NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is proposing the discontinuation of Bus Route No. 95 in the Somerset-Union-Essex County corridor due to low ridership and the availability of ample alternative public transportation to facilitate these trips.
On average, bus Route No. 95, which operates from Watchung to Newark Penn Station via the Route 22 corridor, services approximately 179 customers per weekday, which can be represented as 11 passengers per trip. The No. 95 route operates eight eastbound trips during a.m. peak hours and eight westbound trips during p.m. peak hours. All affected customers would continue to have alternative bus service available to them should the No. 95 bus service be discontinued.
The proposed discontinuation of the No. 95 bus route is part of NJ Transit’s ongoing commitment to best match services and equipment to ridership demand, according to a press release from the organization. If approved, the affected customers may utilize alternate bus service or the Raritan Valley Line rail service, which operates parallel to the No. 95 route.
The discontinuation, if approved by the NJ Transit Board of Directors, would take effect on or about April 30.
Two public hearings on the proposed discontinuation will take place. The first hearing will be Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at NJ Transit headquarters, 1 Penn Plaza East in Newark. The second hearing will be Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building Courtroom/Council Chambers, 430 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains.