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A controversial planned GWB pedestrian lane attracts critics The Record, 10/13/14. FORT LEE — For pedestrians and cyclists crossing the George Washington Bridge, there's good news: Renovations will double their existing pathway.
Dude, it's rude. New transit courtesy campaign scolds riders NJ.com, 10/13/14. Every day, at least one angry commuter outs a fellow rider on social media for slovenly habits or bad behavior ranging from 90 decibel cell phone conversations to hogging two seats or cutting their nails.
Ringwood says no to roundabout, cites discrepancy in crash data NJTPA Mention
Suburban Trends, 10/13/14. Most borough residents don’t want a roundabout here, and not just because they feel slighted by Passaic County officials, who have met another obstacle in their quest to install one where Greenwood Lake Turnpike meets Skyline Drive: Their crash data doesn’t match the number of accident reports filed by the Ringwood Police Department for the intersection.
West Milford’s Canistear trestle targeted for improvements Suburban Trends, 10/13/14. Area residents seem to have had enough with the railroad trestle on Canistear Road.
101 Speeding Tickets Written in a Week on Kozloski Road NJTPA Mentions
Two River Times, 10/12/14. FREEHOLD – Following the Monmouth County’s placement of four variable message boards along Kozloski Road (CR 55) between the State Highway 33 Bypass and Burlington Road, Freehold Township Police Department reports that 101 traffic summons have been issued in a one week period.
Christie administration grants Glimmer Glass Bridge repair money Coast Star, 10/11/14. MANASQUAN — Late Friday, the Christie Administration notified Monmouth County that a $1.6 million grant to repair the 279-foot Glimmer Glass Bridge was on its way and George Harms Construction Co. Inc. wrapped up the first phase of major repair work on the on the bridge. The grant will fund the full amount of the repair.
Wildflowers help beautify NJ roadways, rebuild habitats The Record, 10/11/14. A few small sections along the Garden State Parkway are popping with white, purple and orange wildflowers, tiny patches of color that could prove crucial to the survival of butterflies, honeybees and other struggling species.
Traffic noise increases in Brick community due to Parkway shoulder project, residents say NJ.com, 10/10/14. BRICK — Traffic noise has was common for residents of a condo complex abutting the Garden State Parkway's southbound lanes, but an ongoing project to restore the highway shoulders has made the sonic barrage worse.
Sunset Avenue bridge to be closed for a year, detours a concern NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 10/10/14. The Sunset Avenue bridge is expected to be replaced, a construction project that would close the bridge for approximately a year, officials said.
Gas tax hike still opposed by most New Jerseyans, poll shows Star-Ledger, 10/10/14. A clear majority of New Jerseyans still oppose raising the gasoline tax to fix the state's roads, rails and bridges, though opposition to a hike has softened since April, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today.
How does your commute compare to the rest of the world? NJ.com, 10/10/14. Like death and taxes, if you work in New Jersey, you've got to commute and 3.8 million of us, almost half the state's population, hits the road or the rails in this daily ritual.
Bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission approved by N.J. Senate panel Star-Ledger, 10/10/14. TRENTON — A bill to dissolve a bi-state commission created to guard against unfair hiring practices and organized crime infiltration in the shipping industry was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
Glimmer Glass Bridge Repair Project Underway in Manasquan Manasquan Patch, 10/10/14. The Monmouth County Department of Engineering held a pre-construction meeting with George Harms Construction Company Inc., the contractor who was awarded the Glimmer Glass Bridge Repair project by Monmouth County.
Pompton Lakes to repave seven streets Suburban Trends, 10/9/14. Seven road-paving projects are scheduled in the borough in the next few weeks.
101 tickets issued in a week on Freehold road after deadly crashes NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 10/9/14. FREEHOLD – In wake of two deadly crashes on Kozloski Road since August – one that left three people dead and another that killed a 7-year-old boy – the township police department increased enforcement efforts on a portion of the roadway and issued 101 traffic summonses in one week, authorities said.
Ticket blitz on deadly Kozloski Road NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 10/9/14. FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – In a short span of a week, police have handed out 101 traffic summons to motorists on a stretch of Kozloski Road where four people lost their lives.
Candidate praises Christie for halting tunnel project The Record, 10/9/14. Governor Christie's decision to halt construction on new Hudson River commuter tunnels "looks pretty good in retrospect," even as damage from Superstorm Sandy is now expected to cause more delays during upcoming repair work, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said Wednesday.
N.J. Transit Suing Insurers For Money To Pay Sandy Repairs CBS New York, 10/9/14. TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Transit is suing its insurers for more help paying to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
East River Tunnel Work should minimally affect NJ Transit riders NJ.com, 10/9/14. NJ Transit riders should be spared any difficulties during the first part of Amtrak's tunnel repair projects to two of the four East River tunnels, but agency officials said they are waiting for more information from Amtrak.
