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Eustace Bill to Require Secure Bike Parking at NJ Transit Bus Terminals, Rail Stations Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation Assemblyman Tim Eustace sponsored to facilitate bicycle use among mass transit passengers was advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday.

“Whether it’s because they find it more affordable, more convenient or better aligned with their convictions regarding the environment, people in New Jersey want mixed-mode commuting to be a quality option in our state,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “It’s highly likely that more people would bike to a bus or train station if they had confidence that their bicycles would be secure.”

The bill (A-2205) would require New Jersey Transit to provide locations at bus terminals and rail stations where bicycles may be safely secured. Although bicycles may be brought aboard certain NJ Transit vehicles, doing so may be cumbersome and space may be limited. As such, riders may find it more convenient to leave their bicycles at a terminal or station until they return, Eustace noted.

“If we prioritize safe, practical alternatives to driving in New Jersey, we can begin to eliminate some of the congestion on our roads and also live up to our state’s reputation as a friend of the environment,” said Eustace.

The measure was advanced by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.