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1 in 10 NJ Transit Buses Are Delayed, Report Finds

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

More than one in 10 NJ Transit buses leaves late from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal analyzed NJ Transit records for the first six months of this year, finding that 12 percent of buses left the terminal more than five minutes behind.

The two worst offenders are the No. 161 bus to Paterson and the No. 193 Express to Wayne. One in four buses on those lines left late, the paper found.

The report attributes the delays to growing ridership and limited space within the bus complex on Manhattan's West Side.

Gabriel Delgado, who commutes from Manalapan to New York City by bus, said the wait for buses depends on the time of travel.

“In the daytime, they're on time," she said. "Any time after three, it can be late. The closer it gets to six, the later they can be. I've waited up to half an hour sometimes for a bus.”

Departures and arrivals from the terminal are expected to grow by as much as 34 percent in the next 25 years, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  

Also, commuters often have to wait for the next bus departure because of overcrowding, and bus commuters then sit in Lincoln Tunnel traffic after leaving the terminal.

Annmarie Fertoli contributed reporting

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