The bus service, contracted out to a private company, will provide service running North and South on Route 9, with one route running to the Westgate area.
Officials hope the public transportation will help ease some of the town’s most congested roads.
The goal is to have nine buses out on the roads, though the Township will begin with six during the initial start-up.
Although these buse are donated through a grant, the operations will come from tax dollars. The fare on the bus is likely to be approximately one dollar, which would hardly cover the millions of dollars it will cost to operate these buses yearly. Add in the fact that most people that might use the bus have erratic schedules, need to drop off children at babysitters, pickup kids from play groups and it will end up costing the taxpayers.
The Job Link Bus program has already proven that buses are not used in Lakewood. We wasted over 2 million dollars a year in UEZ funds to provide busing for less than ten riders a day. This new program will probably end up being more of the same waste, an will end up coming out of the taxpayer's pocket.
As usual there are those that are trying to make out town into something it is not able to become. This is yet another example of certain people trying to fit a square peg into a round hole for the benefit of a few people.