Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Commuters are annoyed with jitneys that don't wait for late NJ Transit trains.
Maplewood Jitney riders are mad, and some say they aren’t going to take it anymore. Since New Jersey Transit train schedules changed last fall (and Hurricane Sandy damaged some trains), evening rush hour trains have been frequently late arriving in Maplewood. The problem, some riders say, is jitney drivers are refusing to wait for delayed trains, leaving riders stranded and frustrated. In addition, some jitney lines have become overcrowded. “People are really angry,” said Frank Verderosa, who rides the Parker Avenue jitney daily. Some riders started a petition about the issue and posted it at the train station. Eric Burbank, director of the Maplewood Department of Public Works, has scheduled a meeting for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at …
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Even the rain couldn't stop Maplewood from showing off sustainability initiatives to visitors from Taiwan.
When cabinet level officials from Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China) wanted to study how local municipalities in the U.S. were implementing sustainable "green" initiatives, the U.S. Department of State contacted Sustainable Jersey. And Sustainable Jersey contacted Maplewood Deputy Mayor for the Environment Fred Profeta. The result? A delegation of Taiwanese officials came to Maplewood from Manhattan today, boarded the jitney, visited the Maplewood Community Garden at Town Hall, toured the new LEED-certified Maplewood Municipal Court and Police Building on Springfield Avenue and enjoyed lunch at Verjus.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The jitney's Wyoming branch was in danger of extinction just a few months ago.
In June the Wyoming Jitney was on its death bed. Today, the jitney has been saved and will continue to serve Wyoming area residents. Daniel Baer, a Millburn Township Committee member, said during Tuesday's committee meeting the jitney had been saved and the two stops would be changed. The stops will now be located at Cypress Street and Ridgewood Road and at Pine Street and Wyoming Avenue. The previous stops were at at Glen Avenue and Cyprus Street, which is Slayton Field, and at Wyoming Avenue and Maple Street. The jitney, which is offered by Maplewood, serves as a shuttle for residents to the Maplewood Train Station. But in June Maplewood officials considered disbanding the extension of the service into the Wyoming section of Millburn …
Thursday, July 9, 2009
An increase in ridership and interest may lead to the survival of the Wyoming branch of the Maplewood Jitney.
Things are looking up for the Wyoming branch of the Maplewood Jitney, which was in danger of being cut in June. The jitney—which has serviced Maplewood Township for over 12 years—was extended to the Wyoming section of Millburn this January, but was largely unused. The jitney stops at Glen Avenue and Cyprus Street as well as Wyoming Avenue and Maple Street. Charlie Bibbins, Maplewood Transportation Committee chairman, said ridership has increased in the past month thanks to local media coverage of the situation. The jitney has gone from serving one rider per day to around eight. He said that his committee was planning on recommending that the Wyoming extension be cut, but now they are giving it a second chance. “More people are aware of it …