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Themed train rides through Phillipsburg area lead to complaints, discussion in Pohatcong Township Express-Times, 9/8/14. The train rides that transport children into the lands of dinosaurs, mines and corn mazes are causing headaches for some residents who live near the tracks, Pohatcong Township Mayor James Kern III said.
Port Authority right to spend $50 million on a GWB suicide fence: Editorial Star-Ledger, 9/8/14. The Port Authority has weathered a lot of criticism for its dysfunction in Bridgegate, and some dubious real estate investments. But let’s give credit where it’s due: Officials at the agency absolutely made the right call to spend $50 million on a George Washington Bridge suicide fence.
103-year-old Roselle bridge slated for repairs NJTPA Mention
Star Ledger, 9/5/14. UNION COUNTY — It was built in 1911 and has not be rehabilitated since, but now a bridge between Roselle and Roselle Park - which was recently use to highlight state infrastructure needs - is slated for repairs.
Solar Powered Transportation Pods Coming To Secaucus My9NJ, 9/5/14. Secaucus, N.J. - There is a new mode of transportation on its way to Secaucus, New Jersey. JPODS transportation is going to be an alternative solar powered way for people to get from point A to point B.
Sidewalk safety after slip a concern in Caldwell The Progress, 9/5/14. CALDWELL–Flowerland owner Frank Dellisanti is worried about the safety of the sidewalks in town as well as who’s liable for maintaining them, following an incident in June where a woman tripped over the loose and uneven brick sidewalk in front of his Bloomfield Avenue store.
Clifton seeks to join county in suit against MSU Clifton Journal, 9/5/14. CLIFTON – In response to a lawsuit Montclair State University filed against Passaic County to force through the construction of a third egress from its campus onto Valley Road, the Clifton City Council approved an action Tuesday night to petition the Superior Court and join the county as defendants.
Report: PATH System More Expensive to Operate Than Subway NJTV, 9/5/14. It travels a fraction of the distance every year, but it’s almost three times as expensive to operate.
Pompton Lakes officials mull park-n-ride project NJTPA Mention
Suburban Trends, 9/4/14. Local and county officials are looking at how to make the borough a mass transit hub.
Hobart Ave. Bridge Closed Indefinitely Alternative Press, 9/4/14. SUMMIT, NJ - The Hobart Avenue Bridge, which spans Route 24, has been closed indefinitely.
Accident-prone bus stop in Waldwick a worry Waldwick Suburban News, 9/4/14. WALDWICK — For the past seven years, Eric Bialik has commuted to his job in midtown Manhattan. Rather than take a train from the center of town, Bialik rides the bus to the Port Authority.
Route 202 in Far Hills reopened after months-long construction job Bernardsville News, 9/4/14. FAR HILLS - The section of Route 202 between Sunny Branch Road and Fox Hunt Lane is finally open after a months-long project to replace the Mine Brook culvert.
Roadwork closes part of Franklin Turnpike Town Journal, 9/4/14. Allendale officials wish to remind residents that Franklin Turnpike between Cottage Place and Allendale Avenue will be closed starting on or about Sept. 3 for a Bergen County project to replace the Elm Street culvert. The project is estimated to take around six months.
Parking Deck opens Setonian, 9/4/14. What a difference a year makes. At the beginning of last year, long lines of cars prowled around lots and through all the floors of the parking deck looking for a place to park before class started.
Letter to the Editor: Manasquan Mayor Discusses Glimmer Glass Bridge Closure and Future Plans Manasquan Patch, 9/4/14. As a result of damage caused by an overweight vehicle, the Glimmer Glass Bridge has been closed. Although Monmouth County owns and operates the Glimmer Glass Bridge, Borough officials have been in constant communication with officials from the County.
Finding faith in an unlikely spot - the Pulaski Skyway Jersey Journal, 9/4/14. I loathe traffic jams and will drive extra miles just to avoid inching interminably along a road. With the temporary closing of the northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway, there are more traffic jams getting into Jersey City, though not the traffic Armageddon anticipated.
LAMBERTVILLE: Line on bridge divides New Jersey, Pennsylvania (updated) Beacon News, 9/4/14. As the old adage goes, "You have to draw the line somewhere." That certainly was the case for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC), which has painted a tri-color state line on the walkway for the New Hope-Lambertville toll-supported bridge.
Warren County Morris Canal bus tour set for Oct. 4 Warren Reporter, 9/4/13. The Warren County Morris Canal Committee will host a scenic tour of the historic Morris Canal on Saturday, Oct. 4, at a cost of $15 per person.
