As part of an effort to study the current bus network in Hudson County and the surrounding areas, NJ Transit received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
NJ Transit was one of 50 transit agencies from 24 states selected to share $25 million to help reassess, redesign and improve service that has been affected by the pandemic, the agency announced June 15.
Similar studies called NewBus Newark and NewBus Burlington-Camden-Gloucester are also being conducted by NJ Transit to redesign those region’s local bus networks.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for transit agencies across the country and NJ Transit is no exception,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “These federal funds will ensure that bus riders in Hudson County have optimal access to public transportation.”
“Building on the positive progress of our NewBus Newark and NewBus Burlington-Camden-Gloucester projects, NJ Transit is pleased to continue the holistic reimagining of our entire bus network through yet another bus network redesign project, now in Hudson County and the surrounding area,” said NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “We are grateful to the FTA for helping us launch this new project, which will enable us to provide equitable, sufficient and reliable Hudson County bus service that meets not only today’s travel needs and patterns, but tomorrow’s as well.”
NJ Transit’s share of the grant is $514,045, which is being provided through the FTA’s Route Planning Restoration Program to help transit agencies with planning projects.
The NewBus Hudson initiative will aim to help improve service and accessibility to jobs, education, recreation, and other opportunities. It will also include a detailed performance analysis of how well the existing system meets the needs of customers, as well as an outreach effort to engage the public and stakeholders throughout the study.