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NJ Transit Bus Operations
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NJ Transit #5510 operates along Prospect Street in western Trenton.
SloganThe Way to Go
ParentNJ Transit
Founded1980
(purchase of Transport of New Jersey)
HeadquartersNewark, New Jersey
LocaleNew Jersey (statewide)
Service areaNew Jersey (statewide)
Service typeLocal and commuter bus transit, Newark Light Rail
Routes267 (See list below)
Stations26 bus terminals,
19,500 bus stops,
17 light rail stations[1]
Fleet3,052 buses, 696 leased to private operators
21 light rail vehicles[1]
Daily ridership567,967[1] (average weekday)
OperatorSee operator list below
Chief executiveDennis J. Martin
WebsiteNew Jersey Transit

NJ Transit Bus Operations is the bus division of NJ Transit, providing bus service throughout New Jersey along with service along one light rail line, with many routes going to New York City and Philadelphia.

History

Prior to 1948, most public transportation in New Jersey was provided by the Public Service Corporation of New Jersey, a utility company that also operated the Public Service Railway division. In 1948, the Public Service Corporation was divided into two entities: the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, which inherited the utility operations, and the Public Service Coordinated Transportation Company (PSCT), which inherited the transit operations. PSCT provided service throughout New Jersey, originally using trolleys and then transitioning to trolley buses, and buses. During the 1970s, the New Jersey Department of Transportation began subsidizing the routes of Public Service, now renamed Transport of New Jersey (TNJ), contracting with TNJ and other companies to operate local bus service throughout New Jersey.[2]

NJ Transit came into being as the result of the New Jersey Public Transportation Act of 1979 to "acquire, operate, and contract for transportation services in the public interest". NJ Transit Bus Operations came into being the following year, when it acquired Transport of New Jersey from PSE&G.[3] Other purchases and buyouts in the 1980s expanded the bus division of NJ Transit, including the assumption of service for Somerset Bus Company in 1982 the acquisition of the Atlantic City Transportation Company in 1987.[4] In 1992 NJ Transit Mercer, Inc., which was the successor to the former "Mercer Metro" operation in the Trenton and Princeton areas, was folded into NJ Transit Bus Operations.[5] In 2010, Morris County operations were taken over under the subsidiary NJ Transit Morris, Inc.

NJ Transit Bus Operations owns, leases, or subleases over 3,000 buses,[1] and many more have been purchased for community shuttles.

Routes

Routes are numbered by where they operate in the state of New Jersey, however, there are a few exceptions to the general rule due to recent[when?] changes to some routes operating in Central and North Jersey. Fare and route can also be further elucidated on some of the individual route schedules[6] or the trip planner.[7]

In most cases, routes retain the same numbers they had under the Public Service/Transport of New Jersey umbrella.

Fleet

Divisions, facilities, and operators

NJ Transit Bus Operations is divided into the Northern, Central, and Southern Divisions, and contract operations.[8] Below is a list of all facilities and the buses housed in them.[9]

Northern Division

The Northern Division consists of six garages.

Garage Location Routes Notes
Fairview 419 Anderson Avenue,
Fairview
153, 154, 156, 158, 159, 321, 351, 353
Select Trips Only: 128, 321, 351, 353
Greenville 53 Old Bergen Road
Jersey City
6, 80, 81, 87, 120, 126
  • New garage opened in 1998
  • Built on same site after the old Greenville Garage was demolished.
Market Street 16 Market Street,
Paterson
72, 74, 703, 704, 712, 770, 145, 148, 160, 164, 171, 175, 178, 182, 186
Meadowlands 2600 Penhorn Avenue,
North Bergen
82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 89, 121, 123, 124, 125, 127, 129, 181, 188, 320, 329
Select Trips Only: 122, 126, 128, 156, 159, 166, 167, 177, 190, 308, 319, 321, 351, 353
  • Newly built garage replaced the old Union City Garage in 1993.
Oradell 455 New Milford Avenue,
Oradell
144, 155, 157, 162, 163, 165, 167, 168, 177
Select Trips Only: 164, 166, 167, 177
  • Replaced the old Hackensack Garage in 1962.
Wayne 55 West Belt Parkway,
Wayne
161, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 151T, 190 324
Select Trips Only: 190
  • Newly built garage that replaced the old Madison Ave garage in Paterson and the Warwick Garage in Warwick, NY in 1998.

Central Division

The Central Division consists of five garages and one light rail operations facility.

