Public Transportation Could be in Lakewood by Fall

Public transportation could soon become a reality in Lakewood. Deputy Municipal Manager Steven Reinman tells TLS the Township is hoping to have buses up and running within the town by this Fall.

The bus service, which was contracted out to a private company several months ago, will provide service running between North and South on Route 9, with at least one route of East -to West, Reinman says.

Officials hope the public transportation will help ease some of the town’s most congested roads.

“It’s very exciting that this project is so close to completion,” says Mayor Albert Akerman. “It was started a few years ago and the need was there then. At this point, it has become a major neccessity for the Township. Although there are still quite a few pieces to the puzzle, it is the hope of the Committee that we will get this off the ground over the next few months.” 

The goal is to have nine buses out on the roads, though the Township will begin with six during the initial start-up, says Reinman.

The fare on the bus is likely to be approximately $1, Reinman says. [TLS]


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  1. I still think Lakewood should impound cars for extended parking in the downtown area and charge a fee to have them removed from the impund yard.
    On another note maybe we should bring parking meter to the downtown area also.
    There are so many ways Lakewood can make money just need to put them into effect.

  2. The real quistion is is there any posssibilty of making a HOV lane or a BUS LANE? Maybe if ppls will know the bus is quicker they will use it.

  3. Oy Vey I think this is terrible. The boys who are struggling can now get to whatever shmutz they wanted even easier. Rabbosi please watch out for our youth. when giving rides see where they are really going. I have been burnt by the Tova everyone thinks they are doing by giving my sons rides.

  4. You can now save money!!! No second car!! No second car insurance, gas, tolls, pesach cleanup fees, wasting time looking for parking, no lease return fees, maybe you can get rid of both cars…
    If you pay everyday for the bus twice that’s probably less than your car insurance alone.
    So lets get this rolling.
    Maybe they can have monthly passes.
    And student passes.
    And elderly passes.
    There could be much LESS traffic.
    That need a good manager.

  5. What ever happened to the effort to bring a railroad passenger line into town? Bernie Gindoff and others worked on that for 30 years.

  6. How could we possibly bring rail transportation and/or HOV lanes to Lakewood. On what land? At what cost?

    If rail and constant bus service is what you want, move to a city. It is there already. PLEASE don’t further destroy what was once a jewel of a town.

    Doesn’t NJ Transit or Academy bus service already run up and down RT9? Not sure about the south of lakewood, But the buses are constantly running on RT 9 in lakewood, howell, freehold, etc.

  7. If you want your kids to be protected from the shmutz, lock them up in their bedrooms and don’t ever let them out of the house.

    Why should we lose out on public transportation because you don’t trust your kids outside the home?

  8. Monsey has bus service. Why shouldn’t Lakewood. But just going North South isn’t going to help everyone at all. And I personally drive a car so I will still be using it at my convenience.

  9. The real answer to Lakewood’s traffic problem (other than stopping the building – which won’t happen), is to design an elevated highway over the entire Rt 9 – from north to south – so that all cars who want to bypass Lakewood can do so. The current Rt 9 should be just for local traffic. The same should be done for County Line Rd – east to west.

    Let’s face it: We have evolved into a huge busy city, and the highway infrastructure needs to reflect this sad reality.

    At some point, we’re going to need a subway system too. Not a commuter train to Manhattan, but a real local subway system that connects different parts of Lakewood to each other.

    Another idea would be for BMG to open campuses in other parts of Lakewood to ease congestion during rush hour to and from seder……. but I doubt that will happen.

  10. This helps no one. I cant see anyone taking the bus instead of they’re car. So all it does is benefit the pedestrians. This all adds up to more traffic not less traffic.

  11. I live all the way down rt 9 south and let me tell you the minute my second car broke down and I couldnt get to downtown unless my husband was home or available I thought I would lose my mind. I couldnt get to work because I needed to go down rt 9 but had no option. I kept saying… if only they’d have a bus I wont be stuck anymore!!!

    So all complaints aside… i thank the township sincerely for finally making a solution to help me get around!

  12. i agree with yid. i have always thought that there should be an elevated highway over rt 9.
    I know many ppl. from howell and other towns that groan at thte thought of having to drive in Lakewood. and I know many others who dislike the idea of moving, living, working, and commuting down rt. 9. I am an early intervention therapist and the first thing I do when I get a case asigned is pray that the family does not live down the 9 so that I can actually get from one case to another in a decent amt. of time.

  13. This is a great idea!
    It definitely will help the traffic situation. Plus maybe it’ll get all the hitchers of the streets.
    Yes one dollar is cheap.Nj transit id like 3-4.
    I’m sure its subsidized but some things are worth it.
    And it’ll help the parking situation at BMG.
    two thumbs up from me.
    I’m Dr Laura Schlesinger

  14. A Subway? “Monsey has busses”, up and down Rt 9? Why? Another half baked idea. We have NJ Transit busses at a down town bus terminal that go all over the state and beyond. There are two problems with the bus terminal. 1 Taxi service in this town is an adventure. Not dependable, marginal vehicles and drivers who really have little consideration. 2. The bus terminal is a collection place for some of Lakewood’s underground.

    If you want a train, there is regular service out of Bay Head and Point Pleasant just a few miles away. Its clean and efficient and I use it to go to Newark Airport every week. The train is not going to stop in front of your house to pick you up. You need a taxi to get you there!

  15. While I won’t be using the bus service, I think it’s a great idea. What I would like to see is the end of double parking on Clifton Ave. Not only does this disrupt traffic, it’s dangerous. These people should be ticketed. They need to park in the municipal lot and walk. This isn’t Brooklyn!

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