NJ Transit bus customers can receive e-mail updates

NJ Transit bus customers can now receive up-to-the-minute travel information for their specific trip through the My Transit alert system, which sends a text alert directly to customers’ cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDA) or e-mail whenever there is a delay affecting their designated itinerary.

“We are expanding our My Transit alert service to include local and intrastate bus routes in addition to interstate services, so that we can provide all of our bus customers the resources they need to make informed decisions about their commute,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles.

Previously, My Transit alerts were available only to NJ Transit rail customers, and were more recently expanded to light rail and interstate bus customers. The alert system currently has about 30,000 active subscribers, according to a press release.

NJ Transit now provides up-to-theminute travel information to local and intrastate bus customers. The new functionality enables NJ Transit’s Bus Control Center in Maplewood to inform customers of traffic and other conditions that may impact bus service.

Bus customers can sign up to receive free My Transit travel alerts at www.njtransit. com. Customers are prompted to select their preferred method of notification (e-mail, cell phone, etc.) and enter information about bus, rail or light rail trips they take each day.

NJ Transit is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system, providing nearly 865,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country, with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.