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NJ could lose federal transportation cash New Jersey 101.5, 7/14/14. Unless Congress comes up with a solution, the Federal Highway Trust Fund could go broke next month. That means funding to states like New Jersey could be cut off until the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Englewood is hiring light-rail consultant The Record, 7/14/14. ENGLEWOOD — An outside consultant will review NJ Transit's newest assessment of the environmental impact from a light rail system, to ensure the city does not experience any ill effects regarding traffic or parking if the transportation system is extended to the region.
West Milford representatives bristle at Route 23 bridge plans NJTPA Mention
Suburban Trends, 7/14/14. A recent meeting for the pending replacement of the Route 23 bridge over Hamburg Turnpike has left township representatives with more questions than answers.
Time to invest in our future Suburban Trends, 7/14/14. We remember speaking with a gentleman back in 1989 about the prospect of this country moving forward with what was then relatively new technology, mag-lev trains, as in magnetic levitating trains.
Red Bank: School Path may be paved RedBankGreen.com, 7/14/14. For years, a narrow dirt path through a stretch of woods has been the best option for many Red Bank children trying to avoid a long walk to the primary school.
How you voted: To fund N.J. road repairs, start with gas tax hike Star-Ledger, 7/14/14. In an op-ed last week, guest columnist Chris Sturm outlined the grave challenges facing New Jersey’s roads and waterways. The bottom line: Roads, trains, bridges, water pipes and treatment plants, have to be maintained or they fall apart.
Crumbling Roadways Add Costs to Economy, White House Says Bloomberg, 7/14/14. More than two-thirds of U.S. roadways are in need of repair and the poor condition of the nation’s transportation network results in billions in extra costs, according to a White House report. The report was released today in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s campaign to pressure Congress for a deal to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. The fund, supplied by fuel taxes, is heading toward insolvency as early as next...
2014 HART Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast Hunterdon Democrat, 7/14/14. HART Commuter Information Services, the nonprofit transportation management association serving Hunterdon County, will host its Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast next Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Grand Colonial, Rte 173, Perryville, N.J. “The event is an opportunity for HART to recognize individuals, employers, organizations, and local municipalities that have...
Sussex County improving rural roads NJ Herald, 7/13/14. NEWTON — When it comes to getting state money to make rural roads safer, Sussex County seems to be doing well. So well in fact that next year, the county is expecting to receive about $2.3 million of the $3.3 million that the state, by federal rule, must set aside for upgrades under the High Risk Rural Roads program.
Failure of the anti-tax philosophy: Editorial Star Ledger, 7/13/14. To demonstrate the broken philosophy of the hard-core anti-taxers, look no further than the simple gasoline tax. The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised in 21 years. Yet the nation’s Highway Trust Fund — designed to keep America’s roads and bridges in good repair — is on the verge of going broke.
Road Warrior: Paterson streets may really need $37M patching up The Record, 7/13/14. Long after the last sliver of ice has melted, winter potholes and bumpy roadways continue to send cars to repair shops in dozens of North Jersey towns this summer, but few if any of these locations rival the damage that has been playing out across the streets of Paterson.
Officials working to keep Tri-Boro bus rolling in Montvale, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake Pascack Valley Community Life, 7/11/14. With funding set to expire early next year, local and county officials are working to find sources to keep the wheels on the Tri-Boro Shuttle rolling, Montvale Councilwoman Leah LaMonica announced at the town's July 8 council meeting.
Revitalizing Route 37 Corridor NJTPA Mention
WOBM, 7/11/14. Ocean County’s public officials, residents and business community members are invited to attend a series of focus groups aimed at breathing life back into the Route 37 corridor from Toms River to Lakehurst.
No Cheap or Painless Way to Fight Global Warming, Warns NJ Working Group NJ Spotlight, 7/11/14. The biggest challenge to reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change in the state is to do so without imposing an unfair cost burden on residents and businesses, according to a new report submitted to the Legislature.
