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Toms River Has Relaunched Free Ortley Beach Shuttle

Shuttle bus service will run three days each week, all summer season

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The free shuttle to Ortley Beach from mainland Toms River is back this summer after a one-year hiatus following Superstorm Sandy, township officials said Thursday.

“We had a lot of requests to bring the shuttle service back to Ortley Beach,” said Jared Tate, Director of Recreation for Toms River. “A lot of families don’t want the pressure of trying to find a parking space as close to the beach as possible, so we are providing this service, three days a week, to accommodate those requests.”

The shuttles will pick up from Toms River High School North at 11 a.m. and from High School East at 11:15 a.m. and depart Ortley Beach at 3 p.m. Children must be over 14 years of age to ride alone. The schedule, which is subject to change, will run on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays between July 1 and Aug. 30.

The service is in conjunction with Toms River Township and the Toms River Regional School District, officials said.

"The more people that take public transportation, the more we can reduce the parking problems," Mayor Thomas Kelaher said.

Kelaher said the shuttle is not only a convenience for the residents, but provides transportation for those who don’t have their own means of getting over the bridge into Ortley.
F-TR July 03, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Township busses and TR employee drivers are not "public transportation". The mayor needs some narcon.
Mortimer Snerd July 03, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Are they school buses? That would mean they're not air-conditioned.
JFTR July 03, 2014 at 08:35 PM
As long as it doesn't make a pit stop in Seaside. If word gets out about a free bus to Seaside you'll get more than just families going to the beach getting on board.
charlotte July 03, 2014 at 10:02 PM
Ortley Beach is very close to Seaside. They are pretty strict with enforcement of drinking laws so hopefully no harm.
charlotte July 03, 2014 at 10:13 PM
I wasn't aware of this service before the storm. Good to know. I hope families will be able to use it to avoid extra traffic.

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