N.J. express bus gets lost on regular route to NYC

Mike Krumboltz

Which way to the Big Apple? (photo: Thinkstock)
Which way to the Big Apple? (photo: Thinkstock)

It was supposed to be just another morning bus ride in the great state of New Jersey. Instead, an "express" bus went on a Homeric odyssey after the driver got lost, reports NJ.com.

Depending on where they board, passengers on NJ Transit’s No. 113 express bus can normally expect a roughly 45-minute commute to New York City, covering about 23 miles. On Thursday, the bus arrived at its New York destination nearly two hours late.

This misadventure was summed up nicely by a delightfully cryptic text from passenger Aileen Iosso to her boss, according to NJ.com: "I don’t know where I am and I don’t know when I’ll be in."

So, what the heck happened? It appears the driver, whose name was not released, simply got lost. When passengers tried to assist the driver, she became upset, according to NJ.com.

From the site:

During the convoluted trip, Iosso said, the bus was on Route 3, went by the Secaucus Junction train station on the Turnpike "three or four times," passed the Secaucus outlets and pulled over before the entrance to the George Washington Bridge.

"People were trying to help her, but she wouldn’t listen," Iosso said of the driver.

She said the bus crossed the bridge and the driver was directed down the West Side Highway in Manhattan, but stopped to ask where she could find the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Later, according to NJ.com, when a passenger asked to be let off the bus, the driver allegedly asked, "Are you threatening me?"

Nancy Snider, spokeswoman for NJ Transit, apologized for the snafu. "We apologize to our customers for their experience and we plan on reaching out to them," she said. "Appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of the investigation."