NEWARK – The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees recently approved approximately $3 million in federal funding over three years to support five community shuttle services that will help connect riders to key transit hubs, job centers and educational facilities throughout the region.
The shuttle proposals were competitively chosen to receive grant funding through the NJTPA’s 2012 Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) Local Mobility Initiatives Program, which is designed to advance transit strategies that reduce traffic, driving alone and harmful emissions. Funds are provided for up to three years in order to give the services a chance to build ridership, with a local match of 25 percent required.
“Shuttles that offer a last-mile link between public transit and riders’ final destinations help connect the region’s residents with jobs and educational opportunities, and visitors with their destinations,” said NJTPA Chairman and Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt. “They give more options to travelers, especially those without cars.”
The following are the services that were endorsed by the Board, along with their sponsors and average annual funding amounts:
- Bergen Community College Shuttle, Bergen County Department of Human Services: Will provide transit for students, faculty and the general public traveling between BCC’s main campus in Paramus and its newest campus in Lyndhurst. $212,000
- Somerville Rail Station Demand Responsive Shuttle and Taxi Service, Ridewise of Raritan Valley: Will group together travelers headed to similar destinations in taxis and shuttles via an Internet- and phone-accessible scheduling system. $305,000
- Route 66 Shuttle, Meadowlink: Will run from Asbury Park Train Station to the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls, stopping at job centers along the route such as Seaview Square Mall and AIG. $109,000
- Route 3 Secaucus Junction Connector, Meadowlink: Will connect Route 3 to Secaucus Junction Train Station, linking several residential and commercial areas, NJ Transit bus and rail services, and major employers such as Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals and the Lyndhurst Corporate Center. $212,000
- Long Branch and Monmouth University Shuttle, Meadowlink: Will connect Long Branch Train Station and the adjacent Monmouth Medical Center with Monmouth University and local residential and commercial areas. $109,000
Since its inception in 2003, the CMAQ Initiatives Program has provided funding for 19 shuttles, a bike-sharing program and a car-sharing service.
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