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NJ TRANSIT RESTRUCTURES MORRIS COUNTY BUS SERVICE

Four current “MCM” routes will be expanded to six new bus routes

September 13, 2010
NJT-10-062

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT today announced significant changes to Morris County local bus service that take effect Monday, October 4, 2010, as part of the agency’s effort to make the most efficient use of its resources, while serving customers in the area.

 

“We have made these changes to better match service levels and destinations with the needs of our Morris County customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.  “I would like to thank Morris County for continuing to support local bus transportation options.”

 

“The economic vitality and quality of life for our region is largely dependent on efficient and reliable transportation systems,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Gene Feyl.  “NJ TRANSIT, working closely with the Morris County Transportation Department, has renewed their commitment to bus transportation in Morris County and made it more responsive and expansive to meet the needs of our residents.”

 

Effective October 4, NJ TRANSIT has restructured four local bus routes that operate in Morris County—Morris County Metro “MCM” routes 1, 2, 3 and 10—and transformed them into six new 800-series bus routes.  The restructured routes will expand bus service into new areas and create new transfer opportunities between NJ TRANSIT buses and trains at Morristown and Dover stations, while reducing service in areas where ridership has diminished.

 

NJ TRANSIT has created a special section of its website at njtransit.com/MCM to outline the changes for customers, including an interactive map that displays “before” and “after” views of the bus routes.   

 

The new and improved service areas include the US 46 corridor between Morristown, Parsippany and Wayne/Willowbrook; commercial and office developments along the Jefferson Road corridor in Hanover and Parsippany; new direct service between Roxbury, Randolph, Dover, Wharton and Rockaway; and expanded services to Morris County’s Hanover Avenue Complex and Greystone Hospital in Morris Plains and Parsippany. 

 

The current MCM routes serve approximately 1,400 customers on a typical weekday.

 

NJ TRANSIT has issued the following advisory to customers:   

Important Changes to Morris County Bus Service

 

NJ TRANSIT is restructuring local bus service in Morris County to better serve you.  Effective Monday, October 4, 2010, the four “MCM” bus routes will be changed and expanded to six new 800 series bus routes that will better match service levels and destinations with customer needs.  Please review these bus service changes carefully:

 

New Bus Route No. 871 (Morristown-Boonton-Willowbrook) Replaces MCM 1

Weekdays and Saturdays:  Hourly weekday peak periods, then every 2-3 hours during midday hours, every 1-2 hours on Saturdays (6:30 a.m.-6:57 p.m.) 

 

Important changes:

  • This route operates along Beverwyck Road between US 46 and Knoll Road instead of via Vail Road in Lake Hiawatha in Parsippany
  • Frequency of off-peak weekday & weekend service along this route has been reduced. 

Service transferred to another route or eliminated: 

  • To Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany (see new No. 880 for replacement)
  • To Jefferson Road and Woodhollow Complex in Parsippany  (see new No. 874 for replacement)
  • Along Vail Road between US 46 and Beverwyck Road in Parsippany 

New Bus Route No. 872 (Morristown-Greystone-Dover) Replaces MCM 2

Weekdays only:  Hourly service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Important changes:

  • New service via Speedwell Ave. between Morristown (Headquarters Plaza) and Morris Township (West Hanover Ave.)
  • New service via Tabor Road (Rt. 53) between Morris Plains Station and NJ 10
  • New service to Morris Plains/Parsippany (Morris County West Hanover Avenue Complex, Morris View Healthcare Center, Greystone Hospital and Central Park Nonprofit Mall Complex) 

Service transferred to another route or eliminated: 

  • Along Spring Street, MLK/Hanover Avenues (see No. 873 for replacement)
  • To Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany (see new No. 880 for replacement)
  • Along Littleton Road/US 202 between Morris Plains Station and NJ 10 (see No. 880 for replacement)
  • Between Dover Train Station and County College of Morris in Randolph via Penn Avenue and Quaker Church Road (see new No. 875 for replacement) 

New Bus Route No. 873 (Greystone-Morristown-Livingston) Replaces MCM 3

Weekdays and Saturdays:  Hourly service during peak periods, then every 2 hours during midday hours on weekdays and Saturdays (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

Important changes:

  • New service to Morristown Station via Elm Street, Morris Street & Spring Street in Morristown
  • Route expanded in Morris County West Hanover Avenue Complex to serve  Morris View Healthcare Center
  • New service via Morris Street, Spring Street MLK/Hanover Avenues in Morristown & Morris Plains (replaces MCM2 in this area)
  • Frequency of off-peak weekday & weekend service along this route has been reduced. 

Service eliminated:

  • To the Green and Headquarters Plaza in Morristown 

New Bus Route No. 874 (Morristown-Willowbrook) New Bus Route

Weekdays and Saturdays:  Buses operate every two hours between 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

  • Provides new service to office complexes/commercial areas along Cedar Knolls Road in Cedar Knolls and to North and South Jefferson Roads, Woodhollow Complex and Smith Road in Parsippany
  • Provides new service along US 46, from Smith Road in Parsippany to Willowbrook Mall in Wayne via Montville & Fairfield 

New Bus Route No. 875 (Rockaway-Dover-Roxbury) Replaces Dover-Randolph/County College of Morris service on MCM2 and Rockaway-Wharton-Dover service on MCM10

 

Weekdays only:  Buses every 40 minutes and then every 1.5-2 hours between County College of Morris in Randolph and Rockaway Townsquare (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

  • Serves County College of Morris in Randolph (replaces MCM2 in this area)
  • Timed connections with selected NJ TRANSIT Morris & Essex trains at Dover Station during AM peak and early afternoon for students traveling to/from the County College of Morris in Randolph
  • Serves St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover (replaces MCM10 in this area)
  • Serves Main Street in Wharton (replaces MCM10 in this area)
  • Serves Marketplace at Rockaway (Wal-Mart) & Rockaway Townsquare
  • Limited service to Roxbury & Ledgewood Malls in Roxbury via NJ 10 (selected trips) 

New Bus Route No. 880 (Morristown-Dover-Rockaway) Replaces most of MCM10

Weekdays and Saturdays:  Hourly service from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Important changes:

  • Service will begin and end at Marketplace at Rockaway (Wal-Mart) and at Morristown Station
  • Route change between Rockaway Townsquare and Dover, operates via Mt. Hope Avenue
  • New service to Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany (replaces MCM1 & MCM2 in this area) 

Service transferred to another route or eliminated: 

  • To Wharton via Main Street and to St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover (see new No. 875 for replacement)
  • Limited weekday peak period Malapardis Road-Ridgedale Avenue service  

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