Dangerous Woodland Park curve smoothed, realigned Passaic Valley Today, 7/11/14. WOODLAND PARK - A more than $1 million project to widen and straighten a dangerous curve in the borough is nearly complete, about one month ahead of schedule, a spokesman for the county said.
Mount Olive may buy ‘Pothole Killer’ New Jersey Hills, 7/11/14. MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – They are the bane of many motorists and in the last two months, the township has spent $36,000 in labor and materials to deal with the problem. The problem is the growing number of often deep and treacherous potholes that develop on town streets in the late winter and early spring as water collects and then causes the chasms in the roadways known as potholes. This past year was ...
N.J. conducts hurricane evacuation drills on major highways South Jersey Times, 7/10/14. MAURICE RIVER TWP. — As work crews prepare Route 55 for a coastal evacuation, a hurricane is making its way through the Caribbean and is expected to make landfall on Saturday.
Legislators push for upgrades at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan The Record, 7/10/14. Two top New Jersey legislators paid a visit to NJ Transit officials on Wednesday to demand the agency do more to improve conditions and reduce commuter wait times at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
State DOT looking to make deadly stretch of Route 3 safer Jersey Journal, 7/10/14. The state Department of Transportation is planning to address a deadly section of roadway in North Bergen where three people died last week, a spokesman said.
Port Authority Funding Under Scrutiny Wall Street Journal, 7/10/14. For more than three decades, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on projects that have little to do with its mission, paying for museums, parks and even a clam-processing plant.
Additional Route 23 bridge details are given in West Milford Aim West Milford, 7/10/14. Township of West Milford Interim Administrator Robert Casey sent an interoffice memorandum to council members and the township professional staff regarding the state of New Jersey plans to reconstruct the Route 23 Bridge over the Pequannock River at the West Milford/Kinnelon border.
West Milford officials concerned over Route 23 bridge plan Aim West Milford, 7/10/14. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) sent letters to the 12 Township of West Milford home-owners of the Smith Mills area announcing that a June 9 informal public information session regarding the Route 23 bridge replacement over the Pequannock River, Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike and the NYS&W Railway would be held, Councilwoman Ada Erik reported at the June 25 council meeting.
Journal Square Conversion Heralds New Era GlobeSt.com, 7/10/14. JERSEY CITY, NJ-This is how it begins, the grand and massive redevelopment of Journal Square, where four major projects are planned to transform the gritty area around the PATH station with towering apartment buildings, a revived theater and new hotel, retail and office space.
Disclosing New Jersey's crude oil transportation by train still undecided South Jersey Times, 7/10/14. One year ago Wednesday, 47 people died in Quebec, Canada, as a direct result of a fiery train crash. On the anniversary, activists gathered along train tracks in Philadelphia to remember those victims and call for local agencies and governments to advocate for more protective measures regarding the transportation of oil.
Explore the shore with new bicycle tour routes News Transcript, 7/10/14. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced the release of its newest bicycle tour route — Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle — to help promote recreation along the New Jersey Shore as towns and businesses recover from superstorm Sandy.
Sweeney says bus commuters are treated like 'third-class citizens,' demands new terminal Star-Ledger, 7/9/14. NEWARK — State Senate President Steven Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg told the NJ Transit Board of Directors that more than 100,000 New Jersey commuters who use the Port Authority Bus Terminal are treated like "third class citizens," forced to endure frequent delays, crowded, hot waiting areas, a lack of Wi-Fi and other inconveniences at the end of every work day.
New Jersey Supreme Court won't review Dinky case at Princeton University Times of Trenton, 7/9/14. PRINCETON — The state Supreme Court has rebuffed an attempt by a residents group to block the transfer of the Dinky train easement to Princeton University.
How bad is NJ's infrastructure? Shameful is one word for it Star-Ledger, 7/9/14. New Jersey's roads and rails, sewers and drinking water systems are old and getting older. Asphalt, iron and steel all follow the laws of physics, which means the minute they are installed, they begin to degrade.
