New Jersey Transit has ordered 158 high-floor buses, in contrast to other transit providers, which have switched to low-floor buses. The low-floor models do not require riders to climb four steps when boarding. Low-floor buses have won praise within the transit industry, because it is easy for riders in wheelchairs, or with other disabilities, to board them.
The approval of the purchase by the NJT Board came at their June meeting, only one month after the agency’s first purchase of low-floor buses for use in Morris County and the Atlantic City area. Coalition Chair David Peter Alan and Technical Director Joseph M. Clift urged the NJT Board to delay the purchase of more high-floor buses until transit management could evaluate their success in Morris County. Management and Board members defended and approved the purchase.
Morris & Essex Line rail riders can transfer between trains and local buses at all Morris County stations from Chatham to Dover.