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Public encouraged to attend first meeting on September 22

September 17, 2008

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles today announced the first of three community open houses on bus service in Jersey City.

"Jersey City has one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems in the country, with the bus lines playing a vital role in that network," said Mayor Healy. "When the private bus carriers began to drastically cut back their service in Jersey City, NJ TRANSIT was there to help. We are pleased that NJ TRANSIT has worked with the community and with this administration to help provide much-needed bus service in our community. We believe that these open houses will help us address even further the needs of our residents in terms of bus service."

The first open house, to be conducted as part of a Jersey City Bus Study, will be held on Monday, September 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Monumental Baptist Church at 121 Lafayette Street in Jersey City. Members of the public are invited to stop by at their convenience during these hours.

People attending the open house will be interviewed individually about the community’s bus service needs and any issues with existing bus service. The information collected will be reviewed by the study team and included in the recommendations concerning current bus service in Jersey City. There will be no formal presentation.

Additional community open house meetings will be scheduled in October. Residents may also share comments about their bus service needs by calling the Mayor’s Action Bureau at 201-547-5555.

The Jersey City Bus Study is sponsored by Jersey City, Hudson County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and NJ TRANSIT.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.