No fare hikes as NJ Transit budget climbs by $77.7M Star-Ledger, 7/9/14. NEWARK — The New Jersey Transit board of directors adopted a fiscal 2015 budget of $2.02 billion this morning that increases spending by only a third of 1 percent and avoids fare increases.
NJ Transit approves budget that keeps fares flat Associated Press, 7/10/14. NEWARK — New Jersey Transit has approved a budget that includes no fare hikes for the fifth consecutive year.
FEMA funding set for seawall repairs The Hub, 7/9/14. Repairs to the protective seawall that runs along Ocean Avenue through Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach will be carried out in two phases, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Port Authority warns of E-ZPass scam Associated Press, 7/9/14. WEEHAWKEN — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is warning motorists about an email phishing scheme that's targeting E-ZPass motorists.
Toll bridge commission warns of phony E-ZPass emails Express-Times, 7/9/14. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is warning its customers today of an email phishing scam masked as an attempt to collect unpaid tolls.
Palisades Interstate Parkway pothole fix could start this month Journal News, 7/8/14. After years of neglect, work is about to begin to repair the crumbling New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Repaving crews could be on the job later this month or early August, said Steve Schapiro, spokesman for New Jersey's Department of Transportation.
Suddenly, developer is flush with industrial space NJ Biz, 7/8/14. In northern New Jersey, demand for Class A warehouse and distribution space is soaring. Industrial vacancy is shrinking. And shovel-ready construction sites are at a premium.
Union County trail added to National Parks System NJInsideOut.com, 7/8/14. Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen was present for the installation of the first Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail sign in Springfield, officially designating it as part of the National Parks System.
New Jersey officals celebrate completion of Hoboken viaduct renovation Jersey Journal, 7/8/14. Senators, mayors and other local government officials gathered in Hoboken yesterday to unveil the replacement of the city's 106-year-old bridge. The 14th Street Viaduct, which connects Hoboken to Union City and the Jersey City Heights, underwent a three-year, $54 million renovation project that came to a close yesterday when the bridge became fully operational at 5 p.m.
Vintage photos of bicycling in NJ Star-Ledger, 7/7/14. The start of the Tour de France -- which began this year on July 5 -- symbolizes the height of cycling excellence for fans around the world. Perhaps not so much today, but it was only a generation or two ago when a bicycle also symbolized the first taste of freedom for youngsters.
West Milford reps bothered by bridge replacement proposal Suburban Trends, 7/7/14. A small bridge in the town center has become a sizable bother for the municipality.
July is cruelest month for motorcycle drivers, insurance data shows Star-Ledger, 7/7/14. New Jersey motorcycle drivers heading out on the highway looking for adventure this month may want to throttle down that engine.
HIGGS: New NJDOT biking app is more headache than help Asbury Park Press, 7/6/14. I’m a sucker for a smartphone app that makes traveling easier.
Road Warrior: Need a cheap commute? Try hitchhiking the GWB The Record, 7/5/14. If you think New Jerseyans are a mistrustful bunch, you should visit Fort Lee, where a good, old-fashioned American bargain has encouraged hardened commuters to be much more trusting than their mothers ever taught them to be.
Fate of bill to allow Tesla to restart sales could hinge on pro-dealership bill Star-Ledger, 7/5/14. TRENTON — New Jersey’s car dealers have spent a year fighting for a bill that would favor them in their historically tense dealings with auto manufacturers. But now, in order to get that legislation, those dealers may have to swallow something they’re not charged up about: allowing electric car company Tesla to restart sales in its New Jersey showrooms.
A.C. Expressway alters landscape in half-century Courier-Post, 7/5/14. The day the Atlantic City Expressway opened 50 years ago, Gerard Carden expected a madhouse in the toll booths at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza. He got one.
