NORTH BERGEN - Jitney drivers in Bergen County met Thursday evening to form an organization aimed at making their unique form of transit safer in their communities.
The group, called the Association of Professional Interstate Conductors, invited local politicians and bus operators to get together in North Bergen. On one wall, they displayed articles from the late July accident that claimed the life of 8-month-old Angelie Paredes.
The head of the group says the tragic accident has spurred him and others to try to improve transportation safety.
"Before this accident came out, we had been working so hard to get people organized and united," says Sergio Garces.
The drivers met with the mayor of West New York, as well as other local officials. They are hoping to work within new laws, and also take suggestions from the community on how to improve the jitney bus services they provide.