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Benson, Murphy & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Access to NJ TRANSIT Reduced Fare Program for Access Link Riders Passes Assembly

   (TRENTON) – With the goal to help more disabled New Jerseyans who use NJ TRANSIT’s Access Link paratransit service take advantage of the agency’s reduced fare program, the full Assembly on Thursday voted 78-0 to approve legislation to expand access to the program.

          The measure (A-2456) would provide that a person eligible for Access Link – a paratransit service through NJ TRANSIT for people with disabilities – would automatically be eligible for NJ TRANSIT’s reduced fare program for seniors and disabled passengers. Access Link riders would be issued a NJ TRANSIT Reduced Fare ID when they are deemed eligible for Access Link.

Bill sponsors, Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex), Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following joint statement:

Access Link serves our most vulnerable, including seniors and people with disabilities who would otherwise have difficulty using public transportation. Access Link riders usually are also eligible for NJ TRANSIT’s reduced fare program and may not realize it. There’s currently no coordination between these two programs, so riders often miss out. By linking the programs together so that recipients receive their ID card when they enroll in Access Link, we can ensure more people will take advantage of this important program.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.