Notice anything about the 126 NJT Bus?

1/19/2011:

Hoboken residents think 126 Bus service lagging

Hoboken411 receives countless tips, emails, and leads weekly. One such trend I’ve noticed is residents complaining about the NJ Transit 126 bus service. The latest coming from Michael who said “I’m pretty certain NJTransit significantly reduced the amount of buses for the morning/evening commute on line 126 to Port. The lines are getting ridiculous.”

Since I don’t ride the bus daily, I cannot speak about how bad the service has become. According to the 2011 Schedule for the 126 bus, it doesn’t appear that any cuts have been made – nor have any travel advisories been issued by NJ Transit. Maybe it’s just the recent inclement weather and perpetual Hoboken traffic headaches?

Have you noticed the 126 Bus having problems as of late?

18 Responses

  1. sunnybrook says:

    It’s pretty common knowledge that the 126 bus is a joke most times. Basically the commute in the AM consists of zero buses for 10-15 minute stretches, then a convoy of 4 arriving at once. It’s the most ridiculous staggering of buses I have ever seen.

    Evening commute from 6-7:30 fro PA often has lines snaked throughout the terminal as far as the eye can see.

    Bottom line: We have gotten zilch for the 25% increase in fares that was imposed a year ago.

  2. homeboken says:

    Riding the 126 is the equivalent to spending 30 minutes in the 7th circle of hell. Though, I think this is true of all NJT buses, not just Hoboken lines.

    Favorites include:
    1. Lines that serpentine thru port authority and end with in spitting distance of the 8th ave and 42nd Street stairwell, meanwhile, no other gates have any lines at all.
    2. No AC in the summer, the buses turn into toaster ovens, as all riders lose 3 pounds sweating.
    3. Too much heat in the winter – Seriously, we all have heavy winter coats on, just because the driver decides to drive in short sleeves, doesn’t mean the heat has to blast to 80 degrees.
    4. Perpetually increasing expense. $27 for a 10 trip pack, and yet not one iota improvement in service.

  3. mikey578041 says:

    As someone who usually takes the Path, I have to say the bus is terrible. The only reason I take it this time of year is because of the cold and snow (I usually don’t mind the walk to the path) and even still I find myself taking the path home many times because the Port Authority is so ridiculously crowded every night. Luckily in the morning I get the bus at the corner of 7th and wash and it’s not that crowded but by the time we get to 14th street, most are standing.

  4. HOB424 says:

    I don’t take it that often. However, they have no competition. And do not have any incentive to provide better service. When Academy was running their own line to NYC. The buses were racing to get there first. This is going back several years, but there was that third no name company and that created competition and NJTransit actually had to lower their fares to compete. Although, they consistenly had air conditioning in the summer, so sometimes, the extra cents was worth it. This was in the early/mid 90’s. I’ve also noticed that the buses like to just “sit’ at the Hoboken terminal for a long time.

  5. mooshu says:

    I’ve taken the bus into the city on weekends. It’s a nice ride, there is a lessened smell of ass in the air, and I get a seat on the bus versus feeling like a Vienna sausage on the NJ PATH.

  6. LivinUptown says:

    The 126 is a disgrace, watching 10-15 buses pass you in the morning because they are all filled to the brim then 3 empty buses will pull up at the same time 10 minutes later…..

    Waiting on a 200 person line at PA for 30 minutes to get home in the PM

    (Not according to the schedule) but buses running every hour on the weekends recently

    Paying $98 a month to ride on beat down buses, Hoboken 126 has to be the most profitable route in NJ Transits system.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      take a look at what is driving njt busses .wonder if their DLs are checked monthly?
      kamaiikaze pilots that returned during ww2..they pull up right at you while staiding int the street to cross.get the number of the bus.[quote comment=”202269″]The 126 is a disgrace, watching 10-15 buses pass you in the morning because they are all filled to the brim then 3 empty buses will pull up at the same time 10 minutes later…..Waiting on a 200 person line at PA for 30 minutes to get home in the PM(Not according to the schedule) but buses running every hour on the weekends recently Paying $98 a month to ride on beat down buses, Hoboken 126 has to be the most profitable route in NJ Transits system.[/quote]

  7. HansBrix says:

    I’ve routinely waited 50 or more minutes on the weekend for a bus that is scheduled to come every 20 minutes.

    Glad I take the PATH. It’s hardly perfect but it’s the best deal between NJ and NYC.

    • mooshu says:

      Think I’ve waited approximately that long once or twice. But it’s worth it– I don’t go to the city every weekend, and I’d rather wait than smell the “unique” scent of Friday and Saturday night funk on the train![quote comment=”202276″]I’ve routinely waited 50 or more minutes on the weekend for a bus that is scheduled to come every 20 minutes.Glad I take the PATH. It’s hardly perfect but it’s the best deal between NJ and NYC.[/quote]

  8. bmacqueens says:

    WT – relax, I’m only replying to this aspect, “they pull up right at you while staiding int the street to cross.”

