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Restoring Phillipsburg Union Station NJTV News, 4/6/15. It’s a quiet corner in America’s most densely populated state. But it wasn’t always like this in Phillipsburg.
Be prepared for roller coaster gas prices for the next two weeks, experts say NJ.com, 4/6/15. Drivers will encounter two uneven things in their travels this month, pothole-scarred roads and gas prices.
Hudson Newsmakers: Hyman opens up about fight over Jersey City embankment Jersey Journal, 4/6/15. Steve Hyman, 70, the New York man whose attempt to develop the Sixth Street Embankment has led to a decade-long legal battle and the end of his friendship with Mayor Steve Fulop, sat down recently with The Jersey Journal to talk about the embankment.
5 Port Authority projects that could face scrutiny under spending review NJ.com, 4/6/15. This spring, commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will begin re-examining the agency's $27.6 billion 2014-23 capital plan adopted by the board in February 2014 under a different chairman and very different circumstances.
Christie's transportation chief: the most candid man in his cabinet? | Editorial Star-Ledger, 4/6/15. He's at it again. Jamie Fox, the man Gov. Chris Christie picked as transportation chief, continues to remind the leaders of this state that we are in a crisis -- in fact, that's exactly what he said to the Senate budget committee last week: "We're in a crisis."
Shore towns improving beach access for the disabled Press of Atlantic City, 4/5/15. Towns in South Jersey are doing more this year to improve beach access for handicapped visitors.
How office parks are dragging down N.J.’s recovery Parsippany Focus, 4/5/15. The New Jersey office park isn't what it used to be, and the state's job market is suffering for it.
Concrete falls from Route 17 overhead walkway; DOT declares Ridgewood site safe for traffic The Record, 4/4/15. RIDGEWOOD — The state Department of Transportation says a pedestrian walkway over Route 17 is safe enough to allow cars to pass under it, following an emergency inspection on Saturday afternoon prompted by chunks of concrete falling onto the road.
Christie's proposed budget doesn't cover fixing bridges, NJ transportation chief says The Record, 4/3/15. Even after spending $1.1 billion next year on New Jerseys’ transportation department, Governor Christie’s proposed budget does not provide enough money for the state to fix its backlog of 290 structurally deficient bridges, Christie’s transportation commissioner said at a Senate hearing Thursday.
Calls to Regulate Jitney Buses “I believe they do need some regulation,” said Nadia Cabana.
NJTV News, 4/3/15. Even frequent riders like Cabana view the jitney hustle in Hudson County as a bit of a rodeo as drivers jockey for riders.
Eatontown Receives Good News On Intersection Improvement Project NJTPA Mention
Word on the Shore, 4/2/15. EATONTOWN: The borough recently received some good news on a project it has been fighting to have approved for years.
Sea Bright Downtown Improvements Coming Word on the Shore, 4/2/15. SEA BRIGHT: The borough's downtown business district will soon be receiving a facelift. The borough received a $1.34 million Community Development Block Grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority for a streetscaping project.
Streetscape contract awarded Examiner, 4/2/15. Work on the historic streetscape improvement project in Allentown will need to begin before the end of summer. Otherwise, the borough would risk losing grant money that has been awarded, officials said.
Dire picture of N.J.’s transportation issues emerges MyCentralJersey.com, 4/2/15. TRENTON – As New Jersey emerges from a relentless winter with more than 180,000 potholes already filled, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has detailed the dire transportation circumstances the state is facing. New Jersey Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim discussed a likely proposal for fare increases, and Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox told the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday that the state’s transportation trust fund faces a June 30, 2016, “wall.”
Christie tapping NJ Transit loan repayment to fund transportation projects Star-Ledger, 4/1/15. TRENTON — A portion of the money Gov. Chris Christie's administration is using to eek one more year out of a fading Transportation Trust Fund will be paid by calling in a loan from NJ Transit.
Bridge used to highlight N.J.'s crumbling infrastructure will be replaced NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 4/1/15. A bridge that was used by Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox as the poster child for crumbling infrastructure and to illustrate the need for more funding for major projects, is on the road to replacement.
Opinion: Making wise investments in our state’s infrastructure The Record, 4/1/15. NEW JERSEY is facing its worst transportation crisis since the '70s, when the bankruptcies of the Penn Central and other railroads, mounting losses by the big bus companies and the state's inability to fund road and bridge repairs threatened to cripple the transportation network that is the lifeblood of our economy.
