Long Branch: As of Tuesday, September 3 the EZ Ride shuttle service in Long Branch added Monmouth University to its schedule with regular stops at the college’s Health Center in the dormitory complex off Cedar Avenue at Norwood.
The basic EZ Ride service was sought by the city to alleviate parking problems and better accommodate beachgoers who come by rail. It presently has 100 riders per day from Friday to Sunday, and holidays.
City Business manager Howard Woolley explained the original purpose for the service was to serve the ocean beachgoers who come by train to the city. As city development plans moved ahead more need was identified. Funds come from a federal grant and the city, with contribution from the university.
EZ Ride executives were at the ribbon cutting on the MU campus to thank the university and the city. They said the service would be a positive contributor to the city in many ways.
More local use is expected in the future. The shuttle encourages summer visitors to the city beaches and businesses. The route runs from the train station around the city. The current schedule was for the summer months. The fare is $1.00. Although a new service, the management sees good expectations for growth over time as people become familiar.
Mayor Adam Schneider said the service to the university was worked out with the school and will have a positive effect for students who live off campus at Pier Village and student housing at University Bluffs. He thanked city officials for foresight and keeping the momentum for the project moving.
He introduced MU’s new President Paul Brown who said he was thrilled to see this step coming along even as he joined the MU leadership team. He said it brings the attraction of the ocean’s proximity to the complement the MU image as a top rate university.