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Depleted Transportation Trust Fund Equals Rough Ride for NJ Residents NJ Spotlight, 3/16/15. With potholes dropping out up on roadways throughout New Jersey as the weather turns warmer, the future of a state program that helps municipal and county governments maintain thousands of miles of roadways remains rocky.
Gas prices set to take center stage this week as prices could plummet NJ.com, 3/16/15. Slip and falls are never good, except when it's the price of gas that takes a tumble.
Expect staged culvert replacement on Warwick Turnpike in West Milford Suburban Trends, 3/16/15. Passaic County is preparing to replace a 79-year-old culvert smack in the middle of the Abram S. Hewitt State Forest.
Union County bridges slated for upgrades MyCentralJersey.com, 3/16/15. UNION COUNTY – In Union County, hundreds of bridges and culverts help keep the traffic flowing over railways, waterways, and other obstacles — 470 bridges and culverts, to be exact. Keeping them in good repair is an ongoing task, and this year a new group of projects to improve five bridges is getting under way.
EDITORIAL: You bought it, you live with the noise Asbury Park PRess, 3/15/15. The number one rule in real estate is "Location, Location, Location!" You would think that slogan would cover buying a house in a development that sits cheek by tailpipe next to the Garden State Parkway.
Deadly crossings: Why walking is dangerous in Central Jersey Home News Tribune, 3/15/15. Peter Stavick, 39, was struck by a car and killed during the pre-dawn hours of Christmas Eve 2011 when he tried to cross Route 22 near Cramer Avenue in Green Brook.
Elected Officials: Expand the Light Rail to Bergen Already NJTV, 3/13/15. Elected officials from a dozen municipalities, state lawmakers, two county executives and the state’s two U.S. senators. All here to call for an expansion to Bergen of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system, a project which they say is critical to growth throughout the region.
N.J. Democrats 'agitate' for light rail funding NJ.com, 3/13/15. ENGLEWOOD — About a dozen north Jersey Democratic elected officials today got together to say they're determined to make the "Bergen" in Hudson-Bergen Light Rail mean something.
What exit? Parkway exit numbers officially change today as new exit opens NJ.com, 3/13/15. Garden State Parkway drivers will have to learn new numbers for two exits in Woodbridge and motorists in South Jersey will get a new exit 41 near Atlantic City, which opens today.
Grant Money Still Available to Outfit NJ Gas Stations with Generators NJTPA Mention
Route 206 roadwork still planned for 2016
NJ Herald, 3/13/15. The project to repave Route 206 through Newton and into Frankford, along with some added pedestrian conveniences, is still on track to be done during the 2016 construction season. The more than eight miles of work will enter the final design stage in the summer and be advertised for bids early next year, said Dan Triana, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Turnpike unveils $310M widening project in Bayonne Associated Press, 3/12/15. BAYONNE — Motorists used to long waits to get through the New Jersey Turnpike tolls in Bayonne will get some relief from a widening project at Exit 14-A.
County seeks Transportation Master Plan input at Morris Township meeting NJTPA Mention
Morris News Bee, 3/12/15. MORRIS TWP. – The township will host one of four public workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center at 353 East Hanover Ave. to get public input into the development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan.
Jersey City launches 'aggressive' pothole repair program Jersey Journal, 3/12/15. As the last of this winter's snow and ice melt off the streets, city officials are making it a priority to repair the roads for the sunny days ahead.
Monmouth County starts pothole repairs Examiner, 3/12/15. After weeks of plowing and salting county roads, Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering crews have transitioned over to the next phase of operation: pothole repair on county roads.
NJ Transit gets federal funds for recovery projects Independent, 3/12/15. NJ Transit will use part of a $147 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make resiliency and damage repairs that will impact several rail lines, including the North Jersey Coast Line.
Traffic measures slated at difficult intersection Tri-Town News, 3/12/15. Days after a Jackson teenager was killed in a motor vehicle crash in an intersection at the border of Jackson and Plumsted, officials announced changes aimed at improving safety at the location.
Park system opens new stretch of trail Examiner, 3/12/15. UPPER FREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Park System has announced the opening of an additional section of the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township.
Greater Red Bank Safety Examined Two River Times, 3/12/15. RED BANK – Red Bank’s bustling sidewalks and streets are the result of a vibrant cultural and business community and part of a major state highway but there’s a serious downside.
Federal grant funds Morristown’s Missing Link … to Patriots’ Path cycling Morristown Green, 3/11/15. The Missing Link has been found. It’s in Morristown, between Martin Luther King Avenue and Speedwell Lake, and it should be open to cyclists in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a $669,000 federal grant.