Report on NJ Transit’s gridlock at Super Bowl is overdue The Record, 7/4/14. It’s been about five months since hordes of Super Bowl fans found themselves stuck on train platforms for hours, waiting for NJ Transit to get them home from the big game. And added to the unresolved question of why that happened is the question of whether a consulting firm hired to predict game-day ridership provided good advice for its $1.2 million fee.
Preliminary findings in Bloomfield Avenue Corridor Plan presented to public NJTPA Mention
Montclair Times, 7/3/14. Exclusive left-hand turn phases at Montclair's Six Corners? A painted rhinoceros at the intersection of Bloomfield and Ridgewood avenues in Glen Ridge? Nothing was set in stone or taken off the table during Together North Jersey's presentation of the "Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan" at Bloomfield College on Thursday, June 26.
Parkway Shoulder Causing Headache For Homeowners WOBM, 7/3/14. The Garden State Parkway shoulder widening project through Ocean and Monmouth Counties received a lot of blow back from residents living near the highway, however with the construction in full gear the problem hasn’t quieted down.
Highway accidents shine a light on the importance of sleep The Sentinel, 7/3/14. The six-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike June 7 that killed one man and critically injured three others, including popular comedian and TV star Tracy Morgan, brought to light a serious national health issue “Drowsy Driving.”
Improvements coming to Lyndhurst station, but not Kingsland South Bergenite, 7/3/14. Changes are coming — at some point — to the New Jersey Transit Lyndhurst train station on Stuyvesant Avenue, says the state agency, but there are no plans to make any changes at the Kingsland station below Ridge Road.
Port Authority owes steaming NJ commuters a new bus terminal: Editorial Star-Ledger, 7/3/14. Today, there will be suffering inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The summer’s first heat wave means thousands of Jersey-bound commuters will slow-cook in the terminal’s uncooled tunnels — perhaps comforted by the fact that, come winter, it will balance out because the heaters are broken, too.
AirTrain running again at Newark airport after 2 months of repairs Associated Press, 7/3/14. NEWARK — AirTrain service has resumed at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Helmetta seeks bus route to serve commuters Sentinel, 7/3/14. The Helmetta Borough Council has asked NJ Transit to add a bus route to serve the borough’s growing population of commuters.
Excavation for Railyard Project Reveals a Hidden Piece of New York City New York Times, 7/2/14. If you think the crush is bad around Pennsylvania Station these days, you should have been here 465 million years ago.
Route 206 crumbling; Byram frustrated New Jersey Herald, 7/2/14. BYRAM — Unhappy with the quality of the work being done on the Route 206 project, the Township Council decided on Tuesday to write a letter to acting Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Bertoni expressing its frustrations and requesting a meeting with the DOT.
Fair Lawn Ave bridge to be replaced in 2018 The Record, 7/2/14. FAIR LAWN — The dilapidated Fair Lawn Avenue bridge that connects Passaic and Bergen counties will be replaced by 2018, officials said.
Red Bank station’s $1.6M restoration nearly complete Asbury Park Press, 7/2/14. RED BANK – The borough’s circa-1876 train station is in the final phase of its four-year, $1.6 million restoration.
Chronicler Recalls a Bridge’s Rising, 50 Years Later New York Times, 7/1/14. On windy days, ironworkers clambered up catwalks, linked the 60 garage-size steel segments that made up the bridge deck, and tiptoed atop the bridge’s 70-story towers at the risk of their lives.
EDITORIAL: Heavier fines may drive home point on texting Asbury Park Press, 7/1/14. Fair warning: If you are reading this on your phone while driving to work, it could cost you a few hundred bucks.
Fines climb in NJ for drivers texting, talking on phone The Associated Press, 7/1/14. TRENTON — Motorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey.
Bernards Township residents seek solutions to Hills Drive safety issues Bernardsville News, 7/1/14. BEDMINSTER TWP. – It’s not safe for pedestrians and bicyclists to use Hills Drive because motorists zigzag to avoid the speed bumps, residents told the Township Committee on Monday, June 16.
