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Ports Master Plan charts path to keep up record growth despite climate challenges The Record, 7/12/19 — Sparkling new cars on the lots, Amazon purchases and other goods bought in the Greater New York region are coming into the ports at record levels — prompting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to figure out how to keep pace
Pascack Valley Line (almost) entirely replaced by buses this summer, 7/12/19 — During July and August, the NJ Transit line will have train service only during peak hours in the morning and evening on weekdays. Bus service will be provided in the midday on weekdays and all weekend.
Jersey City plans for transit system where riders can request buses NJTV News, 7/12/19 —  Imagine never waiting for a bus again. Instead, you call it to come to you when you need it. That’s the premise of a new transportation system coming to Jersey City, says Mayor Steve Fulop.
Three Years of PATH Upgrades Will Increase Capacity, Reduce Delays, 7/11/19 — Just months after unveiling upgrades that included real-time train arrival screens and cell phone service in stations, the Port Authority is set to begin work on the heavily traveled PATH system in hopes of easing congestion that commuters and residents regularly face.
Despite gas tax increase, poll finds roads aren’t any better for NJ drivers NJBiz, 7/10/19 — Sixteen percent of respondents said the roads were getting better, 35 percent the roads were getting worse and 47 percent of respondents said that road conditions remained the same, according to the joint FDU-International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 poll.

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Death to Livability!, 6/26/19 - Pack your bags everyone: It’s time to move to Zurich. According to the 2019 Monocle Global Liveable Cities Index, published in the magazine’s July/August issue, the Swiss city is the most livable of any in the world, the 409,000-resident almost-metropolis beating off competition to rise to the top of a 25-city list. Last year, it was number four...
Minnesota Is Making Bike-Friendly Cities Across the State, 6/1/2/19 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, consistently ranks in the top 10 for best biking cities nationwide, but the state isn’t content to stop there — a statewide effort is making communities across the North Star State more bikeable. Inspired by a Michigan program called Training Wheels that helps communities provide on-road bike facilities, Minnesota has been offering Bikeable Community Workshops since 2012...
Uber Copter Will Only Make New York Transit Worse, 6/7/19 - There are three ways to get from Manhattan to the city’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. All of them are pretty bad. First, there’s the subway: You can take the A or E out to eastern Queens, and then hop on the AirTrain. It’ll cost you $7.75, and take an hour, but delays are common. Then there’s commuter rail: ...
Yes, Newark. Get behind it. We’re good, 6/1/2019 - When I think about all the leaders in this room and talk about innovation, I think your first collaborative project is really yourself. When I first looked at who I was and who I was becoming, I really looked at my tribe who contributed to the man I am today. See, I grew up in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is so much culturally just like Newark. It’s a mix of black and brown voices, immigrant voices all living together...
Japan begins testing its 248 mph next-gen bullet train, 5/13/19 - Japan’s next-generation bullet train, the Alfa-X, has gone into testing. The train, which will be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi, is capable of hitting a maximum speed of 400 km/h (248 mph), but it’s expected to carry passengers at 360 km/h (224 mph) when it opens to the public in 2030. Before that happens, DesignBoom notes that the train has to go through years of testing, making nighttime runs between the cities of Aomori and Sendai...