Fair Haven: Lucarelli Pumps for Bike Lane Red Bank Green, 3/11/15. Anyone who’s heard Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli talk about biking safety knows it’s an issue he’s passionate about. And listening to him talk about the biking-and-walking safety program he’s attending in Washington, D.C., this week, you’d think he was charging down to the capitol on two wheels.
NJ Transit Is Facing a Budget Shortfall Wall Street Journal, 3/10/15. NJ Transit riders may soon pay higher fares for the first time in five years to help close an $80 million budget shortfall facing the operator of trains, buses and light rail. How much more riders might eventually be charged isn’t clear.
Analysis: $2M road repair estimates greatly inflated, N.J. says The Record, 3/10/15. What’s the cost of a Jersey mile? Is it $2 million? Or $270,000?
Warmer temperatures mean time to start fixing potholes, Jersey City says Jersey Journal, 3/10/15. Now that temperatures are inching up, Jersey City officials are pledging they will start fixing the potholes that have been accumulating on city streets all winter.
Road Warrior: How NJ fills 1 million potholes The Record, 3/10/15. Like a mob boss dispatching hit men, New Jersey's transportation chief sent 13 "pothole killers" and dozens of work crews into the streets Monday to begin filling the cracks, crevices and craters that have scarred much of the 36,000 miles of state-maintained roads during this brutal winter.
Rutgers transportation specialists train special education students Daily Targum, 3/11/15. While many University students can become frustrated by the campus-wide bus system, special education students are using them to learn about mass transit both inside and outside the Garden State. The New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) at Rutgers is partnering with Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) to train special education students to feel more comfortable using public transportation to get from place to place.
N.J. preps $4M army of pothole killers and fillers for battle with besieged roads NJ.com, 3/9/15. The state's transportation boss outlined his battle plans today for doing war with the advancing army of potholes popping up on highways and interstates. Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox said the state is prepared to spend $4 million and commit 67 crews and 13 rented pothole killer trucks to the pothole fighting-effort this winter.
Morris County to hold hearings on transportation master plan NJTPA Mention
Observer Tribune, 3/9/15. The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works has scheduled a series of four public workshops through the end of April to get public comment into the development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan.
$669K Granted for Patriot's Path Connection to Great Morristown Greenway Patch, Morristown, 3/9/15. The New Jersey Department of Transportation just awarded a $669,000 grant to Morristown to create a connection between Patriot’s Path and the Great Morristown Greenway.
NAIOP New Jersey Public Policy Symposium: “The Intersection of Transportation and Workforce” NJTPA Mention
CityBizList, 3/9/15. Expressing the chapter’s support of any legislation that supports economic growth, “our 2015 priorities include securing sustainable funding for transportation infrastructure and serving as a resource for municipal officials in the adaptive re-use of obsolete properties,” said Michael G. McGuinness, CEO of NAIOP New Jersey, the commercial real estate development association.
Why gas prices in N.J. may not hit $3 again this year NJ.com, 3/9/15. Could April be the month of falling gas prices for drivers? A factor that might make the Magic 8 Ball of gas prices say "yes" is that crude oil supplies are at a high and the United States is running out of places to store it.
Brick groups seeks barrier against Parkway noise Asbury Park Press, 3/9/15. BRICK – A steady roar fills Evergreen Woods. The drone of not-so-distance cars and trucks bounces off the condominium facades. Inside Michele Spector’s home, the white noise of vehicles is ever evident. Her kitchen window overlooks a steady stream of southbound Garden State Parkway traffic heading past Exit 91. Since Parkway construction started two years ago, noise and air pollution have lowered the quality of life for her and neighbors living in Evergreen Woods, said the 59-year-old from Brick.
Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works announce upcoming public workshops NJTPA Mention
Independent Press, 3/8/15. The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works has scheduled a series of four public workshops through the end of April to get public input into the development of a new countywide Transportation Master Plan.
Road Warrior: Rooftop snow fines piling up in unclaimed fund The Record, 3/8/15. Most state lawmakers haven't noticed yet, but there's a little pot of untapped transportation revenue that might be available for somebody's pet project. The fund contains $210,000, and according to New Jersey's traffic safety chief, Gary Poedubicky, its intended recipients have made hardly any effort to claim it.
Examining New Jersey’s Highest in Nation Highway Costs NJTPA Mention
NewJerseyNewsroom.com, 3/7/15. In response to concerns that New Jersey highways are the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has drafted legislation that will give policymakers the information they need to lower costs for drivers and taxpayers.
