Montclair, NJ – When DeCamp Bus Company announced it would suspend all service to NYC effective August 7, Baristaville commuters were concerned about the loss of an option many rely on to get to the city.
NJ TRANSIT has shared its transit alternatives available for DeCamp customers, in addition to NJ TRANSIT rail service along the Morris and Essex and Montclair Boonton Lines, NJ TRANSIT operates robust bus service in the Essex-Hudson area:
- NJ TRANSIT buses Nos. 28 & 29 serve different sections of Bloomfield Avenue (DeCamp #32, 33 & 88), and No. 13 in Nutley, to feed NJ TRANSIT rail stations
- No. 191 serves Montclair
- No. 324 provides express service from the Wayne Transit Center
- Nos. 192/199 – serve the Allwood Park and Ride
- Additionally please note that all Park and Rides have plenty of capacity.
Coach USA announced it would cross honoring through the end of August offering riders an alternative who can use their 77 line which services West Orange Area and Essex Green.
Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill sent a letter Friday to Gov. Phil Murphy, to express concern regarding DeCamp, a six-generation private family business who has provided transportation services to northern New Jersey residents since 1870.
“The residents of Montclair, Bloomfield, West Orange, and other surrounding communities in Essex County depend on the services of DeCamp. Without reliable commuter and charter transportation service companies, the quality of life for so many of our residents will be severely impacted in a negative fashion,” writes Gill.
Gill writes that the CARES Act allocated 1.4 billion dollars to New Jersey to keep vital transportation services like NJ transit running, but unfortunately, private companies like DeCamp have not been able to access these same federal funds.
Gill asked Murphy to look into what can be done on the State and local level to assist private carrier companies like DeCamp, and residents who rely on their services.
Earlier this week, Bloomfield Mayor Mike Venezia shared that he has contacted Governor Murphy’s staff and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo. Venezia adds that if you are a Bloomfield resident affected by DeCamp’s suspension of service, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.