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Olympia Trails, also doing business under the brands ONE/Independent Bus for local bus service in Essex and Union counties in New Jersey and Megabus Northeast, LLC for the Megabus service that it directly operates, is a bus operator serving northern New Jersey with local and commuter bus service. It also formerly operated as Red & Tan in Hudson County for operations in Hudson County, New Jersey. It has been owned by Coach USA since 1998.[1]

Olympia Trails
(ONE/Independent Bus)
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Slogan"Driven to Be the Best!"
ParentCoach USA
Headquarters349 1 Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07206
LocaleNortheastern United States
Service areaCentral Jersey
(transit service)
Northeastern United States
(Megabus service)
Service typeLocal bus service, commuter bus service, contract service, intercity service
Routes4 transit routes
5 Megabus routes
OperatorCoach USA:
  • Olympia Trails (Newark Airport Express)
  • ONE/Independent Bus (24, 31 and 44)
  • Megabus Northeast: M21, M22, M23 (weekdays only), M26, M27
Chief executiveJames Rutherford (except Megabus)
Dale Moser (Megabus)
WebsiteOlympia Trails
ONE/Independent Bus
Newark Airport Express

RoutesEdit

Current operationsEdit

Olympia Trails operates service under three different brands.

Olympia Trails brandEdit

Under this brand, one route is operated:

ONE/Independent Bus brandEdit

ONE/Independent Bus provides local service on three routes centered in Essex County, New Jersey.

Route Terminals Major streets Fare zone boundaries
24 Orange
Main Street and Erie Loop
Elizabeth
Jersey Gardens mall
  • Harrison Street, East Jersey Street
    (B trips only)
  • Scotland Road, Elizabeth Avenue
    (A trips only)
  • Central Avenue, Frelinghuysen/Newark Avenue
31 Newark
Newark Penn Station
  • Newark
    South Orange Avenue
    and Dover Street
  • Newark/South Orange boundary
  • Service to/from both Livingston and Maplewood eliminated January 2018
  • Some trips go as far as South Orange center
44 Newark
Newark Penn Station
Orange
Orange rail station
Scotland Road, Tremont Avenue, Central Avenue Grove Street

Megabus Northeast LLCEdit

Under Megabus, Olympia Trails operates service from street stops near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to:

Megabus also operates to Boston, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City. Most schedules and runs on the M22 Boston service are operated by Dattco from their facility in Metropolitan Boston. The Philadelphia line is under a split-operation with its sister-company Eastern Travel, with most runs operating out of Coach USA's Philadelphia facility, and Megabus acts solely as a ticket agent for Academy Bus Lines (utilizing its own fleet).

Former operationsEdit

Red & Tan in Hudson County brandEdit

Under the Red & Tan in Hudson County brand, Coach USA operated bus routes in Jersey City, Bayonne, Staten Island and to the PABT that have since been discontinued, folded into other lines, or taken over by other operators.

Route Terminals Major streets History
3
[2]
Journal Square
Transportation Center
Jersey City
Merritt Street and Ocean Avenue
Garfield Avenue, Baldwin Avenue
  • Formerly operated by Central Avenue IBOA.
  • Discontinued in August 2007.[3]
4
[4]
Jersey City
Merritt Street and Ocean Avenue
Jersey City
Newport Centre Mall (some trips)
or Grove Street (full-time)
Pacific Street, Ocean Avenue
  • Formerly operated by Lafayette & Greenville IBOA.
  • Discontinued on November 6, 2011.
  • Operated by the Montgomery & West Side IBOA until March 2, 2019, when it was discontinued.[5]
5
6
[6]
Journal Square
Transportation Center
Hoboken / Weehawken
19th Street
Observer Highway, Washington Street
  • Formerly operated by Downtown Bus Co. and later by Lafayette & Greenville.
  • Discontinued 2007.[7]
10
99S
[8]
10: Journal Square
Transportation Center
99S: Jersey City
Merritt Street and Ocean Avenue
Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York
10: Bayonne - 3 Street and JFK Boulevard
99S: Bayonne - 9th Street-Congress Street
JFK Boulevard (both), Central Avenue (99S only)
  • Formerly operated by South Hudson County Boulevard Bus Owners Association, and later by Drogin Bus.
  • Route 99S discontinued on November 6, 2011. Now New Jersey Transit bus route 119.
  • Route 10 taken over by New Jersey Transit & Academy Bus (operator) on April 8, 2012,[9] after threat of cancellation.[10]
11
[11]
Journal Square
Transportation Center
Liberty State Park
Park and Ride
Montgomery Street
  • Discontinued in 2004.[12]
16
[13]
Journal Square
Transportation Center
Jersey City
Newport Centre Mall
Monticello Avenue, Communipaw Avenue, Pacific Avenue
  • Formerly operated by Lafayette & Greenville IBOA.
  • Discontinued in January 2008.[14]
31 Exchange Place Hoboken
Hoboken Terminal
Grove Street/Erie Street
33 Lower Manhattan, New York
Wall Street
Bayonne
3 Street and JFK Boulevard
JFK Boulevard, New Jersey Turnpike Newark Bay Extension
  • Discontinued in the late 1990s.
    • Alternate service available on New Jersey Transit bus route 120.
99 Jersey City
Merritt Street and Ocean Avenue
Journal Square
Transportation Center
Ocean Avenue, Summit Avenue
122
[15]
Hoboken
Hoboken Terminal
Eltingville, Staten Island (New York)
Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue
Interstate 78, Route 440, Bayonne Bridge, Hylan Boulevard, Clove Road, and Forest Avenue
  • Discontinued in mid-2005.
144
[16]
Hoboken
Hoboken Terminal
Arden Heights, Staten Island (New York)
Arthur Kill Road and West Shore Expressway
Interstate 78, Route 440, Bayonne Bridge, Richmond Avenue, Hylan Boulevard, and Arden Avenue
  • Discontinued in January 2007.
231
[17]
Port Liberté Jersey City Heights Garfield Avenue, Bergen Avenue, Baldwin Avenue and Central Avenue
  • Formerly operated by Central Avenue IBOA.
  • Discontinued in January 2006.
    • Section north of Journal Square now part of the #88 & #119 lines.
    • Alternate service south of Journal Square available on New Jersey Transit bus route 87.[18][19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bodipo-Memba, Alejandro (1998-06-22). "Coach USA to Buy 10 Motorcoach Firms, Giving It Largest Fleet in the Industry". Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition. New York, N.Y., United States. pp. –7A. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  2. ^ Route 3 service information archive
  3. ^ Information about the discontinued route 3
  4. ^ Route 4
  5. ^ https://acbuscorp.com/4-2/
  6. ^ Route 5 service information archive
  7. ^ Information about the discontinued route 5
  8. ^ Former routes 10 / 99S schedule
  9. ^ http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2012/03/academy_bus_co_to_take_over_ba.html
  10. ^ http://www.nj.com/bayonne/index.ssf/2012/03/mayor_smith_aims_to_prevent_bu.html
  11. ^ Route 11 service information archive
  12. ^ Information about the discontinued route 11
  13. ^ Route 16 service information archive
  14. ^ Information about the discontinued route 16
  15. ^ Route 122 service information archive
  16. ^ Route 144 service information archive
  17. ^ Route 231 service information archive
  18. ^ New Jersey Transit, Press Releases, NJ Transit Adds Bus Route in Jersey City: Service begins January 30 between Grove St. PATH and Port Liberte to provide replacement for Coach USA #231, January 24, 2006
  19. ^ New Jersey Transit, Service Adjustments, Attention Coach USA Bus Route No. 231 Customers, January 24, 2006

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