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NJ commuters fuming over Academy Bus decision to pull Sayreville service

February 01, 2019 - 5:43 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After 25 years of service, commuter bus company Academy Bus is pulling the plug on one New Jersey town.

Flyers and social media posts informed riders that the Academy bus line serving Sayreville to Manhattan will stop operating March 1.

"Over the past five years, Academy has continued to see a consistent decline in ridership," the company said in a customer notice posted to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Fred Block a commuter on that line posted a photo on social media, above, of disgruntled commuters on a bus holding the notices. 

New Jersey senator Joe Vitale, speaker Craig Coughlin and assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, issued a joined statement Friday outlining their request to New Jersey Transit to take over the route. 

"As the State representatives of Sayreville, we immediately contacted the NJ Department of Transportation to request NJ Transit provide service on these routes," reads the statement. "NJ Transit is currently reviewing our request. Simultaneously, we have coordinated with local leadership in Sayreville to meet with Academy Bus to gather more information regarding their decision. We are committed to making the Park and Ride more accessible to commuters, identifying ways in which we can increase ridership and make these routes sustainable now and into the future."