Trying to end the long, hot wait for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal Star-Ledger, 6/30/14. It was another hot, crowded evening rush hour at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and, as usual, the New Jersey commuters on line for Gate 210 weren?t rushing anywhere.
Sea Bright Tries a New Angle on Parking RedBankGreen.com, 6/23/14. Arriving at the Sea Bright Supermarket one afternoon last week, borough resident Kathy Morris struggled to align her SUV with a back-in, angled parking space. Wait: a what?
Newburg Road in Washington to be closed six to eight months Cedar Grove-Verona Observer, 6/23/14. WASHINGTON- Newburg Road will be closed for six to eight months beginning tomorrow, township police announced.
NJ's oldest rest stop?: Monmouth U. students digging up history at Cedar Bridge Tavern Star-Ledger, 6/23/14. BARNEGAT — Long before New Jersey had the Vince Lombardi Service Area and the Cheesequake rest stop, there was Cedar Bridge Tavern.
LETTER: Transportation infrastructure needs quick fixes MyCentralJersey.com, 6/23/14. It’s crunch time. This summer the nation must once again navigate a federal surface transportation authorization process in a deeply divided Congress, while we in the New York City region hold our collective breath. Without a long-term, well-funded, sustainable funding source that historically has been...
Jackson: Booker's push for truck safety is facing a roadblock The Record, 6/22/14. Democrat Cory Booker is waging his first floor fight in the U.S. Senate, taking on colleagues in both parties who want to suspend regulations specifying how much rest truck drivers should get each week.
Portion of Route 202 Will Be Closed, Monday June 23 Alternative Press, 6/22/14. TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that a section of Route 202 between Sunny Branch Road and Fox Hunt Lane in Far Hills will be closed to traffic starting Monday, June 23 for a project to replace the Mine Brook culvert.
Glen Avenue Bridge in Millburn has been completed and bridge has been reopened Independent Press, 6/22/14. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Friday, June 20, that the project to rehabilitate the Glen Avenue Bridge in Millburn has been completed and the bridge has been reopened to traffic. Essex County expedited the construction of the bridge and completed the roadway work two month ahead of schedule.
Projects address a number of Clifton traffic issues Clifton Journal, 6/20/14. CLIFTON – A series of improvement projects designed to enhance traffic safety or optimize flow throughout several City sections are in the works, though a handful of residents are weary due to potential quality of life issues.
North Jersey Bike-Sharing Program Faces Delays Wall Street Journal, 6/20/14. Three northern New Jersey cities will have to wait at least several months to get their own bicycle-sharing program, according to local officials who had hoped to roll out a system akin to New York's Citi Bike this month.
Pedestrian safety program moves to shore WOBM, 6/19/14. Long Beach Island is now part of a handful of towns participating in a 12-month pilot program aimed at increasing pedestrian safety and driver awareness in New Jersey. The Street Smart NJ campaign is being conducted by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority in partnership with local law enforcement.
LBI officials want pedestrians to be smarter about crossing the street NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 6/19/14. There’s a reason all the traffic lights on Long Beach Island turn red simultaneously, and Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini says it’s a sobering one.
Global Container Terminals in Jersey City unveils $325M expansion project Jersey Journal, 6/19/14. Global Container Terminals in Jersey City held a grand opening yesterday for the completion of a $325 million expansion project which officials say will increase safety, efficiency, environmental friendliness and double the number of containers passing through the terminal.
Global's automated terminal offers a window into shipping's future Star-Ledger, 6/19/14. BAYONNE — Global Container Terminal CEO Jim Devine stood on the dock under a large white reception tent, where the delicate cucumber and feta cheese hors d’ouvres were in sharp contrast to Devine’s earthy manner and the immense black hull of the APL Latvia, a post-Panamax container ship tied up nearby.
