Getting to Your Activity (Transportation Codes)


Wondering how you can get to that activity you’d like to join with AMC’s New York-North Jersey Chapter? The activity description or leader’s supplied information should fully describe the meeting time and place for those taking public transportation and those driving. That supplied information may or may not include what’s called a transportation code, such as Trans 1A, Trans 5B, etc. These directions can help you get to your activity, whether you’re headed to a hike in Harriman State Park, going climbing at the Gunks, or kayaking on Long Island. The codes apply only to the New York-North Jersey Chapter’s scheduled activities.

The information below is intended for planning purposes, particularly for leaders. Please note that the train and bus times may be out of date and should be confirmed by checking the transport operator’s website.

You can buy tickets in person or online through carrier websites and apps linked below. Events meeting at public transportation places should not begin before the arrival of a bus or train. A leader should wait at least a half hour for scheduled arrival, not necessarily for delayed private cars. All meeting times coincide with the bus/train time of arrival. All buses leave the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City (41st Street and 8th Avenue), unless otherwise noted.

1 Bus Stops Along Route 17 to Harriman State Park (NY)

[NOTE – NOT RUNNING AS OF JAN. 2022]

Applies to weekends only: 8:30 a.m. SHORT LINE bus run #401 (212-736-4700 coachusa.com/shortline, coachusa.com/travel-app) North Wing. Note: run #401 discharges passengers upon request during boarding along the Route 17 corridor. Coachusa website does not include request stops shown below. (Late bus run # 389 leaves NYC at 9:10 a.m.). Map of all Trans Code 1

A. Not Used

B. Sloatsburg, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 9:15 a.m. Meet at Municipal Building Parking Lot located north of the second stop light. Follow signs into the parking lot. Map and directions

C. Tuxedo, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:19 a.m. From Route 17 north turn right on East Village Road. Meet in the commuter lot just past the tracks. Map and directions

D. Route 17A/Sterling Forest. Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:21 a.m. (Routes 17 & 17A, Park & Ride). Exit Route 17 to the left, 2.5 miles past Tuxedo, meet in the paved parking lot past the stop sign. Map and directions

E. Southfields, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:24 a.m. Meet at Red Apple Rest on Route 17 northbound. No all-day parking allowed. Map and directions

F. Arden, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:26 a.m. Request bus driver to stop at “Welcome to Harriman Park” sign on Route 17 at Arden Valley Road (2 miles north of Southfields). At that sign, go east 4/10 mile. Meet at parking lot, which is the first right turn after crossing Thruway Bridge. Map and directions

G. Harriman Railroad Station, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:28 a.m. Meet at railroad station parking lot off Route. 17 northbound. Map and directions

2 Mountainville, NY, Bus Stop

Applies to weekends only: 8:30 a.m. SHORT LINE bus #700 PABT gate 405, tickets at windows 11-15 (212-736-4700 coachusa.com/shortline, coachusa.com/travel-app) to:

A. Mountainville, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 9:52 a.m., Route 32 & Angola/Pleasant Hill Road., at Black Rock Fish & Game Club sign. Map and directions

3 NJ Transit Bus #197 Ringwood NJ to Mt. Peter NY

7:30 a.m. NJ TRANSIT Bus #197 (Sun bus leaves 7:45 a.m.) (212-564-8484, 973-762-5100 njtransit.com, njtransit.com/mytix) Sat. 8:30 a.m. departure bus terminates Ringwood Park and Ride arr. 9:47 a.m. Late bus #197 leaves Sat. & Sun. 9:30 a.m. Bus departs from PABT Gate 233. Map of all Trans Code 3

A. Ringwood NJ. Route 511 & Skyline Lakes Drive, (Request stop only) arr 8:38 a.m. (Sun 8:47 a.m.). Park in the shopping mall behind Lakeside Diner. Do not park at diner. Map and directions

B. Ringwood Park and Ride. One Cannici Dr. (off Skyline Drive, 1500 feet from its T junction with Route 511) arr. 8:42 a.m. (Sun 8:51 a.m.). Late bus on Saturdays arr. 10:51 a.m. Map and directions

C. Ringwood, Route 511 and East Shore Road (request stop only) arr. 8:57 a.m. (Sun 9:06 a.m.). Trailhead parking for Highlands Trail is across the road from the bus stop. Map and directions

D. West Milford, NJ. Routes 511 and 513, arr. 9:01 a.m. (Sun. 9:10 a.m.). Request stop at A&P Shopping Plaza near the intersection of NJ Route 511 and 513 upon boarding. Meet at A&P Shopping Plaza parking lot, 1926 Union Valley Rd. NJ Route 513 just west of the intersection of Lakeside Rd, NJ Route 511. Map and directions

E. Stateline Trail Lakeside Road at the New York-New Jersey border (request stop only) arr. 9:09 a.m. (Sun. 9:18 a.m.). Parking area located on dirt access road west of Greenwood Lake Marina. Do not park on private property of the marina. Map and directions

