East Brunswick Commuter Parking Advisory Committee

June 2010

The Commuter
Golden Triangle Litigation: East Brunswick and Toll Brothers continue to litigate the future of the planned Golden Triangle development. Toll is continuing to request that the Township repurchase the property at cost plus accrued interest. Copies of the legal complaints by both parties can be found at http://www.tinyurl.com/ebscribd. Toll Brothers has not been making payments due under terms of the contracts. In addition, Toll continues to receive the rent of the occupied space in the complex from the existing tenant. While we are not aware of the Township making recently available any information about the status of the litigation, according to a Mycentraljerysey.com article, Toll Brothers has sent the Township a yet again revised settlement proposal that will reduce the payments made to the Township for the property as well as change the proposed development upon the site. The details of the proposed settlement have not been yet made public by either party. If and when additional information about any possible is made public, we will share it with commuters. The article can be found online at: http://tinyurl.com/2fu2am7. We will continue to carefully monitor the impact of the Golden Triangle development on TCC service as well as its effect on the Township’s finances as the situation further develops. NJ Transit East Brunswick Service: As most commuters are aware, NJ Transit initially proposed discontinuing its local commuter service on the #68, 134 and 138 lines. After a massive commuter protest, NJ Transit decided to cancel only the Downtown 134 bus that had only 4 runs a day. Suburban Transit has assumed this service and has integrated it into its existing TCC downtown service. It is our belief that this change will also permit improved Suburban Transit service on this line. Fares: As most commuters are aware, NJ Transit has substantially raised its commuter fares, both for buses and trains. Suburban 10 trip fares to New York remain at $69 under the terms of the contract with the Parking Utility and will remain at this rate until 2012. This compares quite favorably to $93.50 for the NJ Transit 10 trip from the TCC to New York. Suburban Transit also offers many more buses on a daily basis as well as weekend and holiday service. On a monthly pass basis, Suburban is higher at $280 vs. $259 for NJ Transit. In comparison, train fares are even higher. The NJ Transit train from New Brunswick to New York Penn Station is $130 for a 10 trip. The equivalent train fares are $361 for a monthly pass and $110 for a weekly pass. This makes the Suburban Transit fares from East Brunswick especially financially attractive to train commuters. We suggest that you encourage area commuters to consider commuting from our facilities if they have an interest in doing so. Given the substantial cost savings available to commuters by using Suburban, we will be carefully monitoring ridership load factors to see if additional service is required. Reporting Service Issues: The CPAC can not over-emphasize the importance of commuters assisting the Township and CPAC by reporting service issues when you see them. Please let us know at ebcommuter@ yahoo.com so we can make sure that they are appropriately addressed. Many issues in the past have come to our attention only because of the efforts of commuters like yourself. Commuters are primary method of keeping track of service issues and e-mails from commuters are vital in making sure that we get the service levels mandated under our contract. It is especially important to let us know if you believe that Suburban is not operating buses as scheduled, especially if this is happening on a regular basis or that bus loads are such that additional seat capacity is needed. This is especially true since we expect that Suburban’s ridership should soon increase due to its substantial fare differential for commuters that do not have a monthly pass. HVAC requirements: Our Township's agreement with Suburban Transit on HVAC is two fold: (1) bus temperatures will be set as much as physically possible to 72 degrees F year round and that (2) the bus air circulation system should be operating at all times. If either rule is not being followed, please report this to Suburban Transit or the CPAC for follow up with sufficient detail (bus number, date, time, etc.) for appropriate action to be taken. PLEASE DO NOT ASK A DRIVER TO VIOLATE THESE POLICIES. If you are cold or warm, put on or take off your coat or move to another part of the bus. Kindly recognize that not every passenger can be satisfied 100% of the time. Please note that the HVAC units do not have an

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East Brunswick Commuter Parking Advisory Committee

June 2010

unlimited ability to cool the buses, and hot days they may consequently be higher than the 72 degrees. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Breakdowns: At the request of the CPAC, Suburban supplied a list of in service bus breakdowns during the first four months of 2010. The list is available on line at: http://tinyurl.com/2ajqd6c. It is our hope and intention that this reporting will continue every month. If you are on a bus with an in service issue, please report it to the CPAC so we can verify the list as reported to the Township. CPAC Meetings: The next meeting of the CPAC will be at 8 pm on July 8, 2010 in the Municipal Building Conference Room. All interested commuters are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion, along with the management of the Parking Utility and Suburban Transit. The remaining meetings for 2010 are on August 12, September 7, October 14, November 9, and December 9. We suggest that you check our online calendar at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBCommuter/cal to see if there has been a schedule change before you attend a meeting so you will not be disappointed if it has been rescheduled. The voice of every commuter is important and is welcome at our meetings. Yahoogroups: The CPAC sponsors an East Brunswick commuter discussion group on Yahoogroups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBCommuter/. Commuters are welcome to visit this web site, or sign up as a member to receive copies of the site’s discussion. Parking Permits: All East Brunswick residents have been now been given an opportunity to get a Neilson Plaza permit. Consequently neither parking facility has a waiting list at this time. The Parking Utility has also informed us that it is likely that new non-residents permits will again become available for Neilson Plaza for the first time in many years at $55 per month. Please sign up for our e-mail list using the instructions below if you would like to be notified if and when an announcement is made on this issue. Reporting safety issues to NJ Department of Motor Vehicles: The CPAC periodically receives e-mails from passengers with concerns regarding specific safety and comfort issues. The CPAC appreciates your reporting any concerns that you have to us so we can monitor Suburban's service levels. However, under state law and regulation, the Township is forbidden from taking any action regarding a safety issue since these issues are regulated by the State of New Jersey. The CPAC encourages passengers to report safety or comfort issues for which they are concerned to the appropriate state regulatory unit which is the Commercial Bus Inspection & Investigation Unit of the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles. All reports must be in writing and should addressed to: NJ DOT/DMV/Enhanced Insp/Maint, Commercial Bus Insp. Unit, PO Box 680, Trenton, NJ 08666-0680, Attention: Vince Schulze. The Unit will also accept reports by fax at 609-6339369. Submitted reports must include bus company name, bus number, license plate number, date, location, description of problem being submitted, your phone number, name and address; this information is kept confidential by the Unit. As always, the Committee would appreciate the receipt of a duplicate copy of the submission. If you have additional questions about state bus safety and equipment comfort rules, the Unit can be reached at 609-777-4186. Service Auditor: The CPAC has requested expansion of the service auditor’s role to include a second auditor and to more comprehensively monitor the morning service at Neilson Plaza, the evening downtown and Crosstown service and the PABT peak evening service. The CPAC believes that such an expansion at a very modest cost would go a long way to improve the level of service that East Brunswick commuters receive. The Parking Utility is currently unwilling to add this improved peak period monitoring service for reasons that are not clear to the Committee. The CPAC encourages commuters who would like to see the contract terms enforced, and the published schedules followed in actual practice, to support this request. Receive Newsletter and Commuter Service Information by E-mail The CPAC delivers newsletters and other information by e-mail as it becomes available. To subscribe, send an email to ebcnews-subscribe@ topica.com. Then reply when you get the sign up confirmation message. You may cancel your subscription at any time The CPAC will not disseminate your email address or use it for any other purpose. Our normal e-mail address remains ebcommuter@ yahoo.com.

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