May 16, 2012

NJ Transit unveils ‘Bus Service Optimization’ initiative

NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein unveiled a plan designed to optimize the agency’s bus operations for sustained, long-term growth, while also reinvesting critical resources to expand and enhance bus service within key transportation corridors.

“A measurable result of NJ Transit’s successful Scorecard initiative, Bus Service Optimization will ensure that NJ Transit uses its limited resources to provide the best service to the most customers  all while holding the line on fares,” said Weinstein.

NJ Transit’s proposed Bus Service Optimization initiative resulted from extensive examination of each of NJ Transit’s existing bus routes. As part of this process, the bus routes were broken down into 17 groupings or geographic markets and reviewed using 20 separate metrics, including customers per hour, fare box recovery and subsidy per customer. The proposed initiative will go before the public in June, when two public hearings will be held in Newark and Wayne to solicit public input.

As a result of extensive study and analysis, NJ Transit’s Bus Service Optimization initiative forecasts more than $3 million in annual operation savings. These savings will be reflected in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2013 budget and will be utilized to help keep fares stable for the nearly 250 million customers who utilize NJ Transit services on an annual basis.

Of this savings, NJ Transit will be immediately reinvesting more than $1.02 million to expand and enhance bus service within the City of Newark, in addition to key corridors between Newark, Newark Airport and Elizabeth.
This reinvestment of savings will be reflected in:

•    The restructuring of Route No. 62 (Newark-Woodbridge-Perth Amboy) into two separate routes, allowing for the creation of 24/7 service between the heavily-travelled Newark-Newark Airport and Elizabeth Corridor. Optimization reinvestment will increase bus service reliability, balance resources and help spur job access at the airport.

•    The extension of Route No. 99 (Newark-Hillside Cross-town) to the Branch Brook Park Newark Light Rail Station. Reinvestment will provide Newark residents and employees with connections to more than a dozen routes and access to the light rail system. It will also improve service to major medical facilities, schools and universities.

•    Eleven bus routes were reviewed for adjustment following this comprehensive process. These routes are either largely underutilized, or directly compete with NJ Transit rail or light rail services. These routes average 16 customers per trip, in comparison to the system-wide average of 35. For these 11 separate routes, most customers will not be significantly impacted, as system access remains available with reasonable alternatives. In some cases, customers may need to walk a reasonable distance to access service, or be subject to a two-seat ride instead of a one-seat ride.

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