Academy Bus

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Academy Bus
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#8871 stops in Asbury Park on the Shore Points line, en route to New York City.
Slogan We Know the Way
Founded 1968
Headquarters Hoboken, New Jersey
Locale Northeastern United States and Florida
Service area Eastern United States
Service type Local and commuter bus service, contract service, charter service
Operator Academy Bus Lines
No. 22 Hillside LLC
Academy Express LLC
Chief executive Francis Tedesco
Website www.academybus.com

Academy Bus Lines is a bus company in New Jersey providing local bus services in northern New Jersey, line run services to/from New York City from points in central New Jersey, and contract and charter service in the northeastern United States from Boston to Northern Virginia.

Academy's fleet consists of a variety of motor coaches, including Motor Coach Industries motorcoaches, which are used for commuter and charter services. Nova Bus LFS, RTS, and New Flyer Industries D60LF buses are used for university contracts and some charters. Services operated under contract to New Jersey Transit use NJT-owned and branded Nova Bus RTS and North American Bus Industries buses. Many of Academy's Motor Coach Industries and Nova Bus RTS bus fleet are owned by New Jersey Transit and leased to Academy. These NJT-owned buses are Academy-branded and used on services directly controlled by Academy.

Routes[edit]

Under contract to NJ Transit[edit]

Under contract to New Jersey Transit, Academy Bus operates the following routes. Routes are listed by county.[1]

Other contract operations[edit]

Under contract to Rutgers University, Academy Bus operated the campus shuttles for the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses under a 10-year contract,[2] until June 30, 2011, after which time First Transit Services, Inc. took over bus operations. Academy has filed a lawsuit against the University over the loss of the contract.[3][4] Despite the loss of shuttle operations, the company continues to provide the chartered bus operations used for tours and other events.

Academy continues to run a separate operation in New York City for New York University and various operations for universities in southern Connecticut and around Boston. Also, Academy Bus operates long-term parking shuttles around Newark Liberty Airport under contract to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey using Port Authority-owned and branded Orion VII buses.

Since January 2014, Academy operates the X23 and X24 routes between Manhattan and Staten Island, formerly operated by the now bankrupt Atlantic Express. These routes are subsidized by and operated under contract to the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Directly controlled commuter routes[edit]

Academy Bus provides commuter line run service along several routes from Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties in New Jersey.[5]

The full route is shown for each except for branching. Unless otherwise noted, passengers are carried to and from New York only.

Route Terminals Via Notes
Line 300 New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal
East Windsor
Windsor Heights Shopping Center
  • Local passengers carried between East Windsor and Monroe.
  • Full-time service. Off-peak service operated by Suburban Trails.
  • Most service continues on to East Midtown during the AM rush only.

AM
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PM
Plainsboro
Town Center
  • New Jersey Turnpike
  • Plainsboro Road
  • Peak service only.
  • Clearbrook served daily on the East Windsor service.
  • Most service continues on to East Midtown during the AM rush only.
Jamesburg
The Ponds, Concordia, and Whittingham
Sayreville New York
East Midtown via 5/Madison Avenues

AM
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PM
Sayreville
Winding Woods
Garden State Parkway
Main Street
Washington Road
Bordentown Avenue
  • Peak service only.
New York
Wall Street area
Sayreville
Harbor Club
  • Weekday service only.
Route 91 New York
Wall Street area

AM
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PM
Lakewood Bus Terminal
  • Route 9
  • Peak service only.
  • During the height of rush hour, three services operate:
    • Old Bridge to Union Hill Road only.
    • Gordon's Corner to Lakewood.
    • Jackson to Lakewood.
Shore Points New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Point Pleasant Beach
Railroad station
  • Garden State Parkway
  • Lincroft Park-Ride (Exit 109)
  • Route 35
  • Ocean Avenue
  • Route 71
  • Via Chesequeake and PNC Bank Arts Center park-rides.
  • Local passengers are carried between Asbury Park and Lincroft.
  • Wall Street service operates during peak hours only.
  • Weekday midday service does not travel south of Asbury Park.
  • Weekend service does not travel south of Ocean Grove.
  • Jersey Shore Premium Outlets service also interlined on both weekdays and weekends to operate via Cheesequake and Lincroft.
New York
Wall Street area

AM
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PM
Route 36 New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Long Branch
Railroad station
  • Via Airport Plaza in Hazlet and Chesequeake Park-Ride.
  • Local passengers are carried between Hazlet and Long Branch.
  • Wall Street service operates during peak hours only.
New York
Wall Street area

AM
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PM
Route 35 New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal

AM
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PM
Red Bank
Route 35 and Navesink River Road
  • Peak service only.
  • Via Airport Plaza in Hazlet and Chesequeake Park-Ride.
Parkway Express New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal

AM
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PM
Forked River
Park-Ride
  • Garden State Parkway
  • CR 549 (some trips)
  • Peak service only.
  • Also serves Jersey City.
  • Some lower Manhattan service operates via Jersey City.
  • Weekday Midday service from Monmouth Service Area, Lincroft and Cheesequake operated via Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
  • See Note 2 below for Toms River and Route 549 service.
New York
Wall Street area
Westampton New York
Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • Willingboro
    Van Sciver Parkway (peak)
  • Westampton
    Exit 5 park-ride (full-time)
  • New Jersey Turnpike
  • Exit 5
  • Mount Holly Road
  • Sunset Road
  • Wall Street via Jersey City service operates during peak hours only.
  • AM rush service to midtown continues to East Midtown.
  • Willingboro served during peak hours only.
New York
Wall Street area

AM
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PM

NOTES:

  1. Route 9 service via Academy is provided to lower Manhattan only (except for service via Jackson, which is available to midtown Manhattan). Route 9 service to midtown (except Jackson service) is provided on the 139 full-time.
  2. Toms River and Route 549 service via Academy is only provided to lower Manhattan. Toms River service to midtown Manhattan is provided on the 137 line full-time.
  3. All service via the Garden State Parkway (except for Route 9) operates via the Cheesequake park and ride. Shore Points and Parkway Express services also stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

Casino line runs[edit]

Academy Bus operates several regularly scheduled line services from points in the New York metropolitan area to and from casinos in Atlantic City, Yonkers, and Connecticut, with service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal operated together with Coach USA as a Megabus service under a cross-platform selling agreement, the M25 (buses carry Academy markings).

Corporate structure[edit]

Academy Bus, LLC is a limited liability corporation and holding company that owns three operating companies: Academy Lines, LLC, Academy Express, LLC, and No. 22 Hillside Corporation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Jersey Transit - Bus
  2. ^ Middlesex County Comprehensive Transportation Study Final Report Appendix PDF (224 KiB)
  3. ^ Academy Bus of Hoboken sues Rutgers University.
  4. ^ Contractor sues Rutgers over loss of bus contract
  5. ^ Academy Bus commuter schedules
  6. ^ National Labor Relations Board, CASE 22-RC-12287 PDF, December 18, 2002

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