Following considerable inquiry about a season pass for the LBI Shuttle – which, as of this summer, requires a ticket to ride – Long Beach Township decided earlier this month to offer such a pass, now available for purchase, for $100, at the municipality’s Beach Badge Shack in Brant Beach.
“We’re still seeing if that’s the right price” for the season pass, said Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi, who devised the Island-wide transportation system more than five years ago.
For those without a season pass, fees for this summer are as follows: A single ride between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. costs $2, or passengers can pay $5 for unlimited rides during that time period. After 10 p.m., a one-way ride is $5, or pay $10 for unlimited rides until the shuttles stop operating.
Kids under 13 ride for free.
When the fees were first introduced, township officials affirmed they would review the prices as well as the possibility of utilizing a cashless system after this summer. “We’ll see where the data leads,” Lattanzi noted at the time.
The commissioner said on Monday that despite the cost, rider numbers “are very comparable to what they were last year. We had a really strong Memorial Day weekend.
“We’ve had very few complaints and very little pushback,” he added. “The fees are minimal and reasonable.”
Lattanzi also noted that late-night buses have been very crowded, and there have been no incidents.
Until June 24, the shuttles run 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Beginning June 25 until Sept. 3, buses are on the road from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Two new buses were recently added to the fleet, and early this week they were almost finished receiving their wraps, with ads for Fantasy Island. The amusement park, in Beach Haven, is under new ownership as of this past February, when the Wainwright family took over the family-favorite destination.
“Supporting our community and working with Long Beach Township as well as the LBI Chamber is important to us at Fantasy Island,” said Brian Wainwright. “Sponsoring both of the new buses was a great opportunity for us to share with everyone on the entire Island who we are as well as where to find us.”
For more information on the shuttle service, visit lbishuttle.com or download the LBI Shuttle app.
— J.K. & H.