Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
March 5 , 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Pursues Bus Transit for Residents
Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh has announced the formation of a Senior Transportation Task Force to advise the Administration on the bussing needs of seniors in West Windsor Township. Marvin Gardner, currently chair of the Planning Board and a Village Grande resident, will chair this task force. Lynne Thornton, Manager of Senior & Social Services will serve as staff liaison.
The Township has recently applied for funding to acquire shuttle busses that would serve senior and commuter residents. Currently, there are a limited number of bus routes that provide transportation to commuters and seniors within West Windsor. Established routes include New Jersey Transit busses which serve primarily the south and west portions of the Township. A number of busses also run along County Route 571 through West Windsor. These include Coach USA Suburban, East Windsor Township, and Monroe Township.
Mayor Hsueh stated that meetings have been held and are scheduled with organizations providing or managing bus transit. “We have met with NJ Transit about additional stops on existing routes but they do not provide service as far as Old Trenton Road nor do they have existing routes in much of the interior of the township.” Mayor Hsueh said. “For this area of the Township, we either need to speak with providers of bus routes already passing by that area or establish some form of bus transportation ourselves.”
Over the past two (2) years, West Windsor representatives have attended meetings initiated by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), a federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the region, and are scheduled to meet with the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA), a non-profit organization that works to reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility in and around Mercer County. Sandra Brillhart, Executive Director of the GMTMA said, “The GMTMA can assist municipalities that are looking to initiate or expand bussing for their communities with a number of services such as surveys to determine ridership needs.”
Mayor Hsueh offered, “We have requested a grant from Representative Rush Holt to help us get started. We will also continue to work closely with NJ Transit and the West Windsor Parking Authority, as we move forward to develop a transit village around the train station. There are some municipalities and organizations that are establishing bus routes in and around the area. I think that it would be good to assess availability and possibly cost-sharing regionally as well.”
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