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New Jersey Transit recommended discontinuing the bus service between the town and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro due to low ridership, The Times of Trenton reported on Monday.

The specific route that is affected is the 655 Princeton-Plainsboro route.

New Jersey Transit officials announced Monday that the agency faces a budget gap of about $60 million for the 2016 fiscal year, and that to close the gap, the agency is considering discontinuing some of its routes.

The Tiger Transit route that runs between the hospital and the University would be unaffected.

In addition to discontinuing and reducing bus routes, New Jersey Transit alsoproposed increasing the fares up to 9 percent. If approved, this would be the first fare increase in five years.

Public hearings on fare increases and service reduction are scheduled from May 16-21, prior to the final decision of the agency’s board of directors in July. Possible service changes would take effect in September and fares would be adjusted starting Oct. 1 if the changes are approved.

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