Public Hearing Set on Bus Fares
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 10, to discuss the proposed 1997 Zone of Rate Freedom (ZORF) regulation for regular route private bus carriers.
ZORF is a limited percentage change in fares set annually by NJDOT which allows private bus companies to adjust their Intrastate fares without petitioning the Department for prior approval. Under the proposal for 1997, carriers would be permitted to increase their fares by up to 4 percent or decrease them by up to 10 percent.
Proposed fare changes that exceed the limits allowed under ZORF require a petition to be filed with NJDOT and often a public hearing for residents to voice their opinions.
The ZORF regulation applies only to private bus companies which operate regular route service. Charter, casino and special bus operations are exempt from the ZORF regulations, as is NJ Transit.
The public hearing will be held between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles third floor west conference room, located at 225 East State Street in Trenton. Written comments can be submitted to James Healy, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer at the DMV until September 19.