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Lawmakers hope to squeeze more money out of highway rest areas Star Ledger/Advance Media, 12/8/14. In the hunt to find more transportation revenue, lawmakers have their sights on toll road rest areas where drivers fuel up the car, grab a burger and a drink, and buy a souvenir for the kids. The senate transportation committee voted unanimously to release a bill Monday, requiring the state's two toll authorities to explore ways to make more money from service areas on the three major toll roads. It passed the state assembly in March and goes to the full senate for a vote
North Jersey transportation agency targets efforts to rebuild Bergen, Essex drawbridge NJTPA Mention
The Record, 12/8/14.
Port Authority dedicates emergency ops center in Jersey City to former official Jersey Journal, 12/8/14. The Port Authority dedicated its Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City today to its longtime chief operating officer, the late Ernesto L. Butcher, according to a press release.
NJ lawmakers scramble to find transportation cash NJ 101.5, 12/7/14. New Jersey lawmakers continue to scramble to find ways to fund the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The TTF is the pool of money New Jersey uses to fund road and bridge improvement and repair projects, but it will go bankrupt by next year if money isn’t found soon. After conducting four public hearings around the state, Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) said he hopes legislators can formalize a plan soon. Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) is on record saying he would like it done by Christmas.
Roadwork to continue in Butler on Carey Ave. Suburban Trends, 12/8/14. Carey Avenue may be rattling drivers now, but by spring, the ride should be a smooth as silk, or at least as pleasant as a new topping of asphalt can make it.
Could N.J. see $2 a gallon gas? Maybe next year Star-Ledger, 12/8/14. Gas in Oklahoma dipped under $2 a gallon last week, but should Garden State drivers expect that kind of price drop here?
Road Warrior: Keeping red-light cameras a hard sell The Record, 12/7/14. After a five-year flirtation with red-light cameras, New Jersey appears ready to kick Big Brother to the curb.
$114 to cross the GWB? Yep. Use our interactive tool to figure out the new tolls NJ.com, 12/7/14. If you are going to be driving across or through Port Authority bridges and tunnels, be ready to pay more on Sunday.
Road Warrior: Newark pleads for camera extension The Record, 12/6/14. Newark's mayor called on the state Legislature on Friday to extend New Jersey's 5-year-old red-light camera experiment past its Dec. 16 deadline in an effort to prevent a crippling financial loss that could cost his cash-strapped city $4 million next year.
GOLDEN: Compromise needed to replenish transportation fund Asbury Park Press, 12/6/14. As negotiations proceed to craft a legislative package to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund, it will be crucial for those involved to understand that whatever they recommend will be seen in the context of the anti-tax environment created and sustained by Gov. Chris Christie for the last five years and its impact on his possible presidential candidacy.
Next phase of Route 46 project in Little Ferry set to begin soon Little Ferry Local, 12/5/14. LITTLE FERRY - The next phase of the Route 46 construction project will soon be underway as workers are slated to make improvements to the highway corridor west of the Little Ferry circle during the next 12 months.
Towns in Bergen County still in the dark on oil-train traffic The Record, 12/5/14. Officials say they are no more aware today of how much crude oil is passing through than they were seven months ago when a federal order was issued to railways, intending to alert the
N.J. commutes are the worst and getting worse, Census survey says Star-Ledger, 12/4/14. Commuting times seem like an eternity when you're stuck in traffic, or aboard a motionless train or bus. U.S. Census data confirms what we know, New Jersey commutes are the longest in the country and they're growing.
Port's toll hikes for NY, NJ crossings begin Sunday Times Herald-Record, 12/4/14. NEW YORK – Tolls on the George Washington Bridge and the Port Authority’s five other bi-state crossings will jump Sunday in the fourth of five increases scheduled through 2015.
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission traffic signal project enters fifth phase South Bergenite, 12/5/14. The fifth and final phase of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's (NJMC) project to coordinate traffic signals using self-adaptive technology across its 14 district towns is now underway.
Project underway to replace two Route 3 overpasses at Rutherford-Lyndhurst border South Bergenite, 12/4/14. Motorists who frequently travel the corridor on the Rutherford-Lyndhurst border have seen the area change dramatically courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Route 3 Passaic River Crossing Project.
