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Street Smart Morristown helped motorists become more aware NJTPA Mention
Morris NewsBee, 7/18/2016 - After an April that brought increased police presence and signage, Morristown is celebrating an improvement in safe driving and walking behaviors, according to TransOptions in Cedar Knolls, which conducted a roughly month-long Street Smart Morristown pedestrian safety campaign this spring.
New Scudders Falls Bridge will charge a tollNewsworks/WHYY, 7/18/2016 - The Scudders Falls Bridge, which connects I-95 between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will be rebuilt beginning in early 2017 as part of a $370 million project. It will rely on cameras rather than tolltakers.
N.J. road, rail construction shutdown heads into second week NJ.com, 7/16/2016 - One week into a statewide public road and rail construction shutdown, the Department of Transportation says it has not identified any projects that need to be restarted.
New Hudson tunnel, Portal bridge takes big step forwardNJ.com, 7/15/2016 - Projects to build two new Hudson River rail tunnels and a new Portal Bridge will enter the same federal funding program that provided $3 billion for the canceled ARC tunnel, federal officials said.
Acting DOT Commissioner gets grilling, bipartisan support in Senate hearing NJ Spotlight, 7/15/2016 - Richard Hammer appears to be on track for confirmation in spite of transportation funding impasse.
Fatal accidents piling up on dangerous stretch of I-78NJ.com, 7/15/2016 - Accidents on the 30-mile stretch of Interstate 78 from the Pennsylvania border to the Interstate 287 interchange in Somerset County have claimed the lives of four people in just a little over six months.
Fix for N.J. road funding delayed again The Record, 7/14/2016 - A solution to New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis, already two weeks late, will be delayed again, this time by more than a week, Senate President Steve Sweeney said Thursday.
Why Christie, Sweeney and others agree on 23-cent/gallon gas-tax hike NJ Spotlight, 7/14/2016 - A dispute over transportation funding between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney has led to an ongoing shutdown of road and bridge projects across New Jersey. But throughout their feud the two leaders have not quarreled at all about how much to raise the state gas tax.
Pompton Lakes applies for trail grant NJTPA Mention
Suburban Trends, 7/14/2016 - The borough is getting everything in order for the completion of the remaining half of the trail system along the Morris Canal Greenway in the South End before next winter sets in.
Survey: Most drivers admit angry, aggressive behavior or road rage Associated Press, 7/14/2016 - Nearly 8 of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Lyndhurst tries to minimize parking-loss impact due to state's bus-stop regulations South Bergenite, 7/14/2016 - The NJDOT conducted a recent survey of bus stops along county roads, including roads in Lyndhurst. Lack of signage was discovered, said Lyndhurst Police Officer Nick Coviello.
Stop building our new buses, NJ Transit tells supplierNJ.com, 7/13/2016 - NJ Transit has told the manufacturer of 1,219 new cruiser buses to stop building them, which represents the largest project to be halted under Gov. Chris Christie's executive order shutting down highway and transit projects financed by the Transportation Trust Fund.
Congress passes aviation bill to close airport security gaps Associated Press, 7/13/2016 - Congress passed an aviation bill Wednesday that attempts to close gaps in airport security and shorten screening lines, but leaves thornier issues unresolved.
Senate presents Christie with plan on road impasse The Record, 7/13/2016 - Governor Christie has a new proposal before him to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund amid legislative deadlock that followed his plan for the state’s first major tax overhaul in two decades.
United writes off $412 million after losing Newark bulwark Associated Press, 7/13/2016 - Losing near-monopoly control over Newark Liberty International Airport is going to cost United Airlines $412 million, or $264 million after taxes.
Deadlock continues over transportation funding in New Jersey WNYC, 7/12/2016 - According to Robert Briant of the Utilities and Transportation Contractor's Association of New Jersey, 800 workers have already been laid off due to the work shutdown. That number could grow to 1,700 by the end of this week, says Alison Premo Black, chief economist with American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
Sweeney willing to bend if Christie will compromise on transportation funding NJ Spotlight, 7/12/2016 - Road and bridge projects are being shut down across the state thanks to the ongoing political impasse on the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), but Senate President Stephen Sweeney, one of the key officials involved, believes there could be an agreement later this week.
