Headed to Brookdale: More NJT Buses, More Often

first_imgBy Jay CookLINCROFT – For Brookdale Community College students utilizing public transportation, kiss goodbye the days of painfully long bus trips and struggling to be punctual for that 8 a.m. English 121 class.On Aug. 16, the college’s Board of Trustees, in conjunction with representatives from NJ Transit, the Monmouth County Planning Board and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, rolled out plans for improved bus services to and from the college’s main campus in Lincroft, set to launch on Sept. 3, the first day of the Fall 2016 semester.“This happened because of the commitment of Brookdale people, Brookdale employees, Brookdale faculty, committed to look beyond the classroom,” said Oly Malpica Proctor, an associate math professor at Brookdale since 2003.Presented by NJ Transit representative Beth Waltrip was the creation of the 838 line, a combination of two existing routes; the 833 and 835.The 833 line currently connects the Freehold Raceway Mall to Red Bank, and the 835 line services Red Bank to Sea Bright. Now, the 838 will provide increased service from Freehold Raceway Mall to Sea Bright, running hourly from 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on weekdays. Riders from eastern Monmouth County will no longer have to change buses in Red Bank.A Saturday service of the 838 line also will be implemented, servicing Sea Bright to the Lincroft campus at 85-minute intervals. Additionally, NJ Transit will add Brookdale as a stop to its current 832 route, which will run hourly on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.For students who either work during the day, or simply prefer taking night classes, the 832 line, servicing Asbury Park to Red Bank “will be extended from Red Bank Rail station to Brookdale on weekdays,” Waltrip said. “It’s basically going to run hourly from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., so this is going to be your evening service to Brookdale on weekdays.”Additional improvements to bus services for Brookdale students will also cover the Northern Monmouth Higher Education Center, located in Hazlet. This has been a topic of much concern in the Brookdale community, according to Malpica Proctor, who has been the chair of the College Life governance committee on campus since 2012.On August 16, Freeholder John P. Curley speaks to the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and the public about the value of public transportation.She noted that students taking the 817 line to the Hazlet campus had to walk nearly a mile and a half without sidewalks to reach classes from the bus station. With the new 817 line, students will be dropped off on campus at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., with the line servicing Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg and Middletown.Also, three other NJ Transit lines will see service improvements in certain areas: the 831 line (Red Bank and Long Branch), 834 line (Red Bank and Campbell’s Junction in Middletown) and 837 line (Long Branch and Asbury Park).Each of these NJ Transit bus service improvements were all done without asking for new money from residents.“What we managed to do, without any cost to any taxpayers, we’ll be able to revamp our services in Monmouth County, and not only benefit Brookdale, but benefit most of Monmouth County with some of the changes that we made,” Waltrip said.While common transportation complaints at the main campus stem from the parking allotted for students, Malpica Proctor had a different vision when bringing light to the struggles for stu- dents without their own cars.“It’s (for) the students; just the fact that you hear, that you know that they’re having problems,” she said.Along with Anita Voogt, the Dean of University Partnerships and Higher Education Centers, the two women chaired a voluntary Transportation Committee in 2015, aimed at solving transportation woes for students who cannot reach campus on their own.“Tonight is really a victory for our Governance system,” Voogt said.Also in attendance at the meeting was Freeholder John P. Curley, along with Joe Burris, Steven DeCosta and James Bonanno of the Monmouth County Planning Board, who all aided the Transportation Committee in working to perfect the new services.After the presentation, Malpica Proctor read the improved transit services resolution to the crowd, alongside those involved with the project.“This has been a labor of love for so many, and Professor Malpica Proctor probably has labored more than anybody in the college to make this happen,” said Brookdale President Maureen Murphy.Photos courtesy Brookdale Community Collegelast_img read more

Leafs add some scoring punch up front as Nelson begins three-game road trip in Spokane

first_imgAfter scoring two goals in two games to open the season, the Leafs dropped 15 against Fernie and Columbia Valley during the weekend — albeit, a dozen came against Ghostriders in a 12-3 shellacking.Morey believes with a little luck around the net, Nelson could be undefeated heading into the weekend.“I think we could be 4-0 had we had better finish around the net,” he said.Rookie Ryan Cooper leads Nelson in scoring with five points in three games with Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie, Sawyer Hunt and David Sanchez tied for second, each with four points.Zimmermann leads the Leafs in goals with three.In goal is where Nelson has shined with Josh Williams currently in seventh spot in goalie stats with a stingy 1.50 goals against average in two games.Quinn Yeager is 14th overall with a 2.34 average.Injury updateMorey said forward Logan Wullum is very close to returning to the lineup. Wullum, out with a hand injury, played briefly against Fernie and is now considered day-to-day.Morey said the Leaf assistant captain should be back when Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.Meanwhile defenceman Michael Bladon is waiting for medical clearance.The rookie rearguard has yet to see action this season.Edmonton native Troy Glionna has left the team for personal reason and has been released.In three games with Nelson, Glionna did not register a point. Fresh from playing the past seven consecutive games at home — four regular season and three exhibitions — the Nelson Leafs venture out for a three-game road trip.The Leafs, 2-1-1, travel to the Lilac City Friday for a division rivalry game against the Spokane Braves.Spokane is off to a good start with the only blemish an overtime loss in four games. The early season result has the Braves tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins.Nelson will have a new face in the lineup as the Green and White acquired 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jaiden Laporte from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Leaf GM Lance Morey said Laporte became available after being a late cut from the Northern Alberta squad.“Jaiden is a power forward who processes a big league shot,” Morey said about the new acquisition.“I think it adds another dimension to help our offensive output.”“Adding another big body up front just adds to an already strong forward group that is becoming very tough to play against,” Morey added.The Leafs travel to Creston Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against a team from the Eddie Mountain Division.Next week the Leafs conclude the three-game road trip against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks before returning to the NDCC Arena to face Creston Saturday, September 30.Lack of finish around the net proves costly early in the seasonlast_img read more