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NJ TRANSIT ADDING CAPACITY ON 36 BUS ROUTES

Fleet expanded to meet record-high ridership

January 12, 2006
NJT-06-003
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will add trips on 36 bus routes starting January 28, 2006, in response to record-high ridership demand.

Continuing to build on record-high ridership set in FY2005, bus ridership in the first quarter of FY2006 (three-month period ending September 30, 2005) increased to 39.6 million trips—an increase of 3.1 percent over the same period last year. NJ TRANSIT buses now carry more than 531,000 customers on a typical weekday.

To meet and anticipate ridership demand, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors in November authorized the purchase of 53 cruiser buses and the lease of up to 20 cruiser buses to be phased into service over the next several months. The first of the leased buses will enter service at the end of January and will be used to provide additional trips on routes that are at or near capacity.

Effective January 28, NJ TRANSIT will increase capacity by adding trips on the following 36 bus routes:

  • 25 Springfield Avenue
  • 64 Lakewood – Jersey City – Weehawken
  • 71 Newark – West Caldwell
  • 72 Newark – Paterson
  • 73 Newark – Orange – Livingston
  • 83 Hackensack – Jersey City
  • 87 King Drive
  • 99 Clifton Avenue Crosstown
  • 111 New York – IKEA – Jersey Gardens
  • 112 Clark – New York
  • 113 Dunellen – New York
  • 114 Bridgewater – New York
  • 116 Perth Amboy – New York
  • 117 Somerville – New York Express
  • 123 Union City – New York
  • 126 Hoboken – New York
  • 129 Secaucus – New York
  • 131 Sayreville – New York
  • 135 Freehold – Matawan – New York
  • 138 East Brunswick – New York
  • 155 Bogota – Ridgefield Park - New York
  • 156 Englewood Cliffs – New York
  • 158 Fort Lee – Edgewater – New York
  • 159 Fort Lee – New York
  • 161 Paterson – Passaic – New York
  • 165 Westwood – New York
  • 166 Dumont – Tenafly – New York
  • 167 Harrington Park – Dumont – New York
  • 190 Paterson – New York
  • 192 Clifton – New York
  • 193 Pompton Lakes – Packanack Lake – Willowbrook – New York
  • 194 Newfoundland – New York
  • 505 Atlantic City – Margate – Longport
  • 551 Philadelphia – Atlantic City – Ocean City
  • 553 Atlantic City – Upper Deerfield
  • 712 Hackensack – Willowbrook Mall

The additional trips are part of a scheduled system-wide bus timetable change. Customers are encouraged to review timetables available aboard buses, at customer service offices, online at www.njtransit.com or by calling 1-800-772-2222.

County-by-county service enhancements effective January 28

Atlantic County

  • 505 Atlantic City-Margate-Longport: Weekday service will be expanded to provide a 12-minute frequency during midday hours.
  • 553 Upper Deerfield-Atlantic City: Running time will be adjusted between Atlantic City and Millville to improve on-time performance. The line will also offer additional local service midday between Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and Atlantic City to provide a 30-minute frequency along the entire line during midday hours.

Bergen County

  • 155 Teaneck-Bogota-New York: Two additional PM trips from New York will be offered on weekdays.
  • 156 Englewood Cliffs-New York: An additional AM peak River Road trip will be offered weekdays. Travel times on trips operating via Bergenline Avenue will be adjusted weekdays and Saturdays throughout the day to improve on-time performance.
  • 158 Fort Lee-Edgewater-New York: An additional PM peak trip and two late PM trips will be offered weekdays from New York to meet demand. Service frequency during midday and evening hours will increase from hourly to every 30 minutes.
  • 159 Fort Lee-New York: Travel times on trips operating via Bergenline Avenue will be adjusted weekdays and Saturdays throughout the day to improve on-time performance. An additional early AM local trip to New York will be added to meet demand, and all AM peak Turnpike Express departure times will be adjusted.
  • 163 Ridgewood-New York: Departure times from New York will be adjusted throughout the day on Sundays.
  • 164 Midland Park-New York: Departure times from New York will be adjusted throughout the day on Sundays.
  • 165 Westwood-New York: Two additional local trips to New York will be offered weekdays between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Sundays, additional service from New York will be offered between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and departure times throughout the day will be adjusted.
  • 166 Dumont Tenafly-New York: Two additional AM inbound Turnpike Express (T) trips and two AM inbound I-95 Express (X) trips will be offered weekdays to meet demand. An additional late evening Turnpike (T) trip will be offered. Two additional PM outbound local trips will be offered between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. On Sundays, travel times will be adjusted throughout the day between Ridgefield and New York to improve on-time performance.
  • 167 Harrington Park-New York: Two additional AM peak Armory Express (X) trips will be offered weekdays to meet demand, and five additional AM peak Teaneck Road (T) trips will operate via Glenpointe. On Saturdays, a new trip from New York to Dumont via Glenpointe will operate. The existing 10 p.m. trip will operate via Teaneck Road.
  • 712 Hackensack-Willowbrook Mall: Additional AM and PM peak service will be added to the schedule to meet demand.

