Ridership continues to grow on the Livingston Primetime Shuttle, the non-stop, round trip, express service from the Livingston Mall to the South Orange train station.
Sponsored by the Township of Livingston, the Livingston Primetime Shuttle began operation on Oct. 1. Since its inception, ridership has grown from 203 passengers during the first week, to 255 passengers during the second week, and 287 riders reported during the week ending Oct. 19.
Passengers have commented on the convenience, friendliness of the driver, and low cost.
According to one rider, Philip Miu, “I have to say my daily commute is like night and day after I started taking the shuttle to the train station instead of the bus. I am no longer stressed or exhausted after my commute. I want to thank Mayor Santola and Alan Karpas for having the vision and determination to make this happen. This is something that is truly revolutionary for Livingston, and this is a classic example of how government can bring about change."
As a result of being managed by Livingston, the shuttle schedule can be adjusted as needed. Based on a recent adjustment of the NJ Transit train schedule, a revised shuttle schedule was put in effect on Oct. 14.
Fares are $2.00 each way or a monthly pass can be purchased from the township for $70.00.
The service is open to Livingston residents and non-residents. In addition to those commuters originating from Livingston, the service is available for travelers departing from South Orange who work or shop in Livingston.
Parking for commuters is available free of charge in a designated area of the Livingston Mall. The well-lit lot is located in Section 18 near the Walnut Street entrance, behind Macy’s and close to two active bus shelters. The parking area is regularly patrolled by the Livingston Police Department and Mall security.
Information regarding purchasing the monthly pass can be found on-line through the Livingston Township Department of Senior, Youth & Leisure Services' website or by calling 973-535-7925.