Work on Jefferson St. in Pequannock stalls Suburban Trends, 12/4/14. Jefferson Street was supposed to be paved by now, and township officials are not happy that it's not.
Kent Road due for improvements News Transcript, 12/4/14. HOWELL — The Township Council has taken action that is expected to address troublesome issues on Kent Road.
By the numbers: How the Port Authority plans to spend its billions Star-Ledger, 12/3/14. JERSEY CITY — On Tuesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released its proposed $7.8 billion budget for 2015, down 5 percent from 2014.
Lanes of Route 139 in Jersey City closed for construction Jersey Journal, 12/3/14. The westbound lower level lanes of Route 139 in Jersey City will be closed each night this week as the New Jersey Department of Transportation performs construction on the roadway, officials announced.
Death of a bicyclist in a bike-friendly town Asbury Park Press, 12/2/14. As of Tuesday, nine bicyclists have died this year in traffic accidents in New Jersey.
Sayreville developer: 'Full steam ahead' after agreement for Parkway ramps NJBiz, 12/2/14. As the Garden State Parkway cuts through Sayreville, there is a ramp that feeds northbound traffic to the massive site that once housed a paint pigment manufacturer.
Port Authority unveils proposed $7.8B budget The Record, 12/2/14. Days before tolls on Hudson River crossings are set to rise again, the Port Authority on Tuesday released a proposed spending plan for 2015 that relies heavily on those tolls to pay for upgrades to some of the region’s airports, rail lines, roadways and the World Trade Center.
Pothole on Road to White House: Can Christie afford a gas tax hike? WNYC, 12/1/14. New Jersey currently has the lowest gas prices in the northeast because it hasn't raised its tax at the pump since 1989.
End near, future uncertain for NJ red light cameras Associated Press/Daily Record, 12/1/14. LINDEN— A bane of motorists and a boon to municipal coffers, New Jersey’s red light cameras are a get-rich-quick scheme by towns or a worthwhile safety improvement that is saving lives, depending on where you sit. The cameras are scheduled to stop rolling in about two weeks, and they face an uncertain future after a sometimes-rocky five-year pilot program.
Running the ‘Concrete County’ Hudson Reporter, 11/30/14. When you think of runners out on their daily jog, maybe you think of trees in the park, birds chirping, and pretty ponds. It’s hard to imagine them cruising by telephone poles and possibly dodging parked cars.
5 things that have changed since the Paulsboro train derailment, and one thing that hasn't South Jersey Times, 11/30/14. Nov. 30, 2012, was already a foggy morning in Paulsboro, but when a thick cloud began rolling over the 2-square-mile borough, most everyone knew something was wrong.
Road Warrior: Route 46 — a lesson in not-my-job gridlock The Record, 11/30/14. Two days before Thanksgiving, signs appeared on Route 46 — as if by magic — to warn motorists to avoid blocking intersections in Little Ferry that are generally jammed with traffic while construction crews rebuild a nearby bridge and traffic circle.
NJ coalition continues push for transportation funding Burlington County Times, 11/30/14. WILLINGBORO — The leaders of a coalition pushing for a fix to New Jersey’s nearly insolvent transportation funding system say they aren’t advocating solely for a gasoline tax increase, but they believe lawmakers need to take some action soon in the interest of public safety and the state’s economy.
Opinion: A matter of trust and compromise The Record, 11/30/14. AS NEGOTIATIONS proceed privately to craft a legislative package to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund, it will be crucial for those involved to understand that whatever they recommend will be seen in the context of the anti-tax environment created and sustained by Governor Christie for the last five years and its impact on his possible presidential candidacy.
End near, future uncertain for red light cameras in New Jersey Associated Press, 11/29/14. LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A bane of motorists and a boon to municipal coffers, New Jersey's red light cameras are a get-rich-quick scheme by towns or a worthwhile safety improvement that is saving lives, depending on where you sit.
