Bus Routes

by Newark Talk Collective


Fred P.:
As a former Newarker, I like many took for granted the wonderful way that we could travel around the city by bus.
There was no place in Newark that couldn't be reached by bus. There was really no need for a car.
I would like to compile a list of all the bus routes by # and name and the main streets that they traversed.
The #1 Newark traversed 16th Ave. to down neck, #2 ? #3 Bergen St. #4 Port Newark #5 ? #6 Cross-town (schools Stadium) # 31-32 So Orange Ave. 54 Devine, 13th Ave ?
All of us took the bus at one time or another, so it should be easy to get the info needed, and to recall the scenes as we traveled to and from.

Nicky G:
Fred P Good Morning you are right my friend but some of the bus line I also remember are 25 and 26 Springfield Ave 13 Broad go down Clinton Ave to North Newark 12 Clinton PL and I think the 10 went up Lyons Ave ? one more the 9 Belmont Ave


Barb L. Rothschild:
Other bus routes were the #56, which went up Avon Avenue, with a terminus at Olympic Park, 40th Street, Irvington. The #14 bus line, traveled from Penn Station, all the way up to Stecher Street, and the Newark-Hillside border, ending on Chancellor Avenue, near the popular discount store "Valley Fair." Also, the #16 bus also traveled up Clinton Avenue, ending at the Irvington Bus Terminal, right in the heart of Springfield Avenue. The #70, bus line traveled up Avon Avenue, with a direction to Morristown, and the (infamous) Greystone Park State Mental Hospital. The number 13 bus line also went up Clinton Avenue, also ending at the Irvington Bus Terminal. Finally, to my recall, remains the #24 bus line, went up Frelinghuysen Avenue, with one terminus at the Newark-Elizabeth border, (near where there was a Twin City Roller Skating Rink, and Burry's Cookie Factory). The other terminus, as the #24 traveled from Frelinghuysen to downtown Newark, was to West Orange. There were two #24 buses: a 24 A, which went to West Orange, and a 24 B, which traveled from Washington Street, (behind Bamberger's was the stop), and then traveled up Bloomfield Avenue, with a terminus at Upper Montclair, at the college, Montclair State College. I rode this bus during my college years there, in order to go from the campus to shopping in downtown Newark. I also rode the #24A when I lived in the Seth Boyden Housing Project, immediately off Frelinghuysen Avenue. There now, Fred, does all this info help??? I hope so!!! There was also a #1 bus, but I cannot recall its route; perhaps it went up into East Orange, does anyone recall????
I now note you have the #1 bus line pegged, I did not notice it before. Also, the #13 bus traveled from Clinton Avenue to downtown Newark, and then into Nutley/Arlington. The #11 and #12 also ran along Frelinghuysen
Avenue. There was also a bus which ran into Bayonne, I think one caught it on Market Street, right in front of the Paramount Movie Theatre, but I cannot recall the number of this one!!!
Again, does anyone know? Also, in front of the Public Service Building, (the electronic marquee of Public Service with all the colored lights which changed from red, to green, to blue, yellow and white) during many a hot summer afternoon, I took the Asbury Park bus, which let me out at the Asbury Park terminal, right next to Mrs. Jay's hotdogs, on Asbury Avenue. During my college years, I had occasion to go into New York City, and the #107 bus, would travel down Lyons Avenue, to Elizabeth Avenue, into New York City, and ending at the Port Authority Terminal. Whew, I think I now covered most all of them!!!! Anyone else?????? How about it??

Frank Harrison:
The 27 was Mt. Prospect Ave. Wasn't the City Subway given the number 7?

Sandy Cassell:
Bus Routes:
#3 Started at Lyons Ave and Bergen went across Bergen past Orange St and over by Sussex Ave.

# 5 Went west on West Kinney St.

# 6 Cross-town Ran from Lyons Ave Area across 18th St. beyond Park Ave to the stadium

# 8 Started at military Park went south on Broad Street to Clinton Ave West on Clinton To Elisabeth Ave then past Lyons Ave into Hillside.

# 9 Clifton Started at Lyons and Bergen went North on Bergen to Avon Ave then South on Avon to Belmont then North across Belmont and continued North.

#13 started at Irvington Center went east on Clinton Ave to Broad St North on Broad and continued into Nutley. Was a Streetcar route originally.

# 14 Clinton Place. Started at Military Park went South on Broad St to Clinton Ave. West on Clinton to Clinton Pl. to Lyons Ave the south on Lyons for one block to Chancellor then West on Chancellor to the. Irvington line.