Reaction to re-opening of Ramsey thoroughfare a two-way street Ramsey Suburban News, 10/9/14. Ramsey — Lake Street has been open for more than a month – as everyone knows – but some local business owners are still having an issue with how word about its status was shared, saying communication among the parties involved could have been better.
Walkways blocked on local ‘suicide bridge’ Sentinel, 10/9/14. Pedestrian walkways on the Victory Bridge have been blocked off as officials grapple with ways to prevent people from jumping off the span that has become a symbol of tragedy.
NJ Transit Rail Commuters Face Challenges Above and Below Ground WNYC, 10/8/14. At its first board meeting since Amtrak released a grim report detailing the post-Sandy conditions of its tunnels, New Jersey Transit officials tried to manage agita about how future tunnel closures might affect commutes.
Amtrak Announces Tunnels Between NYC, N.J. Need Repairs, May Have To Curtail Service CBS New York, 10/8/14. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Commuting into New York from New Jersey could get more complicated as Amtrak says tunnels between the two states need repairs.
Hey, Bill De Blasio: Stick that tunnel where the sun don't shine (Mulshine) Star Ledger, 10/8/14. This is unbelievable. I'm talking about New York Mayor Bill De Blasio's attempt to blame New Jersey for the dismanting of the ARC project.
NJ Transit OKs $35.2M purchase for new diesel-electric hybrid buses The Record, 10/8/14. The board of NJ Transit voted unanimously Wednesday to spend up to $35.2 million on a fleet of 37 buses with hybrid diesel-electric engines. Unlike most hybrids, which are used in stop-and-start urban traffic, the new buses will be devoted to long-haul highway routes.
Ridge Road overpass that spans Rutherford and Lyndhurst closed for months South Bergenite, 10/8/14. RUTHERFORD - The Ridge Road overpass above Route 3 will be closed to all traffic for construction for the next several months, Rutherford officials announced on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Hunterdon Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month: 'Be Safe, Know your Space' Hunterdon County Democrat, 10/8/14. HART Commuter Information Services, the local nonprofit transportation management association, is again promoting October as “Hunterdon County Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month.”
Raritan River Drawbridge replacement underway The Suburban, 10/8/14. Replacement of the 100-year-old Raritan River Drawbridge, which connects South Amboy and Perth Amboy, is one of the public transit improvements underway in Middlesex County after sustaining damage from superstorm Sandy.
County may fix tight curve near restaurant on Rt. 524 News Transcript, 10/8/14. HOWELL — A busy road with a tricky curve is part of the Monmouth County Engineer’s Office road improvement plan for the upcoming year.
NJ Transit safety chief nominee comes via Saudi Arabia NJ.com, 10/8/14. NJ Transit's nominee for the agency's first chief safety officer is coming here by way of Saudi Arabia.
NJ Transit could lead Glassboro-Camden rail line plans after feds bow out South Jersey Times, 10/8/14. Despite the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) opting not to perform a required study for the planned Glassboro-Camden light rail line, the plan locally is to proceed with the project, according to Associated Press wire and local media reports.
Why Amtrak would have to buy $400M in NYC real estate to build new Hudson tunnel Star Ledger, 10/7/14. Amtrak has a $404 million real estate hurdle to clear if it wants to build an annex to Penn Station that would serve trains using a new Hudson River tunnel, according to 2014 market value estimated by New York City.
'Toll Free Tuesdays' in the cards for Atlantic City Expressway NJ.com, 10/7/14. ATLANTIC CITY — There will be no tolls on the Atlantic City Expressway on Tuesday this month for eastbound travelers.
What's ARC got to do with it? Chris Christie's critics are wrong on rail tunnels (Mulshine) Star Ledger, 10/7/14. Amtrak recently released a report on the dire condition of the two rail tunnels it operates underneath the Hudson River. Unless some large-scale repairs are completed, the tunnels might have to be shut down in 20 years, the report said.
Huge crane from Jersey City to arrive at NY's Tappan Zee project Associated Press, 10/6/14. PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — One of the world's largest floating cranes is set to arrive at the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project site.
Dozens of hybrid buses may hit streets as NJ Transit replaces aging fleet NJ.com, 10/6/14. The smell of diesel fumes in the morning may soon not smell like commuting for some New Jersey bus riders.
Why the fall is when most of N.J.'s deer get hit by cars, 26k struck yearly NJ.com, 10/6/14. With autumn comes the mating season for deer, also known as the rut. For N.J. drivers, it’s a problem.