NJ Transit caught in road funding fight The Record, 7/12/2016 - Among the work put on hold was preliminary planning for the replacement of the 106-year-old Northeast Corridor rail tunnel under the Hudson River, whose deterioration U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said last year presents “a major threat to the region and to our nation’s transportation system.”
Poll: NJ gas tax constitutional amendment would pass, but barely NJ.com, 7/11/2016 - An impending transportation crisis in New Jersey has done little to build support for a proposed constitutional amendment dedicating all future gas tax revenues to road projections.
Federal funding for Gateway project gains steam Politico, 7/11/2016 - In the coming days, the federal Department of Transportation is expected to announce that two elements of the Gateway Program will begin the two-part review process required to access grants from the New Starts program, which has helped fund mega-projects like the Second Avenue Subway.
Planning Board derails Bernardsville redevelopment plan New Jersey Hills, 7/11/2016 - In a major setback to a borough redevelopment plan that would allow up to 100 condominiums to flank the train station, the Planning Board voted unanimously on Thursday, July 7, to deem the concept inconsistent with the goals of the borough's master plan.
Teterboro Airport tests controversial new approach pattern The Record, 7/11/2016 - The flight path, which was officially introduced in April for a six-month test, had sparked concern among some Bergen County residents about an increase in aircraft noise.
Watch out, commuters: Route 202 in Bernardsville closed ‘indefinitely’ NJ 101.5 FM, 7/11/2016 - A closer inspection by officers found not only had the road washed out under the road surface, but a support wall under the bridge looked like it had collapsed.
Kelly: Trenton fiddles while bridges rust The Record, 7/10/2016 - Behold the Eighth Street Bridge that spans the mighty Passaic River from Wallington to the city of Passaic — a link between Bergen and Passaic counties. The aging bridge is rusty, crusty, worn out and fading fast. Life gets hard when you're 101 years old.
Would N.J. drivers rather pay a tax per mile driven than one at the pump? NJ.com, 7/10/2016 - The idea is being studied in some states, and 1,200 drivers in Oregon have already volunteered to pay by the mile instead of via a tax at the pump.
Transportation stalemate affecting long-term projects Associated Press, 7/10/2016 - As hundreds of large and small transportation projects grounded to a halt Friday due to the state’s inability to fix its depleted Transportation Trust Fund, several long-range projects with years of planning and studies behind them continue to languish.
Road Warrior: Everyday glitches can get under your skin The Record, 7/10/2016 - Is there any road annoyance more routinely infuriating than New Jersey's failure to finance its Transportation Trust Fund?
Mega-ship’s arrival in Bayonne a sign of the future The Record, 7/9/2016 - The arrival of the MOL Benefactor at Bayonne’s Global Container Terminals marks the beginning of what promises to be a succession of progressively larger ships calling at the busiest port on the East Coast.
Towns in quandary over Christie order on road construction NJTPA Mention
The Record, 7/9/2016 - As road construction crews across New Jersey prepared to leave work Friday – with no idea when they might return – local officials, contractors and construction industry attorneys scrambled to respond to Governor Christie’s order to stop most state-funded construction projects by 11:59 p.m.
Stile: N.J. gas-tax fight gets risky for legislators The Record, 7/9/2016 - New Jersey lawmakers are struggling to finance needed repairs and improvements to bridges, roads and rail lines — without causing trouble for themselves on the 2017 campaign trail.
Transportation Trust Fund shutdown: What can you expect? Asbury Park Press, 7/8/2016 - Billions of dollars for transportation projects are set to be frozen and an untold number of workers idled after a standoff between state lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie over how to renew the debt-ridden Transportation Trust Fund.
Agency to LBI vacationers: Be street smart NJTPA Mention
The SandPaper, 7/7/2016 - With millions of residents and tourists visiting the Jersey Shore this summer, the Street Smart NJ campaign is expanding its efforts to educate drivers and pedestrians about the importance of safe travel behaviors.
