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Second deteriorating N.J. bridge closed this month NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 1/20/15. Another deteriorated bridge was closed by transportation officials one hour after inspecting it on Friday.
N.J. transportation chief orders immediate review of state's bridges The Record, 1/20/15. The fight over New Jersey’s nearly-broke transportation fund ratcheted up two notches Tuesday when Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox called for immediate safety inspections on every bridge in the state and local officials were warned not to count on $200 million in state transportation aid this year.
DOT orders 'immediate' inspection of 300 deficient N.J. bridges Star Ledger, 1/20/15. The state Department of Transportation Tuesday said it will begin inspections “immediately” of about 300 structurally deficient bridges in the state following the collapse of an Ohio span that claimed the life of a construction worker Monday. Commissioner Jamie Fox also cited the recent closure of a bridge in Franklin, Somerset County, in ordering the inspections, which are scheduled to start tomorrow, DOT spokesman Kevin Israel said.
N.Y.C. shrine to saint complicates Amtrak station plan The Record, 1/20/15. One thing that may stand between New Jersey commuters and a faster trip to New York is a bloody sock.
The best and worst train lines in N.J., according to riders Star-Ledger, 1/20/15. NJ Transit's busiest rail line is also its best route to New York, according to the commuters who ride it to work daily.
Do not raise the gas tax, N.J. residents say NJ.com, 1/20/15. TRENTON — No matter how badly roads and bridges are in need of repair, New Jersey residents don’t want to pay a higher gas tax to fund the work, a poll released today found.
Road Warrior: Low gas prices generating new spin in Trenton NJTPA Mention
The Record, 1/19/15. When opportunities arise like gasoline prices falling to well below $2 a gallon, count on policymakers to turn backflips to get what they want — in this case, more money for the bankrupt state Transportation Trust Fund to pay for crumbling roads and bridges.
County Bridge Over Deal Lake to be Replaced NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 1/19/15. ASBURY PARK, NJ – The public information meeting about the planned replacement of County Bridge O-10 on Sunset Avenue over Deal Lake located between Asbury Park and Ocean Township, is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Asbury Park City Hall Council Chambers, One Municipal Plaza.
Hudson River train tunnel hinges on pricey plan The Record, 1/18/15. As talk heats up again about building tunnels under the Hudson River, Amtrak is hanging its hopes on constructing a new station that will consume more than a block of midtown Manhattan, a site already rejected by other planners who thought the land would be prohibitively expensive.
Sunset Ave Bridge To Be Replaced NJTPA Mention
Word on the Shore, 1/16/15. Wanamassa: The Township of Ocean and The City of Asbury Park Monmouth County, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, will be hosting two Public Information Center meetings to inform local residents, officials, businesses and the general public of the Replacement of Monmouth County Bridge O-10 on Sunset Avenue over Deal Lake between the Township of Ocean and the City of Asbury Park.
Mayor says time is right to pitch train station for Kearny Jersey Journal, 1/16/15. KEARNY — Leaving a legacy for future generations of Kearny residents was the theme running through Mayor Al Santos's annual state-of-the-town address at last week's reorganization meeting.
No reductions expected in oil train traffic through Bergen County The Record, 1/16/15. Despite plummeting crude prices and an expected drop in production, CSX railroad executives say they will continue to ship the same amount of oil for the foreseeable future, including the 15 to 30 oil trains that travel each week through Bergen County.
Sea Bright Mulls More Back-In Parking Red Bank Green, 1/16/15. Hoping to piggyback on a plan by the state to repave the town’s main drag in coming weeks, Sea Bright officials gave informal approval Thursday to the creation of bike lanes on Ocean Avenue.
Passaic County receives $600,000 to study obsolete 6th Avenue Bridge NJTPA Mention
Paterson Times, 1/16/15. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) approved $600,000 for Passaic County to look into options for replacing or rehabilitating the 6th Avenue Bridge.
