HOW IT WORKS: Jitney Service a Welcome Town Perk

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We want Metuchen Matters to be a place where you can get information about how stuff in our area works--how to get an ordinance in front of the Borough Council, how to find a good enrichment course, how to . . . RIDE THE FREE JITNEY BUS TO THE TRAIN STATION. Here is the first of what we hope will be many such posts with useful information to make living here a little bit easier for everybody.

Recent commenters have been singing the praises of the town Jitney service to and from the train station. The pre-set route has specific pick-up times and, according to one happy customer, the driver, who has a great memory and spreads love where the Jitney roams, will even stop at your street corner if you're on the predetermined route he's following. I hope our anonymous poster doesn't mind that I'm quoting him or her below, but they were so effusive, we just had to share their post with you.

I am almost embarrassed to say that the shuttle is the nicest or greatest thing that I have ever seen done by a community since giving out Xmas presents on the fire truck when I was a kid in the early 60's . . . In the morning, you get picked up at designated spots some less then 2,000 feet from the train station. On return at night, if you have a residence that is along the pre-determined route and because the driver practically knows everyone you are dropped off right off/right by your home (and only if you reside directly on the pre-determined route). That is dependent on who is on the bus with you and which way the driver opts to turn next. It is darn near a personal taxi service.

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According to the schedule there are five official "stops" and they also have a map with an official route. This whole flag it down wherever you want system seems idiotic. All those extra stops add time to the route. Not a problem on the way home, but in the morning you could miss your train. Maybe that's why it always seems to be speeding.

there aren't any real pre-determined stops...
it goes along the route... you flag it down in the morning...
in the evening, she either knows you or as you get on, Barb asks you where she want to be dropped off.

I've lived in other nj towns with such shuttles--this is the best and friendliest by far.

there aren't any real pre-determined stops...
it goes along the route... you flag it down in the morning...
in the evening, she either knows you or as you get on, Barb asks you where she want to be dropped off.

I've lived in other nj towns with such shuttles--this is the best and friendliest by far.

What happened to that cool picture of the old truck that you had on yesterday? Let me guess - some people thought that was actually what the Metuchen bus looked like?!

It's one bus making multiple runs, and the HS kids do use it. Very creative on their part. They are commuting to school, the other people are commuting to work.

Are the High School kids allowed to use these busses to get to school?? Someone told me they were.

I guess no one notices the links in the article? One was to a map of the route.

I posted the link to the map before, but here it is again.

http://www.kmm.org/kmm/pdfs/Metuchen%20shuttle%205-04.pdf

Now that I've looked at the link I can remember why I thought the jitney information was too opaque to be useful. What we really need is a map of the route. It doesn't seem obvious to me . . .

Just saw the jitney come down Rector Street and turn right on 27, which is not even on the supposed route. Big cloud of black smoke came out of the exhaust when she gunned it down 27. Gross.

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