MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – An informal meeting about the possibility of launching a jitney bus service for train commuters has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Residents from Mountainside will have a chance to talk with borough officials for roughly an hour starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening about the jitney, which is a vehicle that is bigger than a van and smaller than a regular-sized bus. A jitney usually travels the same route within a neighborhood area.

A jitney bus service for Mountainside , if organized, could transport commuters from a still-to-be-identified parking lot to the Summit train station on weekday mornings, then back to the same parking facility in the evenings.

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“The idea actually came up when the residents approached me,” Mountainside Borough Councilman Robert Messler said by phone on Friday.

He explained that several people from Mountainside who park their cars at the NJ Transit station in Summit told him that the number of parking spaces there available to non-Summit residents on a first-come-first-serve basis had been reduced.

“They took away some of the out-of-town spots, so it made it harder for (commuters from Mountainside) to park,” Messler said.

Following the meeting about the jitney bus service on Feb. 16, a regular meeting of the Borough Council will take place starting at 7:30 p.m.