NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — NJ TRANSIT will hold two hearings next month on planned changes to bus routes that the agency said will save more than $3 million a year.

The proposal calls for discontinuing five routes in Newark, Jersey City, Butler, Secaucus and Bloomfield and eliminating service on six other routes.

On the chopping block are bus lines 42, 43, 75, 78 and 93.

“All of these are under-utilized bus lines that directly compete with existing services,” spokesman John Durso told 1010 WINS.

The agency plans to create around the clock service between Newark, Newark Liberty International Airport and the Elizabeth Corridor.

Newark-Hillside cross-town buses would be extended to the Branch Brook Park Newark Light Rail Station.

NJ TRANSIT executive director James Weinstein said the plan would provide the best service to the most customers, while holding the line on fares.

Durso said the plan would impact just over 3,000 customers, and less than 100 customers would find themselves without any reasonable alternative within a half-mile of their current boarding location.

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