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Most Route 35 construction to be halted during Shore tourist season Star Ledger, 3/24/14. Most work on Hurricane Sandy-damaged Route 35 in Ocean County will be halted during Memorial Day Weekend and the 12 weeks between June 13 and Labor Day Weekend, allowing motorists to travel without roadblocks on one of the most popular Shore routes during the summer tourist season.
Hoboken residents furious over potholes, state of city streets Jersey Journal, 3/24/14. HOBOKEN — City drivers last week bemoaned the sorry state of the city’s main thoroughfare, Washington Street, saying the street that runs the length of the town has become an obstacle course of potholes, steel slabs and orange cones.
State wants Jersey City to deactivate red-light camera on Routes 1&9 Jersey Journal, 3/24/14. State transportation officials are asking Jersey City to deactivate the red-light camera at Routes 1&9 and Newark Avenue temporarily, a request they say is part of an effort to ease traffic congestion related to the upcoming Pulaski Skyway shutdown.
Morris developing new transportation plan to reflect county's changes over past 20 years NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 3/23/14. MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County has changed during the past 20 years, and people’s patterns of traveling around the county have probably changed as well. With that thought in mind, the county will be updating its comprehensive plan for transportation – involving everything from roads and bridges to bicycle paths and public transit – for the first time since 1992.
DOT to close Parsippany ramp to Route 80 Daily Record, 3/23/14. A notoriously busy commuter corridor from Route 202 north to Route 80 east will soon go from bad to worse when the state Department of Transportation closes the connection between those roads for construction of a new on-ramp.
Road Warrior: Port needs options like links with river ferry The Record, 3/23/14. Hardly anyone noticed, but when a traffic jam closed one of the Lincoln Tunnel's three tubes in Weehawken last week, NJ Transit took the kind of emergency step that it normally reserves for disasters.
South Orange unveils $64M mixed-use development; residents with 2 cars urged to downsize Star-Ledger, 3/23/14. SOUTH ORANGE — If you live in South Orange and own a second car, Village President Alex Torpey wants you to give it up. Or at least consider his request.
Jim Simpson's rise to the top as N.J. head transportation honcho Staten Island Advance, 3/23/14. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New Jersey's top transit honcho had humble beginnings with a Staten Island-based moving business. From president of the Stapleton-based Victory Van Lines to his entrance into the public arena, Simpson has had a career that has taken him from city hall to Washington DC to Trenton, N.J.
DOT meeting with Union County commuters over Pulaski Skyway closure Star Ledger, 3/23/14. UNION COUNTY — Union County commuters will get their chance to sound off over the upcoming closing of the Pulaski Skyway when state transportation officials meet with residents April 2 at Kean University.
Infrastructure, safety, head up list of Long Hill Township goals Echoes Sentinel, 3/21/14. LONG HILL TWP. – Heading into budget season, the Township Committee has put together a list of goals that will help members as they formulate this year’s spending plan. The committee discussed those goals at its meeting on Thursday, March 13, and the one thing that was at the top of everyone’s list was infrastructure.
Officials unveil plan for $1.25M Hackensack River promenade Jersey Journal, 3/21/14. A waterfront walkway will soon offer fresh views of the Hackensack River.
Pulaski Skyway to Close for Extended Repairs on April 12 Alternative Press, 3/21/14. WEST ORANGE, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is holding a Public Information Center (PIC) from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 25 at St. Peter's University in Jersey City to provide different travel alternatives for motorists once the Pulaski Skyway closes the northbound lanes on April 12 for two years of repairs. The southbound lanes will remain open.
PATH at Risk of Missing Safety Target Date NJTPA Mention
Wall Street Journal, 3/20/14. The PATH rail system may not install a new crash-prevention system by December 2015 after all, a person involved in the project said, even though the federal deadline was one reason that officials gave just weeks ago for shutting down weekend service between Jersey City and the World Trade Center for a year.
Pulaski Skyway information session planned to discuss 2-year closure Star-Ledger, 3/20/14. With the Pulaski Skyway set to close for northbound traffic toward New York for up to two years beginning April 12, the state Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information session from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at nearby St. Peter's University in Jersey City.
Route 35 Construction Plan for Summer Announced WOBM, 3/20/14. For Memorial Day weekend, construction on the barrier island will be suspended beginning at noon on May 22 through May 27.
PRINCETON: Appeals Court rules against Save the Dinky Princeton Packet, 3/20/14. Princeton University won another round Tuesday in the legal fight against opponents seeking to derail the relocation of the Dinky line.
