Somerset County News

Suburban Transit Considers Express Bus Service from Hillsborough to NYC; Residents Asked to Complete Online Survey


HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Suburban Transit is working with township officials to institute express commuter bus service to New York City.

Residents are being asked to fill out an online survey, according to Committeeman Greg Burchette; the response will help to determine whether there is enough interest to initiate the service, as early as this year.

“Express bus service to New York would be extremely helpful to many of our commuting residents,” Burchette said.

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Township officials have been working for several years to secure express bus service to New York City, according to Anthony Ferrara, township administrator.

Bus companies have been reluctant to expand their services to more suburban New Jersey towns because there is a shortage of parking space for buses in Manhattan, he explained.

The township has been working in tandem with Bridgewater to secure the express bus service and Montgomery has recently expressed interest, according to Ferrara.

Suburban Transit, a Coach USA company, has told township officials that it will supply as many buses as needed to meet demand.

The township will make provisions for a centralized commuter parking lot for residents to leave their cars, according to Burchette.

Commuters interested in express bus service can fill out the eight-question survey at by accessing the “Hillsborough Commuter Survey” link. The survey will also be available on the township website,

The survey will also help determine the best times for the bus service, according to Burchette.

“This is one step closer to making express service from Hillsborough to New York City a reality,” Burchette said.

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