09/20/2016

 

 





  Bill forces NJ Transit to notify riders of bus, rail service cuts
 

TRENTON - NJ Transit now has to let its riders know if train or bus service is about to be cut.

Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires NJ Transit to hold public hearings and provide notice prior to any reduction in bus or rail service.

The bill was introduced last year after the transportation authority eliminated the last New Jersey-bound trains of the night on the North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex Lines.

Bill forces NJ Transit to notify riders of bus, rail service cuts

The reductions were included as part of NJ Transit's biannual schedule updates.

Under current law, hearings and notice are only required for a "substantial" service cut. Falling just under that margin was a decision in September to stop providing late-night service to stations south of Long Branch on the North Jersey Coast Line.

Now, Shore residents in towns like Bay Head, Point Pleasant Beach and Manasquan must catch an 11:18 p.m. train home from New York, a 90-minute change.

On the Morris & Essex line, which includes stops in the Oranges, Millburn, Morristown and Hackettstown, the last train of the night was completely eliminated, causing riders to get on a train 20 minutes earlier.

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  Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations
 

Diversification Key for Stable Coach Operations

From:  Metro:

Following 9/11 and the economic downturn in the mid-2000s, many motorcoach operators began to diversify their businesses beyond just tour and charter.

The key reason for this shift was to create additional revenue streams that could help provide balance if one piece of a business is down.

“One big reason we wanted to diversify is that we just didn’t want all of our eggs in one basket, so to speak, because the revenue could go away if there’s a terrorist attack or you lose a particular client,” says Stephen Story, president of James River Transportation in Richmond, Va.

METRO spoke to some operators who successfully diversified their businesses to find out what they did and how they did it.

Indian Trails - Owosso, Mich.

With business down slightly in the mid-2000s, Indian Trails began the diversification process by launching the Michigan Flyer airport service between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2006.

The service started with eight scheduled trips and carried about 40 passengers a day. Now 10 years in, the Michigan Flyer runs 12 round trips a day from East Lansing and 13 from Ann Arbor, carrying about 220,000 a year.

In addition to providing transportation to and from the airport, the service grew into a commuter system, carrying students, professors and staff between Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“That was the first big, risky diversification we went into, but I’d say it’s definitely paid off now,” says Chad Cushman, president of Indian Trails.

Building on that success, Indian Trails got into contract shuttles in 2007, landing a contract providing transit services for Western Michigan University (WMU).     READ MORE >

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