Monday, January 4, 2016
New fare-free public transportation will serve residents in the western portion of Atlantic County beginning Monday, January 4 with the launch of the Rt.54/40 Community Shuttle operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA).
The 24-mile shuttle includes nine designated stops between the Hammonton Rail Station and Richland with direct connections to NJ Transit routes 553, 554 and the Atlantic City rail line. Service will be available Monday through Friday between 5:30 AM and 10 AM and again between 3 PM and 7:30 PM.
"This new shuttle will help meet a need for local transportation in the more rural areas of Atlantic County," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. "We encourage residents to take advantage of this free service to access employment, medical and social services, retail shopping, education institutions and more."
The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle is a public-private cooperative effort of the Pascale Sykes Foundation, Atlantic County, South Jersey Transportation Authority, NJ Transit, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association and Family Service Association. This partnership is also responsible for the implementation of the English Creek-Tilton Road Community Shuttle that has been in operation since October 1, 2012.
"This is a long-awaited day. For years the residents of this part of Atlantic County have been talking about public transportation to connect residents with Buena and Hammonton. We can now take the shuttle from Richland to Newtonville to Hammonton to go to work, to reach government agencies, to go shopping, to connect with trains and buses taking us wherever we want to go or just to ride the shuttle and enjoy the scenery," said Frances P. Sykes, President of the Pascale Sykes Foundation.
Funding for the shuttle's connections to NJ Transit regional rail and bus services is provided through federal operating funds with local matching funds from the Pascale Sykes Foundation, according to Steve Fittante, Director of Local Programs for NJ Transit.
The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle's free connections to NJ Transit routes help expand the service well beyond Atlantic County with access to the Vineland area, the PATCO speedline that runs between Philadelphia and South Jersey as well as locations along the Atlantic City rail line.
"The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle is a welcome addition in Atlantic County. Our appreciation to all those involved in making this a reality," said Levinson.
For more information about these community shuttles, visit www.driveless.com or call (856) 614-1072.