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NJ TRANSIT LAUNCHES NEW BRANCH OF JERSEY CITY BUS ROUTE TO PROVIDE MORE SERVICE TO HUDSON COUNTY PLAZA
Bus No. 6 “Lafayette Loop” service begins June 29
June 22, 2009
NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will introduce a new branch of the No. 6 Ocean Avenue bus route starting Monday, June 29, to connect more Jersey City residents with the Journal Square area, County government offices and light rail service options.
“Ensuring that my constituents’ public transportation needs are heard and addressed is a top priority, and I appreciate NJ TRANSIT’s responsiveness in helping to meet those needs,” said State Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham. “Last year’s implementation of the No. 6 route was a step toward addressing service gaps left by private carrier decisions, and the new branch will further close the gap for Jersey City residents.”
In February 2008, NJ TRANSIT introduced the No. 6 Ocean Avenue-Journal Square bus route to replace the discontinued Coach USA Bus No. 99, which operated between Greenville and Journal Square.
The new No. 6 branch, called the “Lafayette Loop,” will connect the Lafayette neighborhood and a section of Garfield Avenue with the Journal Square area in Jersey City, addressing a service gap identified in NJ TRANSIT’s Jersey City Bus Study that is currently being completed.
“When the private bus carriers began to drastically cut back their service in Jersey City, NJ TRANSIT was there to help,” said Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith. “Together with Senator Cunningham, County Executive DeGise and Mayor Healy, I am pleased with our results to date as we continue to work with NJ TRANSIT to improve public transportation for our residents.”
“We introduced the No. 6 bus route to help address private carrier cutbacks, and created a new branch to further improve service for Jersey City residents,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “We are committed to serving the bus customers who depend on public transportation for their day-to-day needs and appreciate the interest of community leaders in championing robust public transportation for their residents."
“Jersey City has one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems in the county, and the bus lines play a vital role in that network,” said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise. “This new branch of service will link more Jersey City residents with public transit, enhancing access to county government buildings, community health clinics, light rail service, and PATH and bus connections at Journal Square.”
"We are pleased that NJ TRANSIT has continued to work with the community and with this administration to provide much-needed bus service for our residents,” said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy. “The Lafayette Loop will extend bus service to another Jersey City neighborhood, connecting residents with the greater public transportation network and providing access to employment, school, recreation and medical facilities.”
The new Lafayette Loop service will supplement existing No. 6 service to provide four trips per hour during peak periods and two trips per hour during off-peak periods between Journal Square and “The Junction” area of Jersey City via Hudson County Plaza. It will also connect Hudson County Plaza and Journal Square with two Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stations: Garfield Avenue and Liberty State Park.
The Lafayette Loop will operate in a continuous loop within the Lafayette neighborhood, originating and ending trips at Journal Square between approximately 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.
For schedules and fares, customers may visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.
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