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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Delaware, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Delaware, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Delaware, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Rutgers-Camden faculty oppose the plan to haul liquified fracked gas across South Jersey | Opinion

By Jovanna Rosen and Jim BrownA proposal to transport liquified fracked gas on trains and in trucks through densely populated Camden, Philadelphia and southern New Jersey threatens enormous harm across the region. It’s no wonder that this scheme has drawn serious opposition — and that the company behind it is trying to claim it scrapped the idea. As Rutgers-Camden faculty, we stand with Camden...

By Jovanna Rosen and Jim Brown

A proposal to transport liquified fracked gas on trains and in trucks through densely populated Camden, Philadelphia and southern New Jersey threatens enormous harm across the region. It’s no wonder that this scheme has drawn serious opposition — and that the company behind it is trying to claim it scrapped the idea. As Rutgers-Camden faculty, we stand with Camden residents and community groups in opposing this dangerous and potentially catastrophic proposal.

New Fortress Energy, through its affiliate Delaware River Partners, is behind the plans to expand an existing port in Gibbstown, along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia, into a massive fracked-gas export facility. The company would transport liquified natural gas (LNG) from northeastern Pennsylvania, to be loaded onto tanker ships at the Gibbstown port.

Nearly every aspect of this project puts the health and safety of South Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania residents and workers at risk for the sake of energy company profits. For this reason, we believe unions like ours must be part of the community-led effort to oppose such projects.

Our faculty and graduate worker union at Rutgers believes in “bargaining for the common good”; a labor strategy that builds community-union partnerships to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future. As this project demonstrates, our lives and well-being are deeply interconnected. We are stronger when we organize together with our partners against threats to our communities, our environment, and our collective future. We must work together to make our communities safer and more sustainable. Opposing the transport of LNG is one way to address these concerns, given the risks of the proposed plan and the carbon emissions associated with LNG.

Transporting LNG is inherently dangerous. Cooling natural gas to a liquid state increases the risk of combustion if its container is punctured in a truck accident or train derailment. Prior liquified natural gas derailments and traffic accidents have caused massive explosions, uncontainable fires, significant property damage, and casualties. Shipping by train poses a particular risk since a chain reaction caused by a train car derailment could cause a massive explosion.

While federal guidelines specify that LNG sites should be “remote,” as many as 1.9 million people live within two miles of the proposed transportation route for this project. Many potentially affected communities, including Camden, Trenton and Gloucester counties, have already experienced unjust burdens from past environmental degradation, which has contributed to worse environmental and health outcomes in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

With permits for the proposal pending at the state and federal levels, the project has faced widespread opposition across the region. Thanks to the advocacy of Food & Water Watch, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and several other organizations, over 15,000 people signed a national petition to President Biden asking him to reenact a ban on the transport of LNG by rail; 15 New Jersey municipalities have passed resolutions opposing the project; another 13 resolutions have been adopted in Pennsylvania and Delaware and over 90 organizations from across New Jersey have signed a letter asking Gov. Phil Murphy to reject permits for the Gibbstown terminal. While the governor has publicly stated his opposition to the LNG export terminal, his Department of Environmental Protection continues to issue permits for it.

The good news is that as opposition grows and the LNG proposal is examined more carefully, its future becomes more uncertain. Delaware Riverkeeper Network is appealing all three major permits for the terminal, and two federal agencies are taking a closer look. Recently air permits for the liquefaction plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, have expired.

While this is a win for opponents of the project, New Fortress Energy’s history of misleading regulators and the public to circumvent regulatory oversight is evidence that we must continue pressuring Governor Murphy and President Biden to stop this project in its tracks.

Jovanna Rosen is an assistant professor of Public Policy at Rutgers-Camden and a member of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Climate Justice Committee.

Jim Brown is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Camden and president of the Camden Chapter of Rutgers-AAUP-AFT.

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Tri Cape out of softball Carpenter Cup for COVID protocols; Olympic Colonial advances

The Tri Cape softball team is out of the softball Carpenter Cup for COVID safety protocols after going 3-0 in Monday’s action and clinching a spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.The tournament released the revised schedule on Tuesday night with Tri Cape’s quarterfinal opponent, Mid Penn, moving on to the semifinals by forfeit.Olympic Colonial will join Jersey Shore, which qualified Monday, by going 3-0 on Tuesday and allowing just two runs in three games. Haddon Heights stars Sophia Bordi and Maddy Clark, who ...