Essex County's Watchung Avenue to get a look Glen Ridge Voice, 3/20/14. Watchung Avenue could be coming in for a traffic study later on this year, due to long-standing concerns about traffic backups near the Glen Ridge-Montclair town line.
Nissan Takes to Twitter, Makes Fun of Tesla NewJerseyNewsroom.com, 3/20/14. Tesla Motors just can’t catch a break. In an instance of sore winning, the Nissan Leaf’s social media team poked fun at the beleaguered electric car company through Twitter, autoblog.com reported. Nissan’s tweet, as it appears on autoblog.com, said “It’s okay #NewJersey, you can still #GoElectric with the #NissanLEAF #EV.
Port Authority approves GWB improvements Associated Press, 3/20/14. JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Port Authority officials have approved more than $1 billion in repairs and improvements for the George Washington Bridge.
Belvidere council approves new snow emergency procedures that hand decision to police Express-Times, 3/20/14. The days may slowly be getting warmer, but snow ordinances are still the talk in Belvidere. Town council adopted a new snow emergency parking ordinance this week that will take effect by the end of the month.
Raise the road-user fee, not the gas tax (Mulshine) Star Ledger, 3/20/14. Acouple summers ago I was driving up to the beach for an evening surf session. When I reached the state highway, I felt a jolt. My left front tire had fallen into a pothole that resembled the Grand Canyon, but a bit smaller.
Jersey City council aide urges Port Authority to help residents during weekend PATH closure Jersey Journal, 3/20/14. The Port Authority should “do the right thing” by Jersey City residents and help mitigate the effects of the weekend PATH shutdown, the aide to a member of the City Council said yesterday.
Amtrak Seeks To Reinvest Northeast Corridor Revenues Into Rail Line In New Budget CBS New York, 3/19/14. NEW YORK – Amtrak has big plans to improve service on the Northeast Corridor, but said Congress has to get on board first.
Profile: The Policy Wonk Who Shaped New Jersey’s Transit System NJ Spotlight, 3/19/14. Martin Robins, who helped create NJ Transit, is still bitter over Christie’s cancellation of the ARC Tunnel.
NJ Gas Tax Hike Bill Formally Introduced New Jersey 101.5, 3/18/14. There has been a lot of talk about increasing the gas tax in New Jersey, but Monday there was some action too. An influential state lawmaker officially introduced a bill to hike the tax.
NJTPA approves grant for Circulation Element of Morris County Master Plan NJTPA Mention
Independent Press, 3/18/14. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees has approved a $350,000 federal grant for Morris County to prepare a new Circulation Element for the County Master Plan.
Bergen lawmakers lobby state for Light Rail extension into county The Record, 3/18/14. A delegation of Bergen County legislators testified before the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday in a show of bipartisan support for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail extension project that has languished for a decade.
New Jersey taps rest areas in bid for more revenue from toll roads Press of Atlantic City, 3/17/14. Over the years, New Jersey's three toll roads have turned to billboards, corporate sponsorships and other creative ways to generate more revenue without hitting motorists with another fare increase. Now, the state Legislature is looking to wring more money out of the Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike by tapping their rest stops and service plazas for transportation funding.
Sen. Ray Lesniak says he'll propose 4-cent hike in NJ's gas tax Star-Ledger, 3/17/14. NEWARK — State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Trenton, will propose a 4-cent-per-gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax to address mounting infrastructure problems he says have left New Jersey’s roads and bridges in “terrible condition.”
Road Warrior: Verdict out on value of cameras on traffic lights The Record, 3/15/14. Now might not be an ideal time for Governor Christie to jump headlong into another heated debate over traffic issues, but thousands of motorists caught on cameras while appearing to run red lights would probably like to know how he stands on New Jersey’s nearly four-year effort to curb this dangerous practice.
Together North Jersey holds safe streets meeting in Paterson NJTPA Mention
Paterson Press, 3/15/14. PATERSON – The corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and 12th Avenue qualifies as one of the city’s crime hotspots.
Route 22 pedestrian safety improvements planned at Phillipsburg, Lopatcong Township border NJTPA Mention
Express-Times, 3/16/14. The intersection of Route 22 and Roseberry Street can be tricky for anyone trying to cross several lanes of traffic on foot, so the state is targeting the busy intersection for improvements.
The General: Jim Simpson is the most powerful person in NJ transportation Star-Ledger, 3/16/14. You never have to wonder whether Jim Simpson is in the room.
Dover Looks to Transform Downtown Lots GlobeSt.com, 3/17/14. DOVER, NJ-This town is looking to expand its downtown as a transit-oriented neighborhood by redeveloping several public parking lots within walking distance of the train station for mixed use.