The future of innovative transportation solutions on the Battleship New Jersey Better Roads, 9/2/14. It almost seems symbolic that a seminar on innovative solutions that are shaping the future of transportation engineering is taking place on a historic battleship since moving our nation’s infrastructure forward with a lacking of funding has been a real battle. On Sept. 10, Leica Geosystems, in conjunction with the Surveyors Association of West Jersey, will host a special half-day educational event for transportation surveying ...
Explainer: The Facts About Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in New Jersey NJ Spotlight, 9/2/14. By the end of the century, the Garden State's current coast could be under more than three feet of water
Christie's no-tax pledge leaves infrastructure rotting: Editorial Star-Ledger, 9/2/14. New Jersey, like many states, scaled back spending on basic infrastructure during the Great Recession. A report last year from the American Society of Civil Engineers tallied the damage.
Union School House Road Bridge coming down in Mendham Township New Jersey Hills/Observer Tribune, 9/2/14. MENDHAM TWP. The Union School House Road Bridge will be closed for nine months to a full year, beginning on Monday, Sept. 8 while the structure is replaced, according to a statement from the Morris County Freeholders and the county's Department of Planning and Public Works.
For Penn Station Diners, Nowhere to Go but Up New York Times, 9/1/14. Some travelers entrust their stomachs, anxiously, to the tacos of Pennsylvania Station, where dark hairs and soda stains soil the dining tables above the tracks. Others make it as far as the soft pretzels, sagging meekly behind glass, or the pizza shops whose fumbled marinara sauce has fused semipermanently to the floor. But for any famished commuter in this long-disparaged hub, the nation’s busiest transit site, ...
Road Warrior: Parents are key to safe teen driving The Record, 8/31/14. If you're a parent who pounds your foot on an imaginary brake while teaching your teen to drive, you might be happy to know that your frantic mentoring will likely pay huge personal dividends — assuming you're a good role model behind the wheel.
Traffic flow improves in Morristown New Jersey Hills, 8/29/14. MORRISTOWN – Drivers used to traveling through the center of Morristown may have noticed a pleasant change while circling the Green: better traffic flow.
Work on Route 35 to resume Tuesday after summer break Star-Ledger, 8/29/14. Summer's just about over, and it's time to get back to work — on Route 35, that is.
Route 35 reconstruction to resume after Labor Day Asbury Park Press, 8/29/14. Crews will return to work Tuesday on the massive project to rebuild 12.5 miles of Route 35 between Bay Head and Seaside Park that had been suspended for the summer season.
Christie says he's leaning against renewing N.J. red light camera program Star-Ledger, 8/29/14. TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie said he is leaning against renewing the state's controversial red-light camera program, which is set to expire in less than four months.
New Westin- brand hotel opens in Harrison Jersey Journal, 8/29/14. A new Westin-brand hotel billed the "Element Harrison-Newark" opened last week in Harrison next to the town's PATH station, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced recently.
With school set to start, expect more traffic on Pulaski Skyway alternate routes Jersey Journal, 8/29/14. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today issued a reminder that school will be back in session next week, and with the Pulaski Skyway northbound lanes closed for rehabilitation there could be additional traffic on the alternate routes.
Palisades Interstate Parkway northbound to close overnight for paving NJ.com, 8/28/14. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Palisades Interstate Parkway northbound will close Thursday night for paving, the State Department of Transportation announced.
Toms River Officials See Potentional Along the Route 37 Corridor WOBM, 8/28/14. On WOBM-AM’s Townsquare Tonight, Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher and Township Planner Jay Lynch look to the mitigated former Ciba Geigy property as an area of potential job growth along the Route 37 corridor. Lynch said with improvements to the infrastructure, that includes additional links to the Garden State Parkway, the site can house things like private support services for the Mega-Base.
TransOptions and Cycle Craft Distribute Bikes at Project Self Sufficiency Alternative Press, 8/28/14. FRANKLIN, N J - Northwestern New Jersey non-profit TransOptions delivered two new children’s bikes at Project Self Sufficiency of Sussex County on Thursday. Along with the support of local bike shop, Cycle Craft, TransOptions awarded the bikes to Hannah Mellon of Sussex and Giani Amato of Franklin at Project Self Sufficiency’s annual Back to School Fair.
A million New Jerseyans to make car trips this Labor Day weekend New Jersey 101.5, 8/27/14. If you are planning to take a trip this upcoming holiday weekend, pack your patience because you certainly will not be alone on the roads.
Defying allies, key lawmaker holds out for comprehensive Port Authority reforms Star-Ledger, 8/27/14. TRENTON — Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is largely responsible for launching an investigation into the controversial lane closings at the George Washington Bridge that may derail Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions, has colleagues perplexed.