Garage Location Routes Notes
Big Tree 1 Washington Avenue,
Nutley
30, 40, 76, 78, 99, 378
Select Trips Only: 13
  • New garage opened in 1989
  • Built on same site after the old Big Tree Garage was demolished.
Hilton 1450 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood
1, 25, 26, 37, 39, 52, 70, 90, 107, 108, 361, 375, go25
Select Trips Only: 13, 27
  • New garage opened in 1989, built on same site after old Maplewood Garage was demolished.
Howell 1251 United States 9 North,
Howell
63, 64, 67, 68, 128, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 307
Select Trips Only: 128, 308, 321
  • Newly built garage that replaced the old garages in Lakewood and Old Bridge in 1985.
Ironbound 677 Wilson Avenue,
Newark
48, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 65, 66, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117
Select Trips Only: 126, 308
  • Newly built garage and main shop replacing the old garages in Newark at Ferry Street Shops and Lake Street Shops, and the old Elizabeth garage in 1997.
Morris (NJ Transit Morris, Inc.) 34 Richboynton Road
Dover
871, 872, 873, 874, 875, 880
Newark Light Rail Grove Street station
Bloomfield
Newark Light Rail Newark Penn Station
  • Originally used for storage and maintenance until the Grove Street extension in June 2002, where a new shop and yard complex were opened.
Orange 420 Thomas Boulevard,
Orange
5, 11, 21, 28, 29, 34, 41, 71, 73, 79, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, go28
Select Trips Only: 27
  • New garage opened in 1988
  • Built on same site after old Orange Garage was demolished.

Southern Division

The Southern Division consists of four garages.

Garage Location Routes Notes
Egg Harbor 1431 Doughty Road,
Egg Harbor
313, 315, 319, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 507, 508, 509, 552, 553, 559
Select Trips Only: 316/510
  • Newly built garage replaced the old Atlantic City, Inlet, and Wildwood Garages in 1998.
Hamilton Township
(NJ Transit Mercer, Inc.)
600 Sloan Avenue,
Hamilton
600, 601, 603, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 619, 624
  • Newly built garage replaces the old Mercer Metro Garage on East State Street in Trenton in 1998.
Newton Avenue 350 Newton Avenue,
Camden
317, 404, 405, 407, 409, 413, 414, 417, 418, 419, 450, 451, 452, 453, 455, 457, 460
Select Trips Only: 316/510
  • Newly built and expanded garage opened in 1994 replacing the old Camden garage on same site, as well as the Maple Shade and Riverside garages.
Washington Township 6000 Black Horse Pike,
Turnersville
313, 315, 400, 401, 402, 403, 406, 408, 410, 412, 459, 460, 463, 551, 554, 555
Select Trips Only: 316/510
  • Replaced the old Turnersville Garage on same site in 1990.

Contract operations

These companies operate service under contract to New Jersey Transit. Service is provided using New Jersey Transit-branded buses.

Operator Location Routes
Academy Bus 1515 Jefferson Street,
Hoboken
2, 10, 22, 22X, 23, 88, 119
440 Florida Grove Road,
Perth Amboy
801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 810, 811, 813, 814, 815, 817, 818, 819, 822
Community Coach 160 Route 17 North,
Paramus
351, 353, 702, 705, 707, 709, 722, 744, 746, 748, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 758, 762, 772, 780,
Saddle River Tours Moonachie Avenue
Carlstadt 07072
878
Salem County Transit 350 East Pittsfield Street,
Pennsville
468
Suburban Trails 750 Somerset Street,
New Brunswick
986
Trans-Bridge Lines 2012 Industrial Drive,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
890, 891
Transdev 830 Old Corlies Avenue,
Neptune City
830, 831, 832, 834, 836, 837, 838

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d New Jersey Transit Facts at a Glance, Fiscal Year 2009
  2. ^ "Public Service - History". davemackey.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  3. ^ Times, Martin Waldron Special To The New York (1980-09-18). "Jersey Acquires 2 Key Bus Lines For $32 Million; Byrne Describes Takeover as 'Truly Public Transit' Possible Rail Takeover 'Getting Rid of a Headache' Jersey Acquires Two Key Bus Lines". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  4. ^ Bird, David (1982-06-03). "End of the Line Drawing Near for Jersey's Somerset Bus Co". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  5. ^ "History & Structure", New Jersey Transit
  6. ^ List of New Jersey Transit schedules
  7. ^ NJ Transit trip planner
  8. ^ New Jersey Transit garage locations
  9. ^ "NJ Transit Bus Fan Page - Garages". davemackey.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2015-09-25.

External links

  • New Jersey Transit official website
  • Unofficial New Jersey Transit fan page
  • Unofficial New Jersey Transit bus map