Governor promises more drivers, buses as solution for NJ Transit overcrowding

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 24, 2018

Murphy said bus routes will be monitored for on-time performance and that the boost in state funding would give NJ Transit more flexibility to deal with road construction projects and other factors that affect bus performance.

Speaking Monday at the Central Maintenance Facility in Newark, Gov. Phil Murphy said these drivers will work on bus routes with the fastest-growing ridership in Bergen, Hudson and Union counties.

Murphy and NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett called the plans "targeted relief". They are part of the Democratic governor's plan to overhaul NJ Transit, an agency he has called "a national disgrace". In his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, Murphy has earmarked an additional $242 million for direct subsidies to the agency in order to create what he says will be a more customer-friendly transit system.

More people ride NJ Transit's buses than ride trains, though rail woes generally get more attention due to the problems with aging infrastructure and the fight over the $13 million Gateway project to build a new tunnel into NY. Those include buses from Woodbury and Bridgeton into Philadelphia; from Paterson and Rutherford into NY, and from Hackensack and North Bergen into Jersey City's Journal Square.

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