Two more weeks of no Light Rail service between 2 Jersey City stations Jersey Journal, 11/28/14. Service between Liberty State Park and West Side Avenue on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in Jersey City is expected to be suspended for about two more weeks as repairs on a ruptured sewer line continue, officials said.
Luxury development eyed in Harrison near PATH station, Red Bulls Arena Jersey Journal, 11/28/14. Redevelopment is chugging along in Harrison, where developers recently announced a new project to construct six buildings with 1,000 residences in the town's Riverbend District. Advance Realty and DeBartolo Development, LLC will partner to construct the mixed-use project adjacent to the Harrison PATH station, with construction slated to begin early next year.
Less cash in the tank, more in the bank: Lower gas prices boost N.J. drivers’ bottom line The Record, 11/28/14. Lissette Mendez got so fed up with high gasoline prices over the summer that she started looking for a new job with a shorter commute. Now, not only is the job search less urgent, but she can also set a little money aside for her daughter’s education.
Sweeney Calls for Construction of New Rail Tunnel Between N.J. and NYC New Jersey Newsroom, 11/28/14. TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney on Wednesday called for the construction of a new tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City under the Hudson River, saying the region’s transportation network could be crippled when the existing tunnels are closed for critically-needed repairs.
Proposal would make Hackensack's main street a two-way road The Record, 11/27/14. HACKENSACK — Cars flow into the city's downtown like life's blood, circulating would-be shoppers or diners among dozens of businesses. But many drivers are ushered straight out of town, depriving merchants of potential business, because Main Street is a northbound one-way road, leaders of the downtown redevelopment say.
Hudson County sees one of sharpest declines in car commuters nationwide Jersey Journal, 11/20/14. The percentage of workers in Hudson County who commute to their jobs in cars is steadily dropping, a recent study found.
Commuters' concerns in New Milford lead to new crosswalk Twin-Boro News, 11/27/14. An NJ Transit bus stop was moved where Vomel Drive meets Boulevard in New Milford in light of concerns some local commuters had about crossing the street.
Sweeney: This Thanksgiving, invest in transportation Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/26/14. TRENTON -- Adding a few extra lanes to the New Jersey Turnpike was a good start. But the state shouldn't stop there when it comes to investing in transportation, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday.
Kozloski Rd. gets rumble strip Tri-Town News, 11/27/14. Monmouth County employees have installed a rumble strip between the northbound and southbound lanes of Kozloski Road from Center Street to Turf Drive in Freehold Township.
Grant to fund Sea Bright street improvements The Hub, 11/27/14. SEA BRIGHT — The borough’s downtown will undergo a makeover thanks to a $1.29 million state grant.
Freeholders support state transportation trust fund NJTPA Mention
New Jersey Herald, 11/26/14. NEWTON — The Sussex County freeholders have decided to go on record in support of permanent funding for the state's Transportation Trust Fund which, according to state experts, will be effectively broke sometime next year.
New Jersey bill pursues new money along highways Land Line Magazine, 11/26/14. Major highways throughout New Jersey could soon be tapped to raise new revenue without raising taxes. One bill halfway through the statehouse would direct the Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority to study and report on additional opportunities to make money along the state’s three toll highways by providing new and better services at rest areas and welcome centers...
Port Authority Cross Harbor Freight Could Impact Future Revenues The Bond Buyer, 11/26/14. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considering a freight transportation program that may reduce toll revenue from truckers that helps support its roughly $19 billion of bond debt.
More oil to travel on N.J. railroads The Record, 11/25/14. As debate rages in Washington over the environmental risks of allowing Canadian tar sands oil to be pumped across the U.S. in the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the Christie administration has quietly approved a permit that essentially opens New Jersey’s rail lines to carry that kind of oil through densely populated towns, past thousands of homes and businesses.
One-seat NYC ride on Raritan Line on track thanks to federal funds NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 11/25/14. Raritan Valley Line rail commuters are closer to a transfer-free train ride to and from Manhattan in the evening after federal funds were approved by a transportation planning group Tuesday morning.
N.J. lawmakers seek roadmap to fund transportation Associated Press, 11/25/14. TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers continue to weigh a number of options aimed at paying for transportation projects across the state, including some that could hit drivers' wallets when they go to fill their gas tanks.
