Bayonne-Jersey City Bus Rapid Transit Meeting Set for May 29

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the team for the Bayonne/Greenville/Journal Square Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study will be holding its final public meeting in Bayonne to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about BRT, transit technologies, and the study results.  The event will take place on Wednesday, May 29, in the Bayonne City Council Chambers, 630 Avenue C, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will offer the public an opportunity to comment on the evaluation of potential routes for a BRT service. BRT is a flexible, efficient, and innovative public transportation tool that improves urban mobility. BRT can include such features as dedicated bus lanes, improved fare payment technology, better information for customers, improvement to traffic signals, and enhanced service.

The study seeks ways to improve bus transportation from Bayonne and the Greenville section of Jersey City to the Journal Square Transportation Center.

Mayor Smith said, “This meeting will provide an opportunity for Bayonne passengers to learn about the bus rapid transit concept and to make suggestions about improving the bus link between Bayonne and Journal Square.  I urge residents with an interest in local transit issues to participate in this meeting.”

The Bayonne/Greenville/Journal Square Bus Rapid Transit Study is evaluating the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the north-south roadways that connect Bayonne and Jersey City.  The study is being funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and managed by the Hudson County Division of Planning.  The City of Jersey City is a project sponsor and the City of Bayonne is a supporting partner.

The Bayonne/Greenville/Journal Square BRT feasibility study team has been reviewing existing conditions and the need for BRT services on an interim or permanent basis between Bayonne, Greenville, and Journal Square.  The study has included: 1) an evaluation of origins and destinations; 2) identification and analysis of alternate routes within Jersey City and Bayonne; and 3) alternatives and study/refinement of alternatives with an emphasis on improvements to bus service.

Some of the services and priority treatments under the Bayonne/Greenville/Journal Square BRT review include, but are  not limited to: 1) optimization of the distance between bus stops for proposed BRT services; 2) pedestrian improvements and seamless connections to bus usage for cyclists and pedestrians; 3) pre-boarding fare collection; 4) systems to support dissemination of real-time bus arrival via text message/internet; 5) specific BRT branding to distinguish BRT buses from other local bus service; and 6) specialized BRT vehicles for faster boarding and alighting of pre-ticketed passengers.