Unsafe bridges in New Jersey NJTPA Mention
My9NJ, 1/15/15. Dover, New Jersey - The New Jersey Department of Transportation, Transportation Trust Fund is set to run out of money by the end of June and up to 500 bridges that are deemed unsafe could be the first casualties of this budget shortfall.
Sunset Bridge will close for over a year at end of month NJTPA Mention
Asbury Sun, 1/15/16. A major overhaul of the Sunset Avenue bridge will start in late January, and county and transportation officials are set to hold two information sessions to keep citizens informed the day before closures will take place, according to a county news release.
Detours on the Way for Route 37 This Fall WOBM, 1/15/16. Starting in November 2015, the Route 37 Mathis Bridge between Toms River and Seaside Heights will be closed for some much-need repairs.
Bike Lane, Back-In Angled Parking Could Be Coming To Sea Bright Word on the Shore, 1/15/15. SEA BRIGHT: With the upcoming repaving of Ocean Avenue/Route 36, borough officials are now weighing the pros and cons of adding a bicycle lane and back-in angled parking when the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) re-stripes the highway.
Monmouth County Awarded $600K for Oceanic Bridge Study NJTPA Mention
Middletown Patch, 1/15/15. The New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has awarded Monmouth County a $600,000 federal grant to investigate the best ways to replace the Oceanic Bridge.
East Brunswick to improve Rues Lane intersection NJTPA Mention
County to Receive Grant for Oceanic Bridge Study
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 1/15/15. FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County received word on Monday that $600,000 in federal funding to perform a Concept Development Study for the replacement or rehabilitation of the Oceanic Bridge in Rumson and Middletown was approved by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees.
PATH riders rejoice that overnight service won't be eliminated after all Jersey Journal, 1/15/15. JERSEY CITY — News that the Port Authority had nixed plans to curtail overnight service on the PATH system spread fast among riders yesterday morning.
Eatontown Mayor Hopes To Reconfigure Two Major Intersections Word on the Shore, 1/15/15. EATONTOWN: As part of his first annual address, new Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly said he would like to see the reconfiguration of two major borough intersections.
Shhh! NJ Transit expands quiet cars to all train lines Star Ledger, 1/15/15. NJ Transit riders who want a break from loud talkers, cell phone yappers and other noise will find refuge starting next Tuesday as the agency expands its Quiet Commute program to more trains. NJ Transit's popular Quiet Commute program is being expanded across the rail system between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, starting Jan. 20 on trains departing from its major terminals in New York and New Jersey.
Plan to cut PATH overnight service off the table The Record, 1/14/15. A proposal to cut overnight PATH train service on weekends is no longer under consideration.
Overnight PATH cut plan officially dead, Port Authority says Star Leger, 1/14/15. Port Authority board chairman John Degnan said he will table a proposal to end overnight PATH train service. In a Jan. 13 letter to State Senate President Steven Sweeney and state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Degnan said the proposal has been tabled after they met and the lawmakers requested the Port Authority end consideration of eliminating overnight PATH service. "I have agreed to do so," Degnan wrote. "The panel's suggestion hasn't even been presented to the board of commissioners."
'Proper' roads planned for hillside neighborhood in Frenchtown Hunterdon County Democrat, 1/14/15. FRENCHTOWN — New sidewalks, water and sewer connections and better drainage and roads are planned or will be installed in 2015, according to Mayor Warren Cooper.
Sweeney calls for priority list of transportation projects in need of funding The Record, 1/14/15. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that he’s asked two transportation experts to create a list of top-priority road and rail construction projects that need funding to build a consensus about which big projects will be necessary over the next 10 to 20 years.
Lawmakers still confident transportation solution near MyCentralJersey.com, 1/14/15. TRENTON – It’s a big-ticket item with real-world impact and a fast-approaching deadline, but transportation funding didn’t get more than a glancing mention in Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State. Still, the reaction from legislative leaders essentially is a subdued reassurance that a Transportation Trust Fund solution is right around the bend.
