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Commuters could soon sit on NJ Transit board, but wouldn't be able to vote NJ.com, 5/11/15. A bill that would add two commuters to NJ Transit's board is rolling down the tracks toward a vote.
Frenchtown launches 'Street Smart' pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
Hunterdon County Democrat, 5/11/15. Mayor Warren Cooper and Police Chief Al Kurylka recently announced that the Borough of Frenchtown is participating in a new pedestrian safety education campaign to reduce pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey.
Why does road construction cost so much in NJ? New Jersey 101.5, 5/11/15. New Jersey’s top transportation official said there’s a host of reasons why the state is spending more money on its road system than other states spend on their state-controlled road systems.
Gas prices won't show any mercy this week. How much could they rise? NJ.com, 5/11/15. Happy day after Mother's Day. Will mom and other drivers see some mercy at the pumps this week?
Ever wonder what happens if you're caught pumping your own gas in N.J.? So did we NJ.com, 5/11/15. Sick of waiting for the station attendant to pump your gas? Ever wonder what happens if you break state law and start pumping your own gas? In the last two years, the answer is zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
Ready to move: How Harrison is transforming from an industrial powerhouse NJ.com, 5/11/15. HARRISON—Once considered a "beehive of industry," a New Jersey town is gradually reinventing itself.
Road Warrior: Walkways add safety… if we'd use them The Record, 5/10/15. "Why can't the state install a footbridge?" It was the crosswalk on Route 4 just below the Fair Lawn rail stop that got Ringwood's Dave Judovin asking about footbridges after the state installed pedestrian-activated flashing lights in 2011 to get drivers to stop near the rail trestle that crosses the highway there.
Poll: Can New Jersey afford to pay for new Hudson rail tunnel? Jersey Journal, 5/9/15. Transportation officials and experts met Thursday and they came to the agreement they love to come to: there's a need for expanding commuting capacity between New York and New Jersey.
New Jersey Transit offering Monmouth Park rail packages Associated Press, 5/9/15. OCEANPORT — Horse racing fans can now take New Jersey Transit trains to Monmouth Park.
Latest updates on Turnpike 14A toll plaza construction include news of Bayonne road closure Jersey Journal, 5/9/15. BAYONNE — City officials have released several updates regarding the Turnpike Authority's Interchange 14A Improvement project, which have come out of regular meetings with contractors for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Why can't you turn left in New Jersey? Asbury Park Press, 5/8/15. Why are there some streets that in order to make a left turn, you have to get in the right lane for a jughandle, and in other streets there are left turn lanes?
These 9 facts make the case for spending up to $40B to expand mass transit across the Hudson NJ.com, 5/8/15. NEW YORK — Trans-Hudson commuting capacity must be expanded as soon as possible despite projected costs totaling tens of billons of dollars.
Connecticut is fixing its roads and rails, why can't NJ? | Editorial Star-Ledger, 5/8/15. Connecticut may not be our contiguous neighbor, but we can still peer over the fence and experience transportation envy.
EDITORIAL: Rocky road toward transportation fix Asbury Park Press, 5/8/15. Remember that sense of urgency about the state’s transportation funding crisis we were hearing not long ago? The talk was of state funds soon drying up completely with no source of revenue to replenish the pot.
No quick fix for NJ’s Transportation Trust Fund, says DOT boss NJ101.5, 5/8/15. The days of finding a quick fix to fund New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) are over, according to the state’s top transportation official. “We’ve been putting it off for 25 years and I think that we’ve extended the debt as far as we can. We are now just paying debt so we don’t have an ability to borrow any more even if we wanted to,” said Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Jamie Fox before an Assembly Budget Committee on May 4.
Port Authority chairman pledges to back Amtrak’s Hudson River tunnel project The Record, 5/7/15. The Port Authority will “step up to the plate” to help design, fund and build new train tunnels under the Hudson River, its chairman said Thursday, a sudden change in policy for the bi-state agency, which has not included funding for the massive project in its 10-year, $25 billion capital plan.
Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge New Alignment Two River Times, 5/7/15. TWO RIVER AREA residents soon will get to experience what the new 65-year old Sea Bright-Rumson Bridge will look like after county engineers use temporary white paint to depict the future alignment of the drawbridge.
Franklin Lakes council awards $930K bid to repair roads, sidewalks Franklin Lakes - Oakland Suburban News, 5/7/15. FRANKLIN LAKES – The Borough Council has awarded D&L Paving Contractors Inc. a $929,780 contract for three projects — road improvements included in the borough’s 2015 road program, improving part of Huron Road, and improving sidewalks at Woodside Avenue School.
Plans are in works for road project News-Transcript, 5/7/15. Representatives of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) have announced that a major milling and resurfacing project will take place along Route 9 in Freehold Borough and Freehold Township.
Will NJ Transit's earlier meeting time shut out anti-fare hike commenters? NJ.com, 5/7/15. NJ Transit's first evening meeting of the year, one of two designed to make it easier for commuters to attend and to let the agency know what they think about its fare increase proposal, has been changed to the time most riders will be leaving their workplaces.
Work on Oceanic Bridge to continue until mid-June NJTPA Mention
The Hub, 5/7/15. RUMSON — Monmouth County officials announced last week that more extensive repairs are needed to the Oceanic Bridge and will require the bridge to be closed for more than three weeks beginning after Memorial Day.
Why N.J. could soon be only state without self-serve gas NJ.com, 5/7/15. A proposed law moving through the Oregon state legislature could leave New Jersey as the only state where motorists aren't allowed to pump their own gasoline statewide.
NJ Transit budget cuts could end late night train service to Little Falls Passaic Valley Today, 5/7/15. LITTLE FALLS - Late night service to the Little Falls train station could be eliminated by this autumn.
Port Authority plan to replace airport monorail is way off track | Mulshine Star-Ledger, 5/7/15. I'm tempted to call this a real Mickey Mouse operation. But that would be unfair to the little rodent. At least his people know how to run a monorail.
Road Warrior: Catching the train finally gets safer in Fair Lawn The Record, 5/7/15. It took seven years, but pedestrians who cross busy Broadway to reach the Fair Lawn rail stop finally got what they wanted last week — a traffic light to keep cars at bay so walkers can stroll confidently across the four-lane thoroughfare, also known as Route 4.
Report 'busts the myth' that drivers cover full cost of roads NJ.com, 5/6/15. A longstanding argument that drivers cover the full cost of road building and maintenance, and subsidize transit riders through gas taxes is no longer valid, says a report about road funding released on Tuesday.
Former Barnegat Official Says Turning Lane Needed on Route 72 Sandpaper, 5/6/15. A former Barnegat Township committeewoman is again raising the issue of needing a right-turn lane from Route 72 East into the Brighton at Barnegat community, where she resides.
Despite new U.S. rules, Teaneck officials seek more safety measures on oil trains The Record, 5/5/15. TEANECK – Four days after federal transportation officials published rules requiring safety improvements to the trains that carry volatile crude oil throughout the United States and Canada, officials in Teaneck held a press conference Tuesday to put more pressure on the federal government, oil and rail companies to make the rail cars safer.
Street Smart NJ Presentation at Fanwood Borough Council NJTPA Mention
The Alternative Press, 5/5/15. FANWOOD, NJ -- North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) special projects manager Pam Fischer, right, briefed the council on a proposed "Street Smart NJ" program at a borough council meeting in Fanwood, NJ, Monday, May 4, 2015.
Traffic woes continue on Turnpike Extension on Newark Bay Bridge Jersey Journal, 5/4/15. Traffic delays on the New Jersey Turnpike Extension continued to be a problem this weekend even after the Turnpike Authority took action to allay the congestion caused by construction.
