The well-renowned jitneys of Atlantic City are celebrating 100 years of service to the shore community this year.
Jitney service began in 1915, when Frank Fairbairn and S.W. Redmond started picking up riders and escorting them around town. Within a few months, there were hundreds of different vehicles operating as jitneys on the city streets of Atlantic City.
Through the good times and bad, nothing shakes these drivers. The key to these small buses’ success has been the ability to adapt. The jitney service has been doing exactly that for 100 years.
On Monday, Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian celebrated this time-honored tradition by taking a jitney to work. Monday marked the official anniversary for the buses.
This Friday, it will cost paying riders less to ride a jitney in Atlantic City. To celebrate this special day, a trip will cost you simply a nickel- the original fare from 1915, and the coin that helped give the jitney its name. This special fare will be charged from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.