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Bus route in the Somerset-Union-Essex County Corridor has seen low ridership and ample alternatives exist



February 7, 2018

NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT is proposing the discontinuation of Bus Route No. 95 in the Somerset-Union-Essex County corridor due to low ridership and the availability of ample alternative public transportation to facilitate these trips.


On average, bus Route No. 95, which operates from Watchung to Newark Penn Station via the Route 22 corridor, services approximately 179 customer trips per weekday, which can be represented as 11 passengers per trip. The No. 95 route operates eight eastbound trips during a.m. peak hours and eight westbound trips during p.m. peak hours. All affected customers would continue to have alternative bus service available to them should the No. 95 bus service be discontinued. 


The proposed discontinuation of the No. 95 bus route is part of NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing commitment to best match services and equipment to ridership demand.  If approved, the affected customers may utilize alternate bus service or the Raritan Valley Line rail service which operates parallel to the No. 95 route.


The discontinuation, if approved by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors, would take effect on or about April 30, 2018.


Public hearings will take place on the proposed discontinuation on February 22nd and 27th, one at NJ TRANSIT Headquarters in Newark and another at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. The public hearings will be held as follows:

When:             Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time:              6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where:            NJ TRANSIT Headquarters

                        One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ


When:             Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time:              6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where:            Scotch Plains Municipal Building Courtroom/Council Chambers

430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ



NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 252 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 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.