NJ Transit Program Keeps Homeless Moving

Points to Need for Ending Homelessness in NJ

NJ Transit Program Keeps Homeless MovingOn November 30, 2015, the Press of Atlantic City reported that “A New Jersey Transit pilot program limiting ticketed passengers to two hours in seating areas is forcing homeless people out of the city’s bus station.”

Sean Warner who is homeless and often in Atlantic City was interviewed for the news story and said about the homeless who frequent the city’s NJ Transit bus station,

“The majority of these people are homeless and got nowhere else to go.”

The program comes under criticism for not offering permanent options for the homeless forced out of the bus station although service providers are working with the station’s homeless population to connect them to services.

Jennifer Nelson, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit gave the need for “quality customer experience” as a priority. The program, still in the “assessment” stage is being implemented in Hoboken, Newark and Seacaucus.

Bill Southrey, a longtime homeless advocate and president of Haven/Beat the Streets made the case for finding a solution to the problem of homelessness.

“They’re pushing 10,000 people around. Start working toward solving the issues, not moving them, herding them like cattle.”

Said Southery.

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