Starting next month, the City of Hoboken is adding two new buses to their free HOP service during peak commuter hours in the morning and evening.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
During the first phase beginning on March 2nd, the blue HOP will have a second bus on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
In the coming weeks, the second phase will also includes an additional bus on the Green HOP during the evenings between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The new HOP buses will be added to the routes displayed in the new mobile application, â€œPassio Go,â€ which shows the locations of each bus and the routes in real time on a map.
In 2019, the HOP bus service had record ridership with over 223,000 trips taken compared to 173,000 from a year before, reflecting nearly a 30 percent increase.
This came after Hoboken began using parking revenues to make all HOP rides free of charge to the public, starting in March 2019, to encourage the use of the shared mobility option.
â€œOur HOP bus service provides a critical first-mile, last-mile transportation option for our residents, and Iâ€™m very pleased that we are expanding the service during peak periods,â€ Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
â€œMore residents utilizing the HOP provides an additional convenience, cost savings for those who need it, improves access and mobility in areas least served by public transit, and reduces our cityâ€™s carbon emissions. I encourage everyone to utilize this free option to connect to transit hubs, visit our local businesses, and travel around our city.â€
Expanding alternative and shared transportation options is a component of Hobokenâ€™s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions and exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2050.