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Why did NJ Transit get rid of some seats in Penn Station? NJ.com, 7/9/15. Need a place to sit down and wait for your NJ Transit train in New York? Erlinda Kravetz wants to know why NJ Transit removed the seats in the lower waiting areas at NY Penn Station in the agency's Seventh Avenue concourse.
Merchants say roadwork is bad for business GMNews.com, 7/9/15. Old Bridge business owners — who say they are adversely affected by the reconstruction of the Laurence Harbor Parkway Bridge over the Garden State Parkway — are set to meet with township and New Jersey Turnpike officials this week.
Commuters could lose half of their face time with NJ Transit's board next year NJ.com, 7/9/15. Have a gripe about the train or bus that takes you to and from work? Commuters will only have one scheduled evening meeting over the next 12 months to take it up with NJ Transit's board face-to-face. Officials have rolled back the number of commuter-friendly 6 p.m. meetings from two to one in fiscal year 2016. NJ Transit contends the agency can change a start time to the evening if needed. Commuter advocates said they believe riders are being shut out
Somerset is #1 in cracking down on cell phone drivers myCentralJersey.com, 7/8/15. SOMERVILLE – Somerset County led the state in issuing tickets for drivers using cell phones during a statewide crackdown in April.
Bridge over Green Brook closed due to safety concerns NJ.com, 7/8/15. GREEN BROOK — The Jefferson Avenue Bridge over the Green Brook, which runs between Green Brook Township, the Borough of Dunellen and the City of Plainfield, has been crossed for the last time by motorists.
Here's why heavily armed police officers were patrolling PATH stations yesterday NJ.com, 7/8/15. JERSEY CITY -- The attention of many PATH riders was grabbed yesterday when the Port Authority Police Department's Emergency Services unit carried out a training operation at several New York and New Jersey locations.
Turnpike 14A toll plaza construction: July 7 update NJ.com, 7/8/15. BAYONNE -- City officials have released several updates regarding the Turnpike Authority's Interchange 14A Improvement project, which have come out of regular meetings with contractors for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Government to require cameras in train cabs after Amtrak crash NorthJersey.com, 7/8/15. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it's drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.
United Airlines suffers 2nd major grounding in 2 months NorthJersey.com, 7/8/15. Hundreds of United Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday after the airline experienced computer problems for the second time in just over a month.
What to do before hitting the road NorthJersey.com, 7/8/15. If you are hitting the road this summer, you will have lots of company. With millions of Americans taking road trips, the last thing you need is car trouble. A simple pre-trip driveway vehicle inspection helps ensure a safe and stress-free journey.
Through-Running at Penn Station is the Key to a Unified Regional Rail Network TSTC.org, 7/8/15. The future of Penn Station has long been an object of fascination for New Yorkers and others in the region. But what if that fixation on the terminal is misplaced? As transit blogger Yonah Freemark wrote this week, But what if this orientation towards rail terminals is actually reducing the effectiveness of our rail system?
Will ramps to I-287 get more lanes? NJ.com, 7/8/15. The answer to one question about a road project is bound to prompt a query about work on a neighboring highway. That's the case with a question about a ramp between I-80 and 287.
N.J. names 30th transit village, town calls designation 'tremendous' NJ.com, 7/8/15. IRVINGTON — New Jersey has two more transit villages, bringing the state's grand total to 30, the Christie administration announced in a release Wednesday.
Why is I-287 like a debris field? Nj.com, 7/7/15. Is there anything more annoying than hearing the sound of road debris hitting your vehicle and windshield while bumping through a construction zone? Roll up the windows, because it's a dusty ride to the mailbag to get answers.
The Case for New Hudson River Rail Tunnels NYtimes.com, 7/7/15. Across the country, competition is stiff for the most dilapidated bridge, tunnel or train system...But a plan for a pair of new passenger tunnels under the Hudson River, called Gateway, surely ranks one, two and three in terms of urgent rail projects.
Park Ridge Named as NJ Transit Village Bergen Dispatch, 7/8/15. Park Ridge has accepted for inclusion in the state's transit village initiative.
What is putting the brakes on cheaper gas prices? NJ.com, 7/13/15. Drivers are taking advantage of gas that is close to $1 cheaper than it was the same time last summer. While that makes for cheaper road trips, it's also stalling a sharper decline in gas prices, our experts said.
Road Warrior: A deadly trend on U.S. roads, but N.J. bucking study’s findings The Record, 7/13/15. After four decades of steadily declining traffic fatalities, American roads appear to be getting more deadly – a trend that’s likely to worsen this summer as the economy continues to improve and more drivers take to the roads. Preliminary figures in a year-over-year analysis conducted by the National Safety Council show a 13 percent increase in road deaths for the first four months of 2015, a dramatic hike that follows a 5.5 percent rise in fatalities during the last three months of 2014.
