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NJ TRANSIT BUSES TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICE AT TWO MORE ATLANTIC CITY RAIL LINE STATIONS

New intermodal travel options for Atco and Egg Harbor City customers

January 7, 2009
Contact: Joe Dee (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT’s No. 554 bus route, which provides direct service between Lindenwold Station on the Atlantic City Rail Line and Atlantic City, will serve Atco and Egg Harbor rail stations starting January 10, 2009, giving bus and rail customers the flexibility of two travel modes.

With the route adjustments, all rail stations between Lindenwold and Atlantic City will have bus service to Atlantic City as well, giving customers the convenience of service by either bus or train to any station where they park their car. Under NJ TRANSIT's fare policy, Atlantic City Rail Line tickets and No. 554 bus tickets and passes can be used interchangeably between the two travel modes. For example, a customer with a train ticket from Atlantic City to Egg Harbor City can opt to use that ticket on the bus between those stations at no additional charge. Similarly, a customer with a bus ticket can opt to take the train.

To provide service to Atco Station, buses will turn off Route 30 (White Horse Pike) onto C.W. Haines Boulevard near Route 73, and enter the station parking lot via a new access road. In addition to providing convenient travel options to customers, the adjustment introduces bus service to nearby land which Waterford Township officials are promoting for economic development.

The route adjustment will provide direct service to Egg Harbor City Station on Atlantic Avenue, one block southwest of Route 30, where NJ TRANSIT will install a bus shelter.

“This route change gives customers in Camden and Atlantic counties added convenience and flexibility,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “We’re working to create better connections between our travel modes--rail, bus and light rail--as part of a statewide effort to improve travel options and extend the reach of our public transportation network.”

“We have worked cooperatively with NJ TRANSIT on this project because it not only enhances the utility of the rail station we host, but the bus service along C.W. Haines Boulevard will help us advance our economic development plans for that section of the township,” Waterford Mayor Maryann Merlino said.

“The route adjustment benefits our residents by making it more convenient to use bus and rail service interchangeably,” said Egg Harbor City Mayor Joseph Kuehner Jr.

The contract for the access road at Atco Station was awarded through a competitive process to All Asphalt Paving and Construction LLC of Atco, NJ.

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