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Six Mile Run Bridge reopens North Brunswick Sentinel, 6/23/15. NORTH BRUNSWICK — The construction of a new, wider bridge at Six Mile Run has finally been completed. The section of Route 27 that connects Franklin Township in Somerset County with North Brunswick in Middlesex County was officially reopened on June 20, according to officials from the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Want to perform music in an NJ Transit station? Practice and ask @CommutingLarry NJ.com, 6/23/15. There is nothing better than a happy resolution to a question, especially when it involves music. And the mailbag is alive with the sound of music and trains.
$273,000 NJSpotlight.com, 6/23/15. New Jersey Transit is adding four round-trip, one-seat-ride trains from New York to the Jersey shore this summer at a cost of $273,000.
Will Booker bill fix Amtrak problems that delay commuters? nj.com, 6/22/15. NJ Transit commuters could see benefits from a bill proposed by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to pump $6.6 billion over four years into Amtrak's aging infrastructure, which could repair or replace some of the signals, overhead wire and track issues blamed for delays.
Surge in travel leads to new hotel construction in North Jersey Bergen Record, 6/22/15. An improving economy and a surge in business and leisure travel have led to plans for new hotels in Teaneck, Rutherford, Wayne, Paramus, Secaucus and other North Jersey towns.
Mayor: Hoboken's Bicycle Share Program Is Getting Closer Hoboken Patch, 6/22/15. Hoboken’s long-awaited bike share program, which was expected to kick off in March, is getting closer to becoming a reality. In a June 16 memo to the City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer provided an update on the financial status of the project, which will create 30 stations throughout the city and feature 300 “smart bikes” for the public to access
Your work commute really adds up NJ 101.5, 6/22/15. According to a new survey commissioned by the Citi ThankYou Premier card, consumers are spending approximately $2,600 per year, and 200 hours, on their daily commute.
These NJ Transit bus schedules change on Saturday NJ.com, 6/19/15. New NJ Transit bus schedules take effect this Saturday and some riders will gain and other will lose some service. The changes are not tied to the proposed fare increase and service reduction, which NJ Transit's board could approve or reject on July 15, said Nancy Snyder, an NJ Transit spokeswoman.
Will the state pay for a windshield damaged in a construction zone? NJ.com, 6/18/15. Who gets the bill when your windshield gets chipped while driving through a construction zone on a state highway? Duck and cover while we rummage through the mailbag for an answer.
Sen. Booker cosponsors bill aimed at making train safety higher priority Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. Amtrak would put a higher priority on train safety technology and get faster access to funds for major projects – possibly including a replacement bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel under the Hudson River – under a bill cosponsored Thursday by Sen. Cory Booker.
Oceanic Bridge reopens after restoration NJTPA mention
Independent, 6/18/15. The Oceanic Bridge (S-31) over the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown reopened on June 13 after being closed for repairs since May.
Rail transit agencies and states to pay more to maintain Northeast rail corridor 6/18/15, Inquirer. Northeast states and transit agencies - including SEPTA and NJ Transit - are being asked to pay more to maintain the heavily traveled rail corridor between Washington and Boston that they share with Amtrak.
Little Falls mayor urges NJ Transit not to cut train service Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. LITTLE FALLS — Township Mayor Darlene Conti urged NJ Transit officials not to cut service to the Little Falls Train Station.
Rising interest costs prompt Paterson City Council to question $37M road repair plan Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. PATERSON – Alarmed by Paterson’s declining credit rating, the City Council has demanded revised projections on the costs of the mayor’s proposed $37 million road repair plan before it will approve the initial contracts for the work.
Grant to Aid Nutley's Park Avenue Northjersey.com, 6/18/15. Amtrak would put a higher priority on train safety technology and get faster access to funds for major projects – possibly including a replacement bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel under the Hudson River – under a bill cosponsored Thursday by Sen. Cory Booker.
Outdated Road in NJ Stands as Symbol of Nation's Infrastructure Crisis NJ Spotlight, 6/17/15. $1.2 billion in emergency repairs to Pulaski Skyway typical of problems plaguing America’s highways and bridges America’s sprawling highway network is one of its greatest assets -- and one of its greatest weaknesses. The nation’s 200,000 miles of highways and bridges has helped fuel decades of prosperity – but we’ve become dependent upon it, and it’s falling apart, and it needs trillions of dollars in repairs and upgrades.