Parking issues linger for commuters in Clinton NJTPA Mention
Hunterdon Democrat, 5/4/15. Parking problems with the Park & Ride at Clinton Point have been exacerbated now that a lot nearby has been closed. A vacant lot on Route 173 used by commuters as an overflow parking area has been closed off, since the property has been sold to a new owner.
State Seeks to Speed Up Ride, Shorten Waiting Time for Medicaid Transportation NJ spotlight, 5/4/15. The state government is planning to improve transportation for Medicaid recipients, which a number of providers and advocates have identified as obstacles preventing some patients receiving the care they need. State officials plan to require that every van have a geographic tracker that will enable dispatchers to tell patients how far away their ride is when waiting for transport to a healthcare appointment.
NJ Transit rail riders’ wish list unlikely to get out of the station The Record, 5/3/15. More buses. More trains. Big improvements, like a new tunnel under the Hudson River, and small ones, like better Internet connections. Getting home in time to tuck the kids into bed.
Platform at Harrison PATH station for Newark-bound trains expanded Jersey Journal, 5/1/15. A new section of the Harrison PATH station's westbound platform for trains headed toward Newark opened yesterday, Port Authority officials announced.
Newark Airport's AirTrain to be replaced My9NJ, 5/1/15. Newark, New Jersey - The Port Authority is planning on replacing the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Aging oil tank rail cars phased out or retrofitted within 3 years, officials say The Record, 5/1/15. The thousands of aging rail cars that travel through New Jersey each week carrying millions of gallons of volatile crude oil and other flammable material will be phased out or retrofitted within three years, transportation officials said this morning.
Hunterdon to create economic development office NJTPA Mention
Hunterdon County Democrat, 5/1/15. RARITAN TWP. — Hunterdon County intends to create an office devoted to economic development efforts, led by a person with professional experience in that.
It's time for Observer Highway to get a massive makeover NJ.com, 4/30/15. HOBOKEN—Observer Highway, a pockmarked county road that serves as a gateway to southern Hoboken, is about to get a facelift.
Find the most chewed-up roads near you with our definitive list of all 508 'deficient' N.J. state roads NJ.com, 4/30/15. On Wednesday, we looked at the numbers found in Department of Transportation's pavement report and brought you the ten roughest stretches of state roads in New Jersey.
'Together North Jersey' raises concerns among freeholders, public NJTPA Mention
Observer-Tribune, 4/30/15. HARDING TWP. — It’s called Together North Jersey and both county freeholders and some county residents have a lot of questions about it.
Crude oil-hauling train cars need new rules, less delays, N.J. congressmen say Express-Times, 4/30/15. Efforts to develop new rules to more safely transport crude oil and other hazardous materials by rail are not moving fast enough for five New Jersey congressmen.
Bayonne Bridge shuttle to resume service Jersey Journal, 4/30/15. Shuttle bus service for pedestrians and cyclists looking to cross the Bayonne Bridge during the ongoing construction work will resume tomorrow, Port Authority officials said yesterday.
Updated: Politics blocking Transportation Trust Fund deal, Sarlo says NJ Biz, 4/30/15. State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) said Tuesday that, at least on the Senate side, there's been a deal in place for quite some time that would fund the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund through a dedicated gas tax increase coupled with a phasing out of the estate tax.
Fair Haven Mayor Upset About Cyclists’ Lanes Two River Times, 4/30/15. FREEHOLD – Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli is frustrated over his attempts to get a designated bike path throughout most of the Two River area.
Grant approved for Bloomfield staton's area, but court case poses problem Bloomfield Life, 4/30/15. Bloomfield Township landed a grant to finance improvements near and around Lackawanna Transit Station (and the so-named Transit Village), including a dozen nearby intersections.
State proposes fix for Exit 109 traffic woes Independent, 4/30/15. Citing traffic problems on the Garden State Parkway and Newman Springs Road, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is proposing major improvements to Exit 109, the Red Bank exit off the parkway.
Ocean County to Replace Double Creek Bridge in Barnegat The Sandpaper, 4/30/15. Later this summer, Ocean County will begin work on replacing the wooden Double Creek Bridge in Barnegat Township. The span is located on East Bay Avenue, not far from where the roadway turns into Bayshore Drive.
