Link Bus Logo Hunterdon County

NEW HUNTRDON COUNTY LINK SERVICES ANNOUNCED INCLUDE SERVICE TO RVCC and BRIDGEWATER COMMONS MALL. FEE WAVIED FOR RVCC STUDENTS WITH COLLEGE ID

Link Bus Logo Hunterdon County

Link Bus Logo Hunterdon County

FLEMINGTON- The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that a new bus route will be added to the Hunterdon County LINK Transportation System, providing weekday service from Flemington to Raritan Valley Community College and Bridgewater Commons Mall. Service will begin on Monday, March 14, 2016
The new service, to be known as “Bridgewater Express Service-Route 23”, will provide service from 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Monday- Friday. The bus will operate from a new LINK Bus Transfer Center, located in the Hunterdon County Jury Parking lot, Park Avenue and Capner Street in Flemington, with stop locations at the King’s in Whitehouse, Raritan Valley Community College, the ShopRite in Branchburg, and the Bridgewater Commons Mall.
“The service announced today is only a part of making the LINK ever more relevant for today's riders and for those who seek better options for public transportation," said Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay.
The new service is being funded through a $200,000 federal “Innovation Non Urbanized Area Formula Program” grant that the County received in January 2016. The County will provide $50,000 as part of a required local “match” of the grant funds.  “This grant provides us with the opportunity to provide the out of county transportation that residents have been requesting for several years,” said Lagay.
The new service will provide connections to other transportation services including the NJ TRANSIT #114/117 Bus Line and the Somerset County CAT and SCOOT Bus Services. “This new service is a first step in developing the type of local public transportation network that we have envisioned for our region,” said Freeholder Matt Holt.
The fare for the new Route 23 service will be $2.00 per day, unlimited boarding. The fare will be paid by passengers on board the vehicle. Exact change is required. Raritan Valley Community College students who show a valid student ID card to the driver will have their fare waived for an introductory period from March 14, 2016- May 13, 2016. Senior citizens will have their fare waived every Wednesday if they board the bus at the Hunterdon County Senior Center, Gauntt Place, Flemington.
Other LINK service enhancements announced today include:
Routes 16, 19, 21 (formerly Flemington Shuffle Service) The service known as the “Flemington Shuffle- Route 19/20” will now be known as Route 16 and Route 19 for Monday- Friday service. Two buses will provide scheduled service between Flemington and Raritan Township from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The buses will operate along clockwise/counterclockwise routes. This will increase the frequency of service and reduce ride times for passengers. On Saturday, scheduled service will be provided by one bus as “Route 21”. LINK Service will not be offered past 7:30 p.m.

Route 16- Raritan Township>>>Flemington
Monday — Friday
9:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding; no additional fare to transfer to Route 23
Route 19- Flemington>>>Raritan Township
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding; no additional fare to transfer to Route 23
Route 21- Flemington/Raritan
Saturdays
8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding

NEW LINK Bus Transfer Center
A new “LINK Bus Transfer Center” has been designated in the Hunterdon County Jury Parking Lot, Park
Avenue & Capner Street, Flemington. Transfers between Routes 16, 19 and 23 will occur at the Center.
Passengers who currently use “Cross County” or “Demand Response” Service and would like to access the Bridgewater Express Service (Route 23) will need to call by 12 noon the day before they wish to travel to arrange for transportation to the LINK Transfer Center. (Note: Passengers will be required to pay the $2.00 fare for Route 23 in addition to their “Cross County Service” fare.)

Route Numbers
All LINK buses will clearly display Route Number signs next to the bus door so that passengers may clearly identify each bus. The signs will feature a solid colored circle with the route number in the center. Circles will be color coded to each route.

New Printed Schedules
New printed schedules will be distributed in advance of the introduction of the new services in information racks maintained by HART Commuter Information Services, Hunterdon’s nonprofit transportation management association, at more than 300 locations throughout Hunterdon County.

Updated LINK website
The www.ridethelink.com website will be updated for ease of use and to include the updated timetables for Routes 16, 19, 21 and Route 23 services. The navigation of the website will be simplified and include a new section information of all available transportation services within Hunterdon County (including taxis, other private providers, and NJ TRANSIT services). An updated “Rider Tips” section will provide step by step instruction on “How to Ride the Bus” and “How to Read a Bus Schedule”.

One on One & Group Travel Instruction
HART Commuter Information Services will begin offering free “one on one” and “small group” travel instruction. Travel instruction will help individuals learn how to travel independently by teaching them how to read a bus schedule, plan their trip, make transfers, and pay fares. Instruction will include riding on the LINK bus with the passenger to ensure that they are comfortable utilizing the LINK. For information on this program, contact Cathy Taglienti, Community Mobility Coordinator, 908-788-5553, cathy@harttma.com

No Changes to Subscription or “Cross County/Demand Response” Services
The changes and new services noted above will not change any subscription, agency or “demand response”  services that passengers may currently use. Services that are currently provided under the “Cross County” Service, which provides for curb to curb pick up with advance reservation, will remain in place.
For more information on any of the changes to the LINK Transportation System, contact Erin Neukum, LINK Transportation Coordinator, 908-788-1368, Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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The Hunterdon County LINK Transportation System is a service of Hunterdon County government. The LINK provides transportation services to ALL residents of Hunterdon County, NJ. Funding for operation of the LINK is provided by the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, NJ TRANSIT and the Federal Transit Administration.

NEW LINK SERVICES ANNOUNCED!!

Starting Monday, March 14, 2016:

    • Route 19: Flemington-Raritan Township (Hunterdon County)
    • Route 16: Raritan Township(Hunterdon County)- Flemington
    • Route 21: Flemington/Raritan (Saturday)
    • Route 23: Bridgewater Express Service (Flemington-Whitehouse- Raritan Valley Community College-Bridgewater Commons Mall)

More Information: 

News Release - March 7, 2016

Bus Schedule (effective March 14, 2016)

More Info: click here
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Shana Taylor

The Hunterdon County LINK Transportation System is a service of Hunterdon County government. The LINK provides transportation services to ALL residents of Hunterdon County, NJ. Funding for operation of the LINK is provided by the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, NJ TRANSIT and the Federal Transit Administration.