Significant Rt. 18 delays possible as road construction lasts through 2016 NJ.com, 8/26/14. NEW BRUNSWICK — With the preliminary phase of a construction project to replace and widen two Route 18 overpass bridges in New Brunswick now largely complete, Department of Transportation officials say predicting the project’s future impact on commuters remains difficult.
Mayor Zimmer Urges Lawmakers to Legalize App-Based Taxi Services Hoboken Patch, 8/26/14. Hitching a ride in Hoboken should be as simple as tapping a button but as of now, mobile apps like Uber that connect users with drivers through the use of GPS technology are currently illegal in Hoboken. Now, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has released a statement expressing her support for Rideshare services and imploring state legislatures to take action.
Koppers developer picked Observer, 8/26/14. KEARNY – Hopes by Kearny to secure a developer for the old Koppers Coke Peninsula Redevelopment site have taken one step forward and two steps back.
Roadwork scheduled for this week on Long Hill Road Daily Record, 8/18/14. LONG HILL – Morris County will be doing some road resurfacing in the township, starting today.
Among pedestrians, analysis finds N.J. seniors are fatally vulnerable Star-Ledger, 8/18/14. Older pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be killed by automobiles than their counterparts in other states, according to an analysis of the nearly 47,000 pedestrians killed nationwide from 2003 through 2012.
Chris Christie's ARC tunnel argument still flawed: Editorial Star Ledger, 8/18/14. Gov. Chris Christie started arguing with people on the internet last week – a symptom of poor decision-making that folks who want to be president are wise to avoid. In this case, Christie got caught up in an hours-long Twitter war defending the 2010 cancellation of the ARC tunnel project to commuters cranky about nightly mass transit delays.
NJ counties worried about transportation funding NJTPA Mention
New Jersey 101.5, 8/18/14. Local New Jersey officials are concerned that if the Transportation Trust Fund runs out of money it could force them to make some difficult choices to fund local road projects.
Road Warrior: Leonia calls for teamwork on GWB traffic chaos The Record, 8/17/14. As John DeSimone tells it, too many folks in Leonia must plan their summer evenings around this question: “Are they home tonight?”
HIGGS: Parkway, Turnpike video signs lost roadwork info Asbury Park Press, 8/17/14. Those wonderful new, in-living-color, overhead video signs, now sprouting up on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, promise drivers bright, shiny, happy things to make our ride better, but they are missing a key piece of information we used to get from the old signs.
Bus, train riders can give NJ Transit their 2 cents Press of Atlantic City, 8/16/14. Customers who ride the NJ Transit trains and buses now have a chance to rate the agency — even if they want to give it a big, fat zero.
Support requested for trail’s extension through Plumsted NJTPA Mention
Examiner, 8/14/14. PLUMSTED — An online petition to have the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County, extended into Plumsted Township, Ocean County, is gaining traction among residents as one man continues to tout the plan’s potential benefits to the community.
Christie taps into anger at NJ Transit; exchanges tweets with testy riders The Record, 8/14/14. It started with angry NJ Transit riders tweeting pictures and complaints to Governor Christie on Friday night. “You have no clue what’s going on in Penn Station right now, do you?” @Drift22 said. “Delays due to one tunnel are far too frequent” said @MilindShah. Christie told stalled riders to “hang in there” and that helped turn a Twitter conversation into a debate that lasted more than six hours and had some still fired up five days later.
Bergen among deadliest N.J. counties for older pedestrians, report finds NJ.com, 8/14/14. BERGEN COUNTY — Almost half of the pedestrians killed in a 10-year period in Bergen County were aged 60 or older, a new report says. The report by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit transit advocacy group, examined federal data for traffic fatalities from 2003 through 2012.
Report on pedestrian deaths cites higher risks for seniors in NJ The Record, 8/14/14. Pedestrians over age 60 are nearly twice as likely as younger residents to die in collisions with vehicles on New Jersey’s roads, and the risks are even higher for older seniors, according to a review of federal data released on Wednesday.
Construction will lead to long-term closures in Allendale Town Journal, 8/14/14. Construction on the Elm Street culvert in Allendale is set to begin this week, meaning closures on Franklin Turnpike from Cottage Place to Allendale Avenue for approximately 180 days, officials said.
Glimmer Glass Bridge to close for up to 10 months Coast Star, 8/14/14. MANASQUAN — Monmouth County will be moving forward with major repair work to the 279-foot Glimmer Glass Bridge on Fisk Avenue between Brielle and Manasquan that was closed on Aug. 7 due to immediate safety concerns.
Opinion: New Jersey must address transportation funding crisis The Record, 8/12/14. Enough of this reckless borrowing that has left our transportation fund running on fumes and put state and local budgets in dire shape.
