Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

City Gets Behind a Route for Rapid Bus Line

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

City Gets Behind a Route for Rapid Bus Line

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ENGLEWOOD -- City leaders and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are urging NJ Transit to support a proposed Bus Rapid Transit route, saying it would strengthen the city's link to mass transportation in the area.

The Englewood Economic Development Corp. co-wrote a letter with Mayor Frank Huttle III to support the Route C4 proposed in a Bergen County Bus Rapid Transit study. That letter and a secondary letter from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center were sent to NJ Transit on July 15.

The C4 would run from the hospital to Secaucus Junction, with stops in downtown Englewood, at Skymark Development in Ridgefield Park and at American Dream and the sports complex in the Meadowlands, according to the Bergen County Bus Rapid Transit Study website.

"It will fill a tremendous void," said Adam Brown, chairman of the Englewood Economic Development Corp. "Every other successful town in northern New Jersey has rail access to Secaucus Junction. This will put us on equal footing with these towns."

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is also a proposed terminus for an extension of NJ Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system.

Bus Rapid Transit differs from NJ Transit's regular bus service in a number of ways. The buses have fewer stops and make use of exclusive bus lanes in order to reduce travel times, according to the Bergen County Bus Rapid Transit Study website.

The vehicles also could be given traffic-signal priority, which is when traffic lights are timed to the average bus speed instead of vehicle speed, according to the Federal Transit Administration. Buses also would be capable of sending a signal to traffic lights to shorten a red light or prolong a green light, according to the FTA.

The agency said the Bus Rapid Transit system also can make use of queue jumps -- or a short stretch of bus lane combined with traffic- signal priority -- at intersections, and can allow riders to pre- pay for a ticket to reduce waiting times. …

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