F. Greenwood Lake, NY. Park and Ride, Jersey Avenue. arr. 9:13 a.m. (Sun. 9:21 a.m.) Park and Ride is 500 feet before Jersey Avenue (Route 210) ends at T junction with Windermere Avenue. Map and directions

G. Mount Peter (Kain Road, request stop only), arr. 9:26 a.m. (Sun. 9:34 a.m.). Parking area is on Route 17A & Continental Road, north of Greenwood Lake NY. Look for the Appalachian Trail sign. Map and directions

 4 Bus Stops at southern and eastern Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain (NY)

8:45 a.m. COACHUSA/Short Line (212-736-4700 coachusa/shortline, coachusa.com/travel-app). Gate 405. Purchase ticket at Short Line Ticket Windows 11-15 (North Wing). Map of all Trans Code 4

A. Suffern, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 9:38 a.m. Meet in parking lot opposite bus ticket office near the junction of Lafayette Avenue (Route 59) and Orange Ave. (Route 202) in the business district. Map and directions

B. Viola School. Arr. 9:42 a.m. Kakiat County Park. Route 202, 3 miles east of Suffern. Lot in park near entrance, north side of Route 202. Map and directions

C. Mount Ivy. Arr. 9:50 a.m. Route. 202 and Palisades International Parkway Exit 13. Meet in commuter lot. Map and directions

D. Tomkins Cove. Arr. 10:11 a.m. Route 9W. Trailhead 1777 Trail, 3.4 miles north of the bridge in Stony Point. Stops only on request. Map and directions

E. Jones Point, Dunderberg on Route 9W. Arr. 10:13 a.m. 3½ miles south of Bear Mountain Inn. Stops only on request. Map and directions

F. Bear Mountain Inn. Rockland CO., NY. Route 9W south of Bear Mountain Bridge. Arr. 10:15 a.m. (Return: leave Inn at 5:19 p.m.) Map and directions

G. Ft. Montgomery State Historical Site (1/4 mi. north of Bear Mountain Bridge traffic circle). Arr. 10:17 a.m. Stops only on request. Drivers park free.

5 Metro-North Hudson Line Stations (NY)

Applies to weekends only: 8:45 a.m. METRO-NORTH RR (212-532-4900 mta.info/schedules, new.mta.info/mta-etix) Poughkeepsie train from Grand Central Terminal (early train leaves 7:45 a.m.). Map of all Trans Code 5

A. Peekskill, Westchester CO., NY. Arr. 9:52 a.m. Off Route 9 (early train 8:52 a.m.). Map and directions

B. Manitou, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 10:00 a.m. Located 1¼ mile north of Bear Mountain Bridge on Manitou Road off Route 9D (early train 9:00 a.m.). Map and directions

C. Garrison, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 10:06 a.m. ¼-mi. west of Routes 9D and 403 (early train 9:06 a.m.). Map and directions

D. Cold Spring, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 10:10 a.m.. Meet at the foot of Main Street (near Cold Spring Depot Restaurant) (early train 9:10 a.m.). Map and directions

E. Breakneck Ridge, Dutchess CO., NY. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Arr. 10:14 a.m. Breakneck Ridge parking lot is located ¼ mile north of the tunnel. Train riders walk south along the road to the parking lot. Do not walk on tracks. (Early train 9:14 a.m.). Map and directions

F. Beacon, Dutchess CO., NY. Arr. 10:22 a.m. Meet in the northbound commuter parking lot (early train 9:22 a.m.). Map and directions

6 Adirondack Trailways Bus Stops at New Paltz and Kingston (NY)

8:30 a.m. ADIRONDACK TRAILWAYS (212-967-2900 trailwaysny.com). Ticket office is in the south wing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, near 8th Avenue and 40th Street. Earlier bus leaves at 7:00 a.m. Map of all Trans Code 6

A. New Paltz, Ulster CO., NY. Arr. 10:05 a.m. Meet at the bus station. Drivers take NYS Thruway to Exit 18, then Route 299 west 1 mile. Park on the side street, NOT in the station. Early bus arr. 8:35 a.m. Map and directions

B. Kingston, Ulster CO., NY. Arr. 10:40 a.m.  Meet at the bus station. Drivers take NYS Thruway to Exit 19. Park at the side of bus station (400 Washington Ave.) Earlier bus arr. 9:10 a.m. Map and directions

7 Bus Stops Along Route 9W in Bergen (NJ) and Rockland (NY) Counties

[NOTE – NOT RUNNING AS OF JAN. 2022]

Applies to weekends only: 9:15 a.m. ROCKLAND COACHES (COACH USA) (coachusa.com, coachusa.com/travel-app) bus from PABT, South Wing gate 220, tickets at windows 11-15. Bus also departs from George Washington Bus Terminal at 9:40 a.m. Early bus departs PABT at 8:15 a.m. Map of all Trans Code 7

A. Englewood Cliffs, Bergen CO., NJ. Palisade Avenue and Route 9W. Arr. 9:52 a.m. Early bus arr. 8:52 a.m.. Map and directions

B. Greenbrook Road, 9W Bergen CO., NJ. Arr 9:55 a.m. Ent. Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary. Early bus arr. 8:55 a.m. Stops only on request. Map and directions

C. Closter Dock Road, 9W Bergen CO., NJ. Arr. 10:00 a.m. Tunnel to Long Path. Early bus arr. 9:00 a.m. Map and directions

State Line Lookout/Lamont Observatory exit 3 Palisades Parkway northbound. Arr 10:04 a.m, early bus 9:04 a.m. Bus riders ask for a stop at Lamont Observatory and follow the old concrete highway east to State Line Lookout. Drivers to meet at State Line Lookout parking area opposite exit 3 on the Palisades Parkway northbound.

