Reinstate Academy Bus Sayreville service for 2019 and beyond

Reinstate Academy Bus Sayreville service for 2019 and beyond

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Dhawal Kapadia started this petition to Sayreville Legislators and

For the past 25 years, Academy Bus Lines has provided bus service from Sayreville to Midtown & Wall Street via two separate routes. This week on 1/31/2019, passengers were notified that Academy has come to an independent conclusion that ridership is low (it is not) and abruptly decided to terminate all service from Sayreville on 3/1/2019. 

Hundreds of Sayreville residents have relied on the Academy bus service from Sayreville for years and such a hasty decision will not only affect commuters financially, but also affect time spent with their families at home. Additionally, there is no other bus service that goes to the Wall Street area from Sayreville, so such an abrupt decision to terminate service will drastically affect commuters from the town. The duration for the downtown service already exceeded 90 minutes one-way, and without it, many commuters will have to add another 45-60 minutes to their commute times, in addition to additional MTA expenses to ride the subway within the city. 

In terms of Academy Bus Lines perceiving low ridership, this is certainly not the case as evidenced by recent images sent to Sayreville Legislators of how full the buses are at various times during the morning service (images to be provided formally).

Currently the service model for Sayreville to Midtown is as follows: 3 Northbound AM buses to Midtown (terminating at 8:03AM, 8:23AM, and 8:59AM) and 3 Southbound PM buses to Sayreville (terminating at 5:57pm, 6:40pm, 7:31pm). 

The service model for Sayreville to Downtown/Wall Street is as follows: (3 Northbound AM buses to Wall Street (terminating at 7:31am, 8:16am, and 8:46am) and 3 Southbound PM buses to Sayreville (terminating at 5:39pm, 6:33pm, and 7:24pm). 

As a middle-ground solution, we would like to propose two bus routes for each AM/PM service instead of three. There are clearly enough commuters that purchase tickets/monthly passes to ensure a nearly full (if not completely full) bus if the routes are condensed from three to two. We will use this forum to gather signatures from all current riders/commuters of the Academy Sayreville service to petition this abrupt, inconsiderate decision by Academy with a unified, and hopefully impactful voice.

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