NJ Transit Set To Begin Public Hearings On Fare And Service Proposal

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NEWARK — NJ Transit will hold the first of 12 scheduled public hearings and information sessions beginning Thursday, March 25, to allow the public the opportunity to learn more about the proposed fare increases and service changes and offer comments before the plan is considered by the Board of Directors on April 14.

To ensure an inclusive public comment process, NJ Transit has scheduled eight public hearings and four information sessions at locations across the state and in New York from March 25 through March 27.  The hearings and information sessions will be held in the evenings and on Saturday to encourage participation.

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Members of the public also may submit comments online at www.njtransit.com/budget, where details of the proposed fare increases and service changes are available.  The online public comment period has been extended until 5 p.m., Monday, March 29.

To date, NJ Transit has received about 2,500 comments via the online comment form.

PUBLIC HEARINGS & INFORMATION SESSIONS
Thursday, March 25, 2010                                             5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

PATERSON
Passaic County Community College – Theater
Ellison Street & Memorial Drive, Paterson, NJ

NEWARK
NJ Transit Headquarters – Board Room
One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ

TRENTON
Trenton Transit Center
72 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ

MANALAPAN
Monmouth County Library – Meeting Rooms 2 & 3
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ

Friday, March 26, 2010                                                   5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
SECAUCUS
Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station
County Road & County Avenue, Secaucus, NJ

CAMDEN
Camden City Hall – Council Chambers (2nd Fl.)
520 Market Street, Camden, NJ

MORRISTOWN
Morristown Town Hall – Senior Community Center (3rd Fl.)
200 South Street, Morristown, NJ

LONG BRANCH
Long Branch Middle School – Auditorium
350 Indiana Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

NEW YORK (INFORMATION SESSION)
Port Authority Bus Terminal – Times Square Hall (2nd Fl.)
625 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY

Saturday, March 27, 2010                                              1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
HACKENSACK (INFORMATION SESSION)
Bergen County Freeholders – Public Meeting Room (5th Fl.)
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ

ATLANTIC CITY (INFORMATION SESSION)
Atlantic City Rail Terminal – Lobby
One Atlantic City Expressway, Atlantic City, NJ

EAST BRUNSWICK (INFORMATION SESSION)
East Brunswick Community Arts Center Theater
721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ

By statute, public hearings must take place on weekdays, in the evening, and within the State of New Jersey.  NJ TRANSIT is supplementing its slate of public hearings with four information sessions—one in Manhattan and three on a Saturday.  As a practical matter, there will be no difference in the way public hearings and information sessions are conducted.  Public comments will be accepted at both and will carry the same weight.


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