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NJ TRANSIT BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF MINIBUSES FOR ACCESS LINK SERVICE
Customers with Disabilities to Benefit from Fleet Increase
NEWARK, NJ, April 10, 2002 -- The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a $1.9 million contract to purchase 41 accessible minibuses for the Corporation’s Access Link paratransit service.
The agreement with Arcola Bus Sales Corporation of Carlstadt will allow NJ TRANSIT to replace minibuses that have exceeded 200,000 miles, five years of service, or both.
Access Link -- available in areas where NJ TRANSIT operates local, fixed-route bus service -- offers curb-to-curb service to NJ TRANSIT customers with disabilities who are unable to use the Corporation’s existing available fixed-route bus service.
"NJ TRANSIT’s Access Link service is an important lifeline for New Jersey residents with disabilities," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James P. Fox. "Through this action, we will meet Governor McGreevey's goal of making long-term, sound investments. It will allow NJ TRANSIT to continue reliably serving customers with disabilities for years to come."
Along with purchasing 41 minibuses from Arcola, NJ TRANSIT will -- at a later date -- buy 22 sedans for Access Link under a joint contract with the State of New Jersey. These 63 vehicles will replace 55 older minibuses and provide additional seating flexibility while saving repair and overhaul costs.
Each of the Access Link providers -- private operators under contract to NJ TRANSIT that operate in six regions around the state -- will be leased new minibuses.
The new minibuses will feature a combination of fixed, flip and foldaway seats as well as securement areas for mobility devices. Depending on its length and layout, minibuses can hold as many as 10 seated passengers and up to three passengers using mobility devices.
A prototype minibus is scheduled to be in service this fall, with delivery completed by January 2003.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 380,600 daily commuters on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.