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Local historian shares tale of old Cedar Grove train stations The Record, 8/18/14. If you've ever noticed the milepost right off of Bowden Road, walked across the Arch Bridge on Little Falls Road, or discovered an old stairway across from the Pompton Avenue Foodtown, you've encountered the railroad history of Cedar Grove.
Morris voters to decide whether to add trail development to county's open space program Star-Ledger, 8/18/14. MORRIS COUNTY — In the November election, Morris County voters will consider a ballot question that would add trail development to the county’s open space program.
Roadwork scheduled for this week on Long Hill Road Daily Record, 8/18/14. LONG HILL – Morris County will be doing some road resurfacing in the township, starting today.
Among pedestrians, analysis finds N.J. seniors are fatally vulnerable Star-Ledger, 8/18/14. Older pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be killed by automobiles than their counterparts in other states, according to an analysis of the nearly 47,000 pedestrians killed nationwide from 2003 through 2012.
Chris Christie's ARC tunnel argument still flawed: Editorial Star Ledger, 8/18/14. Gov. Chris Christie started arguing with people on the internet last week – a symptom of poor decision-making that folks who want to be president are wise to avoid. In this case, Christie got caught up in an hours-long Twitter war defending the 2010 cancellation of the ARC tunnel project to commuters cranky about nightly mass transit delays.
NJ counties worried about transportation funding NJTPA Mention
New Jersey 101.5, 8/18/14. Local New Jersey officials are concerned that if the Transportation Trust Fund runs out of money it could force them to make some difficult choices to fund local road projects.
Road Warrior: Leonia calls for teamwork on GWB traffic chaos The Record, 8/17/14. As John DeSimone tells it, too many folks in Leonia must plan their summer evenings around this question: “Are they home tonight?”
HIGGS: Parkway, Turnpike video signs lost roadwork info Asbury Park Press, 8/17/14. Those wonderful new, in-living-color, overhead video signs, now sprouting up on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, promise drivers bright, shiny, happy things to make our ride better, but they are missing a key piece of information we used to get from the old signs.
Bus, train riders can give NJ Transit their 2 cents Press of Atlantic City, 8/16/14. Customers who ride the NJ Transit trains and buses now have a chance to rate the agency — even if they want to give it a big, fat zero.
Support requested for trail’s extension through Plumsted NJTPA Mention
Examiner, 8/14/14. PLUMSTED — An online petition to have the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County, extended into Plumsted Township, Ocean County, is gaining traction among residents as one man continues to tout the plan’s potential benefits to the community.
Christie taps into anger at NJ Transit; exchanges tweets with testy riders The Record, 8/14/14. It started with angry NJ Transit riders tweeting pictures and complaints to Governor Christie on Friday night. “You have no clue what’s going on in Penn Station right now, do you?” @Drift22 said. “Delays due to one tunnel are far too frequent” said @MilindShah. Christie told stalled riders to “hang in there” and that helped turn a Twitter conversation into a debate that lasted more than six hours and had some still fired up five days later.
Bergen among deadliest N.J. counties for older pedestrians, report finds NJ.com, 8/14/14. BERGEN COUNTY — Almost half of the pedestrians killed in a 10-year period in Bergen County were aged 60 or older, a new report says. The report by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit transit advocacy group, examined federal data for traffic fatalities from 2003 through 2012.
Report on pedestrian deaths cites higher risks for seniors in NJ The Record, 8/14/14. Pedestrians over age 60 are nearly twice as likely as younger residents to die in collisions with vehicles on New Jersey’s roads, and the risks are even higher for older seniors, according to a review of federal data released on Wednesday.
Construction will lead to long-term closures in Allendale Town Journal, 8/14/14. Construction on the Elm Street culvert in Allendale is set to begin this week, meaning closures on Franklin Turnpike from Cottage Place to Allendale Avenue for approximately 180 days, officials said.
Glimmer Glass Bridge to close for up to 10 months Coast Star, 8/14/14. MANASQUAN — Monmouth County will be moving forward with major repair work to the 279-foot Glimmer Glass Bridge on Fisk Avenue between Brielle and Manasquan that was closed on Aug. 7 due to immediate safety concerns.
