Free ride launches bus route

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Whoever said there are no free rides in life was wrong.

For the month of October, riders on a new 18-mile bus route along English Creek Avenue and Tilton Road that launches today (Monday, Oct. 1) are being treated to just that.

The promotion is being offered as a way to kick off the new route, offered through a partnership between Atlantic County, The Pacale Sykes Foundation, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, Family Service Association and Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association.

The new English Creek-Tilton Road community shuttle bus will make daily round trips between Egg Harbor Township and Northfield from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 18-mile route will begin on English Creek at West Jersey Avenue and travel past Family Service Association, English Creek Shopping Center, AtlantiCare Health Complex to Delilah Road past the Atlantic City International Airport and FAA Technical Center to Tilton Road in Cardiff and continuing past the Shore Mall, Pep Boys plaza, Tilton Shopping Center and The Plaza, ending its run at Mill Road in Northfield.



After October, each one-way trip will cost $1 and take approximately 90 minutes to complete with 16 designated stops. As an introductory promotion, the shuttle will run fare-free throughout the month of October.

According to Linda Gilmore, county spokeswoman, the English Creek-Tilton Road route was chosen for this service due to a lack of public transportation options for more than 5,000 households within close proximity to this corridor. Officials were concerned that a lack of transportation could limit employment opportunities and access to medical and social services, retail shopping, education institutions and more. 


Gilmore said a questionnaire was sent out over the summer to nearby residents, agencies and businesses to help identify the location of the stops.

“The route will help people have greater access to employment and medical and social services,” she said, noting the bus also stops at shopping areas including the Shore Mall and English Creek.

The average rider will likely be someone who may not have access to a vehicle of their own, has to share a car with another member of the household or cannot afford to keep using their own vehicle, she said.

The route will be further extended because three New Jersey Transit routes will connect at the new stops.

She said the connection to the NJ Transit routes (502, 507, and 509) will allow riders an even greater set of destination options from Mays Landing to Ocean City and points in between.

The white buses that will be marked with the green and orange logo will be fully handicapped accessible with wheelchair lifts, and special pickups that are slightly off of the scheduled path can be arranged in advance as needed.

“The stops will be clearly marked,” she said, adding that all of the signs should be up at the beginning of the week.

For a route map and schedule see www.driveless.com or click on the link on www.aclink.org. For customer service call (609) 289-1066.

For a schedule and to learn more, click here.

 


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