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NJ TRANSIT SET TO BEGIN PUBLIC HEARINGS ON FARE AND SERVICE PROPOSAL

Public comment encouraged at locations across the system

NJT-15-031
April 20, 2015

 

NEWARK, NJ —Throughout the past five years, NJ TRANSIT held the line on fare increases while maintaining high quality services and implementing new customer amenities including MyTix, Departurevision, and MyBus Now.

 

However, costs such as contract services – Access Link, the organization’s paratransit service, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and private carriers – and healthcare and benefits, general liability insurance, workers’ compensation and pensions have steadily risen. As a result, NJ TRANSIT has been left with a significant budget gap. 

 

Although NJ TRANSIT has identified more than $40 million in reductions in overtime, fuel savings, energy and vehicle parts efficiencies, the agency still faces an approximate $60 million budget gap for the 2016 fiscal year. To close the gap, fare and service adjustments are being proposed. 

 

NJ TRANSIT will hold nine scheduled public hearings and one information session beginning Saturday, May 16, 2015 to allow the public the opportunity to learn more about the proposed fare increases and service changes and offer comments before the plan is considered by the Board of Directors on July 8, 2015.

 

The proposed service and fare changes would take effect in September 2015 and on October 1, 2015, respectively. The proposed fare adjustment would be an average of 9 percent for the majority of NJ TRANSIT customers.

 

Examples include:

 

NJ TRANSIT Rail

Origin

Destination

One-way

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)

Round Trip

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)

Monthly

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)


Metropark


Penn Station New York


$10- 10.75

($0.75)


$20- 21.50

($1.50)


$284- 310

($26)


Clifton 


Hoboken


$5.25- 5.50

($0.25)


$10.50- 11.00

($0.50)


$156- 170

($14)


Cranford


Newark Penn Station


$4.00- 4.25

($0.25)


$8.00- 8.50

($0.50)


$116- 126

($10)


Brick Church


Summit


$3.50- 3.75

($0.25)


$7- 7.50

($0.50)


$95- 103

($8)

 

NJ TRANSIT Bus

 

Origin

Destination

One-way

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)

Ten Trip

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)

Monthly

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)


Hoboken


Port Authority Bus Terminal


$3.20- 3.50

($0.30)


$27.00-29.50

($2.50)


$98- 107

($9)


Lakewood


Port Authority Bus Terminal


$17.50- 19.00

($1.50)


$149-162.50

($13.50)


$411- 448

($37.00)


Newark


Willowbrook Mall


$2.90- 3.15

($0.25)


$25.00-27.00

($2.00)


$85- 93

($8)


Fair Lawn


Port Authority Bus Terminal


$5.50- 6.00

($0.50)


$47.00-51.00

($4.00)


$153- 167

($14)


Gloucester City


Philadelphia


$3.90-$4.25

($0.35)


$34.00-$37.00

($3)


$123-$134

($11)

 

 

 

 

NJ TRANSIT Light Rail

 

Origin

Destination

One-way

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)

Monthly

Current – Proposed

(Proposed Increase)


Tonnelle Avenue


8th Street


$2.10- 2.25

($0.15)


$64- 70

($6)


Camden


Trenton


$1.50- 1.60

($0.10)


$50- 54

($4)


Newark Penn Station


Grove Street


$1.50- 1.60

($0.10)


$54- 59

($5.00)

 

 

The proposed rail and bus service changes are:

RAIL:

 

·         Pascack Valley Line:

Proposed Elimination of Train #1601, the 12:45 a.m. departure from Hoboken (Details at Hackensack and Secaucus Hearings)

 

·         Montclair-Boonton   Line: 

Proposed Elimination of Train #1043, the 1:35 a.m. departure from MSU (Details at Newark and Secaucus Hearings)

BUS:

·         419 Camden –    Pennsauken – Burlington:

 

Proposed Elimination of Service Between Riverside and Burlington City (Details at Camden Hearing)

·         463 Woodbury – Avandale Park-Ride:

 

Proposed Elimination of the Last PM Trip in Each direction (Details at Camden Hearing)

·         307 Freehold – Great Adventure

Proposed Service Discontinuance (Details at Freehold Hearing)

·         318 Philadelphia – Great Adventure:

 

Proposed Service Discontinuance (Details at Camden Hearing)

·         655 Princeton – Plainsboro:

 

Proposed Service Discontinuance (Details at Trenton Hearing)

·         872 Morristown – Route 10 – Livingston:

 

Proposed Elimination of Service Between Mack-Cali (Parsippany) and Livingston Mall (Details at Morristown Hearing)

 

Beginning on Monday, April 20th, customers may log on to www.njtransit.com for additional information regarding the budget and service adjustment plan.

 

To ensure an inclusive public comment process, NJ TRANSIT has scheduled nine public hearings and one information session at locations across the state from May 16 through May 21.  The hearings and information session will be held in the evenings and on Saturday to encourage participation.

 

In addition to appearing in person, members of the public also may submit comments via mail to: PUBLIC HEARING OFFICE – FARE PROPOSAL COMMENTS, ONE PENN PLAZA EAST, NEWARK, NJ 07105; online at www.njtransit.com or dropped off at Customer Service Offices. The online public comment period will be extended until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, May 21. 

 

About Public Hearings & Information Sessions

 

By statute, public hearings must take place on weekdays, in the evening, and within the State of New Jersey.  NJ TRANSIT is supplementing its slate of public hearings with an information session on Saturday, May 16.  As a practical matter, there will be no difference in the way public hearings and information sessions are conducted.  Public comments will be accepted at both and will carry the same weight.

 

All public hearings/information session locations are accessible for persons with disabilities. A sign language interpreter will be available at each location. Individuals requesting special assistance or other accommodations to participate in a public hearing or information session should contact the Public Hearing Office at (973) 491-7453 or TTY (800) 772-2287 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by May 6, 2015 in order for NJ TRANSIT to make necessary arrangements.  
     

PUBLIC HEARINGS & INFORMATION SESSIONS

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015                                                 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

NEW BRUNSWICK (INFORMATION SESSION)

New Brunswick Public Library – Carl T. Valenti Community Rm.,

60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

 

 

Monday, May 18, 2015                                                    5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City Rail Terminal - Lobby

One Atlantic City Expressway, Atlantic City, NJ

 

FREEHOLD

Monmouth County Agricultural Building

4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015                                                   5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SECAUCUS

Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction

County Road & County Avenue, Secaucus, NJ

 

CAMDEN

Camden City Hall - Council Chambers (2nd Fl.)

520 Market Street, Camden, NJ

 

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015                                               5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

NEWARK

NJ TRANSIT Headquarters – Board Room

One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ

 

HACKENSACK

Learning Center, 4th Floor

One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ

 

Thursday, May 21, 2015                                                   5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

TRENTON

Trenton Transit Center

72 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ

 

MORRISTOWN

Morristown Town Hall - Senior Community Center (3rd Fl.)

200 South Street, Morristown, NJ

 

PATERSON

Paterson Museum – Thomas Rogers Building

2 Market Street, Paterson NJ

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 915,900 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.