GLASSBORO — The official launch of a new community shuttle will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 art the Glassboro Public Library.

The service will provide 11 bus routes with 139 connection within a 15-minute wait to regularly scheduled NJTransit bus routes.

The new Pureland East-West Community Shuttle, as it will be called, will operate Monday through Friday.

On Jun 1, the service will begin with 10 stops, providing commuters a way to get to work and offer an alternative mode of transportation that will assist seniors, the disabled and unemployed residents to get to social, medical and employment centers from NJTransit’s Avandale Park and Ride, with stops along the route at Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro and the Pureland Industrial Complex.

The Pureland East-West Community Shuttle’s connections with 111 NNJTransit bus route will extend residents’ travel options to all of Gloucester County and the surrounding area.

The shuttle’s low fare — $1 per trip — and reciprocal transfers with NJTransit, will make it an economical and easy way to get around the region.

The Pureland Community Shuttle Service was made possible through the Pascale Sykes Foundation and a Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) Grant provided by NJTransit.

“We are honored and pleased to be a part of this collaborative effort supporting family self-sufficiency by bringing transportation along the Route 322 corridor in Gloucester County that is available to everyone,” said Frances P. Sykes on behalf of the foundation.

 This route will also connect to other foundation funded services and programs, such as, the Salem Shuttle and the Heart of Gloucester, for access to human services.

Considering the high unemployment in the nearby municipalities, the shuttle service will provide those who have no access to a motor vehicle much needed transportation accessibility.

The United Way of Gloucester County responded to the concerns raised in the community regarding the lack of transportation in the east-west areas of Gloucester County and became the lead agency in bringing the necessary stakeholders together.  

The Community Shuttle Service is a reality through the collaborative efforts of the Pascale Sykes Foundation, NJ TRANSIT, and United Way of Gloucester County, Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Heart of Gloucester County, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association and the South Jersey Transportation Authority, operators of the shuttle service.