Opinion: New Jersey must address transportation funding crisis The Record, 8/12/14. Enough of this reckless borrowing that has left our transportation fund running on fumes and put state and local budgets in dire shape.
Route 80 construction in Parsippany leads to increase in accidents Daily Record, 8/11/14. PARSIPPANY – It's been a rough two months for motorists navigating the construction zone on Route 80 in Parsippany.
Watch out, commuters: Crashes way up in Route 80 construction zone NJ.com, 8/11/14. PARSIPPANY After a new traffic configuration was put in place this summer, car crashes in the construction zone on Route 80 nearly tripled in July compared to same time period and location in 2012 and 2013, according to data from the state Department of Transportation.
Road Warrior: Pair push to shield Waldwick from Route 17 The Record, 8/10/14. Anyone who risks driving Route 17 each day can relate to the perils posed by this north-south artery. But even the Waldwick mayor was taken aback by the strong response generated by the crash that killed a borough cop and badly damaged a house on Bergen Avenue last month.
Trucker shortage grows Insurance News/The Record, 8/10/14. New Jersey is facing a worsening truck driver shortage as workers shy away from the stress, taxing work schedules, logistical frustrations and government regulations inherent in the job -- prompting concerns that the driver shortfall could slow the economy's rebound.
As more states raise highway speed limits, New Jersey plans to stay stuck at 65 mph The Republic/Press of Atlantic City, 8/9/14. TRENTON, New Jersey — Motorists breezing through parts of Pennsylvania are now able to set their cruise control at 70 mph without having to worry about getting a speeding ticket. Is New Jersey next to raise its speed limit? Sorry, leadfoots, New Jersey will remain in the slow lane.
Study faults late changes for monster Super Bowl snarl, goes easy on NJ Transit The Record, 8/9/14. Wildly inaccurate predictions of how many fans would travel by train to the Super Bowl, infighting among state officials and a last-minute decision to ignore established plans for crowd management combined to delay the ride home for more than 20,000 fans after the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, according to a 144-page report released Friday.
Middletown: RR Xing Closure Set RedBankGreen.com, 8/8/14. Emergency repair work on the New Jersey Transit railroad crossing at Navesink River Road in Middletown will mean a shutdown of the crossing to vehicular traffic for up to 12 days later this month, the township announced Thursday.
City officials say no to additional bump-outs Asbury Park Sun, 8/8/14. Members of the Asbury Park City Council voted Wednesday against installation of bump-out curbing along several Kingsley Street intersections throughout the waterfront.
NJ Transit Problems at 2014 Super Bowl Were Underrated, Report Reveals WNYC, 8/8/14. New Jersey Transit's struggles with large crowds at February's Super Bowl game were worse than previously known, a new report revealed.
Electric car-driving N.J. lawmaker: ban smoke-belching trucks Star-Ledger, 8/7/14. TRENTON — An odd facet of the culture war has made its way to New Jersey. A liberal New Jersey assemblyman personally experienced a fad called "rolling coal," in which drivers modify their diesel trucks to burn extra fuel and produce thick, black smoke. And he wants to ban it.
Road Warrior: Jackie Gleason statue a bright spot for weary Port Authority Bus Terminal commuters The Record, 8/7/14. Even if they’re not big fans of buses, bus drivers or midtown Manhattan’s leaky, overcrowded Port Authority Bus Terminal, riders can’t help but be charmed by the familiar sight that greets them outside the door on Eighth Avenue.
Federal, local officials tour N.J.'s high-speed rail project site in Trenton Times of Trenton, 8/7/14. TRENTON — The most-traveled section of railroad in North America, a 23-mile stretch between Trenton and New Brunswick, has had the same overhead wire system since 1935. But with improvements finally underway, trains could eventually be able to speed through Mercer County at up to 160 mph.
Building at Glen Ridge train station to close for renovations Glen Ridge Voice, 8/7/14. The Ridgewood Avenue train station building is going to be closed for part of August for the first of several renovations and repairs.
