Jitney service comes to Avalon and Stone Harbor this summer
February 6, 2013By Jen A. Miller
If you're looking to imbibe in Avalon and Stone Harbor this summer, you've got sober ride waiting.
Tentatively starting Memorial Day weekend, Atlantic City's Jitney service will be running on the Seven Mile Island. Service will be weekends only at first, then ramp up to seven days a week starting June 28 and running through Labor Day.
This is the second time the 97-year-old mini bus service will be running a regular service outside of Atlantic City. Last summer, the shuttles ran up and down Landis Avenue in Sea Isle City (they also offer private charters year round).
"It gets people off the streets, especially the bar crowd," said Thomas Woodruff, presdient of the Atlantic City Jitney Association. "They won't be walking up and down the street, there's no drunk driving, and it eases parking."
In Avalon, the jitneys will run two loops to include Dune and Ocean Avenues, making sure to drop off and pick up from the popular bars in both towns.
Schedules are still being finalized. More buses will run longer hours deeper into the summer to accommodate height of the season crowds. Last year, rides in Sea Isle were $2 each way before 11 p.m. and $4 each way between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
If you think you'll use the service, follow @JitneyGuy on Twitter. He'll tweet while he's working (but not while driving), and usually offers to drive his Twitter followers for free.
Jen A. Miller writes the Down the Shore with Jen blog for NewsWorks.org. Jen is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which is now in its second edition.