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NJ Transit line’s new eco-friendly engines will mean fewer delays, agency says, 1/10/20 - All 20 trains on the 34-mile long River Line -- which runs between Trenton and Camden -- are scheduled to receive new diesel engines that meet higher environmental standards and are more fuel efficient, said Nathan Rudy, an NJ Transit spokesman.
Route 18 Signs Now Point To Paul Robeson Boulevard, 1/10/20 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has replaced signage along Route 18 to reflect the city's renaming of Commercial Avenue in honor of actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson.
NY Waterway rents boats to bring ferry service back to normal, 1/10/20 - NY Waterway officials said they have enough vessels operating to run regularly scheduled ferry service after a week’s work of mechanical problems and other issues that resulted in fewer boats to provide regularly scheduled service.
Bridge linking 2 Jersey Shore towns to close for emergency repairs, 1/8/2020 — A bridge that links Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar will soon close for several months of emergency repairs, officials said.
NJDOT commissioner elected to IBTTA board NJBIZ, 1/8/2020 — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association elected New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as its second vice president, the organization announced Wednesday.
Port Authority hires general manager for New Jersey airports NJBIZ, 1/8/20 — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hired James Gill to be general manager of New Jersey airports, covering Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport.
NJ May Require High-Hazard Trains to Disclose Routes, Contents NJ 101.5, 1/8/20 - Legislation imposing new requirements on high-hazard trains traveling through New Jersey, including online disclosure of their routes and contents and consequences of a possible spill, is scheduled for final approval in a Monday vote.
Amtrak, NJ Transit invest $7.2M to upgrade NY Penn Station, 1/7/20 - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are investing $7.2 million in a project that began Jan. 7 with a refresh of the Amtrak Concourse ticketed waiting area at New York Penn Station on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side
What would Penn Station expansion mean for New Jersey commuters? The Record, 1/7/2020 — During Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more than 5,200-word address Monday announcing plans to expand Penn Station a block south, New Jersey was sparsely mentioned.
Key Day for Jump-Starting NJ’s Transition to Electric Vehicles NJ Spotlight, 1/6/20 - Following intense negotiations over legislation to electrify state’s transportation sector, members of three legislative committees get to vote today on a revised bill
Penn Station expansion plan to include eight new tracks, increase capacity by 40 percent The Record, 1/6/2020 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans Monday to add eight new tracks and a new entrance to New York Penn Station, as part of an expansive overhaul to the embattled train station.
Lawmakers drive ahead bill expanding NJ electric vehicle access, 1/6/20 - State lawmakers are rushing a long-stalled bill before the lame duck session ends next week that would dramatically ramp up the New Jersey’s electric vehicle market over the next decade.

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Top 10 transportation trends to watch for in 2020 Green Biz, 12/17/19 - 

It's that time of year again, where we simultaneously look back at the year slipping away behind us and towards the shiny new year full of promise just ahead. There was a lot to celebrate in transportation in 2019. It was a big year for cities to buy electric transit buses and ban diesel cars from city centers (at least Europe).

The next big thing in transportation? The ‘un-car’ Fast Company, Jan. 8, 2020 - Here are two important characteristics of the airline industry: Just two manufacturers produce 99% of the world’s airplanes for airlines, and everyday passengers have a hard time telling those aircraft apart—and mostly don’t care anyway. Weirdly enough, though, these characteristics are important to the future of cars. Why? Because the present of Boeing and Airbus could be the future of the automotive industry.
CES 2020: These car tech innovations will change your life Road Show, Jan. 11, 2020 - CES 2020 is a wonderful yet bewildering place, jam-packed with available-right-now tech and never-will-be moonshots in equal measure. It's hard to find -- let alone make sense of -- the automobiles, technology and services that will impact you, the consumer.
In New Jersey, a Mega-Mall and a Twitter Account Reclaim a Misunderstood State  Rolling Stone, Dec. 30, 2019 - New Jersey’s Meadowlands is home to toxic waste, rumored bodies of dead mobsters, and, now, The American Dream — a three million square foot palace to shopping, dining and indoor entertainment. From the highway, it looks a like an airport mated with a waterslide: bright plastic tubes burst from its white façade at odd intervals, while its great glass atrium houses a garden of synthetic delights.
Trucking Companies Blame Rocky Economic Conditions For 2019 Shutdowns Yahoo, December 30, 2019 - After last year's red-hot freight market and record profits, many trucking companies blame rocky economic conditions, a weak freight market and soaring insurance and equipment costs as the main reasons some fleets did not survive the economic downturn in 2019.