HOBOKEN, NJ – New Jersey Transit (NJT) President Kevin Corbett joined Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla on the corner of 5th and Clinton Streets today to announce “substantial upgrades” to Hoboken’s bus service.
“Today, we celebrate a range of new improvements to NJ Transit’s 126 bus route – an indispensable route for Hoboken residents traveling to New York City and one of the most heavily used routes in our entire system,” said NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “These improvements include the introduction of our new articulated buses on this route earlier this year, which adds much needed capacity and features many new customer amenities. We were pleased to partner with Mayor Bhalla and the City of Hoboken to further improve the customer experience by making adjustments to bus stops along the route, which are expected to reduce wait times and promote distancing onboard to the greatest extent possible.”
After being introduced in March, the new bus stop on 5th & Clinton was official put into service today, along with a stop on 7th Street. The changes, tantamount to the addition of one more stop on the existing Clinton Street line, were designed to break up the severe overflow situation routinely experienced by commuters at the 6th & Clinton stop. That stop has now been eliminated.
The new stop location is longer than the previous one at 6th, allowing more room for larger articulated buses, and has a wider sidewalk, allowing for a large shelter and other amenities—although there is current no shelter at that location.
“Hoboken is committed to working with our partners in government to improve our mass transit infrastructure, and we are thrilled to modernize our bus stops in partnership with NJ TRANSIT,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “Along with the new, articulated buses, Hoboken residents will have improved access and shorter wait times during rush hour and have more reliable transit into New York City. Thank you to President & CEO Corbett and his entire staff for their tireless efforts on behalf of our community.”
NJ Transit is rolling out 110 new articulated buses system-wide, which increase onboard customer capacity by 65-percent compared to an average commuter bus and allow for better distancing as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19. The buses include other features, including low floors to speed up the boarding and alighting process; wheelchair ramps; an improved intercom system; USB charging ports; and camera systems to improve customer safety.
NJ State Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Hoboken Councilman Phil Cohen and Bike Hoboken member Chris Adair were also on hand to offer their gratitude to NJ Transit for working together with municipalities on rider issues..
“There’s so much work that goes into it that the public doesn’t see,” said Chaparro, who spoke of the ongoing efforts of commuters who had been advocating for change to the bus situation amid exceptionally long wait times and crowding issues. “Bottom line is, they just want to get on the bus and get to work stress free.”
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