Route 80 construction in Parsippany leads to increase in accidents Daily Record, 8/11/14. PARSIPPANY – It's been a rough two months for motorists navigating the construction zone on Route 80 in Parsippany.
Watch out, commuters: Crashes way up in Route 80 construction zone NJ.com, 8/11/14. PARSIPPANY After a new traffic configuration was put in place this summer, car crashes in the construction zone on Route 80 nearly tripled in July compared to same time period and location in 2012 and 2013, according to data from the state Department of Transportation.
Road Warrior: Pair push to shield Waldwick from Route 17 The Record, 8/10/14. Anyone who risks driving Route 17 each day can relate to the perils posed by this north-south artery. But even the Waldwick mayor was taken aback by the strong response generated by the crash that killed a borough cop and badly damaged a house on Bergen Avenue last month.
Trucker shortage grows Insurance News/The Record, 8/10/14. New Jersey is facing a worsening truck driver shortage as workers shy away from the stress, taxing work schedules, logistical frustrations and government regulations inherent in the job -- prompting concerns that the driver shortfall could slow the economy's rebound.
As more states raise highway speed limits, New Jersey plans to stay stuck at 65 mph The Republic/Press of Atlantic City, 8/9/14. TRENTON, New Jersey — Motorists breezing through parts of Pennsylvania are now able to set their cruise control at 70 mph without having to worry about getting a speeding ticket. Is New Jersey next to raise its speed limit? Sorry, leadfoots, New Jersey will remain in the slow lane.
Study faults late changes for monster Super Bowl snarl, goes easy on NJ Transit The Record, 8/9/14. Wildly inaccurate predictions of how many fans would travel by train to the Super Bowl, infighting among state officials and a last-minute decision to ignore established plans for crowd management combined to delay the ride home for more than 20,000 fans after the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, according to a 144-page report released Friday.
Middletown: RR Xing Closure Set RedBankGreen.com, 8/8/14. Emergency repair work on the New Jersey Transit railroad crossing at Navesink River Road in Middletown will mean a shutdown of the crossing to vehicular traffic for up to 12 days later this month, the township announced Thursday.
City officials say no to additional bump-outs Asbury Park Sun, 8/8/14. Members of the Asbury Park City Council voted Wednesday against installation of bump-out curbing along several Kingsley Street intersections throughout the waterfront.
NJ Transit Problems at 2014 Super Bowl Were Underrated, Report Reveals WNYC, 8/8/14. New Jersey Transit's struggles with large crowds at February's Super Bowl game were worse than previously known, a new report revealed.
Electric car-driving N.J. lawmaker: ban smoke-belching trucks Star-Ledger, 8/7/14. TRENTON — An odd facet of the culture war has made its way to New Jersey. A liberal New Jersey assemblyman personally experienced a fad called "rolling coal," in which drivers modify their diesel trucks to burn extra fuel and produce thick, black smoke. And he wants to ban it.
Road Warrior: Jackie Gleason statue a bright spot for weary Port Authority Bus Terminal commuters The Record, 8/7/14. Even if they’re not big fans of buses, bus drivers or midtown Manhattan’s leaky, overcrowded Port Authority Bus Terminal, riders can’t help but be charmed by the familiar sight that greets them outside the door on Eighth Avenue.
Federal, local officials tour N.J.'s high-speed rail project site in Trenton Times of Trenton, 8/7/14. TRENTON — The most-traveled section of railroad in North America, a 23-mile stretch between Trenton and New Brunswick, has had the same overhead wire system since 1935. But with improvements finally underway, trains could eventually be able to speed through Mercer County at up to 160 mph.
Building at Glen Ridge train station to close for renovations Glen Ridge Voice, 8/7/14. The Ridgewood Avenue train station building is going to be closed for part of August for the first of several renovations and repairs.
NJ Transit shies away from total alcohol ban Asbury Park Press, 8/7/14. NJ Transit officials said they won't impose a blanket alcohol ban on trains, but prefer to use spot bans for specific events, such as certain concerts or parades known for drinking
Trenton's 'Complete Streets' initiative is getting mixed reviews Times of Trenton, 8/5/14. About three times a week, Ron Lessard hops on his bike and rides from his Princeton home to the furniture shop he runs on Ott Street in Trenton.
City, DOT officials discuss closing Summerfield Ave Asbury Park Sun, 8/5/14. Representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation [DOT] and NJ Transit officials met with city officials Friday to discuss a plan that would permanently close access between Main Street and Memorial Drive at the intersection of Summerfield Avenue.
Route 202 to be Resurfaced in Bridgewater Alternative Press, 8/5/14. BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation is doing some road resurfacing through Bridgewater and Branchburg, beginning in mid-August.
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