NJ Transit bus driver gets lost, refuses help, riders say - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

'Bus ride from Hell'

NJ Transit bus driver gets lost, refuses help, riders say

Posted: Updated:
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

A simple commute into New York City on a New Jersey Transit bus turned into a nightmare on Thursday. The driver appeared to get lost, so the 45-minute ride took more than two hours.

Jim Coan was on the Express 133 bus, which runs from Cranford, N.J., to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. He said the driver started going in circles, passing the Secaucus Junction several times, before winding up at the Meadowlands, and then finally the New Jersey Turnpike. The driver was supposed to go to the Lincoln Tunnel, but it was clear she had no idea where she was going.

At this point, it was clear something was wrong, Coan said. But instead of asking for help, the bus driver ignored riders' offers for directions and continued to drive in circles, Coan said.

The problem was the driver, according to Coan and other riders, refused to communicate with the passengers or take any direction. It's unclear why.

Then, instead of heading to the Lincoln Tunnel, the bus continued to the George Washington Bridge, completely out of the way, and on to 42nd Street and 9th Avenue.

But it didn't end there.

The driver then circled the Port Authority Terminal and didn't want to let passengers off.

"People were going crazy at that point, 'saying open the door, open the door,'" Coan said.

The bus driver finally relented and allowed the passengers to get off at the corner of 40th Street and 8th Avenue.

A New Jersey Transit spokesperson said the incident is being investigated, and apologized to riders in a statement: "appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of the investigation."

The driver's name was not released.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:59:53 GMT
    Fox 5 photoFox 5 photo
    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
    The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds were expected. Reports of heavy, wet snow have come in from the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey and New York City. The snow is not expected to accumulate for very long.
  • Suspect Sandy charity begins distributing dollars

    Suspect Sandy charity begins distributing dollars

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:21:56 GMT
    A Superstorm Sandy charity that was suspected of fraud has started distributing money nearly a year after a settlement with New Jersey prosecutors. The unregistered Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation handed out $225,000 to four charitable organizations in New Jersey and one in New York.
    A Superstorm Sandy charity that was suspected of fraud has started distributing money nearly a year after a settlement with New Jersey prosecutors. The unregistered Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation handed out $225,000 to four charitable organizations in New Jersey and one in New York.
  • Dead whale found in New York Harbor will be taken to NJ

    Dead whale found in New York Harbor will be taken to NJ

    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    Fish and wildlife officials are preparing to perform a necropsy to find out why a 30- to 35-foot whale was found dead in New York Harbor. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that the whale was found a few days ago. It has been moved next to a barge so that it does not disrupt ships' navigation.
    Fish and wildlife officials are preparing to perform a necropsy to find out why a 30- to 35-foot whale was found dead in New York Harbor. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that the whale was found a few days ago. It has been moved next to a barge so that it does not disrupt ships' navigation.
  • TrafficMore>>

  • Driver transporting dozens of drunk teens arrested

    Driver transporting dozens of drunk teens arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:23:39 GMT
    A limousine bus driver on Long Island was arrested after the New York State police found he was transporting a bus full of drunk teens.Police say it happened Monday night at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton.Someone called 911 to report a female screaming at the eastbound rest area between exit 65 and 66.Troopers arrived and found 42 teens between the ages of 16 and 17 in various stages of intoxication.The found more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, along with several gallons worth ...
    A limousine bus driver on Long Island was arrested after the New York State police found he was transporting a bus full of drunk teens.Police say it happened Monday night at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton.Someone called 911 to report a female screaming at the eastbound rest area between exit 65 and 66.Troopers arrived and found 42 teens between the ages of 16 and 17 in various stages of intoxication.The found more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, along with several gallons worth ...
  • Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

    Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

    A half-billion-dollar bus-only corridor in central Connecticut is nearly a year away from opening, but officials are already trying to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home.
    A half-billion-dollar bus-only corridor in central Connecticut is nearly a year away from opening, but officials are already trying to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home.
  • Pulaski Skyway closure

    Pulaski Skyway closure

    Monday, April 14 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-14 16:36:49 GMT
    The first weekday test of the closed, northbound Pulaski Skyway wasn't much different from any other Monday. An estimated 40,000 motorists who take the Skyway toward Jersey City and Manhattan every day are now forced to find an alternate route. All northbound lanes were closed on Saturday for two-years during a rehabilitation project on the 82 year old span.
    The first weekday test of the closed, northbound Pulaski Skyway wasn't much different from any other Monday. An estimated 40,000 motorists who take the Skyway toward Jersey City and Manhattan every day are now forced to find an alternate route. All northbound lanes were closed on Saturday for two-years during a rehabilitation project on the 82 year old span.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices