Downtown Alliance Kicks Off Extended Jitney Bus Service

Yesterday afternoon, I received a press release from the Downtown Alliance. The purpose of the release was to announce that they were kicking off an extended jitney bus service. The new extension will be celebrated during a ribbon cutting ceremony & guided tour of Lower Manhattan this Friday. Here are the complete details:

WHO & WHAT: The Alliance for Downtown New York will launch the expansion of its free Downtown Connection jitney bus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tour of Lower Manhattan. The free service was launched in late 2003 to connect the South Street Seaport with Battery Park City.

The Downtown Connection’s expanded service now provides free transportation along a new loop that links Battery Park City to City Hall via the new shopping and dining corridors that have evolved along Murray and Warren streets. The jitney buses travel daily from South Street Seaport to Battery Park City along a defined route that primarily follows the waterfront. All Downtown Connection jitney buses heading toward Battery Park City will now loop around Murray and Warren streets before heading back to the South Street Seaport.

More than 800,000 passengers took advantage of Downtown Connection this past year, and the Downtown Alliance expects that the extended service will attract even more riders in 2009.

The Downtown Connection’s “hop-on, hop-off” service operates seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The jitney buses operate at 10-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with six buses running on weekdays and four on the weekend. The jitney buses make stops at dozens of locations and are able to accommodate more than 20 passengers each. The climate-controlled vehicles are ADA-wheelchair accessible and will run on ultra-low sulfur fuel. Each jitney bus will also be equipped with diesel particulate filters and electronically controlled fuel injected engines.

For more information on the Downtown Connection, please click here.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2009 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Corner of Murray and Greenwich streets

The bus service sounds interesting. I doubt I will be able to make the ceremony. If any of my readers make it, please let me know how it went.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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