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BOARD APPROVES ACCESS LINK BUS PURCHASE

New Vehicles to Replace, Supplement Older Models

CONTACT: Michael Klufas (973-491-7078)

NEWARK, NJ, June 13, 2001 -- NJ TRANSIT's Board of Directors has approved a $1.2 million contract with Arcola Bus Sales Corporation of Carlstadt, NJ to purchase 24 accessible minibuses to transport customers with disabilities under the Access Link paratransit program.

The contract will allow NJ TRANSIT to continue providing service for residents with disabilities who live within three-quarters of a mile of an NJ TRANSIT local bus route. The newer vehicles also will provide a more comfortable ride for customers while decreasing vehicle maintenance and overhaul costs.

"As the state provider, we must be diligent in making quality mass transportation available to everyone," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "This contract shows NJ TRANSIT's continued commitment to our customers for whom traveling is a challenge."

"Since 1993, NJ TRANSIT has provided Access Link service for New Jerseyans with disabilities," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "This service is provided through contracts with bus companies to whom we provide minibuses and sedans. The 24 new minibuses will allow us to expand our fleet while retiring 37 minibuses that have been in service five years or have topped 100,000 miles."

Access Link service is available in 18 of the Garden State's 21 counties. The service has transported thousands of customers to work, school, medical appointments and recreational activities.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 383,900 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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