Most NJ voters oppose gas tax hike but favor millionaires tax, poll says Star-Ledger, 3/17/14. While most New Jersey voters are against raising the gasoline tax, a majority are in favor of increasing the tax rate for those earning at least $1 million per year.
4 Reasons N.J. Gas Tax Going Up New Jersey Newsroom, 3/17/14. New Jersey has the third-lowest gas tax in the United States at 14.5 cents per gallon, and hasn’t raised the rate in more than 20 years. But that may be about to change. A proposal to increase the tax is expected to be introduced in the state legislature today.
Transportation study aims at pedestrian and bicycle access to Paterson’s Great Falls NJTPA Mention
Paterson Press, 3/14/14. PATERSON – A federal grant will provide $240,000 for a study on ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to the national park at the Great Falls.
NJ Transit train delays in February totaled worst month in 18 years Star-Ledger, 3/14/14. Commuter David Speedie did a slow boil as he sent a dispatch from his stranded train.
Enough already: Raise NJ's gas tax, fix the roads (Opinion) Star-Ledger, 3/14/14. It’s bad out there. Just ask anyone who’s driving on New Jersey roads this winter.
Meadowlands traffic access key to American Dream deal The Record, 3/14/14. NJ Transit and the state Turnpike Authority have agreed to improve access to and from the Meadowlands Sports Complex as part of the deal reached earlier this week between the Giants and Jets and Triple Five, the developer of the American Dream project.
Lincoln Tunnel gets LED lights worth $1.2M The Record, 3/14/14. The Port Authority spent $1.2 million to install 2,300 energy-efficient LED lights in the Lincoln Tunnel, a move that is expected to improve driver vision while paying for itself in lower energy costs, officials said.
Hunterdon residents' input sought on economic development NJTPA Mention
Hunterdon Review, 3/13/14. As the creation of a “road map” to diversify and strengthen the county’s economy nears completion, it’s time for the public to give their ideas.
Grant to support driver safety Tri-Town News, 3/13/14. Freehold Township High School students will continue to promote teen driver safety with the help of a recent windfall of cash.
Jersey City vote puts state's first regional bike-share program in motion Jersey Journal, 3/13/14. Jersey City put the wheels in motion for the state first regional bike-share program -- one that it will share with Hoboken and Weehawken.
NJ Transit off-peak discount for train riders to be reconsidered Star-Ledger, 3/13/14. A report received by state Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson in response to his question of whether NJ Transit could restore off-peak discounts for rail riders has been sent to the circular file. "I threw the report in the garbage," Simpson said Wednesday during the monthly NJ Transit board meeting.
West Milford Township gears up for paving projects Suburban Trends, 3/13/14. Rising temperatures and melting ice have the local government gearing up for road work.
Ridge Road bridge expected to reopen Friday morning The Record, 3/13/14. RUTHERFORD - The Ridge Road bridge over Route 3, which connects Lyndhurst and Rutherford is expected to be reopened in time for the Friday morning rush hour, after having been closed as a result of a traffic accident on Wednesday, March 12.
NJ Transit's new director taking a month to listen and learn Star-Ledger, 3/12/14. The new executive director of NJ Transit inherits an agency still reeling from a mass transit tie-up at last month’s Super Bowl and the drowning of hundreds of trains at a Kearny rail yard during Hurricane Sandy.
Tesla says New Jersey rule could force it to stop sales here Daily Record, 3/12/14. Tesla Motors, the California automaker, has put the Christie administration in the hot seat over a rule change it says will pull the plug on its electric car sales in the Garden State.
NJ MVC Approves Disputed New Car Dealer Rule Associated Press, 3/12/14. New Jersey motor vehicle officials have approved a new regulation that would require all new car dealers to obtain a franchise agreement in order to receive a state license.
Somerset Development, NJ Transit break ground on long-awaited Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge NJ Biz, 3/12/14. Construction is underway on a new train station that is central to transforming the site of a former aircraft plant in Wood-Ridge into a 70-acre, mixed-use transit hub.
New Jersey Sen. Mike Doherty's rail study commission gains Senate approval NJTPA Mention
Express-Times, 3/11/14. State Sen. Michael Doherty argues rail travel should be a lot easier in New Jersey.
Wesmont Train Station breaks ground in Wood-Ridge Community News, 3/11/14. Officials broke ground today on the new Wesmont Train Station, a state-of-the-art commuter rail station at the 70-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment.