PATH to hold 4 info sessions on weekend suspension of 33rd Street line The Jersey Journal, 7/7/2016 - Port Authority has scheduled four meetings in Hudson County, starting next week, to provide information to commuters about the halt of weekend service on the 33rd Street PATH line and other planned projects.
Newark among 10 cities chosen for daily flights to Havana The Record, 7/7/2016 - Passenger flights to Havana may begin in the fall from Newark, one of 10 American cities picked Thursday by the U.S. government as part of a plan to restore air travel between the United States and Cuba — the first flights between the two nations in more than 50 years as tensions between the former Cold War adversaries continue to thaw.
Largest to ship to call NY-NJ highlights port productivity challenges JOC.com, 7/7/2016 - This week’s arrival of largest ship ever to dock at the Port of New York and New Jersey is bringing into focus the challenges the port faces in adapting to an era of fewer, but larger ships, each requiring more containers to be loaded and unloaded in a short space of time.
Commuter complaints about closed train cars resurfaces NJ.com, 7/7/2016 - Logistically, it is easier for train crews to manage a few cars filled with people instead of many cars in a train with only a handful of passengers spread across them.
US ports set to receive millions to improve freight fluidity JOC.com, 7/6/2016 - Shippers using the ports of Boston, New York and New Jersey, Savannah, and Portland, Maine, and Seattle, and a US-Mexico port of entry stand to gain better service from their gateways after Congress set in motion the funding of $269 million for projects aimed at improving containerized freight fluidity.
New Jersey shuts down hundreds of transportation projects New York Times, 7/6/2016 - Hundreds of projects to replace bridges, resurface roads and renovate transit stations across New Jersey will grind to a halt by Friday night, after state lawmakers failed to reach a deal last week on raising the gas tax.
When will Christie reveal today which N.J. road projects will shut down? NJ.com, 7/6/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie's office is expected to announce Wednesday the list of Garden State road projects funded by the Transportation Trust Fund that will shutdown in the coming days due to a stalemate with New Jersey's state Senate.
Safety measures ordered for butane, propane filled rail cars in Mount Olive New Jersey Herald, 7/6/2016 - A state Superior Court judge in Morris County signed an order that called for additional safety and emergency response measures to deal with potential hazards caused by the storage of butane and propane filled rail cars in Mount Olive.
Effects of stopping Transportation Trust Fund roadwork NJTV, 7/5/2016 - The last time New Jersey road projects were shut down was 10 years ago when a tax fight led Gov. Jon Corzine to shut down the entire state government.
Computers, not humans to scan carry-on bags in TSA test Associated Press, 7/5/2016 – Federal officials said Tuesday that they are expanding tests to speed up airport lines and improve security.
Will Christie reveal today which N.J. road projects will shut down? NJ.com, 7/5/2016 - Motorists who traveled in New Jersey over the holiday weekend were spared a sharp increase in gas prices because Gov. Chris Christie and the state Senate have yet to agree on a plan to raise the state's gas tax to pay for transportation projects.
SEPTA train problems: How to get around in during the shortage NJ 101.5 FM, 7/5/2016 - SEPTA riders on the West Trenton and Trenton lines are in for a crowded ride as one-third of the service’s passenger cars have been taken out of service over a serious safety issue.
Without a gas tax hike, pump prices continue to tumble NJ.com, 7/5/2016 - This was the week we thought we might kiss low gas prices goodbye, due to a proposed increase in the state gas tax to fund New Jersey's roads and bridges.
Drivers want a say on gas tax The Record, 7/3/2016 - Don’t raise taxes, but fix the roads and pay workers to repair them. That’s the paradoxical view expressed by some North Jersey motorists Sunday as the state faces the imminent bankruptcy of the Transportation Trust Fund, the purse that holds the cash for all manner of road projects, bridge repairs and public transit.
Road Warrior: Ex-cop's push for pedestrian safety comes from personal loss NJTPA Mention
The Record, 7/2/2016 - With pedestrian deaths mounting again, police are beginning heavy crosswalk enforcement, especially on Long Beach Island in Ocean County where the volume of walkers and drivers rises at least tenfold starting on Independence Day weekend.
