SOMERVILLE, NJ - For the second year in a row, Somerset County’s Transportation Division has provided more trips to senior and disabled residents than any other county in New Jersey, according to NJ Transit’s 2019 Casino Revenue Transportation Program Report.
In 2018, Somerset County provided 365,008 service trips to medical appointments, senior centers, grocery shopping, employment and other locations. The next closest county was Middlesex with 267,392 trips.
“Many, many residents rely on our county transportation services to get them to and from essential destinations,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public works liaison. “Our drivers are a vital part of these residents’ lives. We’re proud to provide this service and proud of the drivers and office staff who deliver it year-round.”
Somerset County’s 116-vehicle fleet includes 102, or 88%, that are wheelchair-accessible. Six of its vehicles, or 5%, are federally funded through the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program. Statewide there are 952 vehicles in 21 counties, with minibuses and light-duty transit buses the most popular vehicle types.
Somerset County launched its transportation service in 1974 with a staff of eight and five buses, serving about 225 passengers. Originally located in a small garage-type building at 79 E. Main St. in Somerville – roughly where the county parking deck is today – it relocated in 1984 to its current home in the county’s Vehicle Maintenance Garage at 750 E. Main St. in Bridgewater.