Sweeney wants 'master plan' to address N.J.'s aging transportation infrastructure NJ.com, 1/14/15. TRENTON — New Jersey’s top Democratic lawmaker is beating the drum for tackling the state’s transportation infrastructure “crisis.” State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) announced today plans to develop a master plan aimed at improving the state’s infrastructure. Sweeney, who’s currently in discussions with other lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie to find ways to fund New Jersey’s virtually broke Transportation Trust Fund, hopes to outline transportation priorities for the state.
Construction underway on commuter rail line to Sussex County Star-Ledger, 1/14/15. Construction has begun on the first commuter train line to Sussex County in decades as rails are being installed that will extend service to Andover.
Monmouth County gets $600K for Oceanic Bridge study NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 1/14/15. FREEHOLD – Monmouth County has been awarded a $600,000 federal grant to study the best ways to replace the Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown.
After months down, service being restored to 3 Jersey City light rail stations Jersey Journal, 1/14/15. JERSEY CITY -- Service between the Liberty State Park station and the West Side Avenue station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system was to be restored this morning, according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.
Passaic County to Receive $600K Grant to Study Aging Bridge NJTPA Mention
Wayne Patch, 1/14/15. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees approved $600,000 for Passaic County to investigate options for replacing or rehabilitating the Sixth Avenue Bridge in Paterson.
City Of Summit Reports Morris Avenue Bridge Remains Opens NJTPA Mention
Summit Patch, 1/14/15. According to the City of Summit: A statement made during a meeting of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority on Monday erroneously referred to a bridge closure in Summit.
Montclair traffic: Bloomfield Avenue Corridor Plan hits delay The Montclair Times, 1/13/15. Not unlike the traffic that travels up and down the busy Essex County artery, the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan is running a little behind schedule.
Grant may help decide fate of Paterson's 6th Avenue Bridge NJTPA Mention
The Record, 1/13/15. Passaic County has been awarded a $600,000 grant to investigate either repairing or replacing the 6th Avenue Bridge, the antiquated span over the Passaic River that connects the Bunker Hill section of Paterson with Hawthorne and Prospect Park.
State approves Dover bridge project NJTPA Mention
Daily Record, 1/13/15. DOVER – The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority on Monday approved adding a $4.8 million project to its fiscal 2015 schedule to replace the structurally deficient Prospect Street Bridge.
Shuttered Bridges To Stay That Way With New Jersey Transportation Fund Depleted CBS New York, 1/13/15. DOVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Infrastructure problems on roads and bridges are causing great pain in New Jersey, and the source for funding to fix them is up in the air.
Letters: Monmouth County to Receive $600,000 Federal Grant for Oceanic Bridge Study NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 1/13/15. We are very busy at the start of 2015 with new projects on the horizon and the end to others nearing completion throughout Monmouth County. I am pleased to announce on Monday, January 12, 2015, myself and my fellow North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees members, unanimously approved $600,000 in federal funding for Monmouth County to investigate options for the replacement or rehabilitation of the Oceanic Bridge in Monmouth County.
Dangerous Morris County bridge closes and more could follow as state runs out of money to fix them NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 1/13/15. A Morris County bridge has been shut down because engineers deemed it too feeble to carry the weight of traffic, and Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox warned other spans could follow if new revenues aren't found to prop up the state Transportation Trust Fund.
NJ transport chief urges no PATH cutbacks NJTPA Mention
Railway Age, 1/13/15. If New Jersey's transportation commissioner gets his way, no cutbacks will occur to PATH overnight service linking the Garden State and Manhattan, despite a report commissioned by the governors of New Jersey and New York recommending such cutbacks be evaluated.
Raritan Valley Line passengers, local officials celebrate first 'one-seat' evening ride NJ.com, 1/13/15. Just past Newark, Rob Van Haaran asked a conductor for a high-five as he walked around collecting tickets.
