Wheelchair-accessible shuttlebuses debut

The Hop service is now more accessible to all

People who use wheelchairs can access the new buses.
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People who use wheelchairs can access the new buses.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken unveiled two new wheelchair-accessible Hop shuttle buses this week.

The Hop shuttle service allows residents to move around the mile-square city more easily at no cost to riders. It is an important part of the City of Hoboken’s efforts to improve accessibility for people who chose not to or cannot drive.

It also compliments existing programs, including the ongoing expansion of Citi Bike, bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements through the Vision Zero initiative, and Corner Cars, the city’s car sharing program.

“The Hop shuttle service connects residents throughout Hoboken to vital city services and transportation hubs without burdening their wallets,” Bhalla said. “These new, modern buses will not only improve service but also increases accessibility for residents of all ages and abilities.”

The two new Hop shuttles replace two older shuttles that will now be used as backup vehicles in the city’s fleet.

Hoboken Hop operates Monday through Friday on four separate tracks: the Blue Hop, Green Hop, Red Hop, and Senior Shuttle, all of which stop at the Hoboken Terminal.

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The Blue Hop, located downtown, primarily operates east and west between Bloomfield Street, Harrison Street, First Street, and Fourth Street.

The Green Hop operates in the west, primarily between Second Street, 15th Street, Madison Street, and Willow Avenue.

The Red Hop operates primarily in the east primarily between Second Street, 12th Street, Clinton Street, and Hudson Street.

Passengers can track the buses in real time online or via the “Passio Go” app and then flag a bus at any intersection along its route. Buses will cross the intersection and stop on the far side before opening their doors. To notify the bus driver of a stop, passengers can simply pull the stop request cord that runs along the upper part of the windows, and the driver will stop at the intersection.

To download the new mobile app, Apple users can go to  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/passio-go/id1203861956  and Android users can go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.passio3.go&hl=en_US.

The shuttles can also be tracked at https://hoboken.passiogo.com/. 

Hop passengers must wear a masks.

For more information, visit https://www.hobokennj.gov/the-hop.