Critics question legality of Christie's shutdown of N.J. road work The Record, 7/2/2016 - State transportation officials spent Friday making plans to close down road construction projects on orders from Governor Christie, but Democratic lawmakers, local officials and unions questioned the legality — and the motives — of his late-night directive.
Uber, Lyft resist plan to fingerprint The Record, 7/2/2016 - New Jersey already legally mandates fingerprint background checks for Little League coaches, charter school trustees, mortgage brokers, school bus drivers, blackjack dealers and private eyes.
As Christie orders infrastructure work stoppage, some warn of lasting implications Politico New Jersey, 7/1/2016 - The debate over raising New Jersey’s gasoline tax and funding infrastructure projects in coming years grew even more complicated on Friday, with Gov. Chris Christie stopping all non-essential transit work and the Democratic leader of the Assembly vowing to remain united with the Republican governor.
Gridlock: No agreement on Transportation Trust Fund as 5-year plan expires NJ Spotlight, 7/1/2016 – Governor Christie freezes all nonessential transportation projects. Senate and Assembly leaders split on how deeply to cut other taxes to compensate for hike in gas tax.
Campaign aims for safe streets at the Shore NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 7/1/2016 - Paul Vereb said that he never wants anyone to experience the tragedy that his family went through.
Christie shuts down Transportation Trust Fund Asbury Park Press, 7/1/2016 - As the political warfare continues over how to fund the Transportation Trust Fund, Gov. Chris Christie issued the latest salvo, ordering the state halt work on all but "absolutely essential" transportation projects.
Port Authority will spend $170 million in new toll equipment NJ.com, 6/30/2016 - Port Authority officials approved spending $170 million to replace 1990s toll collection equipment at agency bridges and tunnels, which sets the stage for cashless toll collection in the future.
Finalists chosen for Midtown bus terminal design competition The Record, 6/30/2016 - Five teams drawn from some of the world’s top design and engineering firms have been chosen as finalists for the Port Authority competition to design a new Midtown bus terminal.
Campaign targets preventing pedestrian deaths on the Jersey Shore NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/30/2016 - In an effort to decrease New Jersey's high number of motor vehicle crashes involved pedestrians, a collaborative campaign is expanding to get its message out to more Jersey Shore communities.
‘Street Smart NJ’ campaign reaches Jersey Shore NJTPA Mention
WOBM 92.7 FM, 6/30/2016 - Between 2010 and 2014 nearly 740 pedestrians were fatally wounded in car crashes in addition to over 22,000 injuries according to the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. These stats are reason New Jersey is deemed a “focus” state by the Federal Highway Administration and brings to the front the public education campaign known as Street Smart NJ.
See how N.J.'s competing sales, estate, gas tax plans stack up NJ.com, 6/30/2016 - Trenton is currently caught between competing plans to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. But which would deliver the bigger hit to New Jersey's already tight state budget?
How will Sweeney deal with Christie and Prieto’s late-night TTF surprise? NJ Spotlight, 6/30/2016 - Senate President is searching for a solution — or maybe not — after a last-minute deal between Christie and Prieto to boost transportation funding
Controversial audio surveillance of NJ Transit riders comes to quiet end NJ.com, 6/29/2016 - NJ Transit has stopped eavesdropping on conversations aboard its light rail trains after facing a string of criticism over how it stored and handled the recordings.
Tentative rail contract won't cost NJ Transit more money NJ.com, 6/28/2016 - NJ Transit officials said a tentative contract with rail unions representing locomotive engineers and conductors will not cost the agency more money.
Budget bill sails through, but Christie brokers new plan to revive TTF NJ Spotlight, 6/28/2016 - Lawmakers had no problem sending a budget bill to Gov. Chris Christie yesterday, but finding consensus on a way to renew the state’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund was a different story.
Discount airline to land at Newark with opening up of slots Associated Press, 6/28/2016 - Allegiant Air has been given final approval to begin offering service at Newark Liberty International Airport, making it the first discount carrier to operate there since a federal lawsuit charged United, Newark's dominant airline, with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots and keeping competitors out.
Pedestrian safety campaign to begin soon at the Jersey Shore Jersey Shore Hurricane News, 6/27/2016 - A pedestrian safety initiative will soon begin at the Jersey Shore to coincide with the swelling seasonal population.
Pedestrian safety campaign to begin soon at the Jersey Shore NJTPA Mention
Newsworks/WHYY, 6/27/2016 - A pedestrian safety initiative will soon begin at the Jersey Shore to coincide with the swelling seasonal population.
Pedestrian safety campaign opens June 29 in Harvey Cedars NJTPA Mention
The SandPaper, 6/27/2016 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will be opening its summer pedestrian safety campaign Wednesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the gazebo in Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars.
Pedestrian safety campaign to begin soon at the Jersey Shore NJTPA Mention
Newsworks, 6/27/2016 - A pedestrian safety initiative will soon begin at the Jersey Shore to coincide with the
swelling seasonal population.
Pedestrian safety campaign opens June 29 in Harvey Cedars NJTPA Mention
The SandPaper, 6/27/2016 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will be opening its summer
pedestrian safety campaign Wednesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the gazebo in Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars.
Veto on gas tax would be tough to beat New Jersey Herald, 6/26/2016 - A vote is scheduled Monday in the Democratic-controlled Legislature on a bill co-sponsored by Republican Sussex County Sen. Steve Oroho that would increase the state gas tax 23 cents and provide tax breaks elsewhere.
Road Warrior: Google has a low-tech idea to save pedestrians The Record, 6/26/2016 - With pedestrian fatalities remaining stubbornly high in states like New Jersey, leave it to Google to invent a modern, high-tech method for bringing this scourge under control by reimagining a use for an ancient product.
Estate tax for gas tax: 'Tax fairness' or 'deal with the devil'? Asbury Park Press, 6/26/2016 - The new tax of 37.5 cents per gallon would fund a boosted $2 billion TTF, used to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit, and likely cost the average New Jersey driver about $175 more a year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Two unions, NJ Transit reach tentative deals on rail contracts Associated Press, 6/25/2016 - The two remaining rail unions negotiating with New Jersey Transit have reached tentative agreements with the agency. But it's not yet known when either group will vote on their respective proposals.
Port Authority to spend $170 million to upgrade toll system, end cash tolls NJ.com, 6/25/2016 - The authority's Board of Commissioners will be asked to vote on Thursday to replace the existing Integrated Toll Collection System, which dates to 1997, with new equipment. That will allow the agency to switch to all-electronic toll collection at a future date.
Renovation of GWB bus station a warning for future projects The Record, 6/25/2016 - The past 10 years of setbacks, delays, cost overruns and passenger struggles are a warning of the potential hazards facing hundreds of thousands of bus commuters waiting for the replacement of the Port Authority’s landmark bus terminal near Times Square.
County Committed To Ocean Ride Despite Falling Grant Funding Toms River Patch, 6/25/16. Toms River, NJ -- While state grant funding for the county's Ocean Ride program continues to fall, Ocean County officials say they are committed to keeping the bus routes in place to serve seniors and the disabled, its primary ridership.
Panama Canal expansion will affect shipping — but how? Journal of Commerce, 6/25/16. Nine years and $5.4 billion in the making, the Panama Canal’s new, larger locks are opening amid questions about the impact they’ll have on an uncertain global trade and container shipping environment.
Do you know the stories behind N.J.'s historic train stations NJ.com, 6/25/2016 - Some New Jersey commuters are lucky enough to walk through historic train stations with stories as unique as the cities and towns in which they were built.
‘Speeding kills:’ Jersey City residents plead for traffic safety on JFK Boulevard NJTPA Mention
Hudson County View, 6/24/2016 - The Duncan Avenue Neighborhood Association (DANA), along with other concerned Jersey City residents, pleaded with law enforcement to aid with pedestrian safety and chronic speeding on John F. Kennedy Boulevard at a public meeting last night.
23-cent per gallon gas hike? Gas tax bill advances Asbury Park Press 6/24/2016 - John Lopez, who lives in a New York town just over the New Jersey border, said he frequently crosses state lines to fill his gas tank, taking advantage of gas that can be 80-cents per gallon cheaper in New Jersey.
