Jersey City moving forward with plans for new city-run rideshare transportation system

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The City of Jersey City is moving forward with plans to introduce a new city-run public transportation system that would operate similar rideshare applications like Uber and Lyft.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Typical bus systems are tailored to regulated routes and schedules, which can leave passengers waiting due to delays or having to walk blocks to their bus stop if there is not one close,” Mayor Fulop said in a statement.

“We want to bring technology into the City that creates a fully dynamic, on-demand transit network. This ultimately will make rides faster, more convenient and connect the North and South parts of the City.”

Fulop had first mentioned developing a city-run bus system at his State of the City Address in March and that idea has now morphed into a more targeted system that would create passenger stops and routes based on demand.

The city is moving ahead with a request for proposals (RFP) for this concept, where the mayor’s office says that at least 10 percent of the program’s fleet will be fully electric vehicles, with a goal to increase the number of electric cars in future years.

Additionally, prices will be set near current mass transit ticket prices, below or around $2 per-ride, with discounts offered for certain populations including low-income residents, the disabled and senior citizens.

“We are seeking a solution that responds dynamically to demand in an effort to be more efficient and more responsive to the varying needs of our communities,” added Barkha Patel, the city’s senior transportation planner.

“We’re continually looking to incorporating innovative technology that improves the quality of life for all users and modes of travel within our transportation network. This type of transit system can maximize connectivity and access to transit hubs, major employment, shopping and recreational destinations, and between existing neighborhoods.”

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