Access to NJ bridge curbed to prevent suicides The Record, 10/6/14. PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — Officials are blocking pedestrian access to a New Jersey bridge as a way to prevent more suicides. The state Transportation Department installed barrels leading to the pedestrian and bike lanes on the Victory Bridge. The 110-foot span over the Raritan River links Perth Amboy and Sayreville.
West Milford Township goes all-in for Ridge Road improvement funds Suburban Trends, 10/6/14. The township is tripling down on efforts to nab a state grant for Ridge Road.
More oil trains heading to N.J. The Record, 10/5/14. The owner of the state’s largest refinery is investing heavily in rail transportation to haul oil across the country to its Linden plant, ensuring that more trains carrying millions of gallons of volatile Bakken crude will be traveling through New Jersey.
Road Warrior: Truck litter a hazard to more than the scenery The Record, 10/5/14. If there was ever a referendum on North Jersey's worst litterers, Alan Friess would cast his ballot for trucks that spill dangerous debris, especially on the stretch of Route 287 from Franklin Lakes to Mahwah.
Which direction? Debate over street redesign plans Hudson Reporter, 10/5/14. After years of planning, Hoboken is moving forward on complete redesigns of three key streets. But some concerned citizens say that the some of the new designs are overzealous and wonder where the funding will come from.
Totally digging it in Wanaque The Record, 10/5/14. Construction on Westbrook Road in Wanaque from Ringwood Avenue to the bridge is underway in this Sept. 30 photo. The $230,000 project will bring new guiderails, drainage, and concrete curbing to this busy thoroughfare, followed by a fresh layer of asphalt.
Ringwood roundabout roundtable at Ryerson on Oct. 9 NJTPA Mention
The Record, 10/5/14. A public meeting to discuss the possible installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Greenwood Lake Turnpike and Skyline Drive has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Martin J. Ryerson School on Valley Road. Passaic County officials called the meeting at the request of the Borough Council, whose members have largely been against the idea of placing a roundabout, or traffic circle, at that location since it was first proposed several years ago.
Repairing Sandy Damaged Rail Tunnels Could Snarl Commute for Years WNYC, 10/2/14. Almost two years ago, Sandy flooded four of Amtrak's six tunnels in and out of Manhattan with 13 million gallons of sea water. While the agency flushed the tunnels out in the days following the storm, chemical deposits containing chlorides and sulfates remained, slowly attacking the rails, cracking concrete, and damaging electrical systems.
Repairs to New York Tunnels Will Limit Rail Service New York Times, 10/2/14. Amtrak officials said on Wednesday that they will have to sharply curtail use of the century-old rail tunnels leading to New York City for at least a year to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, a move that would affect train service for tens of thousands of commuters.
Amtrak tunnel closures loom for badly needed repairs on aging Hudson River crossings The Record, 10/2/14. Traveling from New Jersey to New York City is about to get even harder. The salty floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy caused so much damage to two train tunnels under the Hudson River that they must be closed for additional hours every week, which will mean fewer trains and longer waits for commuters, officials said. Already, the tunnels are closed for large portions of the weekends for repairs.
Safety of Freehold road in question following fatal crashes NJ.com, 10/2/14. FREEHOLD – In wake of two deadly wrecks on Kozloski Road since August, officials are saying changes need to be made to the roadway.
At a cost of $1.5 billion, is airport PATH service worth it? Star-Ledger, 10/2/14. NEWARK — The projected cost of extending PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport has tripled over the past decade, to $1.5 billion, and some have questioned the value of a project that essentially amounts to an improvement on airport rail service already provided by NJ Transit.
Project will close Marshall Hill Bridge in West Milford for 5-6 months Aim West Milford, 10/2/14. The 20 foot bridge span on Marshall Hill Road near McDonald’s Restaurant will be closed with road detours in place for five or six months while a new bridge is built.
Some mail distributed in New Jersey could be moved by rail, inspector general report says Progressive Railroading, 10/2/14. There are opportunities to economically and effectively use rail to transport some standard mail and packages handled by the New Jersey network distribution center (NDC) and consolidation/deconsolidation facility (CDF), according to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Sweeney wants trust fund fix to boost transportation spending to $2B The Record, 10/1/14. As lawmakers are waiting to hear from Governor Christie on how he plans to renew the nearly broke fund that pays for New Jersey’s road, bridge and rail improvements, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he wants the fix to boost transportation spending to $2 billion annually.
Road Warrior: No escaping the obstacle course of Bergen County repair work The Record, 9/25/14. Going from Teaneck to Teterboro on local roads should take drivers like Debra Schooley only 15 minutes or so, but not when they encounter a perfect storm of traffic obstacles.