Seastreak ferry launches new shuttle service to help New Yorkers get to Sea Bright beach NJ.com, 7/13/15. SEA BRIGHT — The trip for New Yorkers looking to enjoy a day down the Jersey Shore just got easier. The Seastreak ferry service launched a new complimentary shuttle service on Saturday that will help get people get from Manhattan to Sea Bright more efficiently. In partnership with Sea Bright, Seastreak is offering the Saturday and Sunday bus service from the Highlands ferry stop right to the shore
Bergen Community College free shuttle catches on North Jersey.com, 7/12/15. A two-bus shuttle service connecting Bergen Community College’s main campus in Paramus with its newer satellite in Lyndhurst appears to have found its audience, judging by ridership numbers provided by the county.
Fate of late night Rockland train to be decided this week LoHud Journal News/Gannett, 7/12/15.Rockland residents will likely find out this week if they'll still be able to take a late night Pascack Valley Line train on most days to get home from New York City. On Wednesday, the New Jersey Transit board is expected to decide whether to eliminate the 12:45 a.m. train out of Hoboken, N.J. (1601), which runs Monday through Friday. That would leave those who work or stay late in the city scrambling to catch the 10:42 p.m. departure from Hoboken.
NJ Transit fare hikes put focus again on funding North Jersey.com, 7/12/15. NEWARK — As commuters in New Jersey prepare for rail and bus fare increases to be approved this week, the spotlight again has shifted to why the state's transportation agency has had to dip into bus and rail riders' pockets for the fifth time since 2002.
A $300 million bet on a long-delayed tunnel project Crains New York, 7/12/15. A proposed train tunnel linking New York and New Jersey, seen by experts as crucial to relieving the bottleneck under the Hudson River, is on track and gaining momentum. "We're doing it," Amtrak Chairman Anthony Coscia told the Crain's editorial board Wednesday. Mr. Coscia said Amtrak could begin the environmental-review process this fall, and has already spent about $300 million on preparatory work and land acquisition, even though the estimated $15 billion needed for the larger Gateway project, which includes the tunnel, has not been lined up
Corner-kicked - Hertz dumped for Zipcar as city’s car share operator Hudson Reporter, 7/12/15. Hoboken’s Corner Cars program – in which 42 cars are placed on the streets for people to use at an hourly rate – will continue, but within four to six weeks, it will be run and furnished by Zipcar rather than Hertz.
New Jersey gas prices down slightly North Jersey.com, 7/11/15.TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.The national average price on Friday was $2.76, down a penny from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.64.
Skies become friendlier; on-time flights rise at Newark Airport NorthJerey.com, 7/11/15. Beleaguered travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport, long beset by some of the nation’s worst delays, are in the midst of a period of improved on-time performance rarely seen during the past decade.
AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices down slightly NJ.com, 7/11/15. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.59, down a penny from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.55.
Last flight for US Airways expected in October NorthJersey.com, 7/10/15. DALLAS (AP) — The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.
The Pulaski Skyway 'speed bumps' will be replaced this weekend NJ.com, 7/10/15. Those pesky speed-bump like metal plates on the Pulaski Skyway, which have been the bane of many driver's existence, will be gone after this weekend. The Pulaski Skyway is closed this weekend for the last of eight weekends for floor beam replacement and "the last of the plates creating bumps over the floor beams will be removed," said Steve Schapiro, state Department of Transportation spokesman. "There still will be steel plates on the roadway, but more driver-friendly ones," he added
LETTER: Transportation funds mean faster rides MyCentralJersey.com, 7/11/15. For both the recent Fourth of July holiday and Memorial Day AAA predicted increases in travelers on the roadways. But for the first time in my memory I’ve had numerous people ask me why there was less congestion on their holiday travel routes — usually heading towards the Shore.
Why you'll be safer riding in NJ Transit's newest buses NJ.Com, 7/10/15. The newest 722 new cruiser-style commuter buses that NJ Transit is scheduled to approve the purchase of next week will be the agencies safest, featuring seat belts for all passengers and roll-over protection.
NJ Transit to buy train cameras recommended by federal safety board NJ.com, 7/10/15. NJ Transit's board will vote on a $7 million contract Wednesday to install inward facing cameras in locomotives and rail cars with engineer's cabs.