Road tips for a snowy day The Record, 11/25/14. If you're smart, you won't even think of venturing out Wednesday in this year's first pre-winter snowstorm, unless you absolutely must. But for those who insist on risking a short trip to work or a long journey to Grandma's house, at least consider leaving well before or well after the storm.
Little Falls hopes to get transit village designation in 2015 The Record, 11/24/14. LITTLE FALLS - Soon township officials will be asking the New Jersey Department of Transportation to designate the municipality as a transit village.
Late, Overbudget and Awe-Inspiring: Downtown Transit Hub Takes Shape WNYC, 11/24/14. Over the weekend, the World Trade Center site reached another milestone, as the final steel element of the PATH downtown transit hub was put into place.
Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure CBS 60 Minutes, 11/23/14. There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart, and at least in one respect they're correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete.
Road Warrior: Holiday 'talk' for both older drivers and teens The Record, 11/23/14. Besides turkey, football and giving thanks with relatives who drove a few hundred miles to celebrate Thanksgiving with you, this week might be the best time of the year for what some road-safety advocates refer to as "The Talk."
Evidence of stable financing needed to support emerging N.J. transportation projects: Opinion Star Ledger, 11/23/14. New Jerseyans have just begun to talk about the need to resuscitate state transportation capital financing, as current funding arrangements are at the cliff’s edge. As the lid has been removed from the boiling pot of frustrated plans, a number of necessary, appealing, but costly public transit projects have emerged.
Find out what Route 35 block will close for weeks Asbury Park Press, 11/22/14. A one-block section of Route 35 -- between Delaware Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach and Osborne Avenue in Bay Head -- will shut down at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24.
Route 35 to Close Temporarily in Bay Head WOBM, 11/21/14. Part of Route 35 in Bay Head will be closed for several weeks starting 10 a.m. Monday due to roadway and drainage reconstruction. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the work is part of a $265 million Superstorm Sandy response project that began in the summer of 2013.
Keyport-Aberdeen Bridge (MA-14) Project to be Topic of Meetings NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 11/21/14. KEYPORT, NJ – The public information meeting about the planned replacement of County Bridge MA-14 over Matawan Creek located between Keyport and Aberdeen, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Keyport Borough Hall, 70 West Front St.
County receives $1 million grant for bridge repairs Hunterdon Review, 11/21/14. Hunterdon County has received a $1 million Future Needs grant from the state for local bridge repairs in Lebanon, Readington and Tewksbury townships.
Drivers blocking intersection causing headaches for pedestrians in Little Ferry Little Ferry Local, 11/21/14. LITTLE FERRY - With all of the construction work happening in Little Ferry, some of the roads have become quite congested during rush hour, leading to some traffic problems that have both residents and borough officials concerned for the safety of local pedestrians.
1.2 million New Jerseyans will hit the road this Thanksgiving WOBM, 11/21/14. If you plan to travel during next week’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you’ll have plenty of company.
Routes 3, 46 in Clifton merge project to begin in spring Clifton Journal, 11/21/14. CLIFTON - A project to create a safer traffic merge at Routes 3 and 46 with a price tag of between $150 to $200 million, took another step forward this month as NJ Department of Transportation representatives confirmed the construction’s first phase will begin next spring.
New funding sources for roads and bridges in Hunterdon, elsewhere sought by group Hunterdon Democrat, 11/20/14. A coalition of construction, business, union and government groups want a total reformation of the state’s transportation system. Called ForwardNJ, the organization is pushing for new ways to fund repairing and replacing the Garden State’s roads, bridges and railroad equipment and infrastructure. It’s the group that has been calling attention to bridges that engineers label obsolete or deficient, such as some in Hunterdon County
Road Warrior: Pedestrian 'ducks' and other road IDIODs The Record, 11/20/14. To hear motorists tell it, many of the Infuriating Driving Issues of the Day — IDIODs — occur when reckless drivers leave their cars and become reckless pedestrians, especially during the holiday shopping season.