Jersey City bridge near Journal Square to close for summer The Jersey Journal, 6/24/2016 - Traffic in the center of Jersey City is about to get a lot worse. The state Department of Transportation announced it has closed the Palisade Avenue bridge, which crosses over Route 139 and connects the Journal Square area and the Heights, for the entire summer.
NJ Transit to offer 24-hour bus service to NYC from Jersey City Heights Jersey Journal, 6/24/16. Residents of the Jersey City Heights are getting their long-awaited 24-hour access to New York City, thanks to expanded NJ Transit bus service. Mayor Steve Fulop and NJ Transit officials announced today that beginning Saturday, the No. 119 bus line will operate on a 24-hour schedule on weekdays and Saturdays.
Port Authority toll hike planned for 2020? The Record, 6/23/2016 - The Port Authority anticipates raising tolls at its bridges and tunnels by $1 at the beginning of the next decade — possibly bringing a cash toll to $16 to cross the Hudson River — according to a report by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.
Transport funding plan to undergo first test in Legislature Associated Press, 6/23/2016 - A bipartisan plan to pay for road and bridge work for the next 10 years that has come under fire for hiking the state's gas tax by 23 cents per gallon is expected to undergo its first legislative test.
Road Warrior: N.J. rated 11th-best state for teen drivers The Record, 6/23/2016 - A study released this week said Garden State families that added teens to their auto insurance policies last year faced the eighth-lowest premium-rate increases in the nation.
NJ Transit targets pedestrian safety after 10th death this year on train tracks NJ101.5, 6/22/16. Warning bells, whistles and horns used to be enough to keep people out of the way of speeding trains. But now that the majority of the population has the whole world at their fingertips in the form of a smartphone, keeping the public safe is not as simple.
Hunterdon LINK proposal would create regular bus routes, connections NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/22/2016 - The borough would be a hub for bus service within the county and farther afield, in a change proposed for the county's LINK transportation service.
Former NJ Transit Exec. Director on Future of TTF Funding NJTV Online, 6/22/16. A showdown is looming over raising the gas tax to generate some $2 billion for road and bridge repairs. Leading Democrats have proposed a complex calculus involving hiking, cutting and phasing out an array of taxes. They’re up against a powerful governor who’s resisted all tax increases.
NJ Transit gives rail unions deadline to agree to new negotiations The Record, 6/22/2016 - NJ Transit is giving its two largest rail employee unions a deadline of June 24 to agree to a new round of negotiations before a federal mediator, or else the agency will begin preparations for a shutdown of the statewide train network, according to a document obtained by The Record.
NJ Transit adds more trains, late-night service to Coast line NJ 101.5 FM, 6/22/2016 - NJ Transit is starting up its summer shore service on the North Jersey Coast Line between New York Penn Station and Bay Head, and via bus from Philadelphia.
Should E-ZPass tell you how much your toll just cost? NJ.com, 6/22/2016 - When a driver pulls into a toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike and hands a toll ticket and cash to the toll collector, a display tells them how much they paid. Drivers paying with E-ZPass have wait to check their statement to find that out.
Infrastructure ‘crisis’ may compel New Jersey to finally raise gas tax New York Times, 6/22/2016 - Amid mounting alarm over how to pay for repairs to New Jersey’s roads and bridges, state lawmakers are lining up behind a potential solution once considered politically unthinkable: raising the state’s famously low gas tax.
Feds ask NJ Transit, unions to extend strike deadline NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - Federal officials have asked NJ Transit and the two rail unions that rejected a proposed contact to continue a cooling off period until July 16, past the June 30 deadline for a lock-out or strike by conductors and engineers.
Hopewell Township approves grant application for sidewalks near Bear Tavern Elementary NJTPA Mention
MercerMe.com, 6/21/2016 - At a special meeting last night, the Hopewell Township Committee approved a resolution to apply for a state-aid grant to construct a sidewalk near Bear Tavern Elementary School.
Take this survey about pedestrian safety in Clinton NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - An online survey has started about pedestrian safety in Clinton following a Street Smart Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign in the town that ended on Sunday.