The Tri Cape softball team is out of the softball Carpenter Cup for COVID safety protocols after going 3-0 in Monday’s action and clinching a spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

The tournament released the revised schedule on Tuesday night with Tri Cape’s quarterfinal opponent, Mid Penn, moving on to the semifinals by forfeit.

Olympic Colonial will join Jersey Shore, which qualified Monday, by going 3-0 on Tuesday and allowing just two runs in three games. Haddon Heights stars Sophia Bordi and Maddy Clark, who led the Garnets to the Tournament of Champions title just over a week ago, stepped up again.

Bordi pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out 16 and allowing just three hits. Clark, meanwhile, led the offense by going 6-for-11 with four doubles, two triples, six runs and two RBIs while also throwing four hitless innings with seven strikeouts.

Cherokee lefty Sammie Friel also dominated in the circle. In six innings, she did not allow an earned run and fanned nine. Gloucester’s Hannah Bryszewski was 5-for-9 with six runs scored and two RBI.

Olympic Colonial defeated Mid Penn, 7-0, Berks County L/L, 5-1 and Philadelphia PCCAF, 12-1. It will face Jersey Shore in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Semifinals and finals are to follow at noon and 2 p.m.

Burlington City went 0-3 on Tuesday and was eliminated. It lost to Philadelphia Catholic, 4-3, Delaware North, 5-1 and Delaware South, 2-0. Burlington City freshman Tuleen Ali was 4-for-5 with a walk for Burlington City.

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Kay Properties Delaware Statutory Trust and 1031 Exchange Expert, Jason Salmon Invited to Speak During New Jersey Real Estate Capital Markets Conference on Tuesday, June 21 in Edison, NJ

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal, the 6th Annual New Jersey Capital Markets Conference will examine why so many investors are turning to Delaware Statutory Trust investments for their 1031 Exchanges TORRANCE, Calif. , June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Salmon, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate Analytics for ...

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal, the 6th Annual New Jersey Capital Markets Conference will examine why so many investors are turning to Delaware Statutory Trust investments for their 1031 Exchanges

TORRANCE, Calif. , June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Salmon, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate Analytics for Kay Properties & Investments will be discussing why more and more real estate investors are selling their investment properties and turning to Delaware Statutory Trust investments for their 1031 Exchanges. The presentation will be part of the 6th Annual New Jersey Real Estate Capital Markets Conference being held on Tuesday, June 21 at the Sheraton Edison Hotel in Edison, NJ.

According to Dwight Kay, founder and CEO of Kay Properties, the real estate investment climate has changed dramatically over the past couple of years, prompting many owners of rental properties to evaluate their investment options.

"Today's rental property owners have never faced greater challenges. Regulations associated with COVID-19, rent control, eviction moratoriums, and the growing number of headaches associated with 'tenants, toilets, and trash', have forced many investors to consider selling their investment properties and to search for 1031 exchange investment options," said Kay.

With more than 20 years of commercial real estate and financial advisory experience, Kay Properties' Jason Salmon will present an expert perspective on the issue, focusing on tax-advantaged exit strategies and estate planning solutions revolving around 1031 exchanges.

"There are two very specific issues that DST investments help investors solve when they are evaluating the possibility of selling their rental and commercial real estate. The first is, what about the taxes associated with selling investment real estate? In many cases, this can eat away as much as 40-50% of their proceeds. The second issue is finding suitable replacement properties for a 1031 Exchange within the designated 45-day timeframe. Delaware Statutory Trusts found on the www.kpi1031.com marketplace can potentially be the perfect solution to both issues," said Salmon.

According to Salmon, are a form of fractional ownership that can be used to make passive investments, both via a 1031 exchange and as a direct cash investment, in real estate and achieve monthly income potential and diversification across multiple assets including industrial, multifamily, self-storage, medical and retail properties. Also, it is not uncommon to find properties within a DST investment that include high-quality assets like those owned by large investment firms, such as a 375-unit Class A multifamily apartment community or a 300,000-square-foot industrial distribution facility leased to a 500 logistics and shipping company. Plus, because DSTs are eligible for 1031 exchanges, investors can sell their investment property and reinvest the proceeds into one or more DST investments while deferring capital gains and other taxes.

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Kay Properties is a national Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) investment firm. The platform provides access to the marketplace of DSTs from over 25 different sponsor companies, custom DSTs only available to Kay clients, independent advice on DST sponsor companies, full due diligence and vetting on each DST (typically 20-40 DSTs) and a DST secondary market. Kay Properties team members collectively have over 150 years of real estate experience, are licensed in all 50 states, and have participated in over of DST 1031 investments.

