NEWS RELEASE
Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
92 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079

Contact: Rita Shade Simpson, Clerk of the Board/Administrator

May 31, 2002

SALEM COUNTY TRANSIT CHANGES WILL CONNECT TO PURELAND

SALEM -- Salem County Freeholder Director Dave Sparks announced today that Salem County Transit will expand its local bus services from Woodstown and Salem to coordinate transfers to NJ Transit and new direct service to the Pureland Complex.

" A coordinated public transportation system to Pureland will open up additional employment opportunities to residents of Salem County," said Sparks.

The new schedule changes involve Salem County Transitís #468 from the Woodstown Acme and the Salem Shopping Center, and NJ Transitís #402 Pennsville-Philadelphia run.

The new route changes, expected to begin June 24, reflect major recommendations Salem County made to NJ Transit several years ago after completing its County Community Transportation Plan.

"Salem County could not implement the recommendations until NJ Transit authorized the changes because the County is under contract to the state to provide local bus service," explained Sparks. "After studying our County Transportation Plan, NJ Transit undertook an operational and financial analysis."

Sparks said an average of 14,000 passengers a month ride the Salem County Transit system. Approximately 700 passengers a day ride local #468 during the work week.

The Freeholder Director credited Salem County Transit Supervisor Jim Scull, who chaired the transportation steering committee, for working closely with NJ Transit to keep the Countyís recommendations under active study.

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