W. Front Street Bridge closed until May for project Asbury Park Press, 1/5/15. MIDDLETOWN – Monday morning marks the start of a months-long construction project and a traffic headache, as construction crews close the West Front Street Bridge to install a new bridge—a necessary evil, as some might say, for travelers.
The List: New Jersey’s Deadliest Roads, Routes, and Highways Take a Tragic Toll NJ Spotlight, 1/5/15. As the most densely populated state, New Jersey has some very crowded roadways, particularly during rush hour. Yet the state ranked fourth-lowest of all states for the number of fatalities per 100,000 residents -- 6.32 in 2010.
Hoboken officials: PATH service cuts could hurt real estate appeal, including NJ Transit's rail yards NJ.com, 1/4/15. HOBOKEN —For many, proximity to New York City is a major selling point for living in Hoboken and Jersey City. But some officials say cutting overnight PATH train service could jeopardize the area's appeal—especially when it comes to future development projects, such as plans for the Hoboken rail yards.
20 road construction projects that will affect N.J. drivers in 2015 Star-Ledger, 1/4/15. The last hurrah of the state's Transportation Trust Fund will pour millions of dollars into highway and bridge construction in 2015 even as it runs out of money to do anything except pay off past debt. But drivers will also see a pay-off, in the form of new lanes and rebuilt bridges scheduled to open next year.
Three out of six major roads projects in state in Hudson County Jersey Journal, 1/4/15. Three out of the six major road projects being paid for in whole or in part by the state's Transportation Trust Fund run through Hudson County, The Star-Ledger reports. Even as the fund skirts running on empty, millions will be shelled out to build a new Wittpenn Bridge, which links Jersey City and Kearny; shore up the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway, which touches down in Jersey City, Kearny, and Newark; and expand to 13 lanes the Turnpike Interchange 14A in Bayonne.
Jackson: N.J. lawmakers present a united front for new rail tunnel The Record, 1/4/15. With both houses of Congress about to be controlled by Republicans, whose hard-liners denounce expensive federal projects as wasteful pork and have banned lawmakers from earmarking funds for pet projects, a bipartisan delegation from New Jersey is gearing up to win support for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
Route 37 Mathis Bridge Work Expected To Begin In Spring Toms River Patch, 1/4/15. The $79 million in repair work to the 65-year-old Route 37 Thomas A. Mathis Bridge should get underway this spring, but the majority of the work will be done in the winter months, Toms River officials announced recently.
County appoints engineering division chief NJTPA Mention
New Jersey Herald, 1/3/15. NEWTON — William Koppenaal, an engineer with Sussex County since 1966, was appointed as director of the Division of Engineering and assistant Sussex County engineer effective Thursday.
Direct Raritan Valley Line trains launch on Jan. 12 — just not during rush hour NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 1/2/15. NJ Transit will run eight direct Raritan Valley Line trains to and from New York starting with the 6:39 p.m. train from Raritan on January 12.
Brick Residents Say Parkway Development Has Turned Into Noisy Nuisance CBS New York, 1/2/15. BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ(CBSNewYork) — Residents are making calls for a wall in Brick.
Teaneck updates oil-train emergency readiness The Record, 12/31/14. TEANECK — Officials are urging residents to review an updated emergency preparedness plan in the event of a train derailment on the line carrying highly flammable oil tanks a stone's throw from some homes and businesses.
Hubbard's Bridge: What You Need to Know Red Bank Green, 12/31/14. Beginning next Monday, or thereabouts, Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown will be closed to traffic for four months as a new span, at left above, is completed, Monmouth County officials said this week.
NJ Transit replaces 3,400 ties after August derailment NJ.com, 12/30/14. NJ Transit replaced more than 3,000 concrete railroad ties after the deterioration of similar ties that hold rails in place were blamed for the low speed derailment of a commuter train on the Montclair-Boonton line in August.
Red-light cameras fade as speed cams get green light Associated Press, 12/30/14. Motorists rejoicing over decisions to discontinue unpopular red-light camera programs don't have to drive too far for a buzzkill.
