DeCamp News: NJ Transit Bus Alternatives, Freeholder President Gill Asks Murphy to Provide Assistance

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 mvenezia@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

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  1. Re DeCamp Bus Lines’s shutdown:

    UPDATE: see how STUPID they are? To the very end? They send a notice Wednesday about total shutdown Friday — yes, TWO days’ notice is typical! THEN on Friday they suddenly announce they’ve gotten Coach to take over JUST ONE of their routes. How about striking that deal FIRST? THEN tell people “we’re shutting down, BUT Coach is taking some of our routes” in ONE notice?? You don’t keep people believing “total shutdown” for TWO DAYS, and THEN retract it, even partially!!

    I have no pity. How typical of DeCamp that they announce this shutdown only Two Days prior! Normally — yes, Normally! — when they even bother to get off their lazy arses to type a mere 140 characters, they’ve said “the 7:15 33 will not run” at 7:23 or so, that is, Well After the fact! And normally — Yes, Normally! — drivers are rude, late and so ignorant they seem never to have Heard of the advent of this magic technology called “radio”! That’s right, ask one “when’s the next one?” and s/he’ll just sit there and say either “I don’t know” or “Right behind” — meaning half an hour! — without touching the radio at all.
    DeCamp Bus Lines has ROYALLY SUCKED for all six generations, with few exceptions, notably the late and legendary Sal Sciano, the Rubber Ducky man who took us to Tahiti and Aruba high on oregano. He must be rolling in his grave…

    Just for kicks go to http://www.wbmatv.com/media-center and type “decamp” in the Search field. You’ll see two public forums from 2014, May and October. I’m the guy that started those, bringing so many people they had to move it from IHOP to the church. May’s was well-attended and -publicized, and they were hammered so badly — by yours truly twice! — that they immediately hired a public relations director to LIE about the October follow-up’s day, time, place and even existence before oh-so-proudly declaring they’d have forums only on THEIR terms, NOT those of local politicians, who in October were clearly pandering before the election! Never mind that their constituent base EQUALS DeCamp’s customer base…

    And folks, in OVER SIX YEARS they have NEVER have held even ONE public forum, as they PROMISED! So visit http://www.decamp.com or on Twitter at @DeCampBusLines or https://twitter.com/decampbuslines, and wish them GOOD RIDDANCE!!

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