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BUS SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS ARRIVE APRIL 2

March 29, 2005
NJT-05-042

NEWARK, NJ – Beginning April 2, NJ TRANSIT will add more bus trips to match growing demand, adjust routes to accommodate customer requests and reinstate seasonal service.

Bus customers should check the new timetables of affected routes before April 2 at www.njtransit.com or by calling 1-800-772-2222.

County-by-county highlights:

Atlantic County

· 502 Atlantic City – Hamilton Mall – Atlantic/Cape Community College: An additional trip will be offered to meet demand.

· 505 Atlantic City – Margate – Longport: The route will incorporate the Dorset Avenue Shuttle’s schedule to accommodate riders in the Ventnor Heights section who are affected by the temporary closure of the Dorset Avenue Bridge to bus traffic.

Bergen County

· 127 Ridgefield – Union City – New York: Running times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.

· 158 Fort Lee – Edgewater – New York: The route, which serves one of the fastest growing corridors with increasing riverfront development, will offer more service.

· 163 Ridgewood – New York, 164 Midland Park – New York: The routes’ schedules will be coordinated to provide improved service to the local portion of the route from East Rutherford through Hackensack. The 163 route will offer additional trips. The 164 route will adjust the frequency of its trips to better match supply with demand.

· 165 Westwood-New York: The route will offer dedicated PM peak express service on the Forest Avenue branch.

· 167 Harrington Park – Dumont – New York: More trips will be added and the frequency of service will be adjusted.

· 756 Fort Lee – Paramus: Service on weekdays and Saturdays will be extended from the Linwood Park section of Fort Lee to Englewood Cliffs via Sylvan Avenue.

Burlington County

· 413 Philadelphia – Mount Holly – Burlington: The route will be adjusted to improve connections with the River LINE at Burlington Town Centre.

Camden County

· 318 Six Flags Great Adventure – Philadelphia (beginning April 2): The route will serve Great Adventure for the season.

· 403 Turnersville – Lindenwold – PATCO – Philadelphia: The route will offer new service on Sundays on the Camden County College route branch to serve Clementon Park employees.

· 450 Cherry Hill Mall – Audubon – Camden: The frequency of service will be adjusted to better serve current travel patterns.

Cape May County

· 552 Cape May – Atlantic City: Extra midday service will be added in Cape May, operating between Wildwood, Rio Grande, Cape May Court House and the county’s Crest Haven development.

Cumberland County

· 408 Millville – Philadelphia: The route will be adjusted to improve connections with the River LINE at the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden.

Essex County

The following routes will be rerouted in Newark from Broad Street near Washington Park to University Avenue to better serve Rutgers University and to accommodate upcoming construction of the Newark City Subway extension along Broad Street:

- 29 Bloomfield Avenue (I-280 AM express trips to Newark)

- 71 Newark – West Caldwell (I-280 AM express trips to Newark)

- 73 Newark – Orange – Livingston (I-280 AM eastbound express trips to Newark)

- 75 Butler – Newark (trips to Newark)

- 108 Newark – New York (trips toward Newark Penn Station and New York)

There will be no change in service operating on these route segments in the opposite direction (northbound on Broad Street in Newark).

Other Essex County changes include:

· 70 Newark – Livingston Mall – Travel times will be adjusted throughout the day and midday service will be increased from two to three trips an hour. Additional PM service will the serve the Short Hills Hilton and nearby offices.

· 73 Newark – Orange – Livingston – Weekday late afternoon eastbound service will be increased.

· 78 Newark – Secaucus – The morning schedule from Newark to Secaucus will be revised.

· 94 Stuyvesant Avenue – Additional weekday and Saturday morning service will operate between Bloomfield, East Orange, Newark, and Irvington and US 22 and North Monroe Street in Union.

· 308 Six Flags Great Adventure – New York: The route will serve Great Adventure with a stop at Newark Penn Station.

Hudson County

· 78 Newark – Secaucus: The morning schedule from Newark to Secaucus will be revised.

· 81 Greenville: Weekday afternoon express service will be adjusted.

· 123 Union City – New York: The frequency of service will be adjusted to accommodate increased demand.

· 125 Journal Square – New York: The frequency of service and running times will be adjusted to reflect current travel patterns.

· 126 Hoboken – New York: Additional trips will be offered during weekday peak periods and Sunday midday service frequencies will be increased.

· 128 Boulevard East – New York: The route will offer additional trips.

· 320 North Bergen Park/Ride – New York: The route will be expanded to accommodate greater demand from hotel patrons in Harmon Meadow and Mill Creek.

Mercer County

· 600 Trenton-Plainsboro: The route will be adjusted to improve connections at Princeton Junction.

· 602 Pennington – Trenton: The route will be adjusted to accommodate work shifts in Ewing Township.

· 603 Mercer Mall – Quaker Bridge Mall – Hamilton Marketplace: The frequency of service will be adjusted to accommodate increased demand.

· 605 Montgomery – Princeton – Quaker Bridge Mall: Running-time adjustments will be made to improve on-time performance.

· 606 Princeton – Mercerville – Hamilton Marketplace: The frequency of service will be adjusted to accommodate increased demand.

Middlesex County

· 68 East Brunswick – Jersey City – Weehawken: Running-time changes will be made to improve on-time performance.

· 134 Browntown – New York (Lower Manhattan): Adjustments will be made to running times.

· 138 East Brunswick – New York: The route will offer an additional AM trip and adjusted running times.

· 805 Metro Park Loop: Trips will be adjusted to improve connections with rail service on the Northeast Corridor.

· 811 New Brunswick – South River: The route will be rerouted in South River.

Monmouth County

· 133 Old Bridge – Aberdeen – New York. The route will be extended to Main Street/Route 34 in Matawan on the 6:45 p.m. trip from New York.

· 307 Freehold – Six Flags Great Adventure: Beginning March 25, the route will operate daily to Great Adventure for the season.

· 311 Point Pleasant – Six Flags Great Adventure (beginning Memorial Day, May 30): The route will operate to Great Adventure for the season.

Ocean County

The following routes will serve Great Adventure for the season, beginning March 25:

· 309 Toms River – Lakewood – Six Flags Great Adventure (daily)

· 311 Point Pleasant – Six Flags Great Adventure (beginning Memorial Day)

Other bus service changes include:

· 67 Toms River – Lakewood – Newark: Beginning May 28, service will be restored on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays to Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.

· 137 Toms River – New York: Additional trips will be offered.

· 139 Lakewood – Old Bridge – New York (Saturday, Sunday): The route will offer additional trips.

· 559 Lakewood – Atlantic City: Running times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance.

Passaic County

· 190 Paterson – New York: The frequency of service will be adjusted.

· 191 Willowbrook – Little Falls – New York: The frequency of service will be adjusted.

· 192 Clifton – New York: The route will feature additional trips.

· 194 Newfoundland – New York: The route will be extended to Stockholm on selected trips.

· 195 Willowbrook – Cedar Grove – New York: The frequency of service will be adjusted.

· 197 Warwick – Wayne – New York: The route will offer additional trips.

Union County

· 70 Newark – Livingston Mall – Travel times will be adjusted throughout the day and midday service will be increased from two to three trips an hour. Additional PM service will the serve the Short Hills Hilton and nearby offices.

· 94 Stuyvesant Avenue – Additional weekday and Saturday morning service will operate between Bloomfield, East Orange, Newark, and Irvington and US 22 and North Monroe Street in Union.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 779,200 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail routes and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.