For Maplewood residents, the Jitney is a staple in the township, providing transportation services across the township to the downtown train station. The Jitney arose from a shortage of parking at and around the station and from the town’s environmental consciousness. If you are a Maplewood resident who is considering using the Maplewood Jitney, here is everything that you need to know to get started:
- The price is right. According to PublicTransportation.org, the average household spends 17.5 cents of every dollar on transportation. While this may seem like a large percentage, 94% of this 17.5 cents goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars—the largest household expenditure after housing. The same website also reported that by taking public transportation and living with one less car, a household can save up to $10,100 annually. Maplewood understands the importance that transportation plays in each resident’s life and since the shuttle is operated by the township, it is able to offer a yearly pass at just $92. At such a low cost, residents will enjoy the savings almost immediately and can potentially forego buying a second car.
- Customer convenience is always considered. Schedules vary from person to person or resident to resident. While this may sound like common sense, public transportation schedules do not always reflect the needs of each resident. Fortunately, for Maplewood, the Jitney not only runs from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., but its goal is to get commuters to and from the train station. With the residents in mind, the Jitney takes four routes that include Hilton, Parker, Maplecrest, and Wyoming Avenue, which essentially makes the train station easily accessible from all neighborhoods. Residents are able to find a Jitney line available in most locations and with an easy-to-use website, information regarding its services is at each resident’s fingertips. Schedules and routes are easily accessible through the Maplewood Jitney website with a map available on the page to show Jitney bus services in several areas. Essentially, the jitney makes the train station accessible to all homes in Maplewood even if they aren’t walking distance to the train. Take a moment to view the Maplewood Jitney website in order to learn more about this service and why it may be the answer to your transportation needs.
- Encourages a neighborly attitude. Neighborly conversation is something that seems to have been lost and forgotten. Busy schedules, everyday stresses, and lack of personal time are just a few reasons why it is easy to sit back, relax, and ignore our neighbors when we have the chance to be alone. While a shuttle ride may not seem like an ideal place to get to know someone, with its cozy atmosphere and relaxed setting, getting to know your neighbor becomes both easy and convenient. Book your shuttle service today, and learn why Maplewood residents are getting to know one another every day on the Jitney.
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