Why are road, bridge and transit projects so expensive in NJ? Lawmaker wants answers NJ.com, 3/6/15. Why do roads, bridges and transit projects cost so much to build in New Jersey? State Senator Michael Doherty, R-Warren, has proposed a bill to try and answer that question and recommend ways to cut those costs.
Grant Money Still Available to Outfit NJ Gas Stations with Generators WOBM, 3/6/15. There’s federal grant money still available to outfit gas stations along New Jersey’s evacuation routes with back-up generators and quick-connects to keep them operating during a major disaster.
Push on for greater voice for NJ Transit riders Asbury Park Press, 3/6/15. TRENTON – NJ Transit's looming fare hikes and handing of a high-paying patronage job to Gov. Chris Christie's former spokesman has infuriated commuters, but they may end up with a greater voice in management of the agency's $2 billion annual budget. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, said he's introducing a bill that would add two public members who are commuters to the eight-seat board of directors. Nominations for the new members would be made by the Transportation Management Association Council of New Jersey.
The Usual Suspects: Analysis Shows Little Progress on the Region’s Most Dangerous Roads Mobilizing the Region Blog, 3/5/15. The latest analysis from Tri-State Transportation Campaign, released this week, finds that 1,266 pedestrians were killed on roads in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York in the three years from 2011 through 2013.
Invited guest to Wisniewski fundraiser slams him over N.J. gas tax, says he will 'get nothing': The Auditor NJ.com. 3/5/15. Now state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) knows what he gets for being one of the earliest proponents of raising the gas tax. Nothing.
Officials working to redesign troublesome intersection Pascack Valley Community Life, 3/5/15. More than 20,000 vehicles cross the Washington Avenue and Pascack Road intersection daily during the work week and as a result, Township of Washington officials are moving ahead with an effort to redesign the intersection that causes daily headaches for commuters and township residents.
Travel program aids students with special needs Sentinel, 3/5/15. A program being undertaken by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools seeks to make students with special needs comfortable with public transportation.
Council plans improvements News Transcript, 3/5/15. The Marlboro Township Council is proceeding with accelerated road improvement projects for the year ahead.
Federal agency ranks Ramsey train crossing among most dangerous in state Ramsey Suburban News, 3/5/15. Ramsey - When high-speed trains approach the Main Street rail crossing, daily traffic backed up across the tracks becomes a dangerous and sometimes near-fatal dilemma.
Road Warrior: Mammoth Turnpike pothole punishes drivers The Record, 3/5/15. For many road warriors, it was just another winter Wednesday — when an unexpected hole in the road can wreck your day, as it did for at least 17 drivers who skidded one by one into or around a 3-foot crater in a local lane of Route 95 in Ridgefield Park approaching the George Washington Bridge.
Transportation program focuses on special-education students MyCentralJersey.com, 3/5/15. Making special education students comfortable with public transportation is the goal of a program being undertaken by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools with the help of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), a travel-training course for students with disabilities.
Snow removal funding would be cut in half under Christie budget plan Star-Ledger, 3/4/15. TRENTON -- While the snow continues to pile up this winter, and memories of last year's heavy accumulations still haven't melted away, the new 2016 state budget proposal unveiled by Gov. Chris Christie last week cuts snow removal funding for the coming winter in half.
Startup work for Turnpike project under way Hudson Reporter, 3/4/15. The massive overhaul of the Bayonne New Jersey Turnpike exchange is moving forward with preparation work for the construction project that will take years to complete.
Lane Closures, Patriotism Maintained at Causeway Bridge Work Site The Sandpaper, 3/4/15. Both east- and west-bound lane closures on the Causeway bridges will continue throughout the next few weeks as the center medians on the east and west thoroughfares are removed and then replaced with temporary barriers, Stephen Schapiro, communications director of the N.J. Department of Transportation, told The SandPaper.
NJ Transit’s Plan to Close $80M Budget Gap: Increase Fares and Cut Back Service NJ Spotlight, 3/4/15. The hundreds of thousands of passengers who ride NJ Transit buses and trains every day will likely see their first across-the-board fare hikes in five years as the public transportation agency prepares to address an $80 million budget gap.
N.J.'s transportation issues — and their effect on business — are in focus at symposium NJTPA Mention
NJ Biz, 3/4/15. There's a reason some of Silicon Valley's major companies have based their marketing operations in New Jersey. As Choose New Jersey's Michael Chrobak will tell you: It's an exceptional market.
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