# 16 (Not Public Service Bus) followed the # 13 Route but terminated at military Park

#52 Started at military Park went South on Broad to Clinton West on Clinton to Avon to Springfield Ave then to Irvington center and on to Clinton to Parker Ave and terminated in So orange center.

#56 Started at Military park went South on Broad to Clinton west on Clinton to Avon Ave west on Avon to Springfield Ave and terminated near what was the Old circus grounds near grove St.

Joe J:
Fred! You got that right, You could go any place in Jersey. The bus's I used the most were the #30&11, My grandmother lived in Staten Island, We took the # 30 that ran in front of our house on 6th street, to the DL&W station on Broad street. We walk a feet to where the #11 started and stayed on it until the end of the line. That was the Elizabeth Ferry From the time that I could remember until my late teens we did that.
Barb L. Rothschild Boy do I remember. I left Newark in 1958.
Just about every Sat. We went to Staten Island on the#11 I remember all the thing you mention Twin cities Dream land
I also remember that the bus's ran on electric
I know for sure that the # 30 (and for all I know still does)
ran from Bloomfield Center down Franklyn Street turned right on 6th street Turned left on Bloomfield Ave Turn on Broad street to Washington Park. Went around the park On Washington street all the back to Broad street and back the same way to Bloomfield Center. The # 11 started under the DL&W I don't remember the street, but it was a very short block from Broad street. It ran all the way Broad street and all the way down Frelinghuysen Avenue. until it got to the Elizabeth ferry to Staten Island

I remember the #13 and # 18 #1&28 buses.
While I love living here-there has never been transportation like we enjoyed then.

John V.:
Barb; I believe the #44 Tremont went thru East Orange, West Orange, Orange and down Central Ave to W. Market and Thru Newark. Weather or not it ended up at Penn. Sta. I don't recall

John V.:
Barb; I think the #1 was listed as the #1 cross-town. Now don't hold me to it. It gives you something to think about.

Barb L. Rothschild:
So now fellow Old Newarkers, who recalls the bus route which went into East Newark, Kearny, Harrison and then into Bayonne? I know there was a Public Service bus route, since I recall riding it a few times. I do recall it going over a bridge, (Harrison? Bayonne?), and then traveling up Hudson Boulevard to Bayonne. I just can't recall what number the route was, so put your thinking caps on, folks, and clue all of us in, especially me, because now that my interest has piqued, I will not be able to get that out of mind....until I know!!! Thanks in advance, to all of you fine people out there in cyberland!!!

Barb L. Rothschild:
Commentary on the numbers 11 and 12 bus routes: I also recall that my family always took the number 11 or 12 from Broad Street, to the Mc Clellan and Frelinghuysen Ave. Ringling, Barnum & Bailey circus grounds, each spring, where the tents would be set up. And, indeed, the end of the line for both 11 and 12 took you into Elizabeth, and out to the Staten Island Ferry. Who could forget all these wonderful times...it sure was a lot cheaper that driving an auto, what with the cost of today's auto insurance and the cost of gasoline! A lot of us folks back in those days depended on those buses for transportation, because many of our families could not afford to buy automobiles back then. I know that if someone was fortunate enough to own an auto, back in my old neighborhood, it usually was never a new one, usually an older "clunker", and even that was a piece of pride for the owner. If one was fortunate enough to own a new auto, it was the "ohh and ahh", like the new baby in the family. Of course, all of your neighbors hoped and expected that you would offer them a ride at times, especially if you were headed out to Branch Brook or Weequahic Parks! I recall that my late father would practically spit polish our old two door blue and cream 1941 Pontiac sedan, with special attention paid to Chief Pontiac, who adorned the hood, and who always seemed to be "flying" with the breeze. I recall my dad polishing all that chrome that the car had, and boy, did it gleam in the sunlight when dad finished. I believe the 1941 model was the last of the production cars until after World War II. Believe me, that car was dad's pride and joy....he loved it almost as much as he loved me!!!! The car was like a tank compared to today's autos, and that is the same car I referred to in one of my posted memories on ON, when dad took the Pontiac out on that cold and snowy night in December, 1947...and got stuck very quickly in the Blizzard of '47! I suppose that dad thought that the car (or he) were invincible! Wrong!!!! At any rate, good memories come to mind of those wonderful things we all experienced when we lived happily in our then beautiful Newark.

