CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Committee member Curt Ritter reported that progress is being made on a possible bus shuttle service that would transport township commuters to the Chatham Borough train station.

Ritter said at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night that he began to explore the interest in such a service when he conducted a survey in conjunction with TransOptions in September of 2018. 

The survey was prompted by the long-standing shortage of parking spaces for Chatham Township residents at the Chatham Borough Train Station.

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According to Ritter more than 800 people responded to the survey and 415 commuters said they would be interested in taking a shuttle to the train station at least four days a week. 

Ritter talks about the response to the survey and the possibility of the program being instituted in the fall in the video below.

Ritter said it would initially cost $5 each way to take the 14-passenger bus each way, which would be run by State Shuttle.

"We have more work to do on our end as I said, but hopefully if things go well, we would be able to launch a pilot program sometime in September or October," Ritter said.

The parking lots being examined for the shuttle service are Chatham's Christ Church on Fairmount Avenue across from the Red Brick Schoolhouse; the parking lot at the municipal building at 58 Meyersville Rd., and one of the parking lots near Shunpike Field.

Power outage: The Chatham Township Committee was hit with a power outage during its meeting. Power was restored after about 10 minutes after Robert Hoffmann, township administrator, turned on the generator with the help of township engineer John Ruschke.