NEW JERSEY TRANSIT ROUTES

PASSAIC COUNTY/BERGEN COUNTY

CONCISE HISTORY

Routes And Route Numbers

From 1925 until 1982, a route numbering system was adopted where streetcar routes had odd numbers and bus routes had even numbers. The streetcars were eventually replaced with buses, with "All Service Vehicles" (combination trolleybuses and motorbuses) operating briefly on some routes. And in 1982, New Jersey Transit adopted its present route numbering system, based on region and type of service.

Public Transportation in Passaic County had its origins in the form of a local streetcar system in Paterson. Some replacement bus routes evolved into portions of the present bus system. While several other streetcar routes did not survive, and are listed first.

In Bergen County, three local streetcar routes existed, operating from a terminal in Edgewater. Only the "Fort Lee" streetcar route was not replaced with a bus route. In addition, both Passaic County and Bergen County had some streetcar routes operating from Essex County and Hudson County to the south, and are listed on the page for those counties.

In both Passaic County and Bergen County, the bus networks evolved to where they bear little resemblance to the system formed by the private operators. Except for the original streetcar routes, only present day routes are listed. Beginning in 1971, subsidized bus routes began operating in Bergen County, with route numbers beginning with "B".


PASSAIC COUNTY LOCAL ROUTES

Route   Route        Bus    Former Company   Buses       Streetcars
Number  Name         Type   & Route Numbers  Introduced  Discontinued

     Beech & Clay              PSCT       2  acq. 1924   1925
     Main                      PSCT       6  acq. 1925   1927
     Riverside                 PSCT      10  acq. 1925   1926
     Totowa                    PSCT      12  acq. 1925   1927
     Broadway                  PSCT      20  acq. 1924   1926
     Park Ave.                 PSCT      20  acq. 1924   1926

702  East Paterson          T  GPB       18  new  1919
702  Belmont                T  GPT        6  new  1917
702  Passaic                T  Consol.    1  new  1922
702  Athenia                T  PA            new  1916
702  Richfield              T  PA            new  1926
703  Haledon                T  PSCT-ABC  14  acq. 1924   1927
703  East Rutherford        T  TNJ        3  acq. 1924
704  Signac                 T  TNJ        4  acq. 1925   1927
704  Governor               T  TNJ       50  acq. 1924   1927
704  Bunker Hill            T  BHTC-ABC  64       1924
705  Athenia                T  PA            new  1916
705  Allwood                T  PA            new  1953
707  Clifton                T  TNJ      112  new  1929
707  MacArthur (Grenelle)   T  GPT        7  new  1924
709  Bloomfield             T  Allwood    2  new  1917
709  Passaic-Lodi           T  TNJ       44  acq. 1923   1927
712  Hackensack-Willowbr.   T  TNJ      120  new  1928
722  Paterson-Paramus Park  T  STC-ABC   92       1923
722  Hawthorne              T  PSCT-ABC  22  acq. 1925   1926
742  Paterson-Greystone P.  T  TNJ       82  new  1936         disc.
744  Passaic-Wayne          T  PSCT-GP   98  acq. 1928
744  Paterson-Passaic       T  TNJ       54  acq. 1924
744  Paterson-Wayne         T  ABC       21       1974
746  Ridgewood-Pompton L.   T  TNJ       86  acq. 1928
746  Maple Avenue           T  TNJ      170  new  1926   1929
748  Paterson-Willowbrook   T  NJT      746 split 1997

BERGEN COUNTY LOCAL ROUTES

Route   Route        Bus    Former Company   Buses       Streetcars
Number  Name         Type   & Route Numbers  Introduced  Discontinued

751  Fairview-Edgewater     T  TNJ    1/B 1  new  1938   1938
752  Oakland-Hackensack     T  TNJ      B 2  new  1971
753  New Milford-Paramus    T  TNJ   72/B 3  acq. 1939
     Ft. Lee                   PSCT       3              1927
755  Ft. Lee-Edgewater      T  TNJ        1  new  1938   1938
756  Ft. Lee-Paramus        T  TNJ      B 6  new  1974
758  Passaic-Paramus Park   T  GP       B 8  new  1972
762  Hackensack-Paramus     T  TNJ      B12  new  1976
770  Paterson-Hackensack    T  TNJ      102  new  1928   1928
772  New Milford-Secaucus   T  TNJ   72/B72  acq. 1939
780  Englewood-Passaic      T  TNJ       80  new  1933

A portion of NJT route 746, former TNJ and PSCT route 170, basically replaced the North Jersey Rapid Transit Co., an independent interurban railway which operated from Paterson to Suffern NY, between 1910 and 1929.

A portion of NJT route 703 was formerly PSCT route 14, sold to Associated Bus Co. in 1960. And a portion of NJT route 722 was formerly PSCT route 22, sold to Associated Bus Co. in 1965. In 1980, Associated Bus Co. was absorbed by Transport of New Jersey.

A portion of NJT route 744 was formerly PSCT route 98, sold to Garfield & Passaic Bus Co. in 1952, later to be absorbed into the New Jersey Transit system.

Independent Bus Companies

Prior to the formation of New Jersey Transit, most bus routes were part of Public Service Coordinated Transport (PSCT) or Transport of New Jersey (TNJ). While some bus routes were newly created by New Jersey Transit (NJT). The following abbreviations are used for bus companies which remained independent from PSCT and TNJ, and were later acquired by NJT.

ABC - Associated Bus Co. (TNJ after 1980)
BHTC - Bunker Hill Transportation Co. (ABC after 1957)
STC - Safety Transit Co. (ABC after 1959)
Allwood - Allwood Bus Co. (Consolidated Bus Lines after 1924)
Consol. - Consolidated Bus Lines (Community Bus Lines after 1959)
GPB - Garfield & Passaic Bus Co. (GPT after 1973)
GPT - Garfield & Passaic Transit Co.
PA - Passaic-Athenia Bus Co. (Red Star Transp. prior to 1922)


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