Jule Spohn:
Hello Fred and everyone. Here's the scenes on the number 31 South Orange Ave from up around West Side High School and 14th Street heading toward downtown: Keegan's Tavern, West Side Motors, West Side High, Terry's Sweet Shop on 12th Street, Vinnie's Sweet Shop on 12th Street, Strand Movie Theater (later Manzi's men's clothing store), then all of the taverns between 12th and 6th Street - Lydon's, Ziggy's, Roscommon House, West End, Danny's Wonder Bar, Tony's Bar, Catena's bar; the dentist Dr. Ferraro on 12th Street, the florists - Corey Brothers, Ranfanello's, and Plunket's (later the Motor Vehicle office), People's 5 & dime, Hooper's Pharm, Royal Deli, Crystal's Ice Cream Parlor, Schmaltz's German Bakery, the old Esso Gas Station on 9th, the old water Reservoir between 9th and 7th Streets; the Reservoir Restaurant around the corner of 9th and 14th Ave, St. Antoninus Church, Dr. Insabella, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Schulman's Dept Store, the A&P, DeGroot Methodist Church, Congress Theater at Camden, Speed Boy's Auto at Bergen Street, many other liquor stores, bars, food stores, butcher's, bakers, coffee shops, etc, along the way. As you got close to where South Orange Ave meets Springfield Ave you had all the stores that sold meat cases, chairs, and other types of store equipment (can't remember the name of them right now, St. Benedict's, the Court House, the music stores, the Bridal Shops, the Tuxedo shops, Grant Lunch, furniture stores, Bam's Orbach's, Davega's, RKO theater, Branford theater, Men's clothing stores, Woolworth's, Needicks at B&M Streets, Paramount Theater, the other Grant's lunch, Newark Evening News, the billiard parlor's and gym's (Manning's), Mulberry Street open air butcher's, Chinatown, more stores, Novelty Bar, Tod's Steak House, the big old church (?) - torn down in the 70's, Penn Station. Then the turn to the right onto Ferry Street and Mt. Carmel Church, stores, etc. Pheeeew!!! I'm tired on this ride.

John V.:
Jule: you forgot the funeral parlor across from the reservoir down from St. Ann's. I'm not sure but I think the Popalardo's owned it.

Jule Spohn:
Thanks John. I did forget about that one. I also forgot about Smith's Pharmacy in that same general area - down around 6th and 7th Streets.

Norma Martin/Sakers:
Harrison, Kearny, Arlington, Jersey City were all served by #'s 38,39,40 rode them for many years

Dear Friends,
Thanks for all the wonderful responses to my request.
Each poster deserves a tip of the Hat, I hope it stirred up pleasant memories.
I know of the 21, was that on Orange St?. I also remembered the trolley lines that ran on So Orange and Springfield Aves. and the times that the electric bus's poles disconnected when the bus made too much of a swing away from the overhead lines.

John V.:
While we're talking about the buses. The #31 S. Orange had competition from the Independent line (the green buses) weren't they a nickel cheaper than Public Service. Remember the tickets they had for a while? But yes you could get anywhere in Newark by Bus. It was great. Not only do I miss Newark.....But the great times we had then with everything that was offered to us. Good times or bad times...they were ""Our Times"" Right?

Joanne Urna Murphy:
The #27 went to Forest Hills in north Newark and the #13 went to Bellville. #10 went to Hillside

I think there was a #48 that went from downtown to Maple Avenue and Chancellor.

Barb L. Rothschild:
Dear Fred: One final recall re the Public Service Bus Transportation in Newark: I recall that as a school student, Public Service Busses offered cut rate bus tickets, which came in a book, and were purchased at Public Service. The cost was 2 1/2 cents per ride ticket. On each ticket, the student would write his/her name, the number of the bus route, and the school to which he or she rode. I also recall those token machines, in which you dropped your fare, I recall 15 cent fares, when I was a child. The coins would drop, one at a time, and the machine would make this "jingling" sound. Some of the drivers would be irked if one did not have the exact change to deposit in the token machine, but for the most part, most of the drivers were very pleasant, if one needed to change money for the fare.

Bill Murphy:
Two Lines did not see listed, The #2 Ampere - East Orange, 4th Ave to No.9 Street, across to 12th Ave, down past the old Martland, along West Market to Halsey St and down to last stop Market and Halsey. The other was the #102 from Penn Station to Hackensack via Broad St to Clay St, Bellgrove Dr, Kearny to Kearny Ave and Ridge Rd, No. Arlington, to Lyndhurst and Rutherford.


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