A reversal on paving: N.J. will fix 'Third World' Palisades Parkway The Record, 3/11/14. After steadfastly refusing to allow the state to mill and pave the tattered Palisades Interstate Parkway, New Jersey’s transportation commissioner reversed himself last weekend.
South Orange Details Changes to Commuter Parking Alternative Press, 3/11/14. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ--The Board of Trustees announced Monday that the village has finalized a sale for the redevelopment project at Third and Valley streets with real estate firm Jonathan Rose Cos. Along with the redevelopment process comes several changes to parking.
Both directions of South Kearny ramp to Pulaski Skyway to close overnight this week Jersey Journal, 3/11/14. The South Kearny ramp to the Pulaski Skyway will be closed in both directions overnight this week, it was announced by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Americans said to be riding public transit in record numbers Associated Press, 3/10/14. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.
51 off-duty cops, new turn restrictions to help Jersey City handle Pulaski Skyway shutdown Jersey Journal, 3/10/14. Calling Jersey City “ground zero” for traffic repercussions related to the upcoming Pulaski Skyway shutdown, city officials are putting together a plan to mitigate what could be a two-year traffic nightmare as motorists cut through Jersey City to make it to the Holland Tunnel.
Pulaski Skyway shutdown: 'Get chummy' with boss, and other ways to deal with traffic Jersey Journal, 3/10/14. The state Department of Transportation last month released a nearly five-minute animated video to explain the looming Pulaski Skyway shutdown.
NJ Turnpike, Parkway spent $8.4M in OT on snow plowing last year Associated Press, 3/10/14. New Jersey's two major toll roads had to pay more overtime to keep traffic moving in snowstorms. Officials say it cost $8.4 million in overtime to plow snow and spread salt on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway in 2013.
NJ Transit skips hearing on Super Bowl rail issues Associated Press, 3/10/14. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the second time in less than a month, New Jersey's top transit officials have skipped a legislative hearing on rail issues surrounding last month's Super Bowl.
Road Warrior: Pedestrian deaths on the decline The Record, 3/9/14. Prospects didn’t look good for pedestrians on Fort Lee’s busy streets in January 2013. Four walkers were killed in the previous year, prompting the police chief to order ticketing of jaywalkers, as well as drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
NJ Transit proposal to build South Kearny generator 'chills' development hopes Jersey Journal, 3/7/14. NJ Transit has proposed building a backup power generating station at a South Kearny site targeted for development by the town and county.
Middletown approves natural gas station Asbury Park Press, 3/7/14. MIDDLETOWN — After a three-hour debate Wednesday night about how much traffic a proposed public compressed natural gas station could bring to Kanes Lane, Planning Board members unanimously approved the site.
Melanie Lane Bridge repair out to bid Hanover Eagle News, 3/7/14. EAST HANOVER TWP. – The Township Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Monday night to appropriate $2.75 million for the repair of the Melanie Lane Bridge, which has been closed since July 2012.
MANVILLE: Repair of causeway bridge will mean detour next week Manville News, 3/6/14. State Department of Transportation officials have announced a priority repair project to rehabilitate the Weston Causeway bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Franklin Township, Somerset County.
Free summer shuttle service may head to Asbury Park Asbury Park Sun, 3/6/14. Eco-friendly free shuttle service could be on its way to Asbury Park this summer. Owners of The Free Ride, which operates in several location in the N.Y. Hamptoms, Palm Beach, Fla. and Santa Monica, Calif., pitched a plan to operate electronic shuttles between the boardwalk and downtown to the Asbury Park City Council Wednesday.
Potholes Can Cost Big Bucks in Car Repair New Jersey 101.5, 3/6/14. The brutal winter has made New Jersey’s roads look like Swiss cheese, and hitting a pothole could land you with some hefty repair bills. AAA Mid-Atlantic said since December, their roadside crews have responded to 26,560 calls for flat tires in New Jersey.
Road Warrior: Paterson surprise, Paramus disappointment The Record, 3/6/14. Drive a mile or so east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Paterson, and you're treated to a surprisingly smooth winter ride. Despite curbside piles of snow and incessant traffic lights, this old, two-lane city thoroughfare — also called Broadway — contains relatively few potholes. This silky condition continues as the road becomes Route 4, a state highway through Elmwood Park and Fair Lawn, until silk turns to gravel with a series of disappointing bumps and thuds near the Paramus malls.
Glen Ridge patches potholes Glen Ridge Voice, 3/6/14. This winter has been a bad one for Glen Ridge's roads.
Motorists to see lane closures during pothole repairs Atlanticville, 3/6/14. There may be some relief in sight for drivers on New Jersey roadways. Ongoing efforts to repair potholes across the state will extend into the spring, according to James Simpson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT).