NJ Transit shies away from total alcohol ban Asbury Park Press, 8/7/14. NJ Transit officials said they won't impose a blanket alcohol ban on trains, but prefer to use spot bans for specific events, such as certain concerts or parades known for drinking
Trenton's 'Complete Streets' initiative is getting mixed reviews Times of Trenton, 8/5/14. About three times a week, Ron Lessard hops on his bike and rides from his Princeton home to the furniture shop he runs on Ott Street in Trenton.
City, DOT officials discuss closing Summerfield Ave Asbury Park Sun, 8/5/14. Representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation [DOT] and NJ Transit officials met with city officials Friday to discuss a plan that would permanently close access between Main Street and Memorial Drive at the intersection of Summerfield Avenue.
Route 202 to be Resurfaced in Bridgewater Alternative Press, 8/5/14. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation is doing some road resurfacing through Bridgewater and Branchburg, beginning in mid-August.
$9.5M project to upgrade section of boulevard in Jersey City Jersey Journal, 7/28/14. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $9.5 million project to upgrade a section of Port Jersey Boulevard in Jersey City near the Global Container Terminal.
As N.J. roads get worse and worse, gas tax decision sorely needed: Opinion NJ.com, 7/28/14. It’s a transportation trust fund financed by a gasoline tax with the needle on empty because elected officials haven’t been willing to raise the gas tax or able to come up with long-term alternative means of paying for badly needed highway repairs.
Wyckoff Road reconstruction resumes after four years Asbury Park Press, 7/27/14. WALL – Pity the drivers who have to use Wyckoff Road between Routes 33 and 34 and travel over its bumpy, rolling pavement. They've been waiting four years for a reconstruction project that started in summer 2010 to be completed.
North Jersey empty-nesters move downtown The Record, 7/27/14. Since she moved from a single-family home to an apartment in downtown Englewood, Linda Kourakos has been able to spend less time in the car and more time on foot.
What’s in a Name: The Origin of Mule Road Ocean County Signal, 7/27/14. BERKELEY-One of the main thoroughfares through Holiday City Berkeley is named Mule Road. Did you ever wonder why Mule Road seemingly goes nowhere?
Warren County tries to rebuild Morris Canal into recreation destination Express Times, 7/26/14. Warren County officials continue to work toward the goal of buying up as many pieces of the Morris Canal as they can and improving the pieces already in public hands. It's a historic resource with the potential for trails and outdoor recreation, they say. The man-made canal once transported goods and materials via boats pulled by mules along a towpath from Phillipsburg to Jersey City.
Where you should live in N.J., based on transportation needs NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 7/25/14. Were you among the thousands of people who checked out our quiz to find out where in New Jersey you should live, based on your transportation preferences? (If not, it’s not too late
Construction on Hamburg Turnpike nearing completion The Record, 7/25/14. WAYNE — More than two years after it began, construction at Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike is coming to an end.
Lawmakers Press For Federal Infrastructure Funding They’re Not Likely to Get NJTV, 7/25/14. It’s not the most exciting subject matter to talk about, but highway, bridge and transportation infrastructure work is critical to the present and future economic growth of New Jersey and the region, say New Jersey’s federal lawmakers. Today they were joined by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at the site of a federally-funded highway project on Route 80 to help make their point.
EDITORIAL: We all must learn how to share roads NJ Hills/Madison Eagle, 7/25/14. As we head deeper into summer, more bicycles on the roads mean more potential bicycle accidents. Bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers have a sometimes contentious relationship, even when bike lanes are designated, and especially when cyclists ride on narrow streets. Whatever road they take, both parties are well-advised to be on the lookout. More to the point, the “share the road” bumper stickers...
Hunterdon County bridge likely oldest of its kind in the U.S. Hunterdon County Democrat, 7/24/14. DELAWARE TWP. – It’s not jut a bridge, the span on Rosemont-Raven Rock Road here that crosses the Lockatong Creek. It's historic.
Englewood urges NJ Transit to support Bus Rapid Transit line Northern Valley Suburbanite, 7/24/14. ENGLEWOOD - City leaders and the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are urging NJ Transit to support a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system that increases access to mass transportation in the area.
