A new jitney service in Ocean City is being planned for the upcoming summer season, Mayor Jay Gillian announced at a city council meeting on Thursday.
The service will offer two routes that will transport people to the promenade and the downtown shopping district, with four to five jitneys per day. The first year will serve as a pilot program so city officials can assess ridership data and improve jitney for future seasons.
“Providing safe and reliable transportation during the busy summer season is one of our greatest needs, and I look forward to providing this service to our residents and guests,” Gillian mentioned. “Passengers will be able to pay a small fare through an app and also track the location of jitneys, so they don’t have to wait too long on the sidewalk.”
The walk route will run daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The jitney will run from 55th Street and West Avenue to 14th Street, then cross to Ocean Avenue. Then it will run along Ocean Avenue to 9th Street, where it will end at 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue before reversing to 55th Street.
The city center route will operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., carrying passengers to Ashbury Avenue between 55th Street and Battersea Road.
Rides will cost $2 on both routes, mentioned George Savastano, corporate administrator and municipal engineer.
Dan Kelcher, director of community services for the city, said OCNJ Daily that the Boardwalk route will run from May 27 to September 5, while the downtown route will run from June 14 to August 5.
The jitney service will hopefully help free tourists from the hassle of finding public parking during peak season, Kelcher said Ocean City Crest.
City officials said the decision was based on a 2019 economic study conducted by Econsult Solutions, which analyzed economic and tourism trends to provide recommendations that would make the seaside town more attractive to summer travellers.
The study identified several travel and tourism trends at the time, including that visitors want to take shorter journeys, use new transport options, and place the experience above shopping or shopping. other big purchases associated with travel. In particular, the report notes that car-free vacations have become more popular and that the method a traveler uses to get to their destination has an impact on their travel needs once there.
From recommendations provided to Ocean City officials focused on optimizing bus routes from Philadelphia to Ocean City, increasing signage along key corridors for cyclists and walkers to navigate and providing a traffic trolley in all the city.
Other recommendations included increased diversity in accommodation options, such as Airbnbs and long-term vacation rentals, as well as focusing on inclusive experiences to appeal to new tourist populations.
Gillian said the seaside town expects to award a contract to implement the service in the next City council meeting Thursday, May 12.