Assemblymen Call Route Restorations ‘Half a Solution’

(TRENTON) — After an initial proposal by NJ Transit to eliminate three bus routes in the East Brunswick area while increasing mass transit ridership fees by a whopping 25 percent met with fierce public and political opposition, the agency recently announced it would be restoring two of the three bus routes that had been slated for elimination.

Upon learning that NJ Transit is no longer considering cancelling the #68 bus line to Jersey City and the #138 bus line to the NY Port Authority, Assembly members Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., and Peter J. Barnes III (both D-Middlesex) issued the following statements:

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.:
“The restoration of these two bus lines is a decent start. However it is only half a solution, as the restoration does nothing to address the huge fare increases facing the working class families of Middlesex County who use mass transit day-in and day-out.

“If Gov. Christie and NJ Transit think this small compromise is the final solution to this problem, then they need to think again.

“A turnstile tax levied on the residents who utilize mass transit every day out of necessity is not the way to balance a budget.”

Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III:
“The residents of the greater East Brunswick area have won a pyrrhic victory over NJ Transit.

“In exchange for a token restoration of services, mass transit riders in Middlesex County and across the state will still be expected to shoulder the largest fare increase in the agency’s history.

“For a governor who claims the name of the game is shared sacrifice, Gov. Christie certainly seems content in shouldering mass transit riders with a disproportionate amount of the state’s financial burden.”

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