NJ Transit to remove two bus stops, add others in East Rutherford South Bergenite, 7/24/14. Following a 25-signature petition detailing security, noise and littering issues near private property in East Rutherford, NJ Transit is removing two bus stops at the intersection of Hackensack and Main streets, northbound and southbound, and adding four elsewhere on Hackensack Street in order to make up for the deletions and fill in gaps.
Plan to avert danger: Upgrades to rail tanker cars could affect North Jersey The Record, 7/24/14. Hundreds of aging railway cars that carry highly combustible crude oil through New Jersey every day would be phased out in two years if they are not retrofitted with better safety features under new federal rules proposed Wednesday.
Flags for pedestrian crossings suggested in South Brunswick Sentinel, 7/24/14. SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Increased traffic in the township means crossing the street isn’t as safe as it once was.
Straightening unlikely for West Milford’s S-turns; banking revisions expected Suburban Trends, 7/24/14. As the state progresses toward a pavement rehabilitation project for Route 23 in southern West Milford, the infamous S-turns are getting their share of attention.
DEP details Route 23 bridge reconstruction plans in West Milford Aim West Milford, 7/24/14. Preliminary engineering plans for a $49 million project to demolish the current Route 23 Bridge at the Township of West Milford and Kinnelon Borough border and then replace it with a new bridge were discussed by New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives at a township council meeting on July 16.
N.J. Turnpike Authority, Florida pizza restaurants spar over logo Star-Ledger, 7/24/14. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants to be clear: It is not in the restaurant business, in this state or any other. To underline the point, the agency has filed a federal lawsuit against a Florida chain of two New Jersey-themed pizza places, claiming the restaurants’ yellow-and-green logo too closely resembles the Garden State Parkway sign, according to the New Jersey Law Journal, which first reported the story.
HART keynote speaker: Hunterdon needs smaller homes, more transit for Millennials Hunterdon Democrat, 7/24/14. UNION TWP. — The Hunterdon County ideal of a big house on a big lot is obsolete and is hurting our economic recovery. That’s what Jeffrey Otteau told a ballroom full of guests at HART Commuter Information Services' annual awards breakfast this morning at the Grand Colonial.
Motorists Ecstatic About Palisades Parkway Makeover My9NJ, 7/23/14. Fort Lee, New Jersey - The Palisades Interstate Parkway is getting a facelift and many drivers say that it’s long overdue!
Analysis: After years of neglect, Port Authority bus terminal gets $90M worth of attention The Record, 7/23/14. For years, the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan has seemed frozen in time, a forgotten giant in the agency’s vast portfolio of transportation facilities. As recently as a few months ago, the agency said it had no plans for major changes to the cramped and outdated building over the next decade.
Quiz: Where should you live in N.J., based on transportation needs? NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 7/23/14. New Jersey is a state on the move. Whether we're traveling for work or for pleasure, to the mountains or the mall, there are places we want to go — and we have preferences for how to get there.
8 things you should know about N.J. transportation NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 7/23/14. From how many of us ride the rails to the average length of our commutes, below are eight things you should know about transportation in New Jersey.
Port Authority approves new chairman Degnan Associated Press, 7/23/14. NEW YORK (AP) — John Degnan has taken over as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
NJ Transit Chief Visits Jersey Coast Line Stations WOBM, 7/23/14. Hoping to hi-lite the importance of mass transit to Monmouth County’s shore tourism industry, State Senator Jennifer Beck took NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim and her staff on a tour Tuesday. Beck and members of the 11th District delegation visited Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations to see first hand the condition of the stations.
Beck brings NJ Transit exec on tour of area train stations Asbury Sun, 7/23/14. New Jersey state Senator Jennifer Beck Tuesday toured three train stations in the Eleventh District with NJ Transit Executive Director, Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, and members of her staff.
Intersection upgrades planned NJTPA Mention
Tri-Town News, 7/23/14. HOWELL — The Monmouth County Engineer’s Office is designing improvements for a busy intersection in Howell. According to a resolution passed by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, safety upgrades will be made at the intersection of Squankum-Yellowbrook and West Farms roads.
Road Warrior: Delays -- Are they worth it? The Record, 7/23/14. Which one of these North Jersey byways comes to mind without your being tempted to add an expletive or two to its name: The GWB? The PIP? Routes 3, 20, 80 or the Route 46 bridge that carries traffic over the Hackensack River?
