Suggestions for Travel Troubles to JCru
Heard about Jersey Cru and want to go? It's a pretty awesome time of fellowship, worship, hearing from God's word, and uniting our hearts together in Christ's mission to reach NJ college students with the gospel one campus at a time!We've heard however that sometimes people WANT to come, but can't get there due to travel issues. Our prayer as staff is that every student who wants to come to JCru is able to and that travel wouldn't be an obstacle. Although we know we can't solve every obstacle of getting you there, we do want to do everything we can do to help. Let's talk together through some suggestions to help each other out throughout the state!
First thing we can ALL do is pray! Pray that everyone who wants to be at JCru isn't hindered by obstacles-- travel or otherwise!
2. Offer Rides
And if you're thinking, 'Well I have a ride, so I don't need to read further'...let me challenge you first. Perhaps you have a ride and you're coming from a location that has other schools around you, or you pass other schools along the way. Maybe there's a school that would be slightly out of your way, but wouldn't add hours to your time...maybe only 30 minutes or so. After you organize rides for your school, would you count how many open spots you might have in your car, and then would you consider reaching out to a campus near you or on the way and offering those spots to others? Maybe this wouldn't work for you with where you are located, and that's fine... but hey it's worth asking you to think about it... if the end result is for someone else to experience the awesomeness that God does at JCru, that they might otherwise not get to experience.
3. Ask Other Students for Rides
If you need a ride/people at your school need rides and you can't figure it out at your campus.... Would you consider reaching out personally to the schools around you and asking them directly if they have spots in their cars and might be willing to drop by and get you and/or your friends? Often we see requests on the JCRU event page or Jersey Metro page and often these requests may not get seen, or overlooked. How about trying a direct ask of a school nearby or passing through? They may not have spots or be able to accommodate, but it's worth the ask!
4. Public Transportation
LASTLY-- CONSIDER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Here's an easy way to get to JCru using NJ Transit. We know not everyone will be able to do this depending on your location and how late trains run AFTER JCru as well, and you may need to do a little research on your own, but here's some instructions. PLEASE NOTE: check and make sure trains are also running on the way back or secure your ride home from JCru as well before hopping on the train to get there. I just looked up the NJ Transit website www.njtransit.com for Friday and it was pretty simple and easy to check the train schedule!IF you can get yourself to the NEW BRUNSWICK station using NJ Transit, here's instructions from there:1. Get off at the New Brunswick stop. Google may tell you 'edison'...technically its closer to where JCru is located, however it is more complicated from Edison and more expensive because you'll need to take a cab. Just get off at New Brunswick.2. When you get off at New Brunswick station, depending on where you are coming from, it will let you off either close to George Street, or Easton Avenue.3a. From George street side: turn to go LEFT UP George Street (If you reach Rt 27 you've gone in the wrong direction, turn around), make a LEFT at Hamilton street, then a RIGHT onto College Avenue. (if you get confused, just ask someone to direct you to college avenue-- Scott Hall bus stop).3b. From Easton Avenue side, make a RIGHT up Easton Avenue (if you reach Rt 27 then you've gone in the wrong direction, turn around) , then a RIGHT onto Hamilton Street (after about 2 blocks), a LEFT onto College Avenue. (if you get confused, just ask someone to direct you to college avenue-- Scott Hall bus stop)4. At the Scott Hall Bus stop, across from Scott Hall on College Avenue take the LX Rutgers Bus. Rutgers busses are FREE-- you just get on and enjoy the ride, no need for ID or anything.5. This bus will take you to the Livingston Campus and you want to get off at the Livingston Plaza bus stop. You'll see what looks like apartment buildings with stores underneath-- this is the correct stop. The stores include: Qdoba, Starbucks, Henry's diner and a few more! If you happen to miss getting off this stop by accident, the next stop is fine too, it's the Livingston Student Center.6. From Livingston Plaza stop, walk up the sidewalk away from all the stores. You should see signs for JCru. JCru is in Beck Hall starting at 8pm right at the top of the hill before you reach the REALLY fancy looking building. Beck Hall is the last 'older' looking building on the left side.7. After JCru: just do the same thing backwards to get back to the New Brunswick train station. The LX bus route on the way back may look a little different. And make sure you're on the right platform when you get back to the train station-- it's probably opposite from where you came out earlier.Remember to CHECK the NJ Transit website for specifics on your location that you're coming from and leave yourself plenty if not MORE time on the way back. The LX bus will be CROWDED on the way back due to the party culture at Rutgers, just a heads up for you to be aware of that, and the Rutgers busses run frequently but may be less frequent the later it is at night, so just be aware of all of these things and make good choices about when you need to leave after JCru.