Two New Transit Villages Named, Including Second Bus-Centered Designation NJFuture.org, 7/10/15. On July 8 the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced the designation of two new Transit Villages, its 29th and 30th. The two new designees are Park Ridge in Bergen County and Irvington in Essex County.
Major NJDOT Project Will Improve Traffic Flow, Commercial Access Along Route 72 The SandPaper.villagesoup.com, 7/10/15. The N.J. Department of Transportation has proposed its $12 million plan to dramatically reconfigure a 3,700-foot stretch of Route 72, from the Garden State Parkway exit ramp extending east to just past the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
State and Federal Transportation Trust Funds Teeter on Edge of Bankruptcy NewbrunswickToday.com, 7/10/15. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—While highway and transit funding in New Jersey has been granted a temporary reprieve, the clock is still ticking as the funds responsible for powering infrastructure construction dry up.
NJ TRANSIT To Vote On Plan For Cameras Monitoring Train Crews NewYork.CBSLocal.com, 7/10/15. NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The NJ TRANSIT Board will vote next week on a multi-million dollar contract to put new cameras on its trains.
NJ Transit's plan to get you to work should a Hudson River tunnel close NJ.com, 7/9/15. If a Hudson River rail tunnel has to be shut down for repairs, NJ Transit officials say they'd move commuters using a plan similar to the one enacted after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Pay a toll today? You likely gave money to 1 of the 2 most lucrative toll agencies in America NJ.com, 7/6/15. A national organization has named the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as the top money making toll agency in the country, just edging out the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Are there signs that gas prices are about to drop? NJ.com, 7/6/15, What's the word on gas prices for the coming week? Stable.But what happens to the price at the pump may be foreshadowed by the cost that commodities traders pay for gas, experts said.
175 new bus shelters coming from NJ Transit Nj.com, 7/5/15. Bus commuters are about to get 175 more places to take shelter in from the rain, snow or sun.
NJ Transit will spend $1.627 million to purchase 175 new bus shelters from Handi-hut Inc. of Clifton and install most of them at new locations over the next two years.
Buses replace midday Gladstone trains starting Monday NJ.com, 7/5/15. NJ Transit passengers who ride the Gladstone Branch during the middle of the day will find themselves on a bus instead of a train, starting Monday.
Waiting to ride 7/5/15, Hudson Reporter.com.A year and a half after Hoboken announced that it would launch a joint bike share program with Weehawken and Jersey City, the project remains stuck in limbo, waiting on enough funding from private sponsorships to begin. Since the beginning of 2014, the projected start date for the bike share has slid from June 2014 to November 2014 to March 2015 to “early spring” 2015.
Road Warrior: Still a need for curbing drunken driving Northjersey.com, 7/5/15. If you’ve overlooked this warning on highway message boards this Fourth of July weekend, you might be surprised to learn that state police assigned an extra 120 troopers to ticket drivers with blood-alcohol concentrations that exceed 0.08 percent. Many of New Jersey’s 500 local police departments also have beefed up patrols to keep the number of fatal drunken-driving crashes as low as the 2014 record.
Toll-free route to the shore can save money and time NJTPA Mention
Northjersey.com, 7/4/15. If it's true that getting there is half the fun, then fasten your seat belts, Shore-goers. We're about to take you on a detour to paradise — one where there's no ransom to be paid just for driving and where sin rules supreme.
Bridge tolls between New Jersey and Pennsylvania to drop Pressofatlanticcity.com, 7/2/15. CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Commuters who use four bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania could soon pay less in tolls.
When will the rough ride in Jersey City end? NJ.com, 7/2/15. Reader Lisa Pallitto asked about a one-block section of Newark Avenue between Kennedy Boulevard and Summit Avenue in Jersey City that she drives while the upper level of Route 139 is closed for construction.
Paterson scraps nine streets from first phase of massive road resurfacing project Northjersey.com, 7/2/15.PATERSON – Fiscal limitations have forced city officials to drop nine streets in the 3rd and 4th Wards from the list of roads to be resurfaced in the first phase of the mayor’s $37 million resurfacing project, according to public records.
Road Warrior: A transportation godsend for seniors and the blind The Record, 7/2/15. Although legally blind since her early 20s, 57-year-old Johanna Baccan now has a realistic opportunity to return to school to get her real-estate license. "For the first time, I won’t have to rely on friends, family or expensive taxicabs to get me to school or any other place I want to go," Baccan explained as she waited for a ride outside her Mahwah condo. "This is a very liberating moment for me."
Route 35 fully reopens for summer traffic after two years of fixes NJ.com, 7/1/15. The state Department of Transportation's largest rebuilding project after Hurricane Sandy, to reconstruct Route 35 between Bay Head and Berkeley, is coming to a close.