Morris County to receive $540,000 for veterans transportation services Daily Record, 6/19/14. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced on Thursday a $543,000 grant award for the Morris County Department of Human Services to develop a “one-click, one-call” Transportation Resource Center for veterans in the Morris County area.
Opinion: Doing more to meet senior transportation needs The Record, 6/19/14. ANYONE who has cared for an aging parent or relative understands the importance of senior transportation, even without studying the demographics. There are trips that are necessary – for food shopping and medical appointments – and there are trips that are non-essential yet still important – for entertainment or social needs.
CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot NPR, 6/18/14. Everything you see in the grocery store - really almost any store - probably got there riding on wooden pallet. For decades in this country, nobody really improved on the palate until, suddenly, someone did.
Street Smart safety drive starts on LBI NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 6/18/14. LONG BEACH ISLAND – For Lt. Paul Vereb, pedestrian safety is personal. In 1987, his brother Bernie was hit by a car, an accident that sent him to University Hospital in Newark. He was in a coma for the next seven years, until succumbing to his injuries, Vereb said.
Pedestrian Safety at the Shore NJTPA Mention
NBC, 6/18/14. NBC 10's Ted Greenberg talks to police in Long Beach Island about their intiative to keep vacationers safe on their feet.
Crash Demonstration Kicks Off Pedestrian Safety Campaign in LBI NJTPA Mention
Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch, 6/18/14.
For Long Beach Township Police Lt. Paul Vereb, pedestrian safety is personal.
Pedestrian Safety Campaign On Long Beach Island NJTPA Mention
WBGO, 6/18/14. As the summer tourism season gets in full gear, a new pedestrian safety program is being launched on Long Beach Island.
Transportation Planning Authority demonstrates effect of speed in pedestrian accidents NJTPA Mention
News 12 New Jersey, 6/18/14. LONG BEACH ISLAND - Safety experts on Long Beach Island used a dummy to demonstrate what happens when cars hit pedestrians.
Long Beach Island rolls out pedestrian safety effort NJTPA Mention
Newsworks/WHYY, 6/18/14. As the summer tourism season get in full gear, a new pedestrian safety program is being launched on Long Beach Island. The Street Smart campaign is aimed at getting pedestrians to pay attention to traffic when crossing the street -- and getting drivers to obey the speed limit and stop for people in crosswalks.
New system is designed to reduce transportation industry risk NJ Biz, 6/18/14. Tractor-trailer accidents have received renewed attention in the New Jersey area recently, following a New Jersey Turnpike accident that seriously injured actor Tracy Morgan, and now a Morristown-based transportation-industry insurer has created a risk management solution for its transportation customers.
Coalition of NJ leaders push for arts to help revitalize communities NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 6/18/14. Art isn't always the first thing developers think about when it comes to revitalizing a neighborhood. But in Newark and many other cities across New Jersey, art plays an important role in rebuilding communities.
AAA Survey: Spend More on Transportation [AUDIO] NJ 101.5. 6/17/14. Two-thirds of survey respondents supported an increase in transportation funding, while more than half (52 percent) said they would be willing to pay higher fuel taxes if it meant smoother rides.
New Rochelle toots horn with train stop advantage Journal News, 6/16/14. Many communities see their train stations as magnets to attract new downtown life teeming with residences, stores and restaurants, but New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson is stepping up the pitch.
Booker and Menendez seeking stronger trucker fatigue rules, in wake of fatal crashes Star Ledger, 6/16/14. WASHINGTON D.C. — With Congress poised to roll back federal rules limiting the amount of time a trucker can be behind the wheel, both of New Jersey’s U.S. senators warned today the change will make the nation’s highways more dangerous.
Weird NJ takes a ride on Gravity Road Asbury Park Press, 6/16/14.One of the most common "road" myths in New Jersey is the story of Gravity Road, or Hill.
