Via Email to:
Borough Council Members Dyas, Waldron, Manley, Weber, Cammarano and Morrison
Borough Administrator Boerth
Re: Continuation of the Jitney Bus Service
Dear Mr. Mayor, Council Members and Mr. Boerth:
I am writing to all of you with the hope that we can proceed with an energetic effort to maintain the jitney bus service on which many of our Borough residents depend.
I am among the 106 signers of the petition but had to be out of town last week and could not attend the Council meeting on November 2. Fortunately, I was able to watch the MEtv recording of the meeting.
The most promising if temporary approach may be to seek agreement with New Jersey Transit to extend the current arrangement rather than return the bus at the end of December. Councilman Morrison recommended this, and I would like to request an immediate effort to get such an extension, preferably for one year but for at least six months to give the Council and citizens an opportunity to review longer-term possibilities. For the operating expense in early 2010, a number of options may exist.
Councilman Morrison also recommended a citizens commission. I support that and am willing to join it and offer some of my time toward a favorable long-term outcome.
A favorable outcome may involve any of the options that were mentioned at the November 2 meeting. Broadly, I lean toward a user fee that would pay at least a portion of the operating costs. The feasibility of that option was not discussed in any detail, although some quick calculations suggest that even a fee of one dollar per ride may suffice if New Jersey Transit provides a new bus, which apparently is its offer.