NEW LINK SERVICES ANNOUNCED INCLUDE SERVICE TO RVCC and BRIDGEWATER COMMONS MALL

The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that a new bus route will be added to the Hunterdon County LINK Transportation System, providing weekday service from Flemington to Raritan Valley Community College and Bridgewater Commons Mall.  Service will begin on Monday, March 14, 2016

The new service, to be known as “Bridgewater Express Service-Route 23”, will provide service from
7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Monday- Friday. The bus will operate from a new LINK Bus Transfer Center, located in the Hunterdon County Jury Parking lot, Park Avenue and Capner Street in Flemington, with stop locations at the King’s in Whitehouse, Raritan Valley Community College, the ShopRite in Branchburg, and the Bridgewater Commons Mall.

“The service announced today is only a part of making the LINK ever more relevant for today’s riders and for those who seek better options for public transportation,” said Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay.

The new service is being funded through a $200,000 federal “Innovation Non Urbanized Area Formula Program” grant that the County received in January 2016.   The County will provide $50,000 as part of a required local “match” of the grant funds.

“This grant provides us with the opportunity to provide the out of county transportation that residents have been requesting for several years,” said Lagay.

The new service will provide connections to other transportation services including the NJ TRANSIT
#114/117 Bus Line and the Somerset County CAT and SCOOT Bus Services.  “This new service is a first step in developing the type of local public transportation network that we have envisioned for our region,” said Freeholder Matt Holt.

The fare for the new Route 23 service will be $2.00 per day, unlimited boarding. The fare will be paid by passengers on board the vehicle. Exact change is required. Raritan Valley Community College students who show a valid student ID card to the driver will have their fare waived for an introductory period from March 14, 2016- May 13, 2016.   Senior citizens will have their fare waived every Wednesday if they board the bus at the Hunterdon County Senior Center, Gauntt Place, Flemington.

 

Other LINK service enhancements announced today include:

Routes 16, 19, 21 (formerly Flemington Shuffle Service)
The service known as the “Flemington Shuffle- Route 19/20” will now be known as Route 16 and Route 19 for Monday- Friday service. Two buses will provide scheduled service between Flemington and Raritan Township from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.   The buses will operate along clockwise/counterclockwise routes. This will increase the frequency of service and reduce ride times for passengers. On Saturday, scheduled service will be provided by one bus as “Route 21”.  LINK Service will not be offered past 7:30 p.m.

 

Route 16- Raritan Township>>>Flemington
Monday — Friday
9:30 AM — 7:30 PM
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding; no additional fare to transfer to Route 23

Route 19- Flemington>>>Raritan Township
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding; no additional fare to transfer to Route 23

Route 21- Flemington/Raritan
Saturdays
8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Fare: $2.00 unlimited boarding

 

NEW LINK Bus Transfer Center

A new “LINK Bus Transfer Center” has been designated in the Hunterdon County Jury Parking Lot, Park Avenue & Capner Street, Flemington. Transfers between Routes 16, 19 and 23 will occur at the Center.

 

Passengers who currently use “Cross County” or “Demand Response” Service and would like to access the Bridgewater Express Service (Route 23) will need to call by 12 noon the day before they wish to travel to arrange for transportation to the LINK Transfer Center.  (Note: Passengers will be required to pay the $2.00 fare for Route 23 in addition to their “Cross County Service” fare.)