Construction on PATH airport extension to start in 2018 NJ.com, 10/1/14. NEWARK — Construction on an extension of PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport is scheduled to begin in late 2018 and be completed five years later, according to documents from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
NJ Transit board holding public meeting Oct. 8 in Newark Jersey Journal, 10/1/14. NJ Transit announced it will host a public meeting Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of its Newark headquarters. The purpose of the NJ Transit meeting is to discuss various issues regarding its transportation service and how that impacts its users across New Jersey.
Future of Glimmer Glass Bridge in Manasquan uncertain as it closes for repairs NJ.com, 9/30/14. MANASQUAN — A historic bridge that has been a thorn in the side to some local residents and officials in Manasquan is closing for repairs for seven months while Monmouth County officials decide its future.
Authorities aim to keep drivers ‘Unplugged and Alive’ New Jersey 101.5, 9/30/14. A countywide crack-down on texting and driving hopes to raise awareness about the consequences of being distracted behind the wheel. Running throughout the month of October, the “Unplugged and Alive in Monmouth County” campaign was launched by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday.
Study shows 'unparalleled' population shift away from farther suburbs toward urban areas The Record, 9/30/14. New York City and nearby areas are growing, while counties farther away are not — an "unparalleled" population shift reflecting renewed interest in urban living instead of suburbs farther away, according to a new Rutgers University study.
Study finds population shift in NJ New Jersey 101.5, 9/30/14. A new Rutgers Regional Report, “The Receding Metropolitan Perimeter: A New Postsuburban Demographic Normal,” finds many New Jersey counties are experiencing a population decline, while more urbanized areas have been growing rapidly over the past four years.
NJ Transit, Amtrak officials talk about improvements at N.J. Chamber event NJ Biz, 9/30/14. Speaking Tuesday morning in Monroe at a breakfast event held by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim said $1.27 billion in federal Superstorm Sandy recovery funding awarded to the agency earlier this month will be put to good use.
County Urging Motorists at Fatal Accident Site to Slow Down, Obey Speed Limit NJTPA Mention
Two River Times, 9/30/14. FREEHOLD – Monmouth County traffic safety crews have placed four variable message boards along Kozloski Road (CR 55) between the State Highway 33 Bypass and Burlington Road.
Washington Avenue in Carlstadt to Receive Pedestrian Upgrades NJTPA Mention
Paramus Post, 9/29/14. NEWARK – Bergen County will receive $775,000 in federal funding to fill in missing sections of sidewalk and provide larger waiting areas for pedestrians at bus stops along the Washington Avenue Corridor in Carlstadt. The project was one of 17 throughout the region approved on Sept. 8 for a grant through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s (NJTPA) Local Safety Program, which provides federal funds to counties for high-impact safety improvements that are relatively “quick-fix” in nature.
Speed Warnings Go Up on Kozloski Road in Freehold NJTPA Mention
WOBM, 9/29/14. The second fatal crash in just over a month on Kozloski Road in Freehold, this time leaving a youngster dead, triggers measures that Monmouth County authorities hope will minimize the potential for more – variable message boards.
County Reminds Drivers that Kozloski Road Speed Limit is 50mph NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 9/29/14. FREEHOLD, NJ – Today, Monmouth County traffic safety crews placed four variable message boards along Kozloski Road (CR 55) between the State Highway 33 Bypass and Burlington Road.
Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed NJ Spotlight, 9/29/14. State officials looking for solutions to the state’s transportation funding crisis are increasingly considering merging the cash-starved state Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to enable $400 million in excess Turnpike and Garden State Parkway toll revenues to be used for overall state transportation needs.
New Jersey Transit Becomes a Leader in Microgrids Environmental Defense Fund Blog, 9/29/14. Superstorm Sandy crippled much of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure when it swept through the state two years ago. Stuck without power at home, many of the state’s residents also couldn’t get to work because the operations center for New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) flooded, damaging backup power systems, emergency generation, and the computer system that controls train ...
Official: Safety of Kozloski Road an ongoing issue Asbury Park Press, 9/28/14. FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – A 7-year old Howell boy was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night on Kozloski Road near Route 33, the second deadly crash on that roadway in a little more than a month. The boy was the fourth person to die on the road since Aug. 19. The fatal accidents have residents calling for highway planners to find a fix for Kozloski Road — and quickly.
NY, NJ To Get $3.3B In Federal Funds For Sandy-Related Transit Improvements CBS New York, 9/27/14. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York and New Jersey will receive another $3.3 billion from the federal government to make transit service stronger in response to Superstorm Sandy.