The Record: NJ Transit fares NorthJersey.com, 6/17/15. NJ TRANSIT received high marks for holding public hearings at multiple locations and convenient times as it reviewed a possible 9 percent fare hike, plus some service cuts. Commuters spoke of their frustration with late trains, poor service and already-too-high fares. Apparently, the process was for show. And the "tell" came Friday when the agency released a report recommending exactly what it had proposed in April.
Profile: A Driving Force Behind AAA of New Jersey's Backing for Gas-Tax Hike NJ Spotlight, 6/17/15. For Cathleen Lewis, looking out for Garden State motorists and serving as mayor of Lawrence Township are all in a day's work.
Fill car with natural gas in Freehold Twp. APP.com, 6/17/15. Drivers of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) have reason to be happy: three CNG refueling stations are being built in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
If we get the federal panel we want, we won't strike until next year, NJ Transit unions say NJ.com, 6/17/15. Commuters will not have to worry about a strike sidelining NJ Transit trains until 2016, if the next step is taken in 30 days to ask President Barack Obama to form an emergency board to continue talks, union officials said.
Exclusive first look at NY Waterway's luxurious new ferries (PHOTOS) NJ.com, 6/16/15. Tired of the older commuter ferries now plying the route between Monmouth County and New York? NY Waterway has a sweet new commuter ride hitting the seas next month.
Proposed Bill Aims to Make Smokng with Minors in Cars Punishable NJTVonline.org, 6/16/15. inside. Some New Jerseyans unwaveringly condemn smoking with minors in the car. Drivers could receive fines and in order to cite someone for smoking, police would have to stop the driver for some other traffic violations
Express trains to the Jersey Shore start Sunday NJ.com, 6/15/15. Dad's best gift on Father's Day might be packing the family on an NJ Transit express train to the beach and not having to drive them there in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway.
Report - Talks break down between New Jersey Transit, unions AP, 6/16/15. The Record reports the unions have been working without a contract for four years.
Feds Call NJ-NY Gateway Tunnel ‘Most Important Rail Project in U.S.’ NJ Spotlight, 6/16/15. At a closely watched summit of transportation leaders in New York last month, a top official from the Obama administration called Amtrak’s proposed Gateway tunnel between northern New Jersey and Manhattan “the most important rail project in the United States.”
Wilf Community Connects provides rides to events MyCentralJersey.com, 6/16/15. FRANKLIN (Somerset) – Seniors who are unable to drive or are house-bound will be excited to learn that they can be transported, door to door and free of charge, to attend Jewish community events and other activities thanks to Wilf Community Connects, a program funded by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
New Jersey Needs to Raise the Gas Tax to Repair Bridges and Roads- Opinion NY Times, 6/15/15. Drivers in New Jersey enjoy boasting about cheap gas in their state, where prices at the pump rank among the lowest in the country — so low, in fact, that thrifty motorists passing through often pull off the New Jersey Turnpike to fill up. The reason for the low prices is New Jersey’s relatively modest gas tax. All that cheap gas carries real costs
Full NJ Senate to vote on rules for oil trains NorthJersey.com, 6/15/15. A package of bills designed to improve the safe operation of freight trains that transport millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through North Jersey every week passed a state Senate committee Monday and now moves to the full Senate for a vote.
New Jersey, You Should've Built That Tunnel Bloomberg, 6/12/15. There are lots of reasons for bondholders to love Colorado and show no respect for New Jersey. Here's a big one: infrastructure. Colorado made a huge investment in it and is getting rewarded by investors. New Jersey didn't and is being punished.
Should the NYC subway map include N.J.? This man thinks so, and he's not alone NJ.com, 6/11/15.HOBOKEN -- Stewart Mader wants to put New Jersey on the map. The New York City Subway map. Mader, a 34-year-old Hoboken resident who takes the PATH and the subway to his digital media job in lower Manhattan, wants to add Jersey City and Hoboken, including their PATH stations, to maps of the city subway system. Mader's campaign for Garden State recognition, "Subway NY NJ," has a page on the website he edits, GothamHudson.com.
How many NJ Transit board members ride the train or bus? NJ.com, 6/10/15. While two bills work their way through the state legislature, to add two commuters to the NJ Transit Board of Directors, advocates questioned how many of the eight board members regularly ride the trains and buses. So far, the answer appears to be two.