Sunset Avenue footbridge rebuild on the horizon Asbury Sun, 12/30/14. A historic pedestrian bridge damaged during Hurricane Sandy may finally be fully rebuilt soon.
One-seat, off-peak ride to NYC comes to Raritan Valley Jan. 12 Union News Daily, 12/29/14. UNION COUNTY — Raritan Valley Line riders will get the long-awaited, off-peak evening direct trains to NY Penn Station beginning Monday, Jan. 12.
N.J. eyes highway rest stop upgrades Press of Atlantic City, 12/29/14. Could the modest souvenir and snack stands that give New Jersey’s highway rest stops their grab-and-go ambiance be replaced by upscale Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. shops?
PATH riders frustrated over potential cancellation of late night service Jersey Journal, 12/29/14. JERSEY CITY - At the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City today, the news of a potential cancellation of overnight PATH services between Manhattan and New Jersey did not sit well with many riders.
Retreat to the Urban Core Globe St., 12/29/14. In what appears to be the most dramatic shift in New Jersey’s demographics since World War II, brokers, developers and economists are reporting that the brakes have come on for population growth in the Garden State’s suburban areas. What’s even more surprising is that population in the urban centers of the state has surpassed that of the traditional bedroom communities, making the urban core a new hotbed of development activity across many sectors.
Direct Evening Rail Service Begins Jan. 12 NJTPA Mention
Bridgewater Patch, 12/28/14. Raritan Valley Line riders will get the long-awaited, off-peak evening direct trains to New York Penn Station beginning Jan. 12, 2015.
Port Authority transformation will take time, top appointees say The Record, 12/28/14. The authors of the Port Authority reform blueprint endorsed by Governor Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted their report on Sunday as a transformational shift for the embattled agency but also acknowledged that it could take years to enact the most complex and politically fraught proposals.
PATH could be targeted for privatization, service reduction under Port Authority plan embraced by governors NJ.com, 12/28/14. JERSEY CITY — A report by the Port Authority that’s supported by the governors of New York and New Jersey floats the idea of eliminating overnight PATH service and turning over the system's operation to an outside organization — public or private.
Pleasant Valley Way safety study: progress, more to come NJTPA Mention
Essex News Daily, 12/27/14. WEST ORANGE — The Pleasant Valley Way Traffic and Safety Commission discussed significant progress in making the busy street safer for pedestrians since it last met when it gathered for the second time at the West Orange Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Drivers warned to stay off trails Examiner, 12/25/14. MILLSTONE — Eric Davis, chairman of the Millstone Township Environmental Commission, said a project dubbed “A Sign is Worth a Thousand Words” will help motorists make some important realizations about protecting a precious natural resource, namely the community’s public open space and trails.
Despite talk show jokes, Jersey drivers rank among the best in the US Star-Ledger, 12/24/14. The much maligned Jersey driver isn't the best in the nation, but they're close enough to the top spot to flash a grin to envious drivers in 38 other states, who stink more than we do.
Red Bank celebrates restored stationhouse The Hub, 12/24/14. RED BANK — Local and state officials praised the completed restoration of the stationhouse at the Red Bank Train Station.
Fair Haven mayor promotes bike paths The Hub, 12/24/14. The mayor of Fair Haven is hoping to encourage safer bicycling throughout the borough and Monmouth County with the addition of new bike lanes on public streets and roads.
Trouble over bridge continues in Dover Neighbor News (Dover Edition), 12/24/14. In the Dec. 10 issue of Neighbor News, we reported the closing of the Prospect Street bridge with excerpts from a letter written by Dover Mayor James Dodd, expressing his concern and frustration with the matter.
Rail yard scrap: 5 problems NJ Transit has with Hoboken's redevelopment plan NJ.com, 12/24/14. HOBOKEN — The city council green-lighted plans to redevelop the Hoboken rail yards, but NJ Transit isn't completely on board.
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