Crosswalks are getting safer for pedestrians and drivers in N.J. NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 3/31/15. Drivers and pedestrians are learning to get along in the crosswalk, according to a report analyzing a pedestrian safety campaign done in five communities throughout New Jersey.
N.Y. Penn Station passengers can ride up again at main entrance, report says NJ.com, 3/31/15. NEW YORK -- Workers have figured out a way to make the down escalator at the main entrance to New York Penn Station go up, according to the Wall Street Journal.
When does transportation funding really become a crisis in NJ? NJ 101.5, 3/31/15. On the February edition of “Ask the Governor,” Gov. Chris Christie said refunding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund was “not something to rush on or rush through” and added the TTF was “not in crisis at the moment.” On Tuesday, state treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff agreed with the governor’s assessment.
Not so fast! Gas prices could rise, despite predictions of cheap fuel NJ.com, 3/30/15. Remember that disclaimer about how "your mileage may vary" in car commercials? The business of forecasting oil prices comes with the same caution, especially when it comes to events in the volatile Middle Eastern oil producing countries.
Christie’s Transportation Record Assailed as Short-Sighted, Short of Cash NJ Spotlight, 3/30/15. When transportation experts discuss Gov. Chris Christie’s record, their voices are weighed by a disappointment that occasionally edges into anger.
Chris Christie OK on no gas tax increase Asbury Park Press, 3/30/15. TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie scored an important political victory on his decision to put off action on a gasoline tax when the New Jersey Legislature's chief budget officer said the state "can scrape by'' for the next year without a hike.
What’s next for the Gold Coast? Hudson Reporter, 3/29/30. As developers search for new opportunities in the Gold Coast, the 19-mile stretch of New Jersey from the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge, they are seeing their target market of renters broaden beyond the 25 to 35-year-old millennials that were once the primary focus.
Railroad’s safety checks of bridge over Oradell Reservoir questioned The Record, 3/28/15. Amid concerns over fiery oil train derailments nationwide, state transportation officials want to review inspection reports of bridges that these trains cross, including a tiny span over the Oradell Reservoir that only its owner — the CSX rail corporation — has any current reports on its safety.
Fair Haven Cycling Safety on the Fast Track Two River Times, 3/28/15. FAIR HAVEN – Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli is pedaling hard to improve cycling safety. Lucarelli, who has been advocating for a designated bicycle route along county-controlled roadways through the Two River area for the past year, is stepping up his efforts to have it come to fruition and to push greater education efforts for all who use the roadways.
Third public workshop on new Morris County Transportation Plan is April 1 in Morris Twp. NJTPA Mention
Independent Press, 3/27/15. The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works will hold the third in a series of four public workshops to get public input into development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan on Wednesday evening, April 1, at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.
NJ Transit commuters pay the highest fares in the country, analysis finds NJ.com, 3/27/15. NJ Transit train commuters pay the highest fares of the nation's 10 biggest commuter railroads, including those run by New York's MTA, which just hiked fares on Monday, according to a commuter group and an NJ Advance Media analysis.
Could the new Port Authority Bus Terminal actually be built in N.J.? Star-Ledger, 3/26/15. NEW YORK -- At up to $10.5 billion, the projected cost of replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan was a jolt even to the agency's own board members.
Potholes in Millburn repaired by county, township officials The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 3/26/15. Of the many potholes that occupy county and local streets, it seems as though many people can pinpoint the specific one that has become the bane of their roadway existence.
NJDOT, elected officials push for 25-cent gas tax at Rutherford event South Bergenite, 3/26/15. The Meadowlands region is a key New Jersey economic engine that runs only as smoothly as its roadways, but costs the average driver $600-1,000 a year in vehicle repairs. A 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax would help fund fixing roadways and aging bridges in the Garden State, state officials noted at the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel in Rutherford.
Repairs begin on Essex Avenue in Glen Ridge, Bloomfield Glen Ridge Voice, 3/26/15. Glen Ridge and Bloomfield have officially started work on an overhaul of Essex Avenue.
Glen Ridge editorial: How to fill potholes, budget holes Glen Ridge Voice, 3/26/15. It's that time of year when spring is on our minds – as are spring projects, like road and pothole repairs
FEMA to provide $2M for bridge in Middletown Independent, 3/26/15. MIDDLETOWN — More than $2 million in federal funding has been committed for the replacement of the Bray Avenue Bridge, which has been closed for more than two years.
Franklin awarded $330,000 for ‘safe routes to school’ sidewalk New Jersey Herald, 3/25/15. FRANKLIN — A plan to build a sidewalk on a quarter-mile stretch of Route 631 is among two dozen projects receiving federal funding from a program administered by the state Department of Transportation.