Who are the winners and losers of proposed 23-cent gas tax increase? NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - In addition to raising taxes on gasoline, that proposal reduces the amount of retirement income that is subject to income taxes, raising a tax credit for the working poor, eliminates the estate tax and creates deductions against income taxes for charitable donations.
New Jersey’s Highway Woes Seen Dealing Blow to Christie Legacy Bloomberg, 6/20/16. New Jersey’s lawmakers are crafting elaborate proposals to replenish a fund for transportation projects that’s about to go broke. Bond investors are counting on the simplest solution as the most likely: raise the gas tax.
Gas taxes would more than triple, if prices go up NJ 101.5 FM, 6/20/2016 - The basics are the same: A gas tax hike estimated at 23 cents a gallon, plus higher taxes on jet fuel. Spending on roads, bridges and rail of $2 billion a year for 10 years. … There are some key changes, however — including the potential for a much higher gas tax if fuel prices climb.
New PATH entrance at World Trade Center transit hub to open Tuesday The Jersey Journal, 6/20/2016 - PATH riders who use the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will have more direct access to New York City destinations, thanks to a new entrance opening.
Jamie Fox: Saving N.J.'s road funding crisis requires leadership. Where is it? | Opinion Star Ledger, 6/20/16. For the last 26 years, through five different administrations, representing both parties, the political leadership of New Jersey has failed to muster the necessary political strength to invest new revenues into a fading transportation program. I was a senior member of many of those administrations and played my part in shirking from the burden of leadership required to make the hard decisions our state needed.
Battle lines being drawn over competing plans for Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 6/20/2016 - With New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund about to run dry, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle find themselves facing a difficult dilemma as they search for a solution. Do they stick to deeply held political positions at all costs or accept some unwanted policy changes in the name of compromise?
Gas tax hike for transportation fund: Economic necessity or disaster? NJ 101.5 FM, 6/20/2016 - Extending and expanding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund is an economic necessity, say the supporters of a plan to do so by raising the gas tax – to a height that could damage the economy, worry the proposal’s skeptics.
Experts: New Jersey's $2B plan for transit fund falls short The Record, 6/19/2016 - Lawmakers in Trenton have begun hashing out the details of a plan to raise $2 billion a year for construction projects on New Jersey’s crumbling highways, bridges and rail lines by increasing the gas tax for the first time in 28 years.
Bridge repairs slated for Sandyston, Hampton, Stillwater New Jersey Herald, 6/19/2016 - The Sussex County Division of Engineering said Friday that work on three bridges, two of which will be closed for most of the summer, will begin over the next two weeks.
Road Warrior: NJ Transit tests commuters on pedestrian distractions The Record, 6/19/2016 - Although it happened decades ago, Dennis Martin still remembers his mother's shrill warning about the railroad tracks near their Camden home.
Senate Dems talk transportation funding on Newark harbor tour NJTV, 6/17/2016 - The Panama Canal expansion has meant larger vessels, including Panamax super freighters, are now in use. And the senators argue we need investments like raising the Bayonne Bridge to stay competitive.
How bad are N.J.'s roads and bridges? This bad NJ.com, 6/17/16. If New Jersey's infrastructure was a student, its grades would likely get it grounded. That's according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave the state's infrastructure a barely-passing D-plus in its 2016 report card released Thursday.
N.J. lawmaker wants millionaire's tax in road funding plan NJ.com, 6/17/2016 - The so-called millionaire's tax, a recurring Democratic proposal, would make up the half million dollars in lost revenue that would accompany the estate tax cut, a centerpiece of a bipartisan plan to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund.
D+ grade: NJ’s roads, bridges are ‘failing,' engineers say Asbury Park Press, 6/16/2016 - The American Society of Civil Engineers gave a “D+” grade to New Jersey’s infrastructure, including transportation, waste and water management, in its annual report card, one of only four states scoring in the “D” range.
N.J. Senate committee advances bill regulating Uber, Lyft The Record, 6/16/2016 - A state Senate committee has advanced a bill seeking guidance from the Attorney General on whether drivers working for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft should undergo a finger print-based background check.
