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October 14, 2009

NEWARK, NJ The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved the purchase of 65 vehicles—including minibuses and heavy-duty buses—that will be used to provide critical transportation services to senior citizens and residents with disabilities in rural and small urban areas throughout the state.  Funding for more than half of the vehicles is being provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


“The transit options provided through local transportation programs enable thousands of residents to travel more easily around the state,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Stephen Dilts.  “And everyone will be traveling easier, thanks to the DOT’s record-setting $25 million boost to this year’s municipal aid program that helps communities repair and improve local roads.  With both new vehicles for local transportation services and better roads, residents throughout New Jersey will enjoy a smoother, safer transportation system.” 


“Through the procurement of these vehicles, we will continue to provide mobility for many New Jersey residents in rural areas, including people with disabilities and senior citizens,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.


NJ TRANSIT invited eligible counties to submit requests for vehicles through the program.  In all, the new vehicles will be distributed to organizations in 16 counties. 


The Board authorized two separate contracts for the purchase of the vehicles:

  • $1.5 million contract with Starcraft Division of Forest River/Jersey Shore Bus Sales of Toms River, for the purchase of 26 minibuses.
  • $4.3 million contract with American Bus of Trenton, for the purchase of 10 hybrid minibuses and 22 heavy-duty cutaway buses, with an option for an additional seven buses. 

The following organizations will receive new vehicles:


  • County of Atlantic – 13 vehicles
  • County of Burlington – 10 vehicles
  • South Jersey Transportation Authority – 2 vehicles
  • Senior Citizen United Community Services – 3 vehicle
  • Cumberland Area Transit System – 2 vehicles
  • Gloucester County Division of Transportation – 2 vehicles
  • County of Hunterdon – 4 vehicles
  • Mercer County TRADE – 2 vehicles
  • County of Middlesex – 3 vehicle
  • Monmouth County Division of Transportation – 2 vehicles
  • Morris Area Paratransit System – 1 vehicle
  • County of Ocean – 2 vehicle
  • Township of West Milford – 2 vehicles
  • County of Salem – 3 vehicles
  • County of Somerset – 5 vehicles
  • County of Sussex Skylands Ride – 3 vehicles
  • County of Warren – 6 vehicles

Funding for 37 vehicles is being provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with additional funding in some counties being provided through other federal grant programs, including Section 5309, 5310 and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ).




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 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.