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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2008

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

 

ELEVEN SHELTERS TO BE ADDED TO ROUTE 22 SAFETY SHUTTLE ROUTE

 

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has passed a resolution authorizing the County Manager to execute an agreement with New Jersey Transit for the installation of 11 Bus Shelters along the Route 22 Safety Shuttle. The shelters with concrete pad, which will cost $6,000 dollars each, will be paid for and installed at no cost to the County by New Jersey Transit. When construction is completed Union County will be responsible for maintaining the shelters. No date has been set for the start of construction on this project.

“With the success of the Route 22 Safety Shuttle it was important make sure riders have a place to wait for the buses with protection from the elements,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. “Adding these shelters will encourage even more people to use this safe mode of transportation along this busy stretch of roadway.”

The shelters will be constructed at the following locations:

  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at S. Springfield Avenue, mid-block, Springfield Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Lawrence Road, far side, Springfield Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Fadem Road, far side, Springfield Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Fadem Road, mid-block, Springfield Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Jefferson Avenue, mid-block, Union Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Springfield Road, South, mid-block, Union Township
  • Rt. 22, eastbound, at Ball Avenue, mid-block, Union Township
  • Rt. 22, westbound, at Hudson Street, near side, Union Township
  • Monroe Street, northbound, at Rt. 22, mid-block, Union Township
  • Rt. 22, westbound, at Brown Avenue, far side, Springfield Township
  • Rt. 22, westbound, at Hillside Avenue, mid-block, Springfield Township

The Union County Route 22 Safety Shuttle has been in operation since October 2007 to provide a safer means of crossing the highway for transit dependent employees of retail, office, industrial businesses as well as residents. In November 2007 was expanded from a five to seven day service and seen ridership steadily increased. Two vehicles run on a fixed route every 25 minutes. As of June of this year, the number of monthly rides has surpassed 6,000. On average 100 riders are provided by the Shuttle daily.