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CONTRACT EXTENDED FOR A.C. RAIL TERMINAL SHUTTLE SERVICE

Jitneys shuttle NJ TRANSIT customers to casinos

June 13, 2007
NJT-07-056
Contact: Joe Dee 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a six-month contract extension with the Atlantic City Jitney Association to provide shuttle service between the Atlantic City Rail Line Terminal and the city’s hotel and casino destinations.

“This arrangement extends the reach of NJ TRANSIT services in Atlantic City and serves the dual purpose of promoting economic activity while enhancing convenience for visitors and workers at one of the state’s premiere recreational and entertainment destinations,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.

Atlantic City Jitney Association franchisees operate 190 13-passenger jitneys and several larger buses. The association, which has provided the complimentary shuttle service since 1998, dedicates two buses and four jitneys to meet every arriving Atlantic City Rail Line train and provides service from the hotels for every departing train. On a typical weekday, jitneys make about 100 trips and carry about 1,200 passengers.

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