Hoboken and NJ Transit officials today announced changes for Bus Route 126, which includes new stops, increased capacity, and less wait times – about two months after the city council approved modifying the route.
Hoboken and NJ Transit officials announcing changes to Bus Route 126.
Posted by Hudson County View on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
By Daniel Ulloa/ Hudson County View
“Today, we celebrate a range of new improvements to NJ TRANSIT’s 126 bus route, an indispensable route for Hoboken residents traveling to New York City and one of the most heavily-used routes in our entire system,” said NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett.
“These new bus stops will make important quality of life benefits to Hoboken residents, making it safer to board the bus and easier for our residents to get to work during rush hour,” added Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
The new improvements included adding a new stop at 5th and Clinton Street, the location where the press conference took place and one block south of their previous stop location.
The new stop is longer than the previous one at 6th Street, allowing more room for larger articulated buses, and a wider sidewalk, which allows for a larger shelter, officials said today.
Additionally, the new location also prevents buses from blocking the intersection and a private driveway and the intersection’s pedestrian crosswalk.
Today is the first day the new route will be in service, Bhalla said, explaining the timing of today’s presser after the council okayed service changes by a vote of 8-1 (3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo voted no) back on July 8th.
Furthermore, Corbett said NJ Transit was pleased to partner with Hoboken to improve customer service by adjusting the bus stops along the route, which is expected to reduce wait times and promote social distancing as well.
“These improvements include the introduction of our new articulated buses on this route earlier this year, which adds much needed capacity and features many new customer amenities,” he noted.
NJ Transit’s improvements to the bus line include adding a stop on Clinton Street between 7th and 8th. With this additional stop, there is now a stop every other block between Observer Highway and 11th Street.
The site was chosen specifically to minimize the impact on parking, which will be prohibited at the stops between the 4 p.m and 7 p.m. rush hour.
Also, the addition of a new bus stop formalizes the “courtesy stop” at Willow Avenue and 2nd Street. Previously an unscheduled stop, the new stop will serve an area that had an unusually long distance between regular stops.
Updated parking restrictions include prohibiting parking during the 4 to 7 p.m. rush hour at bus stops. Buses are often unable to pull to the curb due to parked vehicles, leading to unsafe conditions and extra traffic congestion.
The 126 line is not one of the busiest routes in the state, but the country, according to the mayor.
“Hoboken has the highest percentage of commuters in the country. Not New Jersey, but in the country, who rely upon mass transit to get to and from work. We can’t forget that when we think about a parking space versus a bus,” Bhalla explained.
“When we have to make choices that not everyone may be happy about: just remember, in the entire United States, we have the highest percentage of people who rely upon these buses, these trains, the light rail, and the ferry to get to and from work.”