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Madison Charters Buses to NY to Help Commuters

With Superstorm Sandy shutting down NJ Transit lines, borough gives commuters an alternative, $20 round-trip.

Madison is chartering buses to New York as an alternative to NJ Transit after after Superstorm Sandy disrupted train service.

The borough notified the Chathams, Harding and Florham Park about the buses so residents of those towns also could be notified of the service, Borough Administrator Ray Codey said.

The buses are scheduled to start taking passengers at 6 a.m. and then leave when they are full, or at 7 a.m. The buses are stationed at the Madison Train Station parking lot, on the Kings Road side.

"We will be providing this service  Monday through Friday (except on holidays) until the NJ Transit System is up and running," Madison announced on its website.

The round trip tickets are $20, and are sold on a first come first serve basis. The buses drop off at 34th Street and pick up there at 6 p.m.

Chatham also will be running bus service that will depart Chatham Borough train station at 7:30 a.m., the borough said.

Frances Boardman, who arranged the buses, said capacity is 165 seats with three buses, and said Wednesday's snow storm could delay the buses on Thursday.

For more information about the Madison buses call 973-593-3060.

elizabeth nies November 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Sutton Woods Condo has been without power since Monday, October 29th. As of today, Nov 8th, the power outage continues. The temp in my condo is now at 46. Is there any word as to when power will be restored?
Steve T. November 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Chartered buses are a great idea. This is just icing on the cake. Appears that Madison was on top of it faster and dealt with Sandy better than any other community I can think of. Very good planning. Like asking us to rake up the leaves and move them off the street before the storm hit - I don't recall ever being asked to do that before. And the DPW guys came around very early in the morning (5:30?) earlier this week to remove all of the collected leaves before the Nor'Easter hit - so the streets were very nice and clean before the snow fell last night, and allowed the plows to effectively remove the snow this morning before we all left for work. Very proud of my town and all the people that worked so hard to make life comfortable for all of us. Very professional.
Hugs November 08, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Nice to see those posing for a picture. SHouldn't those mayors and admins have better things to do and get power restored to their towns...NICOLE?! That picture says it all!
Wendelliam November 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Has anyone taken these buses yet who can vouch for their reliability? Curious if they fill up immediately at 6am too. Thanks!
Alyn November 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Yes, I would love to hear if the busses are full... And what about the ones returning in the Evening? I don't want to be stuck in the City.
Alex November 12, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Trains are back! Limited service, at least -- go to the NJ transit website for details and a schedule. But most stops on the Morris-Essex line are back -- including Chatham -- and running as of tomorrow, Monday, November 11. http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=CustomerNoticeTo&NoticeId=2304 (scroll down to Morris-Essex)

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