Jitney Returns Today
Shanna Kelly | Seven Mile Satellite
The Jitney Service is returning to the island today, July 9, after an announcement made by the mayors of Avalon and Stone Harbor. Since the pandemic started, this service has been suspended.
The Jitney is a ride share service aimed at minimizing drinking and driving and promoting safety. Islanders can stand at the corner of any street on the Jitney route and flag it down. The route runs from 96th Street — Stone Harbor's main downtown street — down Ocean Drive to The Princeton in Avalon. The route continues in reverse down Dune Drive. Rides cost $3, run from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will be running Thursdays through Sundays for the remainder of the season. Vehicle locations and times can be found on the "Jitney Surfer" app.
According to the Avalon Borough press release, the drivers have been hit hard by the pandemic, similar to others in the transportation industry. The Jitney service required a stipend to resume service, but an agreement to postpone the stipend discussion until after the season has been reached.
“The Jitneys have a proven record of being a valuable asset to safe transportation between Stone Harbor and Avalon, which allows our visitors to enjoy activities, special events and businesses in our sister communities,” Stone Harbor Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour said in the press release.
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