What happened to the Parkway sign for the Turnpike?! NJ.com, 7/1/15. When there are changes in highway signs or exit numbers, confusion is sure to follow. There's a sign up ahead that points to the mailbag.
Belleville's Joralemon Street to be paved Belleville Times, 7/2/15. Belleville’s Joralemon Street will close to vehicular traffic the week of July 6 for milling and paving, according to Interim Township Manager Kevin Esposito. The work should take about seven to 10 business days, he said. During this time, detours will be set up for motorists.
Millburn residents react to proposed traffic changes Northjersey.com, 7/2/15. Bikini season is here and even Millburn Avenue is getting in shape. A "road diet" is one of the proposed changes to the downtown area for "Complete Streets," a program adopted by the Township Committee in July 2014, and will decrease the number of lanes on the avenue from two to one heading into the downtown district, and from three to two from the center of the downtown to the eastern intersection with Essex Street.
All Route 35 lanes open for summer Wobm.com, 7/2/15. All lanes of Route 35 are open for the rest of the summer in the 12.5 mile construction zone between Berkeley and Bay Head.
U.S. probing possible airline collusion to keep fares high Associated Press, 7/1/15. WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
NJ Transit 'Music in Motion' concerts return The Record, 7/1/15. Back by popular demand, NJ Transit’s "Music in Motion" concert series has returned.
Route 35 fully reopens for summer traffic after two years of fixes NJ.com, 7/1/15. The state Department of Transportation's largest rebuilding project after Hurricane Sandy, to reconstruct Route 35 between Bay Head and Berkeley, is coming to a close.
Are motorists being watched at New Jersey intersections? Wobm.com, 7/1/15. You see them wherever you go in New Jersey these days. What appear to be long white cameras are placed at most intersections, and some believe it’s a Big Brother watching you scenario, while other theorize the cameras are part of a Homeland Security program to track suspected terrorists.
City adds 450 parking spots in time for holiday weekend Asburyparksun.com, 7/1/15. Asbury Park kicks off the Fourth of July weekend with additional parking spaces along its busiest roads.
How can I beat Parkway beach traffic? Nj.com, 6/30/15. How can I beat Parkway beach traffic? NJ.com, 6/30. Summer is here, but how can you reach the beach without braving the parking lot that the Garden State Parkway can become? Tickets, please, the mailbag will put you on the right track.
Elected officials, union members protest proposed NJ Transit fare hike in Glen Rock The Record, 6/30/15. As Governor Christie touted his success in blocking tax increases during a speech Tuesday in which he declared his candidacy for President, a group of elected officials and union members gathered at a train station in Glen Rock to protest NJ Transit's proposal to increase fares by 9 percent, which they described as a tax increase by another name.
Senate’s DRIVE Act Signals Hope for a Long-Term Federal Transportation Funding Solution Tstc.org, 6/30/15. MAP-21, the current federal highway legislation, is set to expire on July 31, and Congress is feeling the pressure.
New bridge requires big bucks NJTPA Mention
Theobserver.com, 6/30/15. Is a replacement for the Clay St. Bridge over the Passaic River a bridge too far?
Front-end in first’ or face a fine Theobserver.com, 6/30/15. Motorists beware! The town has extended its “Front-End in First” policy to the municipal lot at 285 Kearny Ave., just across from the Mandee Shops.
New Jersey DOT projects first regional winners of the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition Equipmentworld.com, 6/29/15. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has been awarded the first regional awards for the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition for two projects in the Best Use of Innovation and the Quality of Life/Community Development categories.
How can I beat Parkway beach traffic? NJ.com, 6/30/15. Summer is here, but how can you reach the beach without braving the parking lot that the Garden State Parkway can become? Tickets, please, the mailbag will put you on the right track.
Some Turnpike Authority workers lose their free ride, other perks NJ.com, 6/30/15. Another group of NJ Turnpike Authority workers have given back some of the perks, including toll free rides, that were criticized in a 2010 state Comptroller's report on the toll road authority's financial practices.
N.J.-N.Y. gridlock gets worse Philly.com/AP, 6/29/15.ISELIN, N.J. - Each weekday morning, drivers heading from New Jersey into New York City do battle in one of the most congested metropolitan regions in the country, where rush hour is a cruel misnomer. For those who ride the rails to avoid the traffic jams, a different kind of gridlock awaits: overcrowded trains where standing for an hour is not uncommon, as are delays due to outdated equipment.
