Cape May County's Fare-Free Transportation Expands Services to Help CommunityLast Edited:
More than 40 years ago, the main goal of officials with Fare-Free Transportation in Cape May County was to provide transportation for the elderly and handicapped to and from wherever they needed to go.
Recently, they started a new program that’s not only creating jobs, but also providing transportation to and from different areas in the county to everyone in the county.
The program was created to help the working class get to and from their jobs.
“The tourism industry brings somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 billion into Cape May County and there’s a huge workforce that supports that tourism effort," said Dan Mulraney, director of Cape May County Fare-Free Transportation.
"We always need to increase our ridership here at Fare-Free, so it made sense for us to ... start this program, to move workers from the mainlands to the barrier islands and support the tourism industry.”
From 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Thursday through Monday, shuttles will stop at various locations throughout Cape May County to pick up and drop off anyone who needs a ride.
“All you have to do is arrive at one of those pick-up locations, stand by and wait for that vehicle and hopefully we’ll get you to and from work on schedule," said Mulraney.
Not only are Fare-Free representatives driving community members to their jobs, but they're also offering job training for those who want to become drivers.
They've been working with various organizations like the Cape May County Vocational School and the Chamber of Commerce to start a CDL training program.
“We paid for all their training and once they were trained to drive CDL, we brought them here as interns to drive Fare-Free buses," said Mulraney.
Community members said they are thrilled about what this new program can mean for the county.
“More people will work who [don't] have money for car fare and they’ll show up on time," said Anna Kiska, of North Cape May.
“Yeah, they will show up on time," said Anna Kiska's mother-in-law, also named Anna. "That’s one thing — we’re never late."
“Even the people that come here from other countries, it will help them," said Jay Lall, of Wildwood Crest. "I think it’s a blessing.”
Fare-Free Transportation is mainly funded by the Board of Freeholders, but they also receive federal grants and a portion of casino revenue.
For shuttle schedules and information on stops, go to capemaycountynj.gov/446/fare-free-transportation.
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