Patti Walsh took today off from her job in Manhattan, and the Verona resident plans on staying home tomorrow, too. She’s a regular commuter on DeCamp Bus Lines‘ #33 route into Manhattan, and when DeCamp’s drivers called a strike for this morning it seemed the safest thing to do. The company normally handles 8,000 riders from around Essex County. But NJ.com reported that the morning commute was largely uneventful, with NJ Transit easily handling the displaced riders.
Tell that to her buddy Jim Ferrel. He had planned to take NJ Transit’s #29 Express from Verona to Newark, and then hop the PATH train into Manhattan. Like the #33, which Ferrel usually rides, the #29 stops near Lakeside Avenue. When the #29 Local stopped, he assured Ferrel that the express was “right behind.” Thirty minutes later, with no Express in sight, Ferrel caught the Local for a 45-minute ride to Newark.
Here’s hoping the evening commute went more smoothly.