A Non-Profit Public-Private Partnership
In the aftermath of the gas crisis, the Meadowlands Transportation Brokerage Corporation was incorporated in 1983 as a not for profit, public-private partnership to improve access, reduce congestion and promote economic growth by working with business and government agencies to address the employee commuting challenges in Northern New Jersey.
The charter members were the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Meadowlands Transportation Brokerage Corporation did business as “Meadowlink” and was the first Transportation Management Association (TMA) in the state of New Jersey. Its mission is to . . .
“Implement innovative transportation programs and services that enhance the quality of life, regional mobility, and economic opportunity for both people and businesses, while reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.”
The EZ Ride Brand
The Meadowlink name tied the agency’s identity to the geographic area around the Meadowlands. As the agency expanded to an area beyond the Meadowlands, it began using the name EZ Ride, which shifted attention from its geographic base to the service it provided.
The EZ Ride name stuck and in 2005, it became the primary brand identification of the Meadowlands Transportation Brokerage Corporation.
EZ Ride’s services are convenient and cost effective because they are integrated – a one stop for all your transportation needs that include carpools, vanpools, shuttles, transportation for older adults and people with disabilities, and bike and pedestrian programs. Today, EZ Ride manages New Jersey’s largest carpool, vanpool and shuttle services for businesses, colleges, universities, and municipalities. EZ Ride operates a mixed fleet of minibuses, vans, and sedans that provide more than 700,000 passenger trips each year.
In 2008, EZ Ride was presented with the Outstanding Transportation Management Association (TMA) Award by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT). The award is presented to the TMA that best uses its public/private partnerships to achieve local or regional transportation goals.
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) recognized EZ Ride as the 2013 Urban Community Transportation System of the Year. The award recognizes excellence by urban transportation systems in serving the needs of people in their communities. Meadowlink was selected for “innovative and creative collaborations throughout its service area which includes most of New Jersey´s most populous counties.” The transportation programs that serve seniors and individuals with special needs were highlighted as being especially innovative.