Road to transportation fix clearing Daily Record, 9/27/14. TRENTON — It looks like the stars may have aligned so that New Jersey can actually do something to replenish the bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund, thus prohibiting the state’s infrastructure from slipping more into rot and ruin
Former Denville mayor's mission: Saving historic Morris Canal piers on Rockaway River NJ.com, 9/26/14. DENVILLE — The former mayor of Denville is launching a last-ditch crusade to save all three original piers from the Morris Canal, fearing that an essential link to the area's history will be lost if the township goes ahead with plans to remove two of them.
Washington Avenue to have a 'road diet'
Courier News, 9/26/14. Somerset County will receive $776,000 in federal funding to reconfigure Washington Avenue (County Route 529), between Route 22 and the county border, including the intersection at Greenbrook Road.
More weekend closures on Bayonne Bridge The Jersey Journal, 9/26/14. The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from tonight to tomorrow night as work continues on the $1.3 billion "Raise the Roadway" construction project, the Port Authority announced yesterday.
Three Cities in New Jersey Alter Bike Sharing Plans NY Times, 9/26/14. HOBOKEN, N.J. — In February, when Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken announced that they planned to introduce New Jersey’s first bike-share network, Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of this mile-square city, praised it as the blossoming of a great transportation partnership.
Bound Brook, Somerville hoping for direct trains to New York on Raritan Valley line NJ.com, 9/26/14. SOMERVILLE — Somerville and Bound Brook are hoping to have a one-seat ride service to New York within a year, officials say. If the one-seat ride proposal is granted, riders on the Raritan Valley line will be able to go directly to New York's Penn Station. Currently, passengers on the Raritan Valley line must transfer at Newark. A current pilot program provides one-seat ride service at off-peak hours, but the goal is to have the...
Washington Avenue to Receive Safety Upgrades
Alternative Press, 9/25/14. SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County will receive $776,000 in federal funding to reconfigure Washington Avenue (County Route 529) between U.S Route 22 and the county border, including the busy intersection at Greenbrook Road.
Bicycling and texting is a growing problem NJ 101.5, 9/25/14. In addition to distracted drivers and pedestrians, motorists also have to worry about an increasing number of bicyclists texting and pedaling.
N.J. state, local officials call on feds to mandate lower speeds for oil trains The Record, 9/25/14. TEANECK — A coalition of state and local officials called on the federal government Wednesday to require speed reductions for trains hauling volatile crude oil through 11 towns in Bergen County as well as other densely populated communities.
CSX meets with Bergen County municipal officials over rail concerns Northern Valley Suburbanite, 9/25/14. Bergen County town officials met with CSX representatives to discuss resolutions to concerns regarding outdated tankers used to carry highly flammable crude oil through New Jersey.
Wyckoff continues to grapple over commuter parking Wyckoff Suburban News, 9/25/14. WYCKOFF – A proposed increase of close to 400 percent drew discussion about the commuter parking in the township, or lack thereof, and prompted the mayor to suggest forming an ad hoc committee to work on a solution.
Officials eye gas tax hike to fix N.J. roads and bridges NJTPA Mention
Star-Ledger, 9/25/14. MONTCLAIR — The state badly needs to improve its roads and bridges, and a hike in the state gasoline tax is likely to be at least part of how that gets done, lawmakers said today at a hearing on transportation funding.
Políticos querem aumentar imposto da gasolina para consertar pontes e estradas NJTPA Mention
Brazilian Voice, 9/25/14. O Estado Jardim necessita urgentemente melhorar as condições de suas rodovias, pontes e viadutos e o aumento do imposto no combustível talvez seja parte da solução, defenderam vários legisladores na quinta-feira (25), durante uma reunião sobre o orçamento do transporte.
Assembly panel holds first public hearing on state of Transportation Trust Fund NJTPA Mention
NJ Biz, 9/24/14. Speaking before the Assembly Transportation Committee Wednesday, Hudson County Executive and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority chairman Tom DeGise said that raising the gas tax to replenish the underfunded Transportation Trust Fund is an “unavoidable conclusion that sooner or later we're going to have to meet.”
New Jersey lawmakers look at transportation fund Associated Press, 9/24/14. MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday heard from a procession of advocates for business, labor and transportation groups that agreed that the state has too long delayed coming up with a way to pay for building and maintaining roads, bridges and mass transit.
Hearing On Transportation Funding Needs WBGO, 9/24/14. New Jersey lawmakers are gathering input as they consider how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for needed road and bridge projects.
State’s Route 24 easement is no more Hanover Eagle, 9/24/14. HANOVER TWP. - The on again but mostly off again 50-year-old plan by the state to extend Route 24 farther west from its terminus at Interstate Route 287 through Morris County into Mendham Township and Chester is finally, officially over.
