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Team IDs 5 Possible Routes for Bus Rapid Transit System through Bergen

The routes would connect activity centers and transportation hubs in the county, report says.

Credit: Bergen BRT.
Credit: Bergen BRT.  Download PDF 

The Bergen County Department of Planning and Economic Development is working with a consulting firm and NJ Transit on a study that the groups say will determine how and where they could create a bus rapid transit system in Bergen.

According to an nj.com report, the task force has narrowed the possible routes down to five:

  • From the Montvale Park and Ride to Port Authority
  • From Bergen Community College to the Secaucus Junction
  • From Englewood Hospital to the Secaucus Junction
  • From the Garden State Plaza to Port Authority
  • From the Broadway Bus Terminal in Paterson to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station

According to the Bergen BRT website, the study is meant to propose a solution that would make commuting to both NYC and destinations within the county easier.

“With very limited opportunities to expand the capacity of our highways or rail network and the need to serve new destinations, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a customer focused, innovative, and effective way to create new mobility options,” the BRT posted on its website.

“The Bergen County BRT Implementation Study will define the vision for tomorrow’s advanced bus service.”

According to nj.com, the five chosen routes are meant to connect transportation hubs and activity centers. The team now plans to study the five routes in order to propose an implementation plan, the report said.

Justin Collins June 05, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Would these essentially just be express buses? Or would there be an actual separate right-of-way, like a full-on BRT system?
Sally G June 05, 2014 at 12:12 PM
More like express buses, but with other BRT features—back doors, perhaps, or pay stations, for instance. There is no room on Bergen County roads for special bus lanes!
Sally G June 05, 2014 at 12:12 PM
I cannot begin to express my opposition to the Paterson to George Washington Bridge schedule; I am OUTRAGED that this should be included. As I mentioned at the February meeting with representatives from NJT and the Bergen County government, this route is more than adequately covered by the independent services, the small vans that run this route constantly. To compete with these independents, who I believe are franchisees, just makes my blood boil. NJT, a public agency, and the county government, should not go into competition with private business in this manner. (When I calm down I will comment on the other routes.)
Ezra P. June 06, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Isn't Englewood Hospital to North Bergen already being proposed for light rail service? Perhaps connecting into this type of service would make sense...
Tom B June 06, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Why don't they look at improving the existing routes first? Ever try to get on a NJT 165 at 5PM?

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