Pulaski Skyway to close on weekends during spring Associated Press, 3/25/15. JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Motorists who use the Pulaski Skyway will need to find alternate routes starting this weekend.
What will win the Final Four of bad N.J. driver behavior? NJ.com, 3/25/15. You might not find speeding, tailgating or texting on a sports fan's bracket, but they went head-to-head in the world of New Jersey drivers.
New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Program May Be Making Positive Impact NJTPA Mention
Insurance Journal, 3/25/15. A recent pedestrian safety program provides some evidence that tickets and warnings, combined with education efforts, work to improve safety among walkers.
Management key to city’s parking issue Asbury Park Sun, 3/24/15. Management of the city’s parking infrastructure is the key to getting a handle on parking, according to a study compiled by Desman Associates.
Eatontown Officials Hoping For Fix of Troublesome Intersection Word on the Shore, 3/24/15. EATONTOWN: One of the busiest intersections in the borough could be improved in the near future.
Be heard at the Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Open House in Newark this coming Thursday, March 26 NJTPA Mention
Jersey Journal, 3/24/15. The North Jersey Transportation and Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the City of Newark are hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 26, to discuss Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety.
Explainer: Will NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Ever Get to Bergen County? NJ Spotlight, 3/24/15. Despite its name, NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail doesn’t serve Bergen County.
Oceanic Bridge: Night Closings to Start Red Bank Green, 3/24/15. oceanic bascule 071408Overnight closures of the Oceanic Bridge between Middletown and Rumson are scheduled to begin Tuesday night as ongoing repair work to the 75-year-old span continues, according to Monmouth County officials.
Misspelled 'STOOP' sign stops traffic in Downtown Jersey City Jersey Journal, 3/24/15. We've all had our fair share of typos, but this one is "stoopendous."
2015 should be the summer of cheap gas, so plan your road trips NJ.com, 3/23/15. How much crude oil is out there? Enough to last for almost a month if production stopped right now, which is the highest supplies have been since 1985.
History of New Jersey canals at Macculloch Hall in Morristown Morris News Bee, 3/23/15. MORRISTOWN - This spring, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) presents a speaker series related to the current exhibits on display at the museum, at 4:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month, through June. On Sunday, April 26, President of the Canal Society of New Jersey (CSNJ) Joe Macasek will present “The Morris Canal & the Morris Canal Greenway.”
Morris County seeking input for transportation plan NJTPA Mention
Daily Record, 3/23/15. The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works will hold the second of a series of four public workshops to get public input into the development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan on Wednesday at the Denville Municipal Building.
NYC subway fare rises to cover employee raises, report says NJ.com, 3/23/15. The price of a subway ride in New York City has gone up again.
Why Your Bridge Will Never Be Fixed Daily Beast, 3/23/15. Congress won’t fund projects, but even if it did, they’d never get built. Here are three ways to speed the process and add accountability.
Road Warrior: Jersey drivers’ bumper crop ranges from clever to confusing The Record, 3/22/15. With dodging potholes the latest gripe among New Jersey’s road warriors, somebody might assume they’re humorless clods, just trying to avoid being involved in one of the 780 collisions in the state each day.
Byram still not ready to sign off on Route 206 New Jersey Herald, 3/22/15. BYRAM -- With road construction from Acorn Street to the ShopRite plaza finally complete, township officials in Byram are looking to spring to bring a close to the long, drawn-out Route 206 project.
Turnpike construction project to help drivers, local economy Hudson Reporter, 3/22/15. Easier travel and an improved local economy are two of the expected results of the $310 million New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s Interchange 14A Improvement Project, which broke ground on Wednesday, March 10, according to officials.
Investment in Hudson County's major roadways is measured in billions Jersey Journal, 3/22/15. HUDSON COUNTY -- Billions of dollars are being poured into upgrading the transportation infrastructure in Hudson County as the area is expected to see a surge in development in coming years. New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chairman Jamie Fox recently went as far as to call the growth in the state's urban areas a "renaissance." State Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Schapiro used that word as well when describing the necessity of strengthening the area's infrastructure.
Deadly Elmwood Park rail crossing to get $800,000 fix NJ.com, 3/22/15. ELMWOOD PARK -- The state Department of Transportation plans to make safety improvements at a dangerous rail crossing on Midland Avenue. The department announced that construction at the crossing would begin by the end of March. The crossing, where Midland Avenue intersects at a sharp angle with NJ Transit tracks, is among the most dangerous in the country, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. It has been the site of 29 accidents and two deaths since 1975, the New York Times reported.