Old Bridge waiting for word on funds to extend trailway Suburban, 11/20/14. OLD BRIDGE — Township officials are awaiting word on an application for funding to extend the Old Bridge Township Cross Trails biking and walking path in 2015.
Port Authority chairman rejects idea to charge NJ Transit $1 million a year for park & ride lot Star-Ledger, 11/20/14. NORTH BERGEN — The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today rejected a staff recommendation that NJ Transit pay $1 million to lease a park and ride lot outside the Lincoln Tunnel, following a controversy over a deal that charged the transit agency just $1.
Port Authority seeks feedback on Cross Harbor Freight Program Jersey Journal, 11/20/14. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants feedback on a draft study for its Cross Harbor Freight Program, which the bi-state agency recently made available at the Jersey City Free Public Library.
Drivers Beware: E-ZPass Discounts Don’t Apply Across State Lines CBS New York, 11/19/14. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Drivers with E-ZPass can get a discount on tolls, but it’s not as easy as one might think.
Amended LBI Re-Entry Plan Ready for Next Disaster The Sandpaper, 11/19/14. New post-evacuation Re-Entry Placards should be in the mail to Long Beach Island and Cedar Bonnet Island property owners by early January, officials said this week, as a revised re-entry plan is finished and being approved by the various municipalities.
Fox: Transportation Trust Fund is ‘too important for us to fail’ NJBiz, 11/19/14. Jamie Fox, the recently appointed commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said Wednesday as part of a panel at the League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City that fixing the beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund is an issue that needs to be effectively addressed.
N.J. transportation commissioner calls on mayors to join debate on 'revenue enhancers' Star Ledger, 11/19/14. ATLANTIC CITY — Don’t call it a tax hike. State Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox today urged local officials at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference to work with him to find “revenue enhancers” to replenish the nearly broke Transportation Trust Fund and dedicate its solely to transportation.
John Wisniewski discusses Port Authority, tripling the gas tax and the GWB scandal The Record, 11/19/14. The way he sees it, John Wisniewski’s quixotic effort to fix New Jersey’s broken transportation system comes down to three big “ifs.” If state leaders can raise gas tax revenues by $1.25 billion a year, and if they spend that money on only the most important projects, and if they resist temptation to borrow too much, then New Jersey can meet its transportation needs for decades to come.
Drivers urged to beware of deer during mating season Home News Tribune, 11/19/14. SOUTH BRUNSWICK – As autumn winds down, the last remaining leaves cascade to the ground, and white-tail deer scurry around in search of a mate during the breeding season.
In fast-growing Edgewater, a stalled plan for bike and pedestrian improvements NJ.com, 11/18/14. Edgewater is essentially a one-road town. A four-mile-long strip sandwiched between the Palisades Cliffs and the Hudson River, it is served primarily by River Road. And that road is getting crowded.
Turnpike Exit 14A to get a $160 million makeover Star-Ledger, 11/18/14. Meet the $160 million plan to rebuild exit 14A to and from the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson County extension, which hopefully will end traffic back-ups onto to the highway.
Raritan Valley rail group may be widening its horizons News, 11/18/14. PLAINFIELD – After a year of major accomplishments, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition may be turning some of its attention and energies to wider issues affecting New Jersey rail commuters to New York.
The Drawback to Applying Sales Tax to Gasoline: How Not to Fund N.J's Transportation Trust Fund NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM, 11/18/14. As the nonprofit trade association representing the roughly 2,300 motor fuel retailers in this state, it is my contention that extending the 7% New Jersey sales tax to motor fuel would be disastrous, not only to consumers and businesses, but also to State government.
Raising N.J. gas tax can have financial and political drawbacks The Record, 11/18/14. Even as gas prices nationwide continue to drop, hitting the lowest average tabs Americans have seen since 2010 — New Jersey continues to maintain its advantage. Average prices here hovered around $2.76 a gallon last week, 17 cents lower than the national average and more than 50 cents cheaper than New York’s.
New Jersey braces for possible gas tax hike: how did we get in such a mess? (VIDEO)
NJ.com, 11/17/14. In New Jersey, we love our second lowest in the nation gasoline tax. Sure, it may be just a mirage.
