Welfare Transportation

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The transportation challenge for Welfare Clients

Welfare clients have unique needs that are not adequately served by traditional carpools, vanpools and public transit services. Many welfare recipients live in inner-city neighborhoods and do not match the level of education, training and skills that are required by highly skilled positions in their own neighborhoods.

At the same time, there are job opportunities in surrounding suburbs that are not well served by existing transit. As a result, many welfare recipients are cut off from easy access to employment.

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Extending public transit

The introduction of the federal Job Access & Reverse Commute (JARC) program in the late 1990s provided an opportunity for EZ Ride to partner with the public and private sectors to establish shuttle programs to transport the working poor from urban centers to jobs in suburban areas. The shuttles evolved into an extension of the public transportation system, with all of them originating or terminating at a major transit hub.

How we help

Today, EZ Ride assists welfare recipients overcome transportation barriers to employment. Here are some of the ways we help.

  1. Transportation counseling to individuals
  2. Transportation orientation for job counselors
  3. Bus passes for job interviews
  4. Orientation programs
  5. Shuttle programs

Additionally, welfare clients may also be interested in starting or joining a carpool or vanpool.

EZ Ride transportation programs and services vary from county to county and are provided in partnership with the local county government, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and NJ Transit. For county specific services please click here:

  1. Bergen County
  2. Essex County
  3. Hudson County
  4. Monmouth County
  5. Passaic County
  6. Union County
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