PATH Riders Frustrated with Service Interruptions, Fare Hike NJTV, 9/24/14. A Port Authority worker said crews “rushed it” when they tried to fix the PATH the first time, which could explain why service was suspended twice in two days. It was reinstated just in time for this morning’s commute.
New Jersey Lawmakers Discuss How To Replenish Transportation Fund CBS New York, 9/24/14. MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Advocates for transportation upgrades got the chance to state their case before New Jersey lawmakers Wednesday.
Christie, Cuomo respond to terrorist activity by boosting police on mass transit NJ.com, 9/24/14. NEW YORK — Just hours after U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in the occupied Syrian city of Raqqa, Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that they have signed a memorandum on security that will boost police and national guard presence on mass transit in both states.
Senate approves bill to expand Turnpike Authority’s board membership Press of Atlantic City, 9/24/14. Legislation requiring statewide membership on the board of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been approved by the state Senate, but still awaits a vote in the Assembly.
Rail car oil shipments emerge as Bergen County election issue The Record, 9/24/14. Controversy over crude oil railcar shipments rumbled through Bergen County politics Tuesday as candidates in the County Executive race signaled their concern about safety hazards.
Tesla electric car company zaps Christie administration in legal brief NJ.com, 9/24/14. TRENTON — New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission did not have the authority to stop Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars at showrooms and state officials knew it, the company is arguing in court.
Newark planning measures to curb soaring pedestrian fatality rate NJ.com, 9/24/14. NEWARK — City officials are preparing to crack down on what they say is an alarmingly high rate of accidents involving pedestrians that has claimed dozens of lives over recent years.
Wednesday Winners (& Losers) NJTPA Mention
Mobilizing the Region Blog, 9/24/14. A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Hobart Avenue Overpass Scheduled to Reopen Sept. 25 Alternative Press, 9/24/14. SUMMIT, NJ - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have confirmed that repairs to the Hobart Avenue Overpass of Route 24 will be completed and the bridge will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 25.
Analysis: Transportation Funding Fix Now Appears To Be On Fast Track NJ Spotlight, 9/23/14. With the Transportation Trust Fund scheduled to run out of money a year early, Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic legislative leaders are looking to reach agreement on a long-term solution to the state’s transportation funding crisis that is likely to include increased taxes on motor fuels.
Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales? NJ Spotlight, 9/23/14. NJ levies both a gas tax and a petroleum products gross-receipts tax, but both add up to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation
Project to eliminate Cape parkway traffic lights nearing midpoint Press of Atlantic City, 9/23/14. MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The new southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway will open to traffic Oct. 1, marking the midpoint of construction on three new overpasses.
Fulop gives Port Authority 'an F' after PATH shutdown Jersey Journal, 9/23/14. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was blunt yesterday when asked about the PATH shutdown that crippled the system from 4 p.m. Sunday until after noon yesterday.
Despite reduced funding, towns pushing ahead with bicycle paths Press of Atlantic City, 9/16/14. Hammonton’s bike and pedestrian path along Front Street by Richard Stockton College’s Kramer Hall is just two blocks long, connecting the NJ Transit railroad station with Bellevue Avenue downtown. ... The town received a 2014 grant for $230,000 from the state Department of Transportation’s Bikeway Grant Program, said Town Engineer Robert Vettese, of Adams, Rehmann & Heggan Associates in Hammonton. But the grants are becoming increasingly competitive.
Washington Avenue in Green Brook to receive safety upgrades NJTPA Mention
Messenger-Gazette, 9/22/14. Somerset County will receive $776,000 in federal funding to reconfigure Washington Avenue (County Route 529) between U.S Route 22 and the county border, including the busy intersection at Greenbrook Road. The project was one of 17 throughout the region approved for a grant through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s (NJTPA) Local Safety Program, which provides federal funds to counties for high-impact, cost-effective safety improvements that are relatively quick-fix in nature.
Signs of life stir for rail tunnel under Hudson The Record, 9/22/14. When Governor Christie, citing potential cost overruns, canceled a project to build new tunnels under the Hudson River, many thought the effort to build rail connections between New Jersey and New York was dead, possibly forever.
Hearings to address NJ’s transportation trust fund NJ 101.5, 9/22/14. On Sept. 24, the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee will kick off the first in a series of public hearings to explore ways to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which provides money for road and bridge projects throughout the state.
INGLE, Column: Merging transportation groups a road to success MyCentralJersey.com, 9/22/14. TRENTON — Assemblyman John Wisniewski is wrong for his support of the hanging bandits called red-light cameras, but he has a point worth considering when it comes to consolidation of the state’s multiple transportation bureaucracies. It just doesn’t go far enough.