What gas prices will you find at the pump for July 4? NJ.com, 6/29/15. Stable gas prices are good, and even better is the fact they fell slightly during the previous week. Does that mean prices will take that downward plunge we've been promised by the experts? The good news was the average price of gas dipped from $2.61 to $2.60 for a gallon of regular. By the end of the week, gas prices were down 1.3 cents, said Jeff Pelton, oil market analyst for Gas Buddy.com.
Expanded Panama Canal expected to affect ground transportation The Packer, 6/29/15. When the expanded Panama Canal is operational, produce shippers who have traditionally relied on West Coast ports and rail service could benefit from a more segmented approach, according to a study by C.H. Robinson. The study, a joint project by C.H. Robinson and the Boston Consulting Group, shows up to 10% of container traffic from East Asia to the U.S. could likely shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020.
Major Repaving Project To Cause Delays Getting To Route 23 This Week Patch.com, 6/29/15. Drivers should expect delays on Black Oak Ridge Road Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, authorities announced. The Wayne PBA Local 136 posted its Facebook page that the New Jersey Department of Transportation will be repaving Black Oak Ridge Road in the area near Ratzer Road and Route 23.
N.J. a wet blanket for seaplanes NorthJersey.com, 6/28/15. On a sunny morning last week, Steve Kent sneaked into New Jersey in a seaplane. This required some planning, since his Cessna is very loud and not particularly sneaky. Taking off from a little airport in Warwick, N.Y., Kent popped over the treetops of Bellvale Mountain, descended into a deep glacial valley...
Strains on mass transit will get even worse as population in metro area grows, experts say NY Daily News, 6/28/15. All aboard for more mass transit misery. New projections show the New York region’s population should reach 20.5 million people by 2020, further taxing the region’s already overcrowded and cash-strapped subway, bus and train systems. The projections — calculated by the mapping service ESRI for The Associated Press — estimate the region is growing at a clip of almost 100,000 people annually. Long Island, Westchester County and much of northern New Jersey are included in the metro area.
The mass transit mess, and Christie's failure to lead: Editorial NJ.com, 6/28/15. Shuttling people from their homes to their jobs should be a milk run – an efficient, affordable, convenient experience – yet New Jersey Transit has managed to turn it into a bureaucratic abomination.
Southbound Ramp for Garden State Parkway Exit 83 Possible NJTPA Mention
Micromedia Publications Inc., 6/26/15. TOMS RIVER – Though its connector road is less than five years old, the parkway interchange exit 83 has the possibility of changing again.
End set for full closings on the Pulaski Skyway NJ.com, 6/26/15. Drivers who've lived with having the entire Pulaski Skyway closed on various weekends since early spring will get some relief after July 10, which is the last weekend the span will be shut down to replace floor beams.
Port Authority renegotiates $1-a-year NJ Transit lease to $875K CrainsNewYork.com, 6/25/15. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it has reached agreement on a lease for a park-and-ride lot near the Lincoln Tunnel that once went for $1 a year.
New Exit 83 could be coming to southbound Garden State Parkway NJTPA Mention
App.ocm, 6/25/15. TOMS RIVER – Another new exit may be coming to the Garden State Parkway. Ocean County has planned an information session for Tuesday, June 30 on plans to add an exit ramp at milepost 83 on the southbound Parkway. Here's what you need to know:...
Real-time traffic signs on roads leading to GWB slated for upgrade The Record, 6/25/15. Electronic signs on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge and technology that gives real-time traffic information to drivers in the area are set for a major upgrade, Port Authority officials said Thursday.
Senate committee approves bill that would make more money available for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor The Record, 6/25/5. A bill that would give Amtrak access to a loan fund for major projects and increase revenue available for Northeast Corridor service was approved unanimously Thursday by a Senate committee.
Frustration for I-287 commuters almost over, as work draws to an end NJ.com, 6/25/15. The end is near for drivers who've put up with a multi-year construction project on a seven-mile section of I-287 through Morris County, which could be completed in August, state Department of Transportation officials said.
Advocates urge state lawmakers to restore transit funding to budget NJSpotlight.com, 6/25/15. But some legislators argue the clock has run out and there’s not time left to add the $60 million back into spending plan
Trenton meeting set to fix Pascack Road intersection The Record, 6/25/15. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Township officials met with state lawmakers this week to discuss remedies for the traffic congestion around the intersection of Pascack Road and Washington Avenue.
How fast is NY Waterway's new ferry? NJ.com, 6/25/15. Just how fast is NY Waterway's new ferry and will it be faster than the ferries currently running between Monmouth County and New York? Climb aboard, land lubbers, the mailbag is shoving off.
