First of all, apologies for taking an extending hiatus from writing things here.
Now- to the important stuff. Every January, April, July and September, NJ Transit adjusts its bus schedules. This April was another opportunity for the agency to reduce service on unproductive routes with declining ridership, and beef up service where there is overcrowding.
This time around, most of the schedule changes focuses on Passaic and Hudson County. Below is NJT’s official announcement about the changes. Note rush-hour service reductions on routes like the 190 from Paterson, the 84 in Jersey City/Union City, and 125 from Journal Square that compete with jitney buses. It looks like NJT is making a strategic reduction in those markets, allowing passengers to ride with their for-profit competitors.
Some changes didn’t make it into the main announcement. On the 175 from Ridgewood to the George Washington Bridge, Sunday service is being cut from an hourly headway to a bus every 70 minutes. Likewise, weekend service is being degraded on the 188 from West New York to GWB. NJ is also adding express service on commuter lines to Passaic County, including 1 additional trip on the 193, which also didn’t make the list.
Bus Route No. 64 – Weekdays: Trip times will be adjusted in the PM Peak after 6:00 PM for better distribution of seats and to alleviate overcrowding.
Bus Route No. 68 – Weekdays: PM trip times in the early part of the PM peak will be adjusted for better distribution of seats and to minimize waiting time between trips. All PM trips will terminate at Route 9 Service Road at Throckmorton Lane. Old Bridge passengers will no longer need to request service to this point.
Bus Route No. 73 – Weekdays: The 6:45 PM trip departing Penn Station will now operate via Florham Park to better serve our customers.
Bus Route No. 80 – Weekends: To reflect a more accurate travel time, minor adjustments to trips have been made throughout the day, for most weekend service.
Bus Route No. 82 – Weekdays: Trips in the morning to Union City and the trip in the afternoon to Jersey City have been eliminated.
Bus Route No. 84 Weekdays: Adjustment and reduction of select weekday trips due to low ridership.
Bus Route No. 112 – Daily: In order to enhance the customer experience and improve connectivity, minor adjustments to trip times have been made throughout the day, for all services. Please pick up a new timetable or review schedules online for more information.
Bus Route No. 123 – Weekdays & Saturdays: Weekdays to Jersey City: Added 1 trip between 3 PM – 5 PM and 3 trips between 6:50 PM – 10:40 PM.
Saturdays: Increased frequency in the AM to operate every 20 minutes and added one late-night trip departing New York.
Bus Route No. 125 – Weekdays: Adjustment and reduction of AM weekday service in both directions between 6 AM – 9 AM.
Bus Route No 126 – Weekdays: By customer request, a new 5:35 AM Clinton Street trip to the Port Authority Bus Terminal has been added, as well as, additional service beginning at Washington Street and 11th Street.
Bus Route No. 128 Weekdays: New weekday late-night schedule departing New York including conversion of one No. 128 trip to a No. 166 trip.
Bus Route No. 136 – Weekdays: For the ease and in response to customer requests service between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM will operate every 12 minutes. Jackson passengers should note that their trip will leave 2 minutes EARLIER at 5:48 PM Service between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM will not change.
Bus Route No. 139 – Weekdays: The current 2:14 PM departure from Howell Garage will now originate at 1:50 PM from Lakewood giving passengers additional travel options.
Passengers using Old Bridge Park-Ride Express Service (serving both lots) Gate 324 in the PM Peak will now have earlier service starting at 3:51 PM.
Gate 325 passengers in the PM peak will have time adjustments and earlier service bypassing Old Bridge Park-Ride Lot.
Bus Route No. 144 Weekdays: Adjustment and reduction of one PM weekday trip departing New York.
Bus Route No.160 – Weekdays: Adjustment of weekday service in the TO Elmwood Park direction between 3 PM – 7 PM.
Bus Route No. 161 – Weekdays: Adjusted schedule and reduction of one AM trip TO New York.
Bus Route No. 162 – Weekdays: Weekday trips in the TO NY direction departing at 7:50 PM & 8:20 PM will now depart 10 minutes later at 8:00 PM & 8:30 PM.
Bus Route No.165 – Weekdays: Adjustment of weekday, PM express trips in the TO Westwood direction including one additional “R” Route 4 express trip.
Bus Route No. 166 – Weekdays: New weekday late-night schedule departing New York including conversion of one 128 trip to a 166 trip.
Bus Route No. 167 & 177 – Daily: Adjusted weekday schedule in the TO New York direction between 10 AM -11 AM. The No. 177 “Friday Only” trip departing at 3:25 PM FROM New York will now depart every weekday.
Bus Route No. 168 – Weekdays: New weekday late-night schedule departing New York.
Bus Route Nos. 171, 175, 178, 181, 182, 186 & 188 – Daily: Schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance.
Bus Route No. 191 – Weekdays: Addition of new 4:30 PM weekday trip departing New York.
Bus Route No. 192/199 – Weekdays: Adjustment of select evening weekday rush hour trips departing New York.
Bus Route No. 194 Weekdays: Adjustment of A.M. weekday “X” Route 23 express service to New York. The 10:32 AM weekday trip departing Mothers Park & Ride to New York will now depart at 10:37 AM.
Bus Route No. 195 – Weekdays: The 4:20 PM trip will no longer serve Allwood.
Bus Route No. 308 – Weekends: Service operating Saturdays and Sundays.
Bus Route No. 320 – Weekdays: New early trip and schedule adjustments weekdays to New York between 5 AM – 6 AM.
Bus Route No. 409: On weekdays more trips will be adjusted to operate via the Country Club Plaza branch through Willingboro.
Bus Route No. 508: The weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules will be adjusted to improve on time performance. Service via Absecon Manor will be reduced due to low ridership.
Bus Route No. 600: The 5:37 AM weekday trip from Forrestal Village will be adjusted to depart at 5:34 AM to improve connections at Princeton Junctions with the Northeast Corridor.
Bus Route No. 770 – Saturdays & Sundays: Schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance.