Middlesex County Expands Community Shuttle Routes

State, county and local officials gathered this week at the South Amboy Train Station to announce the expansion of the Middlesex County Community Shuttle Program into the South Amboy-Sayreville area. Participants were (left to right) Tom Clark, Director of Governmental Relations for New Jersey Transit, Sayreville Council President Kenneth P. Kelly Sr., State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, Steven Fittante, Director of the County Office of Transportation, and South Amboy Mayor Fred A. Henry. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – State, county and local officials gathered Wednesday to announce the expansion of the already successful Middlesex County Community Shuttle Program into the South Amboy-Sayreville area.

The Community Shuttle Program links senior citizens, disabled residents, commuters and others to doctors’ offices, retail centers, employment and mass transit opportunities with the frequency of a mass transit system.

The new route will serve portions of Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, Old Bridge and East Brunswick, and will operate 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The service will operate primarily along Bordentown Avenue and will provide connections to key transit hubs, including the Route 9-Ernston Road NJ Transit commuter bus services, the Cheesequake Service Area (Academy Bus service) on the Garden State Parkway and the South Amboy Rail Station on NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line.

This is the seventh route for the popular program.

“Our Community Shuttle program provides low-cost, safe and efficient service and has been a great success since debuting in 2005,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, Chair of the County’s Public Works and Transportation Committee. “Every year, the program continues to grow, showing us that we are filling a need. This new route will allow us to help even more Middlesex County residents get to where they need to go.”

“Middlesex County’s commitment to intra-county mass transit provides a convenient service to residents that has the added benefits of reducing road congestion and air pollution,” said State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “I congratulate the County on the expansion of its shuttle service for the residents of East Brunswick, Old Bridge, Sayreville, South River and South Amboy.”

“I commend Middlesex County for providing vital service in this region that both supplements and complements existing NJ TRANSIT services, playing an integral role in the State’s overall public transportation network,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein. “The continued development of community-based transportation services extends the reach of NJ TRANSIT service in some areas while filling in gaps in service where there is a need.”

“This new bus service will expand the transportation options for residents and commuters allowing them to access Brunswick Square Mall and many destinations along the new route,” said South Amboy Mayor Fred A. Henry.

Specific stops along the route include: the South Amboy Rail Station, South Amboy YMCA, the McCarthy Towers, the Shoregate area, the Cheesequake Service Area on the Garden State Parkway, the Old Bridge Transit Center on Route 9, the Sayrewood Shopping Center, Winding Wood Apartments, Willett Manor and South River Landing and the Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick.

Wisniewski, Polos and Henry were joined at a ceremony at the South Amboy Rail Station announcing the new route by Tom Clark, director of Governmental Relations for New Jersey Transit, William Neary, director of Keep Middlesex Moving, Steven Fittante, Director of the County Office of Transportation and council members from Sayreville and South Amboy.

“The M7 route epitomizes the versatility of the MCAT Community Shuttle routes,” Fittante said. “It targets the mobility needs of bus and rail commuters, older adults, people with disabilities, youth and local employers.”

The shuttle is being funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant administered by the Federal Highway Administration of U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Middlesex County constantly looks at the services we provide to ensure that we are meeting our residents’ needs,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “The Community Shuttle Program is an example of putting our resources where they will be used most effectively and efficiently.”

For more information, including route maps and schedules, contact MCAT at 1-732-745-7456 or visit the Office of Transportation page on the county web site at http://co.middlesex.nj.us.

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