Midland Park board OKs business parking improvements NorthJersey.com, 6/25/15. MIDLAND PARK — The Planning Board granted various waivers and site plan approval at its June 15 meeting to allow a Godwin Avenue business owner to pave a rear parking lot and install additional drainage.
When is using a cell phone while driving permissible? WOBM.com, 6/25/15. Using a hand-held cell phone while driving in New Jersey is against the law, and punishable by hefty fines, but according to law enforcement officials, there are instances when it’s acceptable.
Bus Rapid Transit Planners from Across the Region Visit Connecticut to Borrow Ideas from CTfastrak TSTC.org, 6/24/15. Planners, policymakers and elected officials convened at the Connecticut Department of Transportation in Newington on Tuesday for a tour of the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system. The tour, organized by TSTC and led by ConnDOT’s Maureen Lawrence and Mike Sanders, was attended by about two dozen transportation and policy professionals from Rockland and Suffolk Counties, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the Town of Babylon, NY and MTA New York City Transit.
New Jersey transit to begin express weekend rail service NJ 101.5, 6/24/15. Beginning June 21, express weekend rail service will return to some New Jersey Transit lines through early fall.The train runs from Penn Station New York and northern New Jersey cities to the shore communities, according to an emailed press release from New Jersey Transit The new rail road schedule will operate from June 21 through Sept. 12.
The Port Authority hopes these projects will improve GWB traffic NJ.com, 6/24/15. FORT LEE -- The Port Authority is expected to approve several projects on Thursday that could improve traffic over the George Washington Bridge, including a new $65 million electronic messaging system and a study of how to move freight across the harbor rather than the world's busiest bridge.
Coalition wants transit funding wbgo.org, 6/24/15. A coalition of transit, consumer, and environmental groups is disappointed New Jersey lawmakers haven't budgeted more funding for New Jersey Transit to avert a nine-percent fare hike.
Parkway Exit Southbound At 83 Focus Of Session In Toms River NJTPA Mention
Patch.com, 6/24/15. Just when you thought the Garden State Parkway construction between Toms River and Brick Township was nearly complete, another project is in the wings.
Why are there no guardrails where car plunged off Turnpike? NJ.com, 6/25/15. LINDEN — Would a guardrail have prevented or made Wednesday's fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike less severe? Officials said not necessarily, based on the limited information they had about the incident.
Legislators to introduce Port Authority bill rivaling measure endorsed by governors NJ.com, 6/24/15. TRENTON -- A pair of Senate Democrats who sponsored a Port Authority reform bill which was vetoed by Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo in December plan to introduce a follow-up bill this week, even as reform legislation endorsed by the governors is pending in New York and New Jersey
Analysis: NJ Transit labor strife could hike fares further NorthJersey.com, 6/24/15.Riders on NJ Transit are already hopping mad about a proposed 9 percent fare increase. Hundreds of them have bombarded the agency since April with angry emails, letters and in-person testimonials opposing the move, which will fill a $56 million budget gap if approved three weeks from now by NJ Transit’s board members.
N.J. DOT to seek $500,000 reimbursement for damages to Route 3 overpass in fatal accident NorthJersey.com, 6/24/15. The state Department of Transportation will seek reimbursement from an insurer for $500,000 in damages to the Orient Way overpass on Route 3 in Rutherford that was struck by a truck’s load in a fatal accident earlier this month.
Lehigh Street still closed for water main, sinkhole repairs Lehighvalleylive.com, 6/24/15. Lehigh Street between Downyflake Lane and Vultee Street in Allentown remains closed Wednesday morning after a water main break and sinkhole shut it on Tuesday, the Lehigh County Authority says.
Project to make Spring Street one-way begins next month NJHerald.com, 6/24/15. NEWTON — The highway construction projects that will lead to traffic signals on Trinity Street and make the main business district of Spring Street one-way will begin next month, according to Town Manager Thomas Russo.
Utility work in Emerson marks unofficial start of Kinderkamack Road redesign NorthJersey.com, 6/23/15. EMERSON – Public Service Electric and Gas Co. will begin utility work along and near Kinderkamack Road this week; a move that Mayor Lou Lamatina said serves as an unofficial start to the long-awaited redesign of the busy Pascack Valley thoroughfare.
State Dems offer no relief for NJ Transit riders, fare hike is coming nj.COM, 6/23/15. It's all over except for the vote next month on a proposed NJ Transit fare increase.
More than half of vans, buses fail Turnpike safety checks, cops say NJ.com, 6/23/15. SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- A safety inspection checkpoint on Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike has turned up 12 unsafe commuter vans and buses as of 9:45 Tuesday morning.
