New Jersey Transit Bus Operations

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New Jersey Transit Bus Operations
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New Jersey Transit #5510 operates along Prospect Street in western Trenton.
Slogan The Way to Go
Parent New Jersey Transit Corporation
Founded 1980
(purchase of Transport of New Jersey)
Headquarters Newark, New Jersey
Locale New Jersey (statewide)
Service area New Jersey (statewide)
Service type Local and commuter bus transit, Newark Light Rail
Routes 267 (See list below)
Stations 26 bus terminals,
19,500 bus stops,
17 light rail stations[1]
Fleet 3,052 buses, 696 leased to private operators
21 light rail vehicles[1]
Daily ridership 567,967[1] (average weekday)
Operator See operator list below
Chief executive Veronique Hakim
Website New Jersey Transit

New Jersey Transit Bus Operations is the bus division of New Jersey Transit, providing bus service throughout New Jersey along with service along one light rail line, with many routes going to New York City and Philadelphia.

History[edit]

Prior to 1948, most public transportation in New Jersey was provided by the Public Service Corporation of New Jersey, a utility company that also operated the Public Service Railway division. In 1948, the Public Service Corporation was divided into two entities: the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, which inherited the utility operations, and the Public Service Coordinated Transportation Company (PSCT), which inherited the transit operations. PSCT provided service throughout New Jersey, originally using trolleys and then transitioning to trolley buses, and buses. During the 1970s, the New Jersey Department of Transportation began subsidizing the routes of Public Service, now renamed Transport of New Jersey (TNJ), contracting with TNJ and other companies to operate local bus service throughout New Jersey.[2]

New Jersey Transit came into being as the result of the New Jersey Public Transportation Act of 1979 to "acquire, operate, and contract for transportation services in the public interest". New Jersey Transit Bus Operations, Inc. came into being the following year, when it acquired Transport of New Jersey. Other purchases and buyouts in the 1980s expanded the bus division of NJ Transit, including the acquisition of the Atlantic City Transportation Company in 1987. The current version of NJ Transit Bus Operations, Inc. came into being in 1992, when NJ Transit Mercer, Inc., which was the successor to the former "Mercer Metro" operation in the Trenton and Princeton areas, was folded into NJ Transit Bus Operations as a subsidiary of NJ Transit Bus Operations.[3] In 2010, Morris County operations were taken over under the subsidiary NJ Transit Morris, Inc.

New Jersey Transit Bus Operations owns, leases, or subleases over 3,000 buses,[1] and many more have been purchased for community shuttles.

Routes[edit]

Routes are numbered by where they operate in the state of New Jersey, however, there are a few exceptions to the general rule due to recent changes to some routes operating in Central and North Jersey. Fare and route can also be further elucidated on some of the individual route schedules[4] or the trip planner.[5]

2012 Bus Route Cancellations, Service Reductions, and Service Expansions[edit]

On July 11, 2012 NJ Transit publicly announced that it had finalized plans to cancel service on routes 42, 43, 75 and 93 effective September 1, 2012.[6]

Combined with changes to service on routes 56, 57, 181, go28, 451 and 604, these changes were forecasted to result in "approximately $2.5 million in annual operating savings."

NJ Transit also intended to split route 62 into two routes and expand route 99. On September 1, 2012, bus route 62 increased service on its northern portion between Newark Penn Station, Newark Airport, and Elizabeth, while the rest of the route south of Elizabeth became route 48.

The company further stated that "most customers will not be significantly impacted" and that the financial gains would allow for service expansion in and around Newark and "help keep fares stable" for NJ Transit customers.

Equipment[edit]

Divisions, facilities, and operators[edit]

New Jersey Transit Bus Operations is divided into the Northern, Central, and Southern Divisions, and contract operations.[7] Below is a list of all facilities and the buses housed in them.[8]

Northern Division[edit]

The Northern Division consists of six garages owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.

Garage Location Routes
Fairview 419 Anderson Avenue,
Fairview, New Jersey
128 (with Howell and Meadowlands), 153, 154, 156, 158, 159, 321, 351 (with Community Coach), 353 (with Community Coach)
Greenville 53 Old Bergen Road
Jersey City, New Jersey
6, 80, 81, 87, 120, 126 (with Meadowlands and Ironbound) New garage opened in 1998, built on same site after old Greenville Garage was demolished.
Market Street 16 Market Street,
Paterson, New Jersey
72, 74, 145, 148, 151, 160, 164 (with Oradell), 171, 175, 178, 182, 186, 351 (with Community Coach), 703, 704, 712, 770
Meadowlands 2600 Penhorn Avenue,
North Bergen, New Jersey
82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 89, 121, 122 (with Wayne), 123, 124, 125, 126 (with Greenville and Ironbound), 127, 128 (with Fairview and Howell), 129, 156 (with Fairview), 159 (with Fairview), 166 (with Oradell), 167 (with Oradell), 177 (with Oradell), 181, 188, 190 (with Wayne), 308 (with Howell & Ironbound), 319 (with Egg Harbor), 320, 329, 351 (with Community Coach), 353 (with Community Coach) Newly built garage replaced the old Union City Garage in 1993.
Oradell 455 New Milford Avenue,
Oradell, New Jersey
144, 155, 157, 162, 163, 164 (with Market Street), 165, 166 (with Meadowlands), 167 (with Meadowlands), 168, 177 (with Meadowlands), Replaced the old Hackensack Garage in 1962.
Wayne 55 West Belt Parkway,
Wayne, New Jersey
161, 190 (with Meadowlands), 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 324 Newly built garage replaces the old Madison Av garage in Paterson, NJ and the Warwick Garage in Warwick, NY in 1998.