Camden/Gloucester County

  • 400 Sicklerville-Philadelphia: Service will be extended from Audubon to Turnersville (Washington Township) via Black Horse Pike.

Essex County

  • 72 Paterson-Newark: Service frequency on weekdays will increase to every 20 minutes after 5:30 p.m., and more trips will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Paterson and Newark.
  • 73 Newark-Orange-Livingston: Additional trips will be offered weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Hudson County

  • 83 Hackensack-Journal Square: An additional early AM peak trip will be offered from Journal Square.
  • 84 Bergenline/Park Avenues: Travel times/departure times will be adjusted throughout the day on weekdays and Saturdays for service operating along Bergenline Avenue.
  • 86 Nungessers-Exchange Place-Newport: Travel times/departure times will be adjusted throughout the day on weekdays and Saturdays for service operating along Bergenline Avenue.
  • 89 Union City: Travel times/departure times will be adjusted throughout the day on weekdays and Saturdays for service operating along Bergenline Avenue.
  • 87 King Drive: Additional evening and night service will be offered on Saturdays, and additional early morning, evening and night service will be offered on Sundays.
  • 123 Union City-New York: An additional AM peak trip to New York will be offered weekdays.
  • 129 Secaucus-New York: An additional AM peak Express trip and an AM reverse peak local trip will be offered weekdays. Departure times will be adjusted on the Secaucus Junction-Harmon Cover shuttle service.
  • 181 Hoboken-New York: Travel times/departure times will be adjusted throughout the day on weekdays and Saturdays for service operating along Bergenline Avenue.

Middlesex County

  • 68 Old Bridge-East Brunswick-Jersey City-Weehawken: Later PM service from Weehawken/Jersey City will be offered in response to customer requests.

Middlesex/Mercer County

  • 600 Trenton-Princeton: Weeknight service will be expanded to accommodate customers returning to Plainsboro.

Middlesex/Monmouth/Ocean County

  • 139 Lakewood-New York : Selected "Friday only" midday trips from New York to Howell will be adjusted to operate Monday through Friday. Afternoon service from Lakewood will be adjusted to increase frequency to every 15 minutes (from every 30 minutes).

Passaic County

  • 72 Paterson-Newark: Service frequency on weekdays will increase to every 20 minutes after 5:30 p.m., and more trips will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. between Paterson and Newark.
  • 190 Paterson-Passaic-New York: Two additional late AM peak Paterson-Passaic Express (X) trips will be offered weekdays. A new evening trip will be added from New York to Rutherford via Secaucus Plaza.
  • 192 Clifton-New York: An additional early AM trip to New York will be offered weekdays.
  • 193 Packanack Lake-Willowbrook-New York: An additional AM peak trip from Wayne-Route 23 Park & Ride to New York will be offered weekdays to meet demand.
  • 194 Newfoundland-New York: Two PM peak Express (T) trips will be offered weekdays to meet demand. Travel times will be adjusted between Stockholm and Newfoundland during the morning peak to improve on-time performance. On weekends, service to Mountain Creek Mountain Creek service between NY, Willowbrook and Vernon continues until March 5, 2006.
  • 712 Hackensack-Willowbrook Mall: Additional AM and PM peak service will be added to the schedule to meet demand.

Union County

  • 111 Elizabeth-New York: Additional service will be provided in each direction to accommodate increased demand.
  • 113 Dunellen-New York: Additional express ("X" and "SX") trips will be offered weekdays.
  • 114 Bridgewater-New York: Additional express ("X") and local service will be offered.
  • 115 Rahway-Avenel-New York: Most off-peak trips will be rerouted to provide additional service to Union City and Jersey Gardens Mall, addressing ridership growth. Schedules will be adjusted on weekday midday and night service and all day Saturday service to provide increased frequency.
  • 117 Somerville-New York Express: Additional AM service will be offered.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 53 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.