Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Rolling Out Our Department of Transportation’s Services

December 01, 2017

By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro
 

Mobility –  it’s one of those basic functions that you rarely fully appreciate until you no longer have it.

Today, I’m referring to mobility in a broader sense – meaning convenient and easily accessible public transportation.

I’m proud to say that Monroe is a standard-bearer within the region for municipal-run public transportation.

Look closely the next time you’re travelling down one of our main thoroughfares and you’re likely to see one of our shuttles, proudly branded with the Township seal.

They might be giving our residents a quick lift to a local shop or transporting a senior to a doctor’s appointment in a neighboring town or even en route to the nearest mall.

That’s because our Department offers regularly scheduled in-town, out-of-town and even medical appointment shuttles at no cost to our residential riders.

These frequently used amenities have been a staple of our community’s services for more than 20 years now.

Our Transportation Department, a bustling hub adjoined to our senior center, is constantly in motion – with shuttles running to and from their destinations and a fleet of vehicles in reserve waiting for the next assignment.

Our staff too are a dedicated group of professionals, many of whom look forward to their workday and the passengers they so readily serve.

I’d be remiss not to mention the Department’s most recent achievement: approved grant applications that successfully added two new medical transport buses to our fleet.

The pair of 2017 Ford 350 12-passenger vehicles are valued at upwards of $30,000 each.

These buses, available to seniors and physically challenged residents, are equipped with 11 ambulatory seats and one wheel-chair accessible area.  They offer specialty services and accommodations to residents who are in need of medical care and advisement.

These buses also regularly travel to Monroe, Jamesburg, Princeton, Plainsboro and Hightstown, provided riders make an advanced appointment with our Department.

We also have out-of-town shuttles ferrying residents back and forth from Princeton, as well as Freehold.

Finally, by reservation, an in-town bus makes eight stops throughout the Township, even at many of our senior communities.  They transport riders anywhere from the municipal offices to drug stores and local restaurants to downtown Jamesburg.

Whether you don’t have access to a vehicle or you just aren’t in the mood to get behind the wheel, consider hitching a ride with our fleet.

More details on these routes can be found on our municipal website at www.monroetwp.com or by contacting a helpful staff member at our Department of Transportation by calling 609-443-0511.

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