Randolph youth collecting used bicycles on Sunday, Oct. 5 NJ Hills/Randolph Reporter, 9/22/14. RANDOLPH TWP. – “Pedals for Progress,” in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, is having a used bike collection sponsored by township resident Eitan Leinwand. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Randolph Middle School parking lot, 507 Millbrook Ave., rain or shine.
Subway from NYC to Secaucus and Hoboken? NJTPA Mention
Hudson Reporter, 9/21/14. The topic was among those examined at the Chamber’s Transportation Summit 2014 – titled “Connecting the Region for the 21st Century: Investments for Our Future” – a panel discussion held in Hasbrouck Heights on Friday, Sept. 12.
High Bridge man makes a difference with bicycles Courier News, 9/21/14. In the middle of a life being well lived, David Schweidenback came to a realization: Society had taken care of him and he felt he had a debt — a debt he wanted to pay back. The High Bridge resident is founder, chairman and president of Pedals for Progress, an organization whose mission is “To supply economic development aid by recycling bicycles and sewing machines in the U.S. and shipping them to the people of the developing world.”
New Jersey gas prices down sharply Associated Press, 9/21/14. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing sharply lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.
New Traffic Signal Activated in Red Bank NJTPA Mention
Two River Times, 9/20/14. RED BANK – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.
New Traffic Signal Activated on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 9/19/14. RED BANK, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held an activation ceremony for a new traffic signal on the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue Drs. James Parker Boulevard on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Ho-Ho-Kus woman steps up traffic fight The Record, 9/19/14. HO-HO-KUS — For the better part of a decade, Donna Cioffi has been on a mission to curtail traffic on Powderhorn Road, an oft-used commuter cut-through on the street where she lives.
N.J. Assemblyman wants to ban GPS tracking devices on cars Star-Ledger, 9/19/14. TRENTON — A bill introduced Thursday by the Assembly’s top Republican would make it a crime to put a GPS tracking device on a car without the owner’s consent.
Christie announces Fox to return as N.J. transportation commissioner Star-Ledger, 9/19/14. TRENTON — Jamie Fox, a veteran Democratic political strategist and former state transportation commissioner, is coming back to his old job.
New Jersey’s road system comes at a high price NJ 101.5, 9/19/14. Responding to a new report that finds New Jersey spends way more on its roads per mile than any other state, without much to show for it, the state said keeping the roads safe and comfortable is a top priority and one that’s made progress over the past few years.
TransOptions celebrates Smart Workplaces NJTPA Mention
Daily Record, 9/18/14. TransOptions celebrated the 2013-2014 New Jersey Smart Workplaces Wednesday at their annual recognition breakfast. Forty-eight employers were recognized as leaders in transportation at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, according to a press release from TransOptions, which said that the honorees included businesses large and small, universities, supermarkets, chambers of commerce and municipalities.
Here's What New Jersey's New Transportation Commissioner Is Facing WNYC, 9/18/14. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tapped veteran Democratic political strategist Jamie Fox to lead the state's Department of Transportation.
Updated: Christie brings back Fox as head of Department of Transportation NJBIZ, 9/18/14. Gov. Chris Christie has tapped former state Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox to return to that role, replacing longtime department chief James Simpson.
Lawmakers urge Port Authority reform during N.J. Senate hearing The Record, 9/18/14. Legislators pushed for structural reforms to the Port Authority Thursday, targeting an agency that has seen several of its executives resign over the past year in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge scandal.
Grant to fund upgrades along Brighton Avenue Atlanticville, 9/18/14. LONG BRANCH — Funding is in place for the city to soon begin a $750,000 streetscape project designed to improve pedestrian safety on Brighton Avenue.
Emergency repairs approved for Walt Whitman Bridge Associated Press, 9/18/14. CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The agency that operates the Walt Whitman bridge connecting southern New Jersey and Philadelphia has approved $2.7 million in work to repair holes found on the bridge’s steelwork.
Trail system showcases county’s natural areas Sentinel, 9/18/14. On a late-summer day that was sunny and warm with low humidity, a couple walked a marked, wooded trail in the John A. Phillips Preserve in Old Bridge.
Skeleton of Tappan Zee Bridge’s Successor Begins to Surface in the Hudson NY Times, 9/18/14. TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — The shape of the new Tappan Zee Bridge is emerging from the green-gray waters of the Hudson River.
Road repairs to begin soon Coast Star, 9/18/14. MANASQUAN — Manasquan residents who live off Brielle Road finally have some tentative answers. With an increased sense of urgency, Manasquan’s mayor and council declared a state of emergency on Brielle Road and unanimously authorized appropriations of nearly $1 million for the immediate reconstruction of the often-flooded and hazardous Brielle Road at the council meeting on Monday.
