NJ Transit To Install Bus Shelters

The Township Council addressed issues such as road improvements during the most recent meeting. (Screenshot by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  BRICK – Residents living at the Chambers Bridge Residence and at other Housing Authority buildings will no longer have to stand out in the elements while waiting for a bus since NJ Transit has agreed to purchase and install two new bus shelters in the area.

  During the most recent Township Council Meeting, Mayor John G. Ducey said that several residents from the complex reached out to the township to request the shelters. Many of the residents do not drive and depend on the buses, he added.

  “They contacted us at the end of October or beginning of November…so we made an immediate request over to NJ Transit,” he said.

A shelter like this, taken from NJ Transit’s website, might appear in town. (Screenshot by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  The result was an agreement with NJ Transit for the purchase and installation of two bus shelters to be located on Chambers Bridge Road, one on the northbound side at Ovation Way, and one on the southbound side at the Post Office driveway.        

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  “[The residents] are out there whether it’s pouring rain, or snowing, windy, whatever the case may be, and there’s no shelter there,” the mayor said. “This is a great thing,”

  According to NJ Transit, the organization will arrange for and bear the cost of installing bus shelters at bus stops, established by municipal resolution, provided that a local sponsor, public or private, will agree to accept responsibility for maintenance and liability.

   In other news, the council voted to amend a Retention and Detention Basin ordinance on its final reading, which has been reviewed and approved by the Land Use Committee, said Council Vice President Art Halloran.

  According to the amendment, retention and/or detention basins or the dedication of any open area as a public improvement is a condition of any subdivision, site plan or development within the municipality, and the township is responsible for the maintenance of these areas

  The amendment modifies the township’s responsibility for the maintenance of these basins to after the date that performance bonds have been released for the improvements to the area, and a Deed of Dedication to the land is executed, he said.

  The council passed another ordinance on its final reading – to increase the cost of beach badges and parking for the 2022 season.

  Seasonal beach badges will include a range of $30 to $50; daily badges, $10 to $20; and a range of $10 to $20 for daily parking. The new rate for seasonal parking tags was set for $30 to $50.

  Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic said the range was created so that if the prices need to increase, the ordinance would not have to be reopened each time.

  And finally, the governing body authorized the receipt of bids for roadway improvements as part of the Woodland Valley Phase 3 project. The roads scheduled for improvement include Turkey Point Road, Winding River Court and Winding River Lane.

  The council also authorized the receipt of bids for the local resurfacing program/roadway improvement project to Point Pleasant Phase 2 that include Washington Drive, Adams Drive, Jefferson Drive, Taft Court, Taft Avenue. There would also be drainage improvements on Truman Drive.