NJ Transit has your back if you have no other form of transportation to BCC // Ari Lopez Wei

NJ Transit has your back if you have no other form of transportation to BCC // Ari Lopez Wei

By Adam Grassani, Sports Editor

It’s obvious that transportation is one of the most important items that a college student needs to take into consideration. Some people simply drive to campus, while others have their parents or guardian transport them. It’s not uncommon to see students take trains to campus even. For us, a good number of students tend to ride the bus to and from Bergen Community College. If you are one of those or a new student with no other method of transportation, here’s a short guide to taking the bus to Bergen and back.

It’s all a matter of walking to your nearest bus stop and boarding your bus for another busy day at Bergen Community College. To ensure you don’t miss your bus, you should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes in advance. The Student Center has a screen which tracks each bus, showing how much longer it will take to arrive at the campus.

An obvious first step is getting change out of your bank to pay for the bus fare. The standard one way bus fare is $1.60 in exact change. However, one can safely assume that the fare will increase the farther you ride the bus. The fare depends on how many zones you ride through. Riding through two zones amounts to $2.55, while three zones cost $3.15. You can find a map showing each zone on the back of each bus schedule, but it can get confusing, so it is a good idea to take some time to study the map and familiarize yourself with it. A good tactic to use for always having the correct amount is, excluding the obvious dollar bills, to bring six quarters, four dimes, and two nickels every day for the bus. This should guarantee you being able to pay the exact fare, no matter how much it costs.
If you plan on taking the bus long term, there’s an even better deal that you might be interested in.

NJ Transit offers monthly passes which allow you to pay a one-time fee and ride the bus without having to pay every time you get on. One zone costs $59, two costs $78, and three costs $97. These can save you up to 30 percent on your daily commute. Locations where passes and other special offers are available can be found on the official NJ Transit website. Passes can also be purchased using the NJ Transit smartphone app feature, MyTix.

Now that you have the money, it’s time to choose which bus you want to take. NJ Transit has five bus routes that travel to our campus. They are, the 751, 755, 756, 175, and 772. Both the 751 and 755 travel from Edgewater to our campus and vise versa with each of them respectively using slightly different routes. The 175 travels from New York across the George Washington Bridge to Ridgewood, but stops at BCC along the way. The 756 is a special case as it ether travels from our campus to Englewood or Englewood Cliffs depending on the hour. Lastly the 772, drives from East Rutherford to the Paramus campus and back.

Which one of these routes should you take? Of course, it depends on where you live. You can find bus schedules on the NJ Transit site and you can pick one up when boarding each respective bus. However, it is not recommended that you take the 772 unless you live in or close to the Meadowlands; it travels the least out of all other buses and takes the longest. The 751/755 is most recommended if you can catch it as it visits a good number of locations and the ride is unlikely to take up too much of your time. The 175 is a good option if you live close to the GWB as it is the shortest ride to the campus. The 756 stops at the most locations, but the ride is long and can drag on, especially if you’re going the Engelwood Cliffs. However, the best way to find the right bus for you is to check the schedule.