Do you know how Atlantic City’s “Jitney” bus got its name?
The Atlantic City “Jitney” Bus has provided convenient and reliable transportation in Atlantic City and beyond for over 100 years.
Do you know where the name of the “Jitney” bus comes from?
It all started in 1915, with the creation of a bus service that cost a penny to travel. That’s all we can say about it. The word “Jitney” is a slang word for 5 cents.
The name “Jitney” has stuck since.
Add 107 years of inflation to the equation and you can ride a Jitney in Atlantic City today for $2.25. It’s still a bargain for what you get.
The Jitney bus also looks very different now and is powered by natural gas versus regular gasoline.
Here’s a look at today’s modern and iconic 13-seat “Jitney” bus:
The very first Jitneys were introduced to The World’s Playground on March 15, 1915. It was not a bus at the time, but rather a large Ford Model-T passenger car.
Everything was manual. The driver used a rope system to open the doors to allow passengers to get in and out of the rear of the vehicle.
There have been many different models and color combinations over the past 107 years.
If you’ve ever been to Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Institution, there’s a 1963 Atlantic City Jitney bus hanging in the air. We have seen it. It’s awesome.
Yes, the Atlantic City Jitney Bus is so iconic that it has earned a place of respect and public honor at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
According to Atlantic City Jitney Association President Manny Mathioudakis, the Atlantic City Jitney Association is “the oldest unsubsidized public transit corporation in the United States”.
Per City Ordinance, Atlantic City limits the number of Jitney franchises to 190.
Each Jitney is individually owned and operated. It has supported thousands of residents over the years.
It’s also more than just a drive between Maine Avenue and Jackson Avenue. It has been expanded over the years to include the Atlantic City Marina District…as well as experimenting with the Downbeach service.
Additionally, Jitney franchise owners have shone with private transportation services, parties, designated driver duties, train station, airport rides to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and more.
Jitney service from Atlantic City to Atlantic City International Airport is currently suspended.
The Atlantic City Jitney and the owners who operate them are a very important part of the community. They have been providing full service to residents and visitors 365 days a year for over 107 years.
REMARK: Federal regulations still require the wearing of face masks on all public transportation in the state of New Jersey. Face masks are required during transport on all jitneys and shuttles. The Atlantic City Jitney Association respectfully requests that you observe all onboard vehicle safety measures.
Happy Birthday to The Atlantic City Jitney – March 15, 1915 to Present
For more information on Atlantic City Jitney, visit www.JitneyAC.com
THE SOURCE: Jitney Association of Atlantic City – Manny Mathioudakis, president.