Jitney service could come to Strathmere

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STRATHMERE – Upper Township is considering an ordinance that would expand jitney service into Strathmere.

 

Sea Isle City started running regular jitneys last summer. Drivers from the Atlantic City Jitney Association run the routes on their off-days. The system doesn’t cost the city any money.

Avalon and Stone Harbor will allow jitneys to operate on their streets in a similar way this summer. There, six to eight jitneys are expected to run between the two towns on any given night by July. Before 11 p.m., a ride will cost $2. After that, the price goes to $4.

North Wildwood is considering an ordinance to bring the service there too.

Mayor Richard Palombo said he spoke with Strathmere merchants in November about expanding the service to Strathmere on a limited basis.

“They aren’t looking for a full-time route,” he said. “The merchants are interested in something like 5 to 10 p.m. so people can get to Sea Isle City or vice versa.”

Palombo said the jitneys could run between Strathmere and Sea Isle City every hour.

It’s a service that is needed, said Strathmere resident Lynn Fayter.

“Right now, kids order pizza and give the delivery guy $20 for a ride back into Sea Isle City,” she said.

Solicitor Dan Young said the township would have to pass an ordinance to allow jitneys. Drivers would then have to apply and get a license, he said.

“It makes sense for residents and merchants,” Palombo said. “It can bring in more people to patronize our businesses.”

Palombo said the jitneys could also help prevent DUIs.

 


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