Paterson – George Washington Bridge

Paterson – Elmwood Park – Fair Lawn – Paramus – Hackensack – Teaneck – Englewood – Fort Lee – New York


Most buses will have blue stripes, the label “Express Service” and a sign that says “New York-Paterson”

This route runs between Downtown Paterson and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station in Washington Heights. From Main and Broadway in Paterson, jitneys run down Broadway into Elmwood Park, where it turns into Route 4.  They continue down Route 4 through Fair Lawn and Paramus, where they exit the highway to serve the Garden State Plaza Shopping Mall.

Eastbound buses exit the highway and stop at the main Garden State Plaza bus stop, re-entering Route 4 after they double back via a loop on Garden State Plaza Way and Paramus Road.  Westbound buses leave Route 4 to stop at the mall, travel west on Garden State Plaza Way and Paramus Road, then continue on Route 4.  Eastbound and westbound buses on this portion of this route travel in the direction, so passengers can refer to “New York” or “Paterson” placards on the dashboard, or ask the driver.

This route serves three major shopping malls, Garden State Plaza, Bergen Town Center, and the Shops at Riverside.

From there they pass through Hackensack, Teaneck, Englewood, and Fort Lee, crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York. At the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, outbound jitneys board on the lower level. The NJ Transit line along this route, number 171, operates about every forty minutes.  In comparison, jitneys run every 3-10 minutes. Fares are between $1.50 for a local trip, $6 from New York to Paterson, and lower charges for intermediate points.  Service runs from 4am-1am on weekdays, and 5am-1am on weekends.

On weekdays, this route runs every 3 minutes at rush hour, every 7 minutes off-peak, and every 10 minutes at night.

On the weekends, jitneys on this route run approximately every 10 minutes.

Along the limited-access portion of Route 4 (between Paramus and New York) jitneys on this route only stop at marked NJ Transit bus stops.  From Paramus to Paterson, it is possible to hail buses at non-designated locations.


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