Lake Hopatcong train station will be restored, become non-profit's HQ (historic photos) NJ.com, 11/17/14. ROXBURY – The 103-year-old train station building in Lake Hopatcong was purchased last week by the Lake Hopactong Foundation, which will work to transform the historic building into its new headquarters, as well as a community center.
Raising of Bayonne Bridge, a feat of engineering, races to meet Panama Canal expansion (VIDEO) Star-Ledger, 11/17/14. BAYONNE — Driving over the Bayonne Bridge, it’s possible to look through the metal framework of the partially dismantled roadway at the steel tops of shipping containers passing just a few feet below, stacked 15 stories above the waters of the Kill Van Kull on huge ships.
Regional Plan Association Puts Tri-State Area’s Future in Its Sights NJ Spotlight, 11/17/14. With the Regional Plan Association fashioning a new strategy for the tri-state region, officials and others have suggested they should focus on revitalizing urban areas and how technology may dramatically change the job market in the future.
Road Warrior: Transit's future may get its start in meadows The Record, 11/17/14. Bill James almost wishes he had been in charge of transportation at MetLife Stadium when thousands of Super Bowl fans were stuck for hours last February, waiting for trains to take them back to Secaucus Junction. The Minneapolis inventor figures he could have emptied the big East Rutherford stadium at least three times faster by using his patented solar-powered JPod monorail system, sometimes called personal rapid transit.
Washington to ban RVs from parking on borough streets Express-Times, 11/17/14. Washington council is revamping its parking laws.
Crisis helped to improve Port Authority bus terminal The Record, 11/16/14. This summer, thousands of New Jersey commuters who use the Port Authority Bus Terminal felt trapped, helpless and doomed. Delays at the terminal were growing to crisis proportions, and nobody at the Port Authority seemed to care.
West Milford residents jarred by sounds of Route 23 project The Record, 11/16/14. An $8 million paving project on Route 23 has created some unrest in the community’s Newfoundland and Oak Ridge areas.
5 things Christie and N.J. lawmakers could do to fund transportation projects NJ.com, 11/16/14. TRENTON — Republican presidential primary voters often aren’t forgiving of politicians who raise taxes, so how will Gov. Chris Christie run for the White House if New Jersey does it under his watch?
Kelly: We've been down this road before The Record, 11/16/14. TAKE a good look at all those potholes and ruts on our roads. And the dented and bent guard rails, too. And the aging, rusty bridges. And the broken signs and traffic signals. And … well, the list goes on and on.
Road Warrior: Transit's future may get its start in meadows The Record, 11/16/14. Bill James almost wishes he had been in charge of transportation at MetLife Stadium when thousands of Super Bowl fans were stuck for hours last February, waiting for trains to take them back to Secaucus Junction. The Minneapolis inventor figures he could have emptied the big East Rutherford stadium at least three times faster by using his patented solar-powered JPod monorail system, sometimes called personal rapid transit.
Contractor gets 10 more days on Byram project NJ Herald, 11/15/14. BYRAM — Another missed deadline, another extension. After Friday's missed deadline to finish the Route 206 widening project, the state Department of Transportation has given the contractor an extra 10 days to finish...
Bane of the Northeast Corridor is due for upgrade Associated Press, 11/15/14. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A century-old rail bridge that causes regular delays on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor is awaiting funding to finish a replacement project.
Proposed Bergen County bus rapid transit routes narrowed to three NJ.com, 11/14/14. HACKENSACK — A study on bringing bus rapid transit to Bergen County has culled a list of potential routes down to three.
Port Authority Wait Times Reduced My9NJ, 11/14/14. New York, New York (My9NJ) - Commuters complained, and Port Authority listened! Well sort of, there are still a lot of major problems with the bus terminal, but recent improvements have drastically reduced wait times for passengers.
Women of ITS New Jersey Holds Networking Event NJTPA Mention
Transportation Radio, 11/14/14. The damp, chilly night didn’t discourage those attending the Women of ITS New Jersey‘s networking event at Taste Venue in Newark. Among those attending were Uzo Mangar of VHB and Mary K. Murphy of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and Past President of the WTS Greater New York chapter.