Potholes: More Dangerous Than You Think NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM, 3/6/14. We’ve all been there. Driving along the road as you’ve done thousands of times before when suddenly you hit a pothole.
Construction will close section of Dutch Road in early April Sentinel, 3/6/14. A portion of Dutch Road between Puritan Road and Concord Drive in East Brunswick will be closed for a period of three months, Mayor David Stahl said.
Meadows redevelopment ratables at risk NJTPA Mention
Kearny Observer, 3/5/14. KEARNY – A proposal by NJ Transit to build a backup power system in South Kearny to run its trains in cases of emergencies like another Superstorm Sandy threatens to derail a redevelopment plan that could generate big tax ratables for Kearny and Hudson County, officials said.
New NJ Transit chief may be looking to shake up agency's leadership The Record, 3/4/14. Just days into her new job, NJ Transit’s new executive director may be shaking up the agency’s leadership, even while inviting rank-and-file employees to share their ideas for making the troubled organization work better.
Clean sweep of NJ Transit's top brass continues Star-Ledger, 3/4/14. The shakeup of NJ Transit’s upper management is becoming a clean sweep. In the same week that Jim Weinstein’s four-year tenure as NJ Transit’s executive director officially ended, his directors of rail and bus operations, Kevin O’Connor and Joyce Gallagher, are being forced out, said sources close to the agency.
Jersey City will overtake Newark population by 2016, Mayor Fulop claims NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 3/4/14. NEWARK — He took on the Jersey City political machine. Then he thumbed his nose at Gov. Chris Christie. Last week, he chastised New York City’s mayor. Now Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is going after the city of Newark.
Road Salt Can Wreak Havoc on the Environment New Jersey 101.5, 3/4/14. As the region continues to face harsh winter weather and the need for roads to be salted, environmentalists are becoming concerned that such high amounts of salt will start to impact our waterways, trees, plants and wildlife.
New Jersey: The Pothole State? New Jersey 101.5, 3/4/14. Many roads in New Jersey look like the surface of the moon these days, because there are so many potholes.
Historic first 'one-seat ride' on Raritan Valley Line arrives in NYC Star-Ledger, 3/3/14. NEW YORK — It arrived 15 years late, but just in time for train passengers in Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties. The historic first “one-seat ride” to New York, a dream of Raritan Valley Line passengers since at least 1999, left Raritan Station at 8:43 a.m. today.
Wanna buy a bridge? Neighboring state turns to private sector to fix crumbling spans Star-Ledger, 3/3/14. As New Jersey wrestles with how it will pay for its crumbling roads and bridges once the Transportation Trust Fund runs out of money in two years, Pennsylvania is looking to enter into a public-private partnership to reconstruct its spans. Color New Jersey’s transportation commissioner intrigued.
Fixing NJ’s Roads: Is a Gas Tax Hike the Answer? New Jersey 101.5, 3/3/14. It’s no secret that Gov. Chris Christie is no fan of tax increases. During his first gubernatorial campaign in 2009 he said he would not hike taxes and he has consistently repeated that pledge including in his recent state budget address. That’s not stopping the top lawmaker in the Assembly from talking about a tax increase to help the chronically cash-strapped state.
Every commuter's question: When is NJT on time? Asbury Park Press, 3/3/14. Veronique Hakim was not at NJ Transit headquarters when she was approved on Feb. 24 as the new executive director, so Transportation Commissioner James Simpson had to step in to answer the question: What should be “job one” for Hakim after taking over? While standing in, Simpson also made himself accountable to one commuter.
NJ Ranks 9th in Nation for Highest Car Insurance Rates New Jersey 101.5, 3/3/14. When it comes to car insurance, New Jersey has the ninth highest rates in the nation according to Insure.com’s 2014 study of auto insurance premiums.
Road Warrior: Why can't we fill holes on Palisades Parkway? The Record, 3/2/14. After getting off a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport last week, Mark Roth made the mistake of asking a cabdriver to take him home to Old Tappan via the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
Port Authority officials: Battle over toll hikes was all for show Star-Ledger, 3/2/14. On Aug. 5, 2011, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a jaw-dropping proposal to immediately raise bridge and tunnel tolls by $4 for E-ZPass subscribers and $7 for cash customers, followed by another increase in 2014.
GRAPHIC: Route 35 construction stages and schedule for towns Asbury Park PRess, 3/1/14. The upgrading of the road will be completed in three geographic sections, each about four miles, beginning at the entrance to Island Beach State Park and ending at the Point Pleasant Beach-Bay Head border.
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