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Press Release






updated 09/23/99

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9 Image25.gif (16499 bytes)Metro
Park Loop Demonstration Project



The Situation The Metro Park employment center attracts approximately 7,000 + employees daily. The Metro Park Loop, operated by NJ Transit through a contract with Academy Bus, provides bus service in an area that includes portions of Edison, Metuchen, Woodbridge Township, and Metro Park. The "Loop" consists of five individual lines that connect the Metuchen, Metro Park and Woodbridge rail stations, transfer points to connecting bus services and some intermediate points, e.g., Woodbridge Center, Roosevelt Hospital. The "Loop" does not presently penetrate neighborhoods, provide direct access to major employment or retail centers, connect the various routes in the service areas. Existing headways are 20-40 minutes in length and passenger fare in$0.50.
The Proposal Convert the Metro Park loop into a fast, frequent and free-to-the-rider shuttle service that connects residential areas, employment sites, retails establishments and transit stations.
The Locations Metro Park Area
The Actions

-- Run as a demonstration program for a 3-6 month period

-- Maintain the five separate service segments, but modify equipment, routings, headways and fare structure:

A 22-25 passenger vehicle, either limousine or shuttle-type, to replace the existing 40 passenger vehicle

Expand the routings to include neighborhoods (at school bus stops & other key intersections)

Run 10-15 minute headways during peak periods and the mid-day lunch period

-- Provide a free or "token" fare of $0.25 during the test period

Estimated Annual Cost ($Millions) $0.5
Overall Traffic Benefits Low (modeling did not consider transit routes individually; more detailed analysis for each route is needed to better determine benefits/cost)
Other Impacts and Considerations Significant undertaking in terms of coordination.
Lead (Sponsor) NJ Transit
Support KMM, County, Municipalities, Regional Malls, Metro Park
Possible Funding FTA, TTF, Public/Private
Estimated Time Frame Short Term (demo period)



(Note: this project is being pursued as part of the NJDOT’s

Route 1 (Section 7L) project)

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