Six Mile Run Bridge reopens North Brunswick Sentinel, 6/23/15. NORTH BRUNSWICK — The construction of a new, wider bridge at Six Mile Run has finally been completed. The section of Route 27 that connects Franklin Township in Somerset County with North Brunswick in Middlesex County was officially reopened on June 20, according to officials from the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Want to perform music in an NJ Transit station? Practice and ask @CommutingLarry NJ.com, 6/23/15. There is nothing better than a happy resolution to a question, especially when it involves music. And the mailbag is alive with the sound of music and trains.
$273,000 NJSpotlight.com, 6/23/15. New Jersey Transit is adding four round-trip, one-seat-ride trains from New York to the Jersey shore this summer at a cost of $273,000.
Will Booker bill fix Amtrak problems that delay commuters? nj.com, 6/22/15. NJ Transit commuters could see benefits from a bill proposed by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to pump $6.6 billion over four years into Amtrak's aging infrastructure, which could repair or replace some of the signals, overhead wire and track issues blamed for delays.
Surge in travel leads to new hotel construction in North Jersey Bergen Record, 6/22/15. An improving economy and a surge in business and leisure travel have led to plans for new hotels in Teaneck, Rutherford, Wayne, Paramus, Secaucus and other North Jersey towns.
Mayor: Hoboken's Bicycle Share Program Is Getting Closer Hoboken Patch, 6/22/15. Hoboken’s long-awaited bike share program, which was expected to kick off in March, is getting closer to becoming a reality. In a June 16 memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provided an update on the financial status of the project, which will create 30 stations throughout the city and feature 300 “smart bikes” for the public to access
Your work commute really adds up NJ 101.5, 6/22/15. According to a new survey commissioned by the Citi ThankYou Premier card, consumers are spending approximately $2,600 per year, and 200 hours, on their daily commute.
These NJ Transit bus schedules change on Saturday NJ.com, 6/19/15. New NJ Transit bus schedules take effect this Saturday and some riders will gain and other will lose some service. The changes are not tied to the proposed fare increase and service reduction, which NJ Transit's board could approve or reject on July 15, said Nancy Snyder, an NJ Transit spokeswoman.
Will the state pay for a windshield damaged in a construction zone? NJ.com, 6/18/15. Who gets the bill when your windshield gets chipped while driving through a construction zone on a state highway? Duck and cover while we rummage through the mailbag for an answer.
Sen. Booker cosponsors bill aimed at making train safety higher priority Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. Amtrak would put a higher priority on train safety technology and get faster access to funds for major projects – possibly including a replacement bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel under the Hudson River – under a bill cosponsored Thursday by Sen. Cory Booker.
Oceanic Bridge reopens after restoration NJTPA mention
Independent, 6/18/15. The Oceanic Bridge (S-31) over the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown reopened on June 13 after being closed for repairs since May.
Rail transit agencies and states to pay more to maintain Northeast rail corridor 6/18/15, Inquirer. Northeast states and transit agencies - including SEPTA and NJ Transit - are being asked to pay more to maintain the heavily traveled rail corridor between Washington and Boston that they share with Amtrak.
Little Falls mayor urges NJ Transit not to cut train service Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. LITTLE FALLS — Township Mayor Darlene Conti urged NJ Transit officials not to cut service to the Little Falls Train Station.
Rising interest costs prompt Paterson City Council to question $37M road repair plan Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. PATERSON – Alarmed by Paterson’s declining credit rating, the City Council has demanded revised projections on the costs of the mayor’s proposed $37 million road repair plan before it will approve the initial contracts for the work.
Grant to Aid Nutley's Park Avenue Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. Amtrak would put a higher priority on train safety technology and get faster access to funds for major projects – possibly including a replacement bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel under the Hudson River – under a bill cosponsored Thursday by Sen. Cory Booker.
Outdated Road in NJ Stands as Symbol of Nation's Infrastructure Crisis NJ Spotlight, 6/17/15. $1.2 billion in emergency repairs to Pulaski Skyway typical of problems plaguing America’s highways and bridges America’s sprawling highway network is one of its greatest assets -- and one of its greatest weaknesses. The nation’s 200,000 miles of highways and bridges has helped fuel decades of prosperity – but we’ve become dependent upon it, and it’s falling apart, and it needs trillions of dollars in repairs and upgrades.
The Record: NJ Transit fares NorthJersey.com, 6/17/15. NJ TRANSIT received high marks for holding public hearings at multiple locations and convenient times as it reviewed a possible 9 percent fare hike, plus some service cuts. Commuters spoke of their frustration with late trains, poor service and already-too-high fares. Apparently, the process was for show. And the "tell" came Friday when the agency released a report recommending exactly what it had proposed in April.
