NJ Transit to add more buses, drivers to alleviate overcrowding
New Jersey Transit announced with Gov. Phil Murphy Monday that the agency would be taking steps to alleviate overcrowding on buses.
The governor has said that $242 million of his proposed state budget will be going toward improving the NJ Transit experience. NJ Transit also says that the agency will be hiring 40 additional bus drivers, as well as adding buses to service lines in Bergen, Hudson and Union counties.
“Bus riders can hope for better days and better rides,” Murphy says.
Several bus routes in northern and southern New Jersey will be monitored closely for on-time performance.
NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett says that the agency is also working on ways to improve communication with riders and to respond to social media complaints about both rail and bus delays.
“We think we run a good service but we’re always looking to improve it,” Corbett says. “Sometimes we find things that are not acceptable and we’re looking at a way to respond quicker.
Murphy’s office is awaiting the results of a complete audit of NJ Transit, which the governor ordered in January.
NJ Transit provided about 12 million passenger trips on buses in January, the most recent month for which data was available.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.