Break for bus riders, but NJT train riders

April 12, 2010 11:36:48 AM PDT
Cuts to NJ Transit's bus service in New Jersey likely won't be as deep as anticipated. But rail riders won't get a break.

The agency is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan that will restore almost $4 million worth of cuts to bus service that were announced in March.

Among the services to be restored are local bus routes in Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Somerset, Warren and Sussex counties.

Instead of a 25 percent increase for bus fares, NJ Transit will vote on a 10 percent increase. Train fare increases are expected to remain at 25 percent as originally announced.

NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein says the modified proposal is meant to help low-income bus riders, students, seniors, and riders with disabilities.

The agency is facing a $300 million budget shortfall.