Which project is squeezing traffic between the Turnpike and Parkway? NJ.com, 6/16/2016 - What's a sure sign that it's construction season? In some places there seems to be more construction going on than commuters can keep track of, causing closed lanes and delays.
It's a green light for Millburn safe streets program The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 6/16/2016 - The initiative to calm traffic downtown and enhance pedestrian safety is on schedule to begin sometime during the last week of June or the first week in July.
NJ Transit juggles $46M budget gap; no service cuts or fare hikes expected The Record, 6/15/16. Leaders of NJ Transit plan to cover the agency’s $46.3-million budget gap this year by dipping into cash reserves, interim executive director Dennis Martin said Wednesday. And for next year, the agency will keep its operating budget essentially flat, and reduce spending on construction projects by $416 million, according to documents released Wednesday.
NJ Transit says $46 million budget gap won't require cuts The Record, 6/15/2016 - Leaders of NJ Transit plan to cover the agency’s $46.3-million budget gap this year by dipping into cash reserves, interim executive director Dennis Martin said Wednesday.
Gas tax hike only a short-term fix to improving N.J.'s quality of life | Opinion NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - What does a sustainable and prosperous New Jersey look like? Ask the long-term thinkers at Together North Jersey.
Designer behind NYC's High Line developing N.J. park expansion NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - The creative forces behind New York City's High Line Park are bringing their design prowess to New Jersey.
Full reopening of Pulaski Skyway lanes pushed back a year NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - Reopening all lanes of the Pulaski Skyway to traffic in both directions has been pushed back to next summer, state officials said.
Road Warrior: NJ ranked 10th worst state for driving The Record, 6/15/2016 - A CarInsurance.com report released on Tuesday rated New Jersey the 10th least favorable state for driving, mostly because of the condition of the state's bridges and roads, which it ranked sixth- and seventh-worst in the nation, respectively.
Hoboken officials announce hybrid parking plan, bond for new meters Hoboken Patch, 6/15/2016 - “Hybrid parking” may soon be expanding in Hoboken, and if all goes according to plan, it may help to fund infrastructure improvements in the city, according to municipal officials.
Sen. Beck: New Jerseyans ‘absolutely opposed’ to 23-cent gas tax hike NJTV, 6/14/2016 - Raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon is not the only way to pay for road and bridge repairs. So says a Republican senator whose plan would generate money for the Transportation Trust Fund by merging agencies, cutting employee health benefits and raising fines for distracted driving. NJTV News Correspondent David Cruz was in Freehold and spoke with Sen. Jennifer Beck.
Will Turnpike extension drivers get a temporary lane? NJ.com, 6/14/2016 - Call it a case of lane envy. Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Hudson County extension get to use the highway's shoulder as a lane when traveling east, but when they are westbound, drivers can only look longingly at the empty shoulder on that side of the highway.
Lawmakers outline tax 'shift' to rescue transportation fund The Record, 6/13/2016 - A package of proposed cuts to retirement and estate taxes in New Jersey would cost the state government $1 billion a year in lost revenue, to be partially offset by $500 million in tax increases to fund the state’s transportation network, backers of the plan said Monday.
Judge halts adding gas-filled train cars near West Morris Central Long Valley Patch, 6/13/2016 - A Superior Court Judge in Morris County has placed a temporary halt on a railway company’s ability to add more butane-filled train cars near West Morris Central high school.
Senator: Airlines should pay same fuel taxes that N.J. drivers do NJ.com, 6/13/2016 - Drivers pay taxes when they fill up their cars and a state senator wants airlines to do the same when they fuel up their jets, which, he says, could take some of the burden of funding airport improvements off the backs of toll payers.
One last permit keeps planned Andover train station off track NJ Herald, 6/13/16. ANDOVER TOWNSHIP -- It has been a quarter-century since the idea was broached to rebuild the Lackawanna Cutoff to bring commuter rail service to southern Sussex County, on through to Warren County and across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania.
Is there a bipartisan light at the end of the transit-funding tunnel? NJ Spotlight, 6/13/2016 - A newly released bipartisan plan to replenish New Jersey’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund calls for