Central Division[edit]

The Central Division consists of five garages and one light rail operations facility owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.

Garage Location Routes
Big Tree 1 Washington Avenue,
Nutley, New Jersey
13, 30, 40, 76, 78, 99, 351 (with Community Coach), 353 (with Community Coach), 378 New garage opened in 1989, built on same site after old Big Tree Garage was demolished.
Hilton 1450 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, New Jersey
1, 13 (with Big Tree), 25, 26, 27 (with Orange), 37, 39, 52, 70, 90, 107, 108, 361, 375, go25

New garage opened in 1989, built on same site after old Maplewood Garage was demolished.

Howell 1251 U.S. 9 North,
Howell, New Jersey
63, 64, 67, 68, 128 (with Fairview and Meadowlands), 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139 (with Academy), 307, 308 (with Meadowlands & Ironbound) Newly built garage replaces the old garages in Lakewood, NJ and Old Bridge NJ in 1985.
Ironbound 677 Wilson Avenue,
Newark, New Jersey
48, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 65, 66, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 126 (with Greenville and Meadowlands), 308 (with Howell & Meadowlands) Newly built garage and main shop replaces the old garages in Newark, NJ @ Ferry Street Shops and Lake Street Shops, and the old Elizabeth NJ garage in 1997.
Morris (NJ Transit Morris, Inc.) Dover, New Jersey 871, 872, 873, 874, 875, 880
Newark Light Rail Grove Street station
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Newark City Subway, Newark Light Rail
Orange 420 Thomas Boulevard,
Orange, New Jersey
5, 11, 21, 27 (with Hilton), 28, 29, 34, 41, 71, 73, 79, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, go28 New garage opened in 1988, built on same site after old Orange Garage was demolished.

Southern Division[edit]

The Southern Division consists of four garages owned and operated by New Jersey Transit.

Garage Location Routes
Egg Harbor 1431 Doughty Road,
Egg Harbor, New Jersey
313, 315, 316/510 (with Washington Township and Newton Avenue), 319 (with Meadowlands), 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 507, 508, 509, 552, 553, 559 Newly built garage replaces the old Atlantic City, Inlet and Wildwood Garages in 1998.
Hamilton Township
(NJ Transit Mercer, Inc.)
600 Sloan Avenue,
Hamilton, New Jersey
600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 619, 655 Newly built garage replaces the old Mercer Metro Garage on East State Street in Trenton, NJ in 1998.
Newton Avenue 350 Newton Avenue,
Camden, New Jersey
316/510 (with Washington Township and Egg Harbor), 317, 318, 404, 405, 407, 409, 413, 414, 417, 418, 419, 450, 451, 452, 453, 455, 457, 460 (with Washington Township) Newly built and expanded garage opened in 1994 replacing the old Camden garage on same site, as well as the Maple Shade, and Riverside NJ garages.
Washington Township 6000 Black Horse Pike,
Turnersville, New Jersey
313, 315, 316/510 (with Egg Harbor and Newton Avenue), 400, 401, 402, 403, 406, 408, 410, 412, 459, 460 (with Newton Avenue) 463, 551, 554 Replaced the old Turnersville Garage on same site in 1990.

Contract operations[edit]

These companies operate service under contract to New Jersey Transit. Service is provided using New Jersey Transit-branded buses.

Operator Location Routes
Academy Bus 1515 Jefferson Street,
Hoboken, New Jersey
2, 10, 22, 22X, 23, 88, 119
440 Florida Grove Road,
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 810, 811, 813, 814, 815, 817, 818, 819, 822
Community Coach 160 Route 17 North,
Paramus, New Jersey
351, 353, 702, 705, 707, 709, 722, 744, 746, 748, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 758, 762, 772, 780
First Student 177 Route 94,
Lafayette, New Jersey
878, 879
Salem County Transit 350 East Pittsfield Street,
Pennsville, New Jersey
468
Suburban Trails 750 Somerset Street,
New Brunswick, New Jersey
986
Trans-Bridge Lines 2012 Industrial Drive,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
890, 891
Transdev 830 Old Corlies Avenue,
Neptune, New Jersey
830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 835, 836, 837

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