Editorial: 'Complete Streets' makes it easier, safer for everyone to get around Times of Trenton, 6/16/14. Hopewell Township is on the right path with its consideration of a “Complete Streets” policy. An ordinance introduced last week provides for application of the concept to future or retrofitted roads that will blend into the community while meeting the transportation needs of all users -- motorists, public transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Little Ferry Bridge's falcons exercise tenant rights The Record, 6/16/14. There were traffic patterns to consider. And potential delays for commuters. But before embarking on the rebuild of the Route 46 bridge over the Hackensack River in Little Ferry this month, state transportation officials also had to consider the falcons.
Rail ridership rose in first quarter, APTA says Progressive Railroading, 6/16/14. Although overall ridership on U.S. public transit systems dipped a bit in the first quarter, ridership on all three rail modes increased compared with year-ago figures, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Avoid getting run over by hike in N.J. gas tax: Opinion NJ.com/South Jersey Times, 6/15/14. Proponents of raising the state gasoline tax are firing up their engines — and if New Jersey motorists don't rise up they will be run over by a massive hike. It is true the Transportation Trust Fund has been depleted over the years and both parties share in the blame. Republicans and Democrats have raided the fund to balance budgets. The state has relied on borrowing billions of dollars to maintain our infrastructure, and now our bonding capacity is at its limit.
Asbury Park company offers a Free Ride Asbury Park Press, 6/15/14. ASBURY PARK – A new service is offering free rides to people in Asbury Park, and all anyone has to do to get a lift is wave to the driver.
Without notice, NJ Transit cuts time light rail ticket is valid Hudson Reporter, 6/15/14. Earlier this year, NJ Transit reduced the time that Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) tickets are valid from 90 to 60 minutes – but public officials and riders say they weren’t made aware of this change, and that other features of ridership are unclear.
County to review plan for 'friendly' roadways NJ Herald, 6/14/14. NEWTON — The county should make roadways more pedestrian and bicycle friendly to remain attractive to both aging and younger residents, according to a Complete Streets proposal.
NJ Transit Officials Address Storm Preparedness, Bus-Commuter Complaints NJ Spotlight, 6/13/14. Any port in a storm? NJ Transit officials learned the answer to that – the hard way. When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, the agency’s emergency storm plan took up all of 3 ½ pages – and trains were stored in flood-prone yards in North Jersey. One-third of the fleet was destroyed. But maybe now they’ve gotten it right. A new 22-page plan includes specific, detailed instructions on how NJ Transit should respond if and when another superstorm looms.
NJ Roadways are Getting More Congested [AUDIO] NJ 101.5, 6/12/14. If it seems like it’s taking a little more time to get to work these days, it probably is. As the New Jersey economy slowly continues to improve, more people are finding work and traveling to and from their job, and not surprisingly, traffic congestion is getting worse.
Ridgewood approves changes to Garber Square project The Record, 6/12/14. The Ridgewood Council has approved a modified road improvement plan for Wilsey and Garber squares that reduces the size of a controversial median island, allowing the village to return to two lanes in both directions if traffic congestion becomes an issue.
Retimed signal to help River Road drivers navigate detour Hanover Eagle, 6/12/14. EAST HANOVER TWP. – The replacement of the Route 10 bridge over the Passaic River is ahead of schedule and, “by the grace of God,” should be completed before Thanksgiving. Those were the words of Mayor Joseph Pannullo who wanted to address residents frustrated by traffic delays ever since the state Department of Transportation (DOT) shut down the east bound lanes near the bridge on May 10.
NJ Transit unveils new plan to protect equipment in severe weather The Record, 6/11/14. NJ Transit, which received a torrent of public criticism after it stored rail equipment in low-lying yards during Superstorm Sandy — a decision that resulted in $120 million in damage — has developed a new plan for protecting its railcars and locomotives during severe weather.
Colts Neck intersection targeted for roundabout News Transcript, 6/5/14. COLTS NECK — The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has decided to proceed with a plan it believes will improve conditions at a tricky intersection in Colts Neck.
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