, NJ Transit is offering new weekday, one-seat ride service on the North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) to the Jersey Shore. Six trains are operating from Bay Head to New York and New York to Bay Head without stopping in Long Branch. 

NJ Transit trains (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)

Nancy Snyder, spokesperson for NJ Transit, said feedback from customer surveys prompted the change.

"They've said time and time again that they would like to see implemented new terms of service that connect them, or give them more of a connection to the Jersey Shore and we're really happy to make this happen," said Snyder.

The expanded, one-seat service on the North Jersey Coastline would not be possible without the supported by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, according to Snyder.

"And also, it supports our residents who head to New York City to work and they want to jet home a lot sooner, it provides more options for those who want to vacation at the Shore Points during the week days, and it certainly supports the businesses and communities around Jersey Shore Points," Snyder said.

Eliminating the transfer in Long Branch is expected to save train customers a significant amount of time.

"Time is very valuable to our customers," Snyder said. "We anticipate this saving people anywhere between 20 minutes to perhaps 40 minutes."

NJ Transit summer rail service to Monmouth Park Racetrack began May 9, and will continue through September 27, 2015 on weekends and holidays when the track is open for live racing. Friday rail service begins June 5 and continues through September 4.