An agency studying how to reduce congestion on Interstate 78 has proposed a new commuter bus route that would take Lehigh Valley residents to jobs in New Jersey.
Buses would depart from the William Penn park-and-ride lot in Bethlehem Township and go to Alpha, N.J., south of Phillipsburg, where officials are proposing a park-and-ride lot. The buses would go on to places such as Clinton, N.J.
Group members hope that companies would run shuttle buses that would take workers from the drop-off points to their offices.
The suggestion is part of a multi-year effort by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to reduce the number of cars on I-78 during the peak morning and evening commutes.
Traffic on I-78 has jumped 66 percent in a decade, based on the number of vehicles crossing the Delaware River bridge. That increase comes in part from a growing number of people who live in eastern Pennsylvania but work in New York and New Jersey.
A new the study will focus on extending rail service to Phillipsburg because the town received a federal grant to examine the possibility of restoring rail service to New York, which ceased in 1983.