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Livingston Shuttle to South Orange Starts Today

Final details and schedule released for the Livingston Primetime Shuttle.

The long wait is finally over for Livingston commuters. This morning, the Livingston Primetime Shuttle will be in service.

The new shuttle will be offering non-stop, round trip express service from the from the Livingston Mall to the South Orange train station.

"I can't think of too many things that have been more anticipated this year than the arrival of our shuttle to the South Orange train station," said Mayor Stephen Santola. 

At last Monday's town council meeting, a contract with State Shuttle was approved for them to provide the shuttle service.  The Lake Hopatcong company has been in business for over 35 years and has provided a range of transportation services to the tri-state area.  

The shuttle will provide roundtrip service during the week, Monday through Friday, from 5:30-9:30 a.m. and 4-9 p.m.  The initial schedule has almost two trips an hour.

The fare for the non-stop service will be $2 each way or a monthly pass for $70.

Not only will the shuttle be available for Livingston residents, but any travelers departing from South Orange, who work or shop in Livingston, will be able to use the shuttle.  The Livingston Mall is close to Newark Academy, another entity whose students may benefit from the shuttle.

South Orange Village President Alex Torpey welcomed the news of the shuttle on Monday night as he hoped the service would be beneficial to both towns.

"I'd like to welcome all of our Livingston neighbors to our downtown and hope folks will get here early enough to check out some of our great downtown businesses," said Torpey.  "Kudos to Livingston for implementing a public transit link to the train, we're happy to have people here."

With the recent troubles with the Community Coach Route 77 bus, it is expected that many commuters will want to try this new service.  Santola assured residents that since the shuttle is run by the township, it will be easy to make any necessary changes.

"One of the best parts of this shuttle is that it is our shuttle," said Santola.  "We are not beholden to anyone else's time or schedule."

Parking for commuters will be 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.

Also at Monday's meeting, the township recognized Alan Karpas, chairman of the township's Vision 20/20 committee, for his work in spearheading the shuttle.  Karpas was presented with an award, applauding him for his hard work and efforts in bringing the "reality and dream of a new, direct, and economic shuttle" to Livingston.

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.

Thirty Four September 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This is a really great news. It will be the cheapest way to commute to NY. Monthly NJ Transit pass from S.O. is $193 plus monthly shuttle of $70, total cost is $13.15 a day. Cheaper than the discounted tickets of 77 bus which is $15.84 a day
Thirty Four September 25, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Even cheaper than PATH train at Harrison, $195 for parking and $60 for 40 PATH trips. But people often forget about the costs of driving to Harrison. Fuel and operating costs for 20 miles a day is about $3/day for a small sedan. So daily costs/day for PATH is $15.75! Plus saving ourselves from the terrible I-280 traffic. 
Thirty Four September 25, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I can't wait to try it out. It's time that we have another alternative for commuters. 
Mr. M September 28, 2012 at 04:38 AM
This is a great new service for the community. We should all be using this whenever we travel to the city during the work week. No more parking hassles or waiting for the bus.
GGB October 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
What does "The initial schedule has almost two trips an hour." really mean? Will this be every hour on the half hour? Does the bus make its first trip to SO and come back, leaving timing to the mercy of weather and traffic. How long will the bus wait at the mall for passengers before second second trip of the hour? Thanks.
Thirty Four October 01, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I found this link on Livingston SYLS site: http://livingstonsyls.org/?page_id=2668 It has shuttle schedule and FAQs.
Thirty Four October 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Also PATH increases the fares today bringing the total cost per day for commuting by PATH to $16.15 compared to shuttle/NJT train at $13.15/day.
Mr. M October 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Go to the home page of www.livingstonnj.org for all the answers to your questions. Click on the links under Livingston Primetime shuttle. See you on the shuttle!
GGB October 02, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Basically it gives the shuttle a 15 min. time frame to get to SO, and a 15 min time frame to get back to the mall. Time will tell, as will weather. No matter its a good thing, and will work itself out I am sure.

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