FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D'Elia, 908-527-4419
Director of Communication - County of Union

 

UNION COUNTY TO LAUNCH ROUTE 22 FREE TRANSIT SHUTTLE SERVICE WITH NJ DOT AND NJ TRANSIT

route 22 shuttle

Union County---In an effort to address pedestrian safety and access issues along the Route 22 business corridor encompassing several municipalities, the County of Union today announced it is launching a free transit shuttle service in a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit.

“The shuttle service is a welcome service that will improve pedestrian safety and help workers and area residents safely access both sides of the Highway,” said Freeholder Dan Sullivan, who also serves as chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

The transit shuttle is slated to begin on the State Highway on October 1st, and for now, will run from Monday to Friday along Route 22 (eastbound and westbound) serving Kenilworth, Springfield and Union.

The free shuttle will make approximately 15 stops at NJ Transit bus stops along
Route 22, where it will pick up shoppers, workers or any other members of the public who wish to cross the highway in either direction via the service. The service was created to help pedestrians cross the highway in either direction. The Route 22 business corridor along Union, Springfield, and Kenilworth, does not have any lights, crosswalks or bridges, and pedestrians are forced to cross the highway against traffic at their own risk.

The County of Union has purchased two 20-seat vans that it will use to run the service, The vans which cost $125,000 were purchased through Community Development Block Grant funds. The County has also committed an additional $200,000 received from a federal transportation Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) grant toward operational expenses during the six month pilot period.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has contributed $280,000 in funding through its Safe Routes to Transit program and assisted in planning the service; and New Jersey Transit helped to coordinate the planned shuttle service with its bus service in the area.

The two vans will run in two loops along a 2.5 mile stretch of Route 22. The vans
are scheduled to run from 6:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will
pick up passengers from 15 NJ Transit bus stops on both the east side and
west side of the Highway. Weekend service starts on Saturday, November 3
from 6:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Service is not yet available from the center island of the highway, and both State and County project coordinators are working to resolve this issue and hope to offer pick up and drop off at the center island in the near future. For questions about the Route 22 Shuttle service, call (908) 659-5000.