WEST ORANGE, NJ — When the NJ Transit summer schedule changed as a result of Amtrak's Penn Station New York track replacement, more than 23,000 Essex and Morris rail commuters were affected and the summer of 2017 was dubbed “The Summer of Hell” for travelers. Thanks to crowdsourcing suggestions for commuter hotspots in West Orange, residents now have other options.

OurBus, Inc. recently responded to numerous requests to expand service in the Essex County area, specifically from the Livingston and West Orange communities to add a local commuter route. After interested citizens submitted their suggestions for pickup and drop-off locations and departure times to the OurBus app and website, OurBus complied.

In addition to appreciation from commuters, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi expressed his gratification for the luxurious and cost-effective OurBus commuter route.

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“When I learned of the OurBus technology, focus on our community, and opportunity to provide yet another option for our current and future residents, I was happy to offer my support in any way possible,” said Parisi. “One of the biggest selling points of living in West Orange available to our residents are the commuting options to Manhattan. As our community continues to grow, we continue to receive feedback with suggestions to enhance these options for commuters.”

Passengers can now board OurBus to New York City at several convenient stops in Livingston and West Orange.

“Livingston and West Orange are a natural fit for OurBus service due to its proximity to New York and high density of commuters,” said OurBus founder Narinder Singh. “OurBus is looking forward to arranging an alternative means of transportation to ease the daily commute.”

The OurBus route drops off in New York City at Times Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central and Madison Square Park.

From West Orange, a one-way ticket is priced at $9, round trip $17, one way monthly at $155, and round trip monthly at $285. From Livingston, a one-way trip is priced at $9.50, round-trip at $18, one-way monthly at $165, and round-trip monthly at $295.

The coaches used for this service are equipped with amenities like reclining seats and on-board restrooms to provide comfort for riders. For those who like to stay connected with the world, the buses offer complimentary Wi-Fi and individual charging ports for commuters’ devices.

OurBus is a New York-based technology company that connects groups of commuters with licensed luxury motor coach companies. Any group of 100 or more commuters can request a new service in their area.

“Crowdsourcing is the future of mass transportation,” said Singh. “Commuters know better than anyone else where and when transportation services should be provided.”

Residents can book their first ticket at no cost. Email pr@ourbus.com to receive your free ride.

Tickets can be booked on the OurBus app or at www.OurBus.com.