LBI Shuttle Buses Are Free Ride Growing in Appeal Sandpaper, 7/23/14. As the summer moves on, word of Long Beach Island’s free shuttle bus service continues to spread.
After seeing for himself, new Port Authority chairman vows to replace bus terminal Star-Ledger, 7/23/14. NEW YORK — John Degnan is not yet chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but he says he knows one thing: The sprawling eyesore of a bus terminal on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan needs to be improved and ultimately replaced.
Englewood urges NJ Transit to support Bus Rapid Transit line The Record/Suburbanite, 7/23/14. ENGLEWOOD - City leaders and the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are urging NJ Transit to support a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system that increases access to mass transportation in the area.
Condition of Manhattan bus terminal 'unacceptable,' says new Port Authority chairman The Record, 7/22/14. Two days before taking the reins of one of most powerful transportation agencies in the country, John Degnan boarded a bus from the New Jersey suburbs to the Port Authority’s midtown Manhattan bus terminal, a cramped and outdated launching pad used by 200,000 commuters each day.
State eyes raising part of Pike Observer, 7/22/14. KEARNY – The Rt. 7/Belleville Turnpike corridor which runs through Kearny’s meadows area and beyond is getting a lot of attention these days from state and federal transit agencies.
PSE&G Initiative Lets Employees at NJ Firms Charge Electric Cars at Work NJ Spotlight, 7/22/14. In a program aimed at encouraging employers in New Jersey to provide employees with a way to charge electric cars while at work, Public Service Electric & Gas is offering approximately 150 free plug-in stations to businesses in its franchise territory.
Testifying to Congress, Fulop urges more spending on transportation Jersey Journal, 7/22/14. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop visited Washington, D.C., today to tout the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail before Congress and urge the nation’s leaders to invest more on transportation infrastructure
Work on Patterson Street Bridge in Hillsdale is ahead of schedule Pascack Valley Community Life, 7/22/14. A $1.7 million project by the County of Bergen to replace the aging Patterson Street Bridge in Hillsdale is expected to be finished by fall.
HIGGS: Enough with the highway rubbernecking at nothing Asbury Park Press, 7/21/14. Elvis sang about it, American Dad did an entire show about it and unfortunately, too many drivers do it. Rubbernecking is the title of the song and the topic of the animated comedy and one of the most annoying driving practices, short of parking your car in the left lane and leaving it there.
Utilities road work in Garfield and Lodi triggers road detours, closings The Record, 7/21/14. For weeks, traffic along Outwater Lane in Garfield and Lodi has been shut down each day in sections and rerouted because of underground utility work, and there is little sign that the detours and closures will let up soon.
Byram officials voice concerns about Route 206 project New Jersey Herald, 7/21/14. BYRAM — A walking tour of the State Route 206 widening project with members of the state Department of Transportation left Byram officials with a lukewarm feeling over how the project was progressing.
West Milford council gets answers on Route 23 bridge Suburban Trends, 7/21/14. Township representatives got the answers they requested on the pending replacement of the Route 23 bridge over Hamburg Turnpike last week.
Road Warrior: Stretch of Route 17 where Waldwick cop died has troubled history The Record, 7/20/14. Debbie Peel is leaving her perch overlooking the Route 17 speedway where a Waldwick cop was killed last week.
Mayor pitches Monmouth bike lane network Asbury Park Press, 7/20/14. Monmouth County could be the first county in the state to have a bike lane network to allow riders to travel safely from town to town if an idea proposed by Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Luccarelli wins local and county support.
Byram officials voice concerns about Route 206 project NJ Herald, 7/20/14. BYRAM — A walking tour of the State Route 206 widening project with members of the state Department of Transportation left Byram officials with a lukewarm feeling over how the project was progressing.
New Traffic Signals Planned at Chimney Rock Alternative Press, 7/18/14. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With construction continuing on Chimney Rock Road, the Bridgewater Township Council approved two resolutions to enter into agreements with the state for new traffic signals in the area.
