Bhalla urges NJ Transit to provide Hoboken commuters option to use ferry

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Hoboken Councilman-at-Large/mayoral hopeful Ravi Bhalla is urging NJ Transit to honor the tickets of Hoboken bus and rail commuters on the ferry for their daily commute as service disruption is set to begin soon. Ravi Bhalla

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

According to NJ Transit, an additional 7,400 commuters will be diverted to Hoboken beginning on July 10th, with the majority likely to use the already at or beyond capacity PATH or NJ Transit buses to get to New York City.

These commuters are being diverted from the Morristown/ Essex line.

“The least Hoboken commuters deserve for the inconvenience and additional over-crowding they will experience this summer is the same cross-honoring options as other commuters. I call on NJ Transit to provide this needed flexibility and consideration,” Bhalla said in a statement.

Bhalla also noted that the cross-honoring option to access Ferry Service is being made available to some of the diverted commuters, but as of now, not to those from Hoboken.

NJ Transit is modestly increasing bus and rail service in Hoboken during the morning rush over the summer, but the increase fails to match the scale of the over-crowding problem, added Bhalla.

Bhalla, who is running for mayor, adds his voice to Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s who made a similar request of NJ Transit recently.

The veteran councilman is expected to face challengers in the form of Council President Jen Giattino, 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), former Councilman Angelo Valente, business owner Karen Nason, local activist Ronald Bautista and perennial candidate Pat Waiters.