All-day jitney service has resumed to Atlantic City’s Back Maryland section, Councilman Marty Small announced Wednesday.
Last week, nighttime hours were cut after what Jitney Association President Tom Woodruff said were near nightly attacks by kids throwing rocks at the buses. Cost of damage to windows was estimated at $6,000 in two weeks.
“At the end of the day, cooler heads prevailed,” Small said, standing in front of a jitney at one of the three stops along North Maryland Avenue. “We are not going to ignore what happened. ... Acts like this won’t be tolerated in the city of Atlantic City.”
After learning of the problem, Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said he increased patrols in the area, telling officers to be on the lookout for young people who may be carrying rocks. Nothing was found.
“Maybe the word got out and the parents also helped in this,” Jubilee said.
Woodruff said pond rocks put down to help beautify the area had instead been used as “a pile of ammunition” for the attacks.
The rocks have since been removed, the chief said.
Woodruff said he is confident the police efforts will be successful.
“With things like this, it’s always a very small group of individuals in the neighborhood,” Public Safety Director Will Glass said.
Small said the quick action was proof of what can be done.
“When people work together in the city, they’re able to get good things done,” he said.
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