More Transit Riders to Join NJ Transit Board? TriState Transportation Campaign, 6/9/15. There’s an important bill making its way through the New Jersey Legislature which could have a profound impact on transit service in the Garden State. A bill introduced in March by Senators Ray Lesniak and Nick Sacco, with an identical House bill sponsored by Assemblymembers John Wisniewski and and Elizabeth Muoio, would add two new members to the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors: one who regularly uses NJ Transit rail services, and one who regularly uses NJ Transit bus service.
How does PATH cross-honor NJ Transit tickets? Ask @CommutingLarry
NJ.com, 6/3/15. When NJ Transit says another agency will cross honor its tickets, what's supposed to happen? How does cross honoring work?
Somerset County: Public Meeting on Priority Investments Study NJTPA Mention
Warren Patch, 6/2/15. Somerset County officials are inviting residents to hear the results of Phase Two of the Supporting Priority Investments in Somerset County Study.
NJDOT embarks on statewide trash removal campaign Bergen Dispatch, 6/2/15. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jamie Fox today announced a statewide campaign to beautify New Jersey’s highways by cleaning up litter and graffiti as the busy summer tourist season begins.
Are you ready for rumble strips? Are you ready for rumble strips?
New Jersey Herald, 6/2/15. As part of a federally mandated program to enhance safety, Routes 206 and 94 have taken on center-line rumble strips, seen here on Route 94 in Newton, designed to alert drivers their vehicles are over into the opposite lane.
Copper Thefts From the Rails Rise With Price of the Metal Associated Press, 6/2/15. Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night.
Amtrak CEO vows to put safety technology into operation Associated Press, 6/3/15. WASHINGTON (AP) — An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.
Carteret testing commuter ferry service to Manhattan NJ.com, 6/3/15. CARTERET – The borough is conducting test runs of a ferry service designed to bring commuters from Middlesex County to and from Manhattan.
Bridge work to extend through August The Suburban, 6/4/15. Overnight bridge work on Route 18 north and south at Route 1 has begun and will last through August.
Uber applicant spurs debate on regulations The Suburban, 6/4/15. Sayreville officials were not quite sure what to do with a resident’s application to operate as an Uber driver out of his Sayreville home. Borough ordinances only extend to taxicabs, but Uber, a transportation network that connects passengers with private drivers via a smartphone application, does not seem to fall into that category.
Changes coming to the signs that tell you if your toll was paid at N.J. toll plazas Star-Ledger, 6/3/15. Fifteen years ago, Dawson's Creek made its television debut and so did the mechanical "flip disc" digital style signs at New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway toll plazas, telling drivers how much toll money they owed or paid.
More work needed to shore up Oradell Reservoir bridge used by oil trains The Record, 6/3/15. A small bridge over the Oradell Reservoir used by trains hauling millions of gallons of crude oil has deteriorated to the point that the rail company will soon replace the 86-year-old span’s entire deck, according to a federal government inspection report.
County revisits source of angst in Ramsey Ramsey Suburban News, 6/4/15. Ramsey - More county repairs are under way at the Lake Street bridge, but construction won’t disrupt traffic into the borough this time around, as it had for more than year in 2013.
Speed bump alley...Why hasn't Route 66 been repaved? Asbury Park Press, 6/4/15. Q: Why hasn't Highway 66, (a major roadway from the Garden State Parkway to the Shore in Neptune), been paved or widened? It seems like you're going over speed bumps.
Critics blast NJ Transit fare increase proposal News Transcript, 6/4/15. A proposed fare increase and service cuts announced by NJ Transit would strain household budgets and have a negative impact on the environment, according to speakers at a public hearing concerning the proposed changes. “When I learned NJ Transit planned to raise the fare by more than 9 percent, I was shocked,” Matawan resident Ken Ramsey said on May 18 at the hearing in Freehold Township. “I don’t think there is any rationale to justify such a dramatic fare hike for almost nothing in exchange.”
If Port Authority needs commissioners with transit experience, why did Cuomo nominate 2 with none? NJ.com, 6/4/15. ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has named a real estate executive and a financier to two seats on a Port Authority board grappling with post-Bridgegate reforms, a budget crunch and calls for commissioners with transportation backgrounds.
Glen Ridge train station on track for repairs this summer Glen Ridge Voice, 6/4/14. Glen Ridge’s train station on Ridgewood Avenue will get a face-lift later this summer.
Study suggests 'road diet' for Essex County avenue Glen Ridge Voice, 6/4/15. Bloomfield Avenue needs to go on a diet if it is going to be a safer street.
