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Assembly passes bill expanding New Jersey’s accessible transportation options

NEW JERSEY – A pilot program that allows popular rideshare companies to transport New Jersey residents with disabilities in place of NJ Transit’s Access Link van could become permanent through a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Inganamort and passed by the Assembly on Monday.

The bill, A2607, allows NJ Transit to contract with certain service providers that are otherwise disqualified under current law, including taxicabs, limousines, or transportation network companies.

“This bill offers a modern-day solution to address the challenges NJ Transit has experienced in providing Access Link riders timely and efficient service. It builds upon the agency’s successful pilot program and ensures our seniors and residents with disabilities have the safe, reliable and accessible transportation they deserve moving forward,” Inganamort (R-Sussex) said.

NJ Transit’s Riders’ Choice Pilot Program allows Access Link customers in 16 counties who do not need wheelchair lifts to opt in to receive their rides through transportation network companies.

The program has reduced wait and trip times for both the riders who opt into the program and those who rely on the van’s wheelchair accessibility.

“Our most vulnerable residents depend on reliable transportation to get the medical care they need, groceries and life-sustaining services,” Inganamort said. “All New Jersey residents with limited mobility require more widely accessible service, but it’s especially concerning for those who live in our more rural communities who currently have very few options. This important legislation helps address those needs by expanding NJ Transit’s reach through alternate providers.”

The Senate companion bill (S360) has been referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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