Why NJ Transit's newest buses are skipping stops on its busiest bus corridor NJ.com, 4/30/15. If commuters wonder why that brand new NJ Transit bus blew by their bus stop on Route 9, it's not personal, it's just technical. The agency's new Compressed Natural Gas buses are sweet, when it comes to not polluting the air, but they stink when compared to their diesel-powered counterparts ability to lug a full load of passengers with 23 of them standing in the aisles.
Officials: 200 more N.J. bridges expected to be deficient in five years The Record, 4/30/15. An additional 200 state-owned bridges in New Jersey will become structurally deficient in the next five years — bringing the number of failing structures to nearly 500 and wiping away recent gains by the Transportation Department to reduce its long backlog of bridge repair projects, state officials said this week.
Increase proposed for NJ Transit bus route in Fair Lawn The Record, 4/30/15. Fair Lawn – A Fair Lawn bus trip is included in the proposed rate increase by NJ Transit that is an average of a 9 percent rise for the majority of customers. NJ Transit has scheduled public hearings at locations across the state from May 16 to 21 to discuss the proposed fare increases and service changes before the plan is considered by the Board of Directors on July 8.
With $1 billion expansion project Bayonne gets ‘a a bridge for the next 100 years.’ Hudson Reporter, 4/29/15. This mammoth project has a pretty pedestrian name—the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program (BBNCP). Myriad press releases and online videos don’t begin to give a sense of the project’s scope, which will eventually raise the bridge’s roadway nearly 65 feet so that taller ships can pass underneath.
Oceanic Bridge work to continue to mid-June NJTPA Mention
Atlantic Highlands Herald, 4/29/15. RUMSON, NJ – The structural steel and concrete deck repair work to the Oceanic Bridge (S-31) completed in April has revealed the need for additional significant repair work to begin after Memorial Day weekend.
Oceanic Bridge to close, needs more repairs Asbury Park Press, 4/29/15. The Oceanic Bridge needs more repairs, work that will close the structure until mid-June.
Oceanic Bridge: Full Closures for Repairs RedBankGreen.com, 4/29/15. Previously unseen deterioration on the Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown will require a full shutdown of the span for three weeks following Memorial Day, Monmouth County reported Wednesday.
Construction that snarled traffic to Jersey Shore should be 'mostly' a memory by Memorial Day NJ.com, 4/29/15. Most of the massive project to restore shoulders to 20-miles of the Garden State Parkway between Wall and Toms River is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
Bayonne mayor meeting with Port Authority, Turnpike officials to discuss weekend traffic Jersey Journal, 4/28/15. Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis was to meet with representatives from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Port Authority to discuss this weekend's traffic congestion and foster better coordination between the two agencies.
Uber tours New Jersey to oppose legislation that would limit it New Jersey 101.5, 4/28/15. Electronic ride sharing company, Uber, has kicked off a tour to garner support of its opposition to legislation currently making its way through the Assembly that would regulate the service.
Phillipsburg area road work at risk in state funding fight, engineers warn Express-Times, 4/28/15. Engineers are cautioning that future local road projects, including those in the Phillipsburg area, will be scrapped or scaled back if New Jersey doesn't find a fix for the broke transportation trust fund.
N.J. senator blames road funding standstill on Assembly election, presidential politics NJ.com, 4/28/15. TRENTON — An influential state senator on Tuesday said this year's state Assembly elections may be as much to blame for delays in finding state transportation funding as Gov. Chris Christie's political plans.
Official Parkway and Turnpike gear coming soon to a shelf near you? NJ.com, 4/28/15. Official Parkway and Turnpike merchandise is closer to hitting the shelves and possibly landing under your Christmas tree. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which runs both highways, approved a three- year contract with a Kennebunkport, Maine company to market the iconic logos of the two toll roads to companies that would produce and sell the merchandise
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