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Re: Jersey City launching new bus service; mayor says NJ Transit falling short
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The contract for this is around $3.8 million. With that payment, why charge residents?

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I am not sure you answered my questions but are saying those who pay low taxes live in a crappy area? Do you mean this for NJ or all over the states?

You also believe we have a shortage of transportation options in Jersey City and this is a way for tax dollars going "to good uses"?


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So you want your city to go to crap? I don't mind paying taxes... as long as they go to good uses. If mobilizing our less fortunate citizens, helping them get to their jobs, is part of our taxes, I'm fine.[/quote]

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Corrected a typo. We have one of the lowest rate in the state. Not lay lol.

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And Jersey city taxpayers are paying for this with a $2 million subsidy when the city already has sky high taxes.


Correction: jersey city residents *have one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

Don’t confuse what happened in the reval for anything other people paying taxes based on the current market rate of their homes.

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Why is that? How can we work on making it the lowest in the state?


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Correction: jersey city residents lay one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.



So you want your city to go to crap? I don't mind paying taxes... as long as they go to good uses. If mobilizing our less fortunate citizens, helping them get to their jobs, is part of our taxes, I'm fine.

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Why is that? How can we work on making it the lowest in the state?


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Correction: jersey city residents lay one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.


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And Jersey city taxpayers are paying for this with a $2 million subsidy when the city already has sky high taxes.


Correction: jersey city residents lay one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

Don’t confuse what happened in the reval for anything other people paying taxes based on the current market rate of their homes.

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Happened to see an NJ.com comment referring to VIA in NYC Yelp. Interesting read... this should be fun to watch. Curious how the NJ Transit Unions feel about this outsourcing of public transportation for $2M.

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not sure i understand^^. Shouldn't taxes go for things like mass transit, etc.? Otherwise what else would taxes go towards?

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And Jersey city taxpayers are paying for this with a $2 million subsidy when the city already has sky high taxes.

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(and here's the nj.com piece on it)

Jersey City unveils new on-demand transit system

Updated 2:42 PM; Today 1:59 PM
By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal

Jersey City ushered in a new era of public transportation Thursday with the unveiling of the city’s on-demand transit system.

Through a partnership with the ride-sharing company, Via, the city will offer an on-demand bus system allowing Jersey City residents to access any neighborhood in the city for just $2 a ride.

The system is expected to be operational by the early portion of 2020

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/09/jers ... emand-transit-system.html

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Jersey City launching new bus service; mayor says NJ Transit falling short

By RYAN HUTCHINS 09/19/2019 05:02 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY — New Jersey’s second-largest city is launching its own heavily-subsidized bus system, an effort it says will ameliorate a lack of options in far-flung neighborhoods while filling gaps left by NJ Transit, which has struggled to keep up with the city’s rapidly growing population.

The new service, set to be announced Thursday morning at press conference with Mayor Steven Fulop, will be run in partnership with Via, a transportation company that operates in numerous cities across the country, but may be best known locally for running an on-demand van network that shuttles riders between uptown and downtown Manhattan locations.

In Jersey City, the company will receive $2 million annually from the city — at least to start — to establish a network of 14 vehicles that will pick up riders along dynamic routes, moving residents from neighborhoods like Greenville and the Heights to transit hubs or popular downtown locations.

No other city in the state operates such a service.

Fulop said in an interview that has been left dissatisfied by NJ Transit, which has faced years of commuter discontent with both its bus and rail services but has promised a turnaround under Gov. Phil Murphy.

The mayor, a Democrat, said the agency has made some adjustments — like adding more bus trips on some key routes — but isn’t reacting quickly enough to the changing city, which is now seen as an alternative to many popular New York neighborhoods.

“I think that we’re frustrated and a lot of people in this state are frustrated. I think we have two choices: Choice one is we continue to complain and bitch to NJ Transit that they’re not fulfilling their obligations,” Fulop said. “Or option two is we try to find our own solutions while continuing to do that.”

The new service is expected to run 150,000 rider trips per month, carrying several passengers at a time who are all headed in the same direction. Trips will cost $2 each way, with a discounted $1 fare available for low-income residents.

Residents who request a trip using Via’s phone app will be directed to a nearby “virtual” bus stop within a few blocks of their location and taken to another stop not far from their destination. The idea is increased access to key shopping and business districts, government facilities as well as PATH, ferry and light rail stations.

The service won’t work everywhere in the city. Those requesting a pickup in a busy downtown location and headed to another downtown location will be rejected.

“I think it’s going to be transformational for the city,” Fulop said.

Via, which will buy the vehicles on behalf of the city, runs similar services for other local governments and transit agencies. The company says it has more than 80 current or pending “deployments of its technology” around the world, and most are through direct partnership like the one with Jersey City.

Those locations include Los Angeles, where it operates first- and last-mile transit for LA Metro. It also operates services Seattle, West Sacramento, Calif., and Arlington, Texas, where the local government has replaced fixed bus routes with the Via service after seeing an increase in ridership.

“Via’s technology is specifically designed to provide efficient shared rides that seamlessly complement and integrate into existing public transit infrastructure,” Alex Lavoie, Via’s U.S. general manager, said in a statement. “Together with the Jersey City community and Mayor Fulop, our aim is to build a sustainable service that is priced affordably, provides equitable access to all and incorporates electric vehicles from the start.”

Jersey City, whose population is about 265,000, has far more mass transit options than most communities in New Jersey. That includes NJ Transit buses, the agency’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the Port Authority’s PATH train, a subway that connects Newark, Harrison, Hoboken and Jersey City to Manhattan. There are also numerous, privately-operated “jitney” buses that make stops along several fixed routes.

Fulop says it isn’t enough, and he thinks NJ Transit has been slow to respond to local transportation needs. He says some buses are constantly crowded, despite recent changes, and notes the agency still hasn’t built a light rail stop in a neighborhood that sits between Hoboken and the roads that lead to the Holland Tunnel.

“New Jersey Transit is terrible,” Fulop said. “We’re going to push them to do what they’re required to do. But it’s really hard to work with them.”

NJ Transit says it’s trying to do better.

In the Heights, a neighborhood in the northern part of the city that overlooks Hoboken, the agency’s No. 119 bus route has struggled to keep up as more and more riders use it to reach the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. NJ Transit says it has increased service on the route by 117 percent between 2013 and 2019. In June, it added 12 trips to the route.

The agency also made changes to the No. 86 bus route, identifying “efficiencies in the current route” that have allowed one-seat rides for residents trying to reach a popular senior center.

“Despite significant budget challenges over the last decade, we’ve worked closely with the administration to enhance bus service in response to growing demand,” Nancy Snyder, a spokesperson for NJ Transit, said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with the administration, as we do with stakeholders across New Jersey, to maximize the availability of public transportation in Jersey City and cities throughout the state.”

https://www.politico.com/states/new-je ... sit-falling-short-1198003

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