    The bus stops are on the far side of the traffic light, in both directions. For the bus driver to be driving at you, while you are in the street, means, in fact, that you are trying to jaywalk against the light and are standing where you do not belong. Not only that, but you are standing in the bus’s obvious flight path. And, if you live here, you darned well know that every two blocks is a bus stop, as indicated by the shelters and benches, and a sign. You might as well be standing on the on or off ramp from a highway. It’s a place that you simply don’t belong.

    Public service announcement to the readership at large – Try standing on the sidewalk. That’s where they taught you to stand as a kid. It might just save you some day. (I’ve personally witnessed three pedestrian-car collisions. The vehicle always wins.)

  9. justaview says:

    bring back the Jitney!

    • briank says:

      If by jitney you mean those dollar buses thagt run north-south through Hudson county as well as into the city, than I say ARE YOU CRAZY? I work in sales in the area driving around Hudson and can attest that they are underutilized, there are too many (one comes every mintue or two), they spew pollution, the drivers yap on cell phones and drive like idiots, they cruise slow trying to pick up passengers then block the road when they do pick up or drop off. Shall I go on? Hoboken should not these vans anywhere on our city streets- they are a menace!!![quote comment=”202289″]bring back the Jitney![/quote]

      • bmacqueens says:

        And .. there’s a person who’s tied to the municipal unions? If underused then a private market would scale back the number of buses, which means that they’re probably not underused. If this arrived every two minutes then people on their routes would not complain about the lack of service.

        Careless driving? Maybe. Underused — probably not, or people wouldn’t be complaining about the lack of service.[quote comment=”202344″]If by jitney you mean those dollar buses thagt run north-south through Hudson county as well as into the city, than I say ARE YOU CRAZY? I work in sales in the area driving around Hudson and can attest that they are underutilized, there are too many (one comes every mintue or two), they spew pollution, the drivers yap on cell phones and drive like idiots, they cruise slow trying to pick up passengers then block the road when they do pick up or drop off. Shall I go on? Hoboken should not these vans anywhere on our city streets- they are a menace!!!

        [/quote]

  10. CapnJon says:

    i don’t think it’s gotten any worse over the years, but it certainly hasn’t gotten any better. i think one big problem is the continued growth in hoboken, with no matching increase in service. the back end of hoboken has boomed over the past five years – so the bus stop at 7:30 am (for the 126 on clinton) used to have a handful of people, now it can have a hundred at a time. The light rail is just as crazy now – five years ago, there would be one or two people on the platform in the morn, now it’s end to end people at the 9th street station.

    i agree with everyone’s complaints though – too hot when heated, never AC in summer, smelly, late, huge lines in PA….

  11. Marklats says:

    I live uptown and take the 126 during the week mostly and occasionally on weekends. I wish they would dispatch certain buses from the Bus Terminal in Hoboken and have them bypass all stops downtown to ensure there is more room for uptown passengers. It would resolve the problem of having people uptown watch buses continuously pass by because they are full, and also allow people uptown to get seats once in a while. Also, on weekends there aren’t buses running into the city very often (every 20 minutes I believe). When a bus is full and they see people waiting, the driver should call back to the Bus Terminal and have them dispatch another bus immediately. There should be no reason why you have to wait more than 20 minutes for a bus to get into the city. P.S. I’m not uptown biased, but I think more people downtown take the Path, so NJ Transit should work on satisfying the needs of people uptown.

  12. emoticonartist says:

    The 126 Wash & the 126 Clinton are pretty much non-existent in the morning heading to the PATH during rush hour. And like everyone else has stated here – if you miss one bus, then you’ll have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for the next single or barrage of buses! If it wasn’t for the 22 or 89 Wash buses, everyone would just walk to the PATH. Am I nuts or does it seem that the 126 NYC heading buses seem more frequent than the ones heading down to the PATH in the AM?

    And I agree w/ CapnJon in that the back upper end of Hobo’s 126 Clinton AM commuters has grown exponentially!

  13. Margaret says:

    Too many people, too many old buses, tried to stagger them to two at a time in the
    a.m. BOTH full, next one too…(they load up downtown faster than lightning then uptown can’t get on! TOO FULL.)….More people coming with more development!!!!!!!!!!
    See all of this every day, perhaps a meeting with the COUNCIL can bring some kind of
    relief on this situation. NJ Transit will just buy more buses and charge more…Ian Sacs in
    charge, if he gets enough complaints, he might figure something out…What ever happened to the TIMEKEEPER? They had one at Journal Square when the NUMBER 5 ran
    and the timekeeper was up there making sure the bus left on SCHEDULE…and had seats….

    Margaret (the Crossing Guard)

  14. homeworld says:

    The PA Bus Terminal is already at capacity, so simply adding more buses isn’t really possible. Maybe NJ Transit can start using low-profile double deckers like they did with the trains.

    I see double decker Bolt Buses going through the tunnel.

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