Profile: A Driving Force Behind AAA of New Jersey's Backing for Gas-Tax Hike NJ Spotlight, 6/17/15. For Cathleen Lewis, looking out for Garden State motorists and serving as mayor of Lawrence Township are all in a day's work.
Fill car with natural gas in Freehold Twp. APP.com, 6/17/15. Drivers of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) have reason to be happy: three CNG refueling stations are being built in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
If we get the federal panel we want, we won't strike until next year, NJ Transit unions say NJ.com, 6/17/15. Commuters will not have to worry about a strike sidelining NJ Transit trains until 2016, if the next step is taken in 30 days to ask President Barack Obama to form an emergency board to continue talks, union officials said.
Exclusive first look at NY Waterway's luxurious new ferries (PHOTOS) NJ.com, 6/16/15. Tired of the older commuter ferries now plying the route between Monmouth County and New York? NY Waterway has a sweet new commuter ride hitting the seas next month.
Proposed Bill Aims to Make Smokng with Minors in Cars Punishable NJTVonline.org, 6/16/15. inside. Some New Jerseyans unwaveringly condemn smoking with minors in the car. Drivers could receive fines and in order to cite someone for smoking, police would have to stop the driver for some other traffic violations
Express trains to the Jersey Shore start Sunday NJ.com, 6/15/15. Dad's best gift on Father's Day might be packing the family on an NJ Transit express train to the beach and not having to drive them there in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway.
Report - Talks break down between New Jersey Transit, unions AP, 6/16/15. The Record reports the unions have been working without a contract for four years.
Feds Call NJ-NY Gateway Tunnel ‘Most Important Rail Project in U.S.’ NJ Spotlight, 6/16/15. At a closely watched summit of transportation leaders in New York last month, a top official from the Obama administration called Amtrak’s proposed Gateway tunnel between northern New Jersey and Manhattan “the most important rail project in the United States.”
Wilf Community Connects provides rides to events MyCentralJersey.com, 6/16/15. FRANKLIN (Somerset) – Seniors who are unable to drive or are house-bound will be excited to learn that they can be transported, door to door and free of charge, to attend Jewish community events and other activities thanks to Wilf Community Connects, a program funded by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
New Jersey Needs to Raise the Gas Tax to Repair Bridges and Roads- Opinion NY Times, 6/15/15. Drivers in New Jersey enjoy boasting about cheap gas in their state, where prices at the pump rank among the lowest in the country — so low, in fact, that thrifty motorists passing through often pull off the New Jersey Turnpike to fill up. The reason for the low prices is New Jersey’s relatively modest gas tax. All that cheap gas carries real costs
Full NJ Senate to vote on rules for oil trains NorthJersey.com, 6/15/15. A package of bills designed to improve the safe operation of freight trains that transport millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through North Jersey every week passed a state Senate committee Monday and now moves to the full Senate for a vote.
New Jersey, You Should've Built That Tunnel Bloomberg, 6/12/15. There are lots of reasons for bondholders to love Colorado and show no respect for New Jersey. Here's a big one: infrastructure. Colorado made a huge investment in it and is getting rewarded by investors. New Jersey didn't and is being punished.
Should the NYC subway map include N.J.? This man thinks so, and he's not alone NJ.com, 6/11/15.HOBOKEN -- Stewart Mader wants to put New Jersey on the map. The New York City Subway map. Mader, a 34-year-old Hoboken resident who takes the PATH and the subway to his digital media job in lower Manhattan, wants to add Jersey City and Hoboken, including their PATH stations, to maps of the city subway system. Mader's campaign for Garden State recognition, "Subway NY NJ," has a page on the website he edits, GothamHudson.com.
How many NJ Transit board members ride the train or bus? NJ.com, 6/10/15. While two bills work their way through the state legislature, to add two commuters to the NJ Transit Board of Directors, advocates questioned how many of the eight board members regularly ride the trains and buses. So far, the answer appears to be two.
More Transit Riders to Join NJ Transit Board? TriState Transportation Campaign, 6/9/15. There’s an important bill making its way through the New Jersey Legislature which could have a profound impact on transit service in the Garden State. A bill introduced in March by Senators Ray Lesniak and Nick Sacco, with an identical House bill sponsored by Assemblymembers John Wisniewski and and Elizabeth Muoio, would add two new members to the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors: one who regularly uses NJ Transit rail services, and one who regularly uses NJ Transit bus service.
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