Where the wild things are: A field guide to interesting species in N.J.

New Jersey is well-known for packing people into its roughly 7,300 square miles, but a lesser-known fact is the state burgeons with wildlife, boasting more than 500 species.“Considering we are the most densely populated state per square mile by human population, we have more diversity of species per square mile than any other state,’’ said Diane Nickerson, director, Mercer County Wildlife Center, which rescues wild animals from across...

New Jersey is well-known for packing people into its roughly 7,300 square miles, but a lesser-known fact is the state burgeons with wildlife, boasting more than 500 species.

“Considering we are the most densely populated state per square mile by human population, we have more diversity of species per square mile than any other state,’’ said Diane Nickerson, director, Mercer County Wildlife Center, which rescues wild animals from across New Jersey.

This wildlife abundance is thanks to a diversity of habitats — coastal, wooded, farmlands and pinelands. Following is a look at some of the interesting creatures that love Jersey as much as we do.

Conservation efforts have spurred an increase in humpback whales along the Jersey Shore, especially in spring, when these majestic creatures feed right off the shore. Photo courtesy of Jersey Shore Whale Watch

Conservation efforts have spurred an increase in humpback whales along the Jersey Shore, especially in spring when these majestic creatures feed right off the shore, munching on bait fish, as they migrate north to birth their calves.

“Whale watching trips are growing out of this,’’ said Tim Dillingham, executive director, American Littoral Society, which has partnered with the SeaStreak ferry company to offer sea cruises where guests can see whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds.

With 30-some species of waterfowl that winter in New Jersey and others that make a spring stopover on their way north, the state is humming with all varieties of these colorful creatures.

Cape May is the one of the best spots to see red knots. Photo courtesy of The Wetlands Institute

Cape May is home to the largest stopover site of red knots in the Western Hemisphere. These pretty, plump sandpipers are drawn by an abundance of horseshoe crabs that lay their fatty eggs in the spring, giving the birds the lipids they need to complete their long Arctic migration.

Visiting from early May to early June, thousands alight on bay beaches and in Cape May Point State Park, leading conservations to joke that Cape May is the “last stop before the Turnpike,’’ Dillingham said. “That’s a worldwide recognized phenomenon.’’

In the winter, the Atlantic brant, a small sea goose slightly larger than a mallard, hangs out along the Jersey coast, mostly in back bay inlets, departing around the beginning of May for the Arctic, while the colorful harlequin duck can be found in Barnegat Light.

“New Jersey’s certainly the place to be if you’re looking for your Atlantic brant,’’ said Ted Nichols, wildlife biologist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Pine Barrens treefrog is one of New Jersey’s most colorful amphibians. Photo courtesy of The Wetlands Institute

The Pine Barrens treefrog is one of New Jersey’s most colorful amphibians, thriving on the area’s unique ecosystem, said Brian Williamson, research scientist, The Wetlands Institute. These little green and purple guys ?— about 2 inches long ?— live here all year long, but are hard to find except during mating season, which starts in April, when their honking calls echo throughout the Pine Barrens.

“They are the iconic frog species in New Jersey,’’ Williamson said. “It’s the only place in the Northeast where you find them.’’

The eastern box turtle is the most terrestrial turtle found in New Jersey. It likes water but is not adapted for swimming in water. Photo courtesy of The Wetlands Institute

Another species unique to Jersey is the endangered eastern tiger salamander. Measuring about 13 inches long, it is the largest salamander in the state and is seen mostly from late fall until early spring during breeding season. Also found in abundance in South Jersey are the eastern box turtle, northern pine snake and diamondback terrapin turtle.

“It’s especially unique,’’ Williamson said, ‘’that we have wildlife you can’t find a state north or south of us.’’

Nancy Parello writes frequently for NJ Advance Media/Jersey’s Best. A former statehouse reporter, she previously worked for the Associated Press and The Record.

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NJ TRANSIT ‘Re-Imagining’ Bus Service in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties

The historic study represents the first time the travel agency is taking a holistic approach to its tri-county bus service. Recommendations from the first draft are expected after Labor Day.For the first time in its history, NJ TRANSIT is “re-imagining” its BCG bus network, which serves Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, and seeking feedback from riders and the general public during the process.The s...

The historic study represents the first time the travel agency is taking a holistic approach to its tri-county bus service. Recommendations from the first draft are expected after Labor Day.