All kidding aside, why won't Christie push for a new tunnel to Manhattan? | Editorial Star Ledger, 3/22/15. A high-profile reform panel appointed by the governors of New York and New Jersey says the Port Authority should start selling off its real estate, focus more on transportation and lead the regional planning effort for a new tunnel to Manhattan. New Jersey's Senate President, Stephen Sweeney, says the same thing. So where is Christie on this?
Uber, Lyft car services targeted by proposed NJ regulations Associated Press, 3/20/15. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft would be subject to stricter legal requirements under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Thursday.
NJ to undertake safety improvement at Elmwood Park railroad crossing The Record, 3/19/15. ELMWOOD PARK — The state has approved a number of safety improvements at the Midland Avenue railroad crossing, which work will begin on later this month.
Move to regulate ride-share services like Uber, Lyft advances in NJ [video] The Record, 3/19/15. New Jersey would become one of the more stringent regulators of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft under a bill advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.
Repairs planned for Route 287 from Franklin Lakes to Mahwah Oakland Suburban News, 3/19/15. Mahwah – Noisy evening road work is expected during repairs scheduled for Route 287 from Mahwah to Franklin Lakes this spring, local and state officials confirmed.
Port Authority chairman to Newark: 'We're not a piggy bank' Star-Ledger, 3/19/15. NEWARK — Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman John Degnan said Wednesday the agency has been fair in its dealings with the state's largest city.
PA Should Sell Real Estate to Help Fund Gateway Tunnel, Lawmakers Urge NJ Spotlight, 3/18/15. A group of New Jersey lawmakers and transportation advocates said at a midday news conference yesterday that the Port Authority and Amtrak are a perfect match -- and money is the matchmaker.
Jersey City hosts workshop to prepare for oil disasters Jersey Journal, 3/18/15. Jersey City has been named as one of three sites in the nation to host a two-day workshop on safety preparedness in the case of a crude oil delivery disaster.
Cleaning Up More Than 100 Years of Spilled Oil in New Jersey WNYC, 3/18/15. The oil refineries of northern New Jersey have been the butt of late-night jokes, created the moody backdrop for Bruce Springsteen songs, and were the subject of an $8.9 billion lawsuit by the state seeking damages for the loss of land to the public dating back a more than a century.
Monmouth County gets $2M from FEMA for bridge repair Asbury Park Press, 3/17/15. MIDDLETOWN – Monmouth County is set to receive $2 million from FEMA to replace sections of the superstorm Sandy-damaged Bray Avenue Bridge over Pews Creek.
Port Authority chairman says sale or lease of real estate holdings could pay for new bus terminal The Record, 3/17/15. The chairman of the Port Authority said Tuesday that a complex combination of real estate deals – including the possible sale or lease of the World Trade Center and other valuable properties owned by the agency – could finance construction of a proposed new multibillion-dollar bus terminal in midtown Manhattan.
Sell $3B in real estate to fund new Hudson River rail tunnel, top Dem tells Port Authority Star-Ledger, 3/17/15. NEWARK -- State senate president Steve Sweeney called on the Port Authority to sell at least $3 billion in real estate to help fund construction of a new Hudson River rail tunnel.
Child seat belt laws ‘antiquated and vague’ in NJ, lawmaker says New Jersey 101.5, 3/17/15. New Jersey’s child seat belt laws are not only antiquated, they’re also too vague, according to state Sen. Jim Beach (D-Cherry Hill).
Morristown Residents Can Give Their Opinion At 4 Public Workshops on The New Countywide Transportation Master Plan NJTPA Mention
Alternative Press, 3/17/15. MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works will hold the first of a series of four public workshops to get public input into the development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan on Wednesday evening, March 18, at the Lincoln Park Community Center.
Replacing Port Authority Bus Terminal could reportedly cost $10.5 billion The Record, 3/17/15. Plans by the Port Authority to replace the decrepit bus terminal in midtown Manhattan with a new state-of-the-art complex could cost up to $10.5 billion — the most expensive transportation project ever undertaken by an agency with a résumé of large and costly projects — and take 15 years to design and build, two officials with knowledge of the plans said Monday.
A personal rapid transit system in N.J.? Anything’s possible NJBIZ, 3/17/15. It was a science fiction apparatus from the ‘60s that is maybe — just maybe — coming to fruition soon. It’s no time machine, but the personal rapid transit system could at least help Jerseyans save time on the commute.
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