D. Piermont, Rockland CO., NY. 450 Piermont Ave. Arr. 10:17 a.m. Early bus arr. 9:17 a.m. Map and directions

E. Upper Nyack, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 10:30 a.m. on Rt 9W approximately 1 mile north of NY Thruway. Meet in dirt parking area a few feet north of Christian Herald Road traffic light on west side of Route 9W. Drivers park in lower athletic field on Christian Herald Road west of Route 9W. Early bus arr. 9:30 a.m. Map and directions

F. Rockland Lake Park and Route 9W. Arr. 10:35 a.m. Early bus arr. 9:35 a.m. Map and directions

8 New Jersey Bus Stops

8:10 a.m. NJ TRANSIT (212-564-8484, 973-762-5100 njtransit.com, njtransit.com/mytix). Bus #194 (8:10 a.m. on Sun.). Map of all Trans Code 8

A. Lot 25, Willowbrook Mall, next to Lord & Taylor. Arr. 8:40 a.m. Mall is at junction of Routes 23, 46, and 80, Wayne NJ. Enter the mall from Route 23 just south of junction. Map and directions

B. Pompton Lakes NJ. Arr. 9:11 a.m. (no stop Sun.), Wanaque and Pompton avenues parking lot, rear of library. Stops only on request. Map and directions

C. Meadetown NJ Shopping Center, Route 23, in Butler. Arr. 9:23 a.m. (9:14 a.m. Sun.). Stops only on request. Map and directions

D. Newfoundland NJ. Arr. 9:31 a.m. (9:22 Sun. a.m.), Old Route 23 and Kanouse Road. Map and directions

9 NJ Transit Stations near Harriman State Park (NY)

Weekends only: 9:14 a.m. NJ TRANSIT (800-772-2222 njtransit.com, njtransit.com/mytix) train from Penn Station, arriving at Secaucus 9:23 a.m. Change to Port Jervis line leaving Secaucus 9:30 a.m. Port Jervis line may also be boarded at Hoboken at 9:20 a.m. Map of all Trans Code 9

A. Suffern, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 10:15 a.m. Railroad station is about 500 feet south of  junction of Lafayette Avenue (Route 59) and Orange Avenue (Route 202). Map and directions

B. Sloatsburg, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 10:24 a.m.. Meet at Municipal Building Parking Lot located north of second stop light just past Characters Restaurant. Follow signs into the parking lot. Map and directions

C. Tuxedo, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 10:29 a.m. From Route 17 north turn right on East Village Road. Meet in the commuter lot just past the tracks. Map and directions

D. Harriman, Orange CO., NY. Arr. 10:40 a.m. Meet at railroad station parking lot off Route 17 northbound. Map and directions

10 Assorted LIRR Stations

Weekends only: 7:45 a.m. (later train 9:11 a.m.) LIRR (718-217-LIRR mta.info/lirr, new.mta.info/mta-etix) Penn Station. Frequent schedule changes, always confirm, changes in Jamaica. Map of all Trans Code 10

A. Bay Shore. Arr. 8:52 a.m. (later train 10:24 a.m.). Map and directions

B. Great River Later train only, arr. 10:32 a.m. Map and directions

C. Sayville. Arr. 9:03 a.m. (later train 10:41 a.m.). Map and directions

D. Patchogue. Arr. 9:11 a.m. (later train 10:48 a.m.). Map and directions

E. Mastic-Shirley. Later train only, arr. 11:00 a.m. Map and directions

11 Wantagh Train Station (Long Island)

Weekends only: 10:27 a.m. LIRR (718-217-LIRR mta.info/lirr, new.mta.info/mta-etix) train from Penn Station.

A. Wantagh. Arr. 11:21 a.m. Map and directions

12 Warren Street Pool, Newark (NJ)

NJ TRANSIT train or PATH to Newark Penn Station., then BLUE Newark Light Rail (subway) line, usually departing from platform 1, to the third stop. Warren Street Pool is in the gym by subway exit, and Tiernan Hall is the building behind the athletic field scoreboard. Allow 60 min. Map and directions

13 Commuter Parking Lot, Suffern (NY) 

[NOTE – NOT RUNNING AS OF JAN. 2022]

8:15 a.m. SHORT LINE Bus #908 Bergen County route (212-736-4700 coachusa.com/shortline, coachusa.com/travel-app) – North Wing

A. Suffern, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 9:06 a.m. Meet in parking lot opposite bus ticket office near the junction of Lafayette Ave (Route 59) and Orange Avenue (Route 202) in the business district. Map and directions

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