How safe is your kid’s walk to school? New Jersey 101.5, 6/4/15. New Jersey has hordes of children walking or biking to and from school each day, but their safety is not guaranteed.
Monmouth and Ocean County briefs NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 6/4/15. OCEAN COUNTY: Motorists using Hooper Avenue from Toms River to Brick may notice a reduction in drive time after the completion of a traffic signal optimization project done by Ocean County. The project, which got underway in 2014, was funded by a $273,000 grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Oceanic Bridge work shifts to south side NJTPA Mention
The Hub, 6/4/15. RUMSON — Around-the-clock work to repair bearings on the north side of the Oceanic Bridge progressed on schedule and work was shifted to the south side on June 1, Monmouth County officials announced.
Study Underway to Alleviate Traffic on Route 9 through Ocean County NJTPA Mention
Study Underway to Alleviate Traffic on Route 9 through Ocean County
WOBM, 6/4/15. The Route 9 bottleneck through Toms River and Lakewood Townships is the focus of year-long study now underway by local, county and state officials.
Study To Look At Improving Capacity Of Route 9 Toms River Times, 6/5/15. An engineering study will examine Route 9’s capacity, especially where the roadway is only two lanes in southern Ocean County, and serve to set an access management plan for each individual municipality the highway runs through.
Hooper-Brick Blvd. Traffic Signal Coordination Helps Move Traffic NJTPA Mention
Toms River Times, 6/5/15. OCEAN COUNTY – Motorists using the Hooper Avenue corridor from Toms River to Brick Township may be noticing a reduction in drive time with the completion of a traffic signal optimization project done by Ocean County.
Montclair Named Top Among Bicycle Safe New Jersey Municipalities TapInto.net, 6/7/15. MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair was named a forerunner among New Jersey municipalities that are exemplary in their investment in a safe and convenient bicycling environment.
Road Warrior: The fragile coexistence of the driver and the deer The Record, 6/7/15. It took awhile before state Department of Transportation road crews finally shifted their attention from winter potholes to spring trash, but several tours of North Jersey highways last week suggested that the wait was worthwhile. With some exceptions, most of the unsightly plastic bags, paper cups, and beer and soda cans that too often spoil our view were gone. But one of the most depressing eyesores of all remained: dead deer rotting in the rain.
NJ Transit safety team staffing criticized The Record, 6/8/15. NJ Transit has a strong institutional culture of protecting the lives of its customers and workers from the dangers of trains, but a newly released study found that employees say the agency’s top leaders value on-time performance over safety and that overall, more can be done to keep workers out of harm’s way while on the job.
Are gas prices ready to begin the drop we were promised? NJ.com, 6/8/15. Could gas prices slowly be headed in the right direction for drivers? The news is encouraging for this week.
Route 9 Expansion hopes in Ocean County hinge on NJ Transportation Trust Fund Renewal NJTPA Mention
WOBM, 6/8/15. Solutions to ease the traffic-plagued Route 9 Corridor through Lakewood and Toms River Townships are long overdue, but state officials admit short and long term improvements hinge on funding from New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), up for renewal by the end of 2015.
New Jersey working to become more bike-friendly New Jersey 101.5, 6/1/15. Many towns in New Jersey are working on projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian access, but the state is still slipping in the rankings of bike-friendly states, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
Why predictions about cheap gas this summer aren't coming true NJ.com, 6/1/15. Supply and demand. It's a basic business fundamental that applies to everything, except to the oil markets.
NJDOT embarks on statewide trash removal campaign 6/1/15 Bergen Dispatch. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jamie Fox today announced a statewide campaign to beautify New Jersey’s highways by cleaning up litter and graffiti as the busy summer tourist season begins.
Study: Bloomfield Avenue Should Eliminate Lane to Reduce Crashes The Alternative Press, 6/1/15. MONTCLAIR, NJ - A recent study found that closures to a lane on Bloomfield Avenue could reduce crashes by nearly 20 percent over a four-year period, prevent injuries and preserve millions of dollars of household income.
N.J. lawmakers: Port Authority money for LaGuardia project should fund new rail tunnel or bus terminal The Record, 6/1/15. Two New Jersey lawmakers on Monday criticized a preliminary proposal to build a new grand entrance to LaGuardia Airport that could cost up to $400 million, saying that money should instead be spent by the Port Authority on adding a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River or a new Manhattan bus terminal.
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