Hey, where did the bus go?

If you live in Morris County and ride local buses, you likely will be asking that question come May 1.

That is when ALL bus lines run by Morris County Metro in connection with NJ Transit will be eliminated with one exception _ the route that serves the Rockaway Townsquare Mall.

It is true that bus service in the county has never been extensive. But surely, there are people who depend on it; they’ll be out of luck.

Eliminating the Morris bus lines and many other train and bus reductions _ plus 25 percent fare hikes _ were announced today by NJ Transit in response to a budget gap and declining state aid.

If there is a political argument here, this is it? Rather than make such drastic bus and train service cuts, how about increasing the gas tax, which is the lowest in the country, at least a bit.

Raising the gas tax would mean less drastic transit cuts and also allow the state to raise money from the thousands of out of state drivers who travel and buy gas in New Jersey every day.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

6 Responses to Hey, where did the bus go?

  1. P says:

    The gas tax is going to have to be raised to save the Transportation Trust Fund (another mess Corzine left behind after he told us he’d fix it). At least Christie (unlike Obama and his HCR/Medicare double counting) knows that you can only use a dollar once.

    This article had a pretty good table that showed the history of fare increases going back 30 years – http://www.northjersey.com/news/transportation/030510_NJ_Transit_proposes_25_percent__jump_in_fares_changes_could_take_effect_in_May.html

    It would have been helpful to also have a table that showed the % increase in public subsidies of the years.

    Either way, Corzine left the state bankrupt and now everything is going to get less and/or pay more, except in taxes, which are already out of sight.

  2. Edward France says:

    Look at all of the money that Goldman sacks and aig as well as others got
    from the taxpayers. Could it be because they gave so much money to the democrats for elections? What we have here is the cultural of coruption. The working people do not get a bailout.We pay and pay more. The only way out of this mess is to reduce taxes in order to get investments in new jeresy. A gas tax will only give the corrupt more money out of us for them.

  3. Edward France says:

    Final point……..cutting the bus service to the county college of Morris will hurt those who have no wheels but are trying to get an education. More taxes on gas will not really help. Why so? We allowed the pick 6 lotto. That was going to save education programs. Did it? We allowed the casinos that were going to save higher education and seniors programs. Did they? We let them raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%!. what did that do? Then we allowed an income tax. Did that solve more problems? How about all of the contract giveaways? Free health care and pensions. Vacation pay. Holiday pay. Cost of living pay. Longevity pay. Clothing allowencees. Then there is all of the overtime. How about pensions for part time elected officials. Did that make sence? Who has been minding the store all of these years? The party may be over. Nonire freebees. The taxpayers
    are now tapped out. Cuts should be made to some of the sweetheart deals that have been given away over the years. But…. I forgot about….. No givebacks !! This has been a one way deal. We pay …. And pay… We get back …. Half a loaf or less. We need 100% new lawmakers. Term limits!! I have a dream!

  4. Patsy from 23rd Street says:

    What about the 22 hillside ? is it still on Bergenline ave.

  5. Hi Patsy:
    I think it may be … Then, there was also a 22 Bus that went to Hoboken. I think.

  6. Pat Jenatsch says:

    The loss of the buses that service Morris County will be keenly felt by seniors and those who can’t afford a car. The buses used to stop by various rest homes and were a low cost alternative to the average $20.00 taxi ride we have to pay to get from one town to another.

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