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COLLEGE STUDENTS RIDE FREE FOR A WEEK

NJ TRANSIT introduces new student monthly pass program

September 7, 2004
NJT-04-017

NEWARK, NJ – Starting tomorrow, September 8, students can ride NJ TRANSIT buses, trains and light rail vehicles free for a week when they show their valid college ID. The offer is good until September 15th and is a part of NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing effort to inform students of the benefits of using public transportation.

Looking beyond the week of free travel, NJ TRANSIT has introduced a pilot program with seven universities to offer a discount to students who purchase their monthly pass online. Through the program, students will receive 25 percent off NJ TRANSIT’s already discounted rate for monthly passes. The program expands the existing student rail pass program to include bus and light rail services.

“The week of free travel gives students the opportunity to experience how easy it is to use NJ TRANSIT to reach thousands of destinations throughout the State,” NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington said at a news conference last month. “Our hope is that once they become a part of the workforce, students will already know the benefits of using public transportation for their daily commute. We’re proud to partner with these universities to extend the benefits of public transportation to their students.”

"Location is everything, and Rutgers-Camden is perfectly situated in the very heart of the Delaware Valley,” said Mary Beth Daisey, Associate Provost Rutgers-Camden. “While Camden is convenient to the region's major highways, it also is a significant hub for public transportation. NJ TRANSIT offers our students the opportunity to avoid traffic and let someone else do the driving while they study, read, or relax. We're pleased to work with NJ TRANSIT to extend this offer of free and discounted passes to Rutgers-Camden students."

The pilot program was developed to increase student awareness of NJ TRANSIT’s services, to guide them in discovering off-campus activities that they can reach using public transportation and to alleviate parking shortages at many universities. In addition to Rutgers-Camden, participating institutions include Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, Drew University, Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark and William Paterson University.

NJ TRANSIT is working with participating universities to develop customized web pages with information on transit services near campus and links to the Itinerary Planner web page on njtransit.com. Students from participating colleges will soon be able to purchase their discount passes online.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 49 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.