For the first time in its history, NJ TRANSIT is “re-imagining” its BCG bus network, which serves Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, and seeking feedback from riders and the general public during the process.

The study, called “Newbus BCG,” is part of the agency’s broader, 10-year strategic plan, and comes at a time when transit agencies nationwide “are actively redesigning their bus networks to meet emergent travel needs,” NJ Transit Media Relations Director Jim Smith said.

Cities including Houston, Omaha, Jacksonville, Columbus, and Baltimore have already redesigned their bus networks, according to the New York-based TransitCenter foundation, and SEPTA in Philadelphia is undertaking a similar process at present.

Why is this happening now?

For a start, NJ TRANSIT has never undertaken a comprehensive study of the regional BCG bus network, Smith said. Many of the 27 routes that comprise the BCG have been operating on the same corridors for decades, inherited from old trolley and bus networks no longer in operation.

Adapting the NJ TRANSIT bus network to serve best the needs of its riders in the future will mean “evaluating the performance of existing routes, identifying new areas of travel activity, and actively engaging with regional stakeholders, current customers, and the general public on travel needs,” Smith said.

The agency surveyed riders along its routes last fall, and is planning to engage public stakeholders throughout the process.

Another major reason to undertake the re-imagining now is that transit agencies are starting to recover from ridership drop-offs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Transit agencies that had already seen a downturn in ridership amid the growth of telework and rideshare services were hammered during the pandemic, said Greg Krykewycz, Director of Transportation Planning for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), with regional rail services losing about 90 percent of riders, and regional bus services shedding about 40 percent.

“Local, fixed-route bus ridership was some of the most stable during the pandemic,” Krykewycz said; “people who had to go to work all along to keep the lights on for office workers who had options.”

Who rides?

NJ TRANSIT riders tend to be lower-wage earners who don’t have access to a personal car, and who may rely on bus service four or more times per week.

People younger than 18 account for two percent of all riders in the BCG study area; another 15 percent are college students.

Fully 60 percent of BCG riders self-identify as non-white, and 40 percent come from economically disadvantaged households, according to the agency. There are also large groups of riders among seniors and people with disabilities.

Krykewycz also pointed out, importantly, that people who ride buses “often have fewer travel options,” which makes them regular customers of the service, and in many cases wholly dependent upon it for access to important destinations throughout the tri-county region.

“Buses are the bread and butter of our regional transit system,” he said. “They have the most ridership and the most stable ridership of any modes. They’re critical parts of the regional transportation network.”

Goals and hurdles

The principal challenge of the BCG re-imagining exercise will be to balance equity of access issues with efficient route design. In dense areas like Camden City, Burlington City, Glassboro, and Paulsboro, the need for frequent service is clear.

It’s more of a challenge to connect riders farther out from major transit centers with the services they desperately need.

“Suburban bus routes become lifeline bus routes,” Krykewycz said.

“But you end up with these long, slow, circuitous routes in some places that take a long time instead of driving.

“How can transit improve the quality of life for its rider base as effectively as possible, and serve its ridership as quickly as possible?” he said.

“It’s going to be a choice between as much extent of service as possible, so that everyone has something, or less service, but concentrated in places to serve the most people effectively.”

Ultimately, the aim of improving the BCG bus routes is to create a service that approaches the directness and comparable expense of the regional rail system.

“That’s something to aspire to,” Krykewycz said. “The tradeoff there might be that some places that have service now might have a lower level of service.”

Some of those interruptions or eliminations of service may be overcome by smaller, on-demand microtransit systems, which constitute smaller vehicles with flexible routes. Such solutions are difficult to establish, but definitely in demand, Krykewycz said.

“Smaller vehicles taking people to Walter Rand, that’s happening now, providing connections to Philadelphia, or the Pureland industrial complex [in Swedesboro],” he said.

“There’s a lot of people trying to access those jobs in freight and warehousing, which are some of the fastest-growing jobs we have in our area: good jobs that pay a good wage, but are hard to serve with transit.”

In the final calculus, the success of any changes implemented will be measured by whether NJ TRANSIT gains new riders, stabilizes its revenues, and achieves a greater degree of travel equity throughout its service area. However, Krykewycz notes that, regardless of their preferred mode of transit, every traveler is a stakeholder in the success of route re-evaluations like these.

“No piece of infrastructure is break-even,” he said. “Roads, trains don’t pay for themselves. There’s consequences for everybody if these things don’t work as well as they should.”

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