MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Six spots in the Rio Grande area along Route 47 that people used as bus stops were recently adopted by NJ Transit as official bus stops.

“The locations were being used as bus stops, and now they are officially codified as such,” said Lisa Torbic, an NJ Transit spokeswoman. “NJ Transit worked with the N.J. Department of Transportation to classify them as such.”

At its Monday, Nov. 6, meeting, Middle Township Committee members unanimously passed a resolution acknowledging the addition of six bus stops in the Rio Grande area.

“Anything that the DOT does in Middle Township, we’re required to pass a resolution,” Business Administrator Elizabeth Terenik. “The state requested them, and we’re supporting the new bus stops.

Mayor Mike Clark said while there’s no timeline for any structures, he expected that NJ Transit would move quickly on any needed improvements.

“I think they’re probably looking to implement the bus stops as soon as possible,” he said.

Torbic could not confirm whether structures would be included with the official designation of the stops.

Four of the new stops are along Route 47 northbound, on the east side:

• Beginning at the south curb line of Fifth Street and extending 105 feet south;

• Beginning at the north curb line of Fourth Street and extending 100 feet north;

• Beginning at the north curb line of Second Street and extending 100 feet north;

• Beginning at 155 feet north of the north curbline of New York Avenue and extending 135 feet north.

The two other stops are along Route 47 southbound, on the west side:

• Beginning at the north curb line of New York Avenue and extending 190 feet north;

• Beginning at the north curb line of First Street and extending 105 feet north.

Clark welcomed the addition of the bus stops along Route 47.

“These come with no cost to the township,” Clark said. “We’ll have to pick up any trash, but no other costs.”

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