NJ DOT to repave horrible, crater-riddled Palisades Interstate Parkway Star Ledger, 7/18/14. TRENTON — Its potholes have chewed up axels, tires and even totaled vehicles. Drivers have been hospitalized after sinking into its asphalt pits. But now, months after its former commissioner said it was worse than many roads in the third-world, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) has laid out a timeline to repair New Jersey's stretch of the pockmarked Palisades Interstate Parkway.
Repaving of Palisades Parkway to begin Associated Press, 7/18/14. FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Repaving is set to begin on the Palisades Interstate Parkway, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge. The last time that was done was the mid-1990s.
NJ Transit earmarks $9.6 million for rehabilitation of Perth Amboy train station Star Ledger, 7/18/14. PERTH AMBOY — Perth Amboy officials learned this week that NJ Transit has allocated $9.6 million in next year’s budget for the final design for a major overhaul of the city’s 86-year-old train station.
Amtrak: NJ Transit riders should be ‘very concerned’ Capital NY, 7/17/14. Amtrak C.E.O. Joe Boardman is not kidding when he talks about the dangerously decrepit state of the cross-Hudson River rail tunnels, whose premature failure, he warned, could devastate the region's economy. "This is real, this is a real problem here," he told Capital.
#NJWorstWalk: How hard is it to get around N.J. with no car? NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 7/17/14. For many in New Jersey, getting around without a car can be difficult.
'Complete Streets' in N.J.: Can you get around without a car? NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 7/16/14. Here in New Jersey we travel by car, train, bus, bike, foot, motorcycle, light rail, ferry, even skateboard. But even with all these options, getting around isn’t always easy.
Long-delayed roadwork nears completion Sentinel, 7/16/14. Roadwork at Route 130 and Adams Lane in North Brunswick will be substantially completed and fully open to traffic by the end of this year, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
PIP repaving is happy news for motorists The Record, 7/16/14. ALPINE — The Palisades Interstate Parkway will begin a resurfacing project for the New Jersey section next week.
Federal Highway Funding Offers Short-Term Fix for NJ Roads NJTV, 7/16/14. Federal highway funding is safe for the next 10 months, but that’s all.
Highways Need a Higher Gas Tax New York Times, 7/15/14. About 10,000 motorists die each year because of inadequate road conditions, and millions of other Americans waste large portions of their lives stuck in traffic or stalled trains. The enormous cost to society of poor infrastructure grows every year, and most of the blame can be placed directly on a Congress that refuses to collect and spend enough money to fix it.
Red Bank Urges Intersection Upgrades NJTPA Mention
RedBankGreen.com, 7/15/14. Red Bank officials are backing a Monmouth County push for safety upgrades to the intersection of Broad Street and East Bergen Place, where a Staten Island woman was run over by an SUV four years ago.
N.J. among best states for road safety, report says Star-Ledger, 7/15/14. New Jersey is among the safest states to drive, according to new study.
Robert A. Roe, New Jersey Congressman, Dies at 90 New York Times, 7/15/14. Robert A. Roe, who as a congressman from New Jersey for 23 years played a key role in financing projects to expand the nation’s highway and mass transit systems and to combat water and ground pollution, died on Tuesday at his home in Green Pond, N.J. He was 90.
Former Rep. Robert A. Roe, longtime congressman from Passaic County, dies at age 90 The Record, 7/15/14. Former Rep. Robert A Roe, a longtime congressman from Passaic County whose commitment to public works projects included the Paterson federal building that bears his name, died Tuesday at age 90, according to Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.
Light rail cars with larger seating capacity coming Jersey Journal, 7/15/14. One year after NJ Transit unveiled a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train car that included two additional sections for seating, the NJ Transit Board of Directors approved adding 35 of the expanded light rail vehicles to the agency's fleet.
Bayonne Bridge project brings big headaches for nearby residents Jersey Journal, 7/15/14. The Bayonne Bridge project is causing a lot of headaches for those living in the area, but local officials had few solutions to offer them last night.
Parkway Exit 105 project seeks to untangle traffic Asbury Park Press, 7/15/14. TINTON FALLS – Earth-moving equipment is working on the first phase of a nearly $10 million project to improve traffic flow at the fearsomely tangled juncture of Garden State Parkway Exit 105, Hope Road and Route 36.
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.
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