Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders and the county Board of Transportation have asked NJ Transit to modify the agency’s planned elimination of six of the seven Morris Metro bus routes through the county.

The county has told NJ Transit that if all of the cuts are allowed to stand, they will have a direct impact on county residents who depend on bus service to access places of employment, the County College of Morris, a number of NJ Transit rail stations, and various human services providers in the county complex on West Hanover Avenue and in the new Central Park of Morris County area in Parsippany.

Instead, the county wants Morris Metro bus routes 1, 2 and 3 preserved, along with bus route 10, the only route that will not be eliminated under NJ Transit’s plan.

The county has also asked NJ Transit to save its Wheels 966 minibus, which provides shuttle service from the Convent Station Rail Station to Fairleigh Dickenson University, Verizon, AT&T, Crum & Foster, and Honeywell in southeast Morris County.

The cuts are part of NJ Transit’s plan to close a $300 million budget gap. The freeholders have told the agency they realize some service cuts are warranted, but the virtual elimination of bus service in Morris County is unacceptable.

Detailed information on the county’s position may be found on the Division of Transportation Web site, http://www.morrisdot.org .