NEW JERSEY TRANSIT PUBLIC HEARING
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
TEMPORARY SERVICE SUSPENSION PROPOSED AT THREE
HUDSON-BERGEN LIGHT RAIL STATIONS
Written Testimony for JUMP
JUMP, originally founded as Social Bicycles, has been creating the hardware and software behind some of the greatest innovations in bike share since 2010. JUMP operates dockless e-bike share programs in communities in the U.S and Europe in addition to dozens of traditional docked programs. If done right in close partnership between the public and private sector, there’s enormous potential for dockless e-bikes to radically transform cities for the better, making them both more equitable and more sustainable.
We are concerned by the upcoming suspension of light rail service at the three stations on the West Side Avenue spur of the Hudson-Bergen light rail line and believe this is an ideal time to offer South Side residents access to bike sharing. JUMP is committed to equitably serving all Jersey City neighborhoods immediately. Additionally, JUMP is working to develop a portfolio of subscription products. Commuters or recreational riders can select the option that best meets their needs. In comparable markets, JUMP’s low-income qualifying members take almost 3 times more trips per week than other members.
This week, we sent Mayor Fulop a proposal to deploy JUMP bikes in Jersey City immediately and our commitment to invest $13.7 million in that deployment over 3 years. We urge NJ Transit to support this proposal in an effort to mitigate the impact the service suspension will have on the South Side.
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