NJ TRANSIT is offering express bus service on the No. 194 route to Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, N.J., from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan and Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center, for the winter ski and snowboarding season.

Service will operate on weekends and holidays Jan. 3 through March 8, 2009 including MLK Day and Presidents' Day.

Buses will depart from Port Authority Bus Terminal Gate 326 at 7:30 a.m., receive passengers at Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center at 8 a.m. and arrive at Mountain Creek at 9:12 a.m. Return trips will depart Mountain Creek at 4:30 p.m., stop at Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center at 5:40 p.m. and arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:12 p.m. These express buses will not make local stops.

Roundtrip fare from the Port Authority Bus Terminal is $20.50 for adults and $9 for children ages 5-11, seniors and customers with disabilities.

From Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center, roundtrip fare is $8 for adults and $3.60 for children ages 5-11, seniors and customers with disabilities.

All customers 19 and older can receive a $10 discount off Mountain Creek weekend/holiday lift tickets. Children and youths ages 7-18 and senior citizens age 65 and older receive a $6 discount on weekends and holidays. The discount is available by showing a valid NJ TRANSIT bus receipt at the Mountain Creek admission office.

Visit NJ Transit's Web site for more information.