In light of losing private bus service, LD-31 leaders announce NJ Transit to add Greenville stops

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State Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, all of the 31st Legislative District, announced that NJ Transit will be adding bus service to Greenville this month after losing a private bus service in March.

Photo via abbuscorp.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Effective Saturday, June 22, 2019, NJ Transit will re-route its No. 1 bus route in Jersey City to provide bus service to residents affected by the termination of the A&C Corporation’s  No.4 bus route, the legislators said in a joint statement.

“Access to ride sharing services that offer door to door transportation is not something every resident in a densely populated area, such as Jersey City, is afforded,” Cunningham said.

“Thankfully, NJ Transit has shown its commitment to the residents of New Jersey, specifically, those who reside in Jersey City, with their willingness to reroute the
bus lines. I appreciate NJ Transit for their effort, and I thank our Jersey City residents for trusting us to offer an effective resolution to this issue.”

The A&C Bus Corporation got rid of the route in question as of March 2nd, citing “low ridership” as their reasoning and never elaborated further.

The new and enhanced route for the No. 1 will now serve the discontinued A&C No. 4 bus stops along Communipaw and Pacific Aves, which have not had the benefit of a bus service for the past four months.

“Working together with NJ Transit, we heard the concerns of the community and were able to find a solution for all commuters affected by the No. 4 route. I applaud NJ Transit for their willingness to find a permanent route that will serve the residents of Jersey City,
particularly in the south side. I want to also thank the residents for their patience during this time,” added McKnight.

Meanwhile, Chiaravalloti also commended NJ Transit, further stating that he introduced bill A-5116 on March 4th, just three days after the No, bus route was cancelled.

The legislation calls for any private bus operator that receives funding from NJ Transit or any other stat entity to provide notice and hold public hearings before they are able to make service changes.

“I am glad that NJ Transit was able to address the needs of the community. But a larger issue remains at stake. Jersey City is rapidly growing every day and needs more mass transit options, not less,” Chiaravalloti explained.

“This is why I introduced legislation (A-5116) that would require private transit companies to issue notices and hold public hearings before making significant changes to transit lines so that private transit companies can be more accountable to the communities they serve. I have urged NJ Transit to consider creating more bus lines throughout the city to better serve the growing population.”