Does NJ have enough road salt for the winter? S'no problem NJ.com, 11/13/14. With a frightening forecast of snow flurries for early Friday morning, drivers can take some comfort that the NJDOT's salt sheds are full, with 164,000 tons of salt available to fight the nasty white flakes.
Truck Traffic in Mind, Port Agency Considers Plans for a Slow Boat to Brooklyn New York Times, 11/13/14. The potatoes about to cross New York Harbor had completed all but the last few miles of their journey by rail from Idaho. To get to their final destination, though, they had to be rolled onto a piece of transportation technology straight out of the 19th century: a slow barge to Brooklyn.
Kent Road due for upgrades Tri-Town News, 11/13/14. HOWELL — The Township Council has taken action that is expected to address troublesome issues on Kent Road.
EDITORIAL: Let New Jersey's red light cameras fade to black Express-Times, 11/13/14. No one will be honking their horns or popping champagne corks on Dec. 16 -- the day that New Jersey's experiment with $85 red light camera tickets will quietly expire -- but there is a gratifying sense that public outrage will have helped to shut down a public-private money-making machine.
Additional damages to bridge discovered Coast Star, 11/13/14. MANASQUAN — Engineers have discovered additional damage to the Glimmer Glass Bridge in Manasquan, according to the county’s public information officer.
NJ Transit to test WiFi in Port Authority bus terminal Star-Ledger, 11/13/14. NJ Transit officials want to bring some of the communications of the future to the aging Port Authority Bus Terminal.
N.J. gas tax debate: Final hearing on Transportation Trust Fund set for Nov. 20 Star-Ledger, 11/13/14. ATLANTIC CITY — A legislative hearing on how to replenish the state Transportation Trust Fund is scheduled for next Thursday, Nov. 20, in Atlantic City.
West Milford residents criticize Route 23 ADA ‘ramps to nowhere’ Aim West Milford, 11/13/14. A memo to Township of West Milford officials said that two topics of concern were reported to the township engineering department by some Newfoundland/Oak Ridge area residents.
Truck Traffic in Mind, Port Agency Considers Plans for a Slow Boat to Brooklyn NY Times, 11/13/14. The only way to get a rail car full of anything across either the harbor or the Hudson River within 125 miles of New York City is to load it onto a barge in New Jersey that is then pushed through the water by a tugboat moving at a speed of less than 10 miles per hour.
Harrison, NJ, embraces big-time development New York Post, 11/12/14. According to Mayor James Fife, Harrison, NJ, once held the state record for the most liquor licenses issued in a square mile. Today Harrison seems to be gunning for the title in a new category — building permits.
Your wait at Port Authority bus terminal may be getting shorter, here's why Star-Ledger, 11/12/14. No one will ever mistake the gritty Port Authority Bus Terminal with Disneyland, except that the commuter hub and amusement park share one thing, long lines of customers waiting for a ride. But things may be getting a little better for commuters in what some describe as the unhappiest place on earth.
Changes at Port Authority Bus Terminal easing gridlock The Record, 11/12/14. For months this summer, the Port Authority Bus Terminal was so crowded and NJ Transit Bus 163 to Paramus often ran so late that Robert Celikbas rarely made it home in time to put his baby to bed.
Global Partners ends plan to ship more oil down Hudson River The Record, 11/12/14. The amount of oil being shipped down the Hudson River may not increase as significantly as expected after a company pulled plans to transfer crude from trains to barges at a facility 50 miles north of the George Washington Bridge.
Garden State Parkway Loses Exit 88 NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.com, 11/12/14. Nobody enjoys Turnpike and Parkway traffic, but motorists found one less way to get off the Garden State Parkway Monday evening.
NY's Sen. Schumer pushing transit tax benefit Associated Press, 11/11/14. WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Mass transit commuters should get the same tax break as people who drive to work, Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.
New Jersey red light camera program coming to an end, state warns Pohatcong Township Express-Times, 11/11/14. The New Jersey Department of Transportation warned 24 municipalities with controversial red light cameras they will no longer have the authority to issue tickets for violators Dec. 16.
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