Judge: Ordinance unconstitutional Ocean Star, 9/18/14. POINT PLEASANT BEACH — On Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, Kevin D. Walsh, an attorney from Cherry Hill, visited Jenkinson’s Aquarium with his wife and his three children. Mr. Walsh paid $6 for two hours of parking on Arnold Avenue.
N.J. pays highest cost per mile for some of the country's worst state roads, study finds NJ.com, 9/18/14. New Jersey spends by far the most money per mile on its state roads, even though they rank near the bottom in terms of their overall condition, according to a study released today.
Rutherford streets to get more pedestrian and bike friendly South Bergenite, 9/18/14. Aiming to improve pedestrian safety and implement traffic calming measures, Rutherford authorized the purchase of elements like in-street crosswalk signs and a trailer-mounted electronic sign, all part of a 2012 capital project to make major roadways safer.
NJ Transit gets $1.27 billion in federal funds to speed recovery from Superstorm Sandy The Record, 9/18/14. NJ Transit will receive $1.27 billion from the federal government for five projects that will help the agency recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and prepare for future storms, according to Governor Christie's office.
Overnight Lane Closures on Route 24 For Bridge Repair Alternative Press, 9/17/14. TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced overnight lane closures in the eastbound direction on heavily traveled Route 24 will begin Wednesday night for priority repairs to the Hobart Avenue Bridge connecting Summit, Union County and Milburn, Essex County.
Bridgewater wants second train station Courier News, 9/17/14. BRIDGEWATER – The township has taken the first step in asking NJ Transit to create a train station on Milltown Road.
New Ferries to Launch WOBM, 9/17/14. Monmouth County commuters who take the ferry into Manhattan will ride in style as a pair of new ferries is expected to depart from the Belford terminal beginning in January.
State permits council to remove 2 canal pillars from Rockaway River Citizen News, 9/17/14. DENVILLE TWP. - The township has been permitted by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to remove two pillars, remnants of the Morris Canal, from the Rockaway River
Coalition Pushes to Replenish State's Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 9/17/14. NJ Forward includes gas tax increase as one funding option, urges merger of transportation agencies and more public-private partnerships. With New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund running on empty after years of overborrowing, a blue-ribbon coalition has banded together to push for a stable source of funding for transportation projects, consolidation of the state’s five transportation agencies and authorities, and increased reliance on public-private partnerships to finance major initiatives.
TransOptions Celebrates Honorees at Annual Recognition Breakfast NJTPA Mention
Alternative Press, 9/17/14. MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ - TransOptions celebrated the 2013-2014 New Jersey Smart Workplaces (NJSW) Wednesday morning at their annual recognition breakfast. Forty-eight employers were recognized as leaders in transportation at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.
NJ Transit nets $146 million to flood-proof Hoboken canal Hudson Reporter, 9/17/14. HOBOKEN--The Federal Transit Administration has awarded NJ Transit a $146 million grant to fund flood protection measures for the abandoned barge terminal just south of Hoboken’s Lackawanna Train Terminal, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Wednesday. The grant is part of a new $1.5 billion package of Sandy relief aid that will go towards restoring and strengthening New Jersey’s transportation system.
How many bikers cross the bridge? New GWB counter produces first tally NJ.com, 9/17/14. FORT LEE — By the Port Authority's count, about 100 million vehicles cross the George Washington Bridge each year.But drivers aren't the only people who cross the bridge. Until this month, there were no exact numbers on the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who traverse the busiest span in the world.
Rail suicides can have deep effect on train engineers The Record, 9/16/14. After three people committed suicide in North Jersey this summer by standing or lying in front of trains, the prayers of communities from Paterson to Park Ridge to Clifton focused on the families of the dead. But each tragedy also left behind another, unseen victim: the train engineer, forced to watch each gruesome death through the locomotive’s thick glass.
New Monmouth County Ferry to be Named the "Molly Pitcher" by NY Waterway Red Bank Patch, 9/16/14. A new ferry, which will serve Monmouth and Ocean County residents out of Belford, will be christened the Molly Pitcher, NY Waterway Founder & President Arthur E. Imperatore and Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso announced Tuesday.
Hearings to consider merging N.J.'s three big transportation agencies NJ.com, 9/16/14. New Jersey should consider merging its three main transportation bureaucracies in an effort to make travel in the state more efficient, the influential head of the Assembly Transportation committee said Tuesday. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, said hearings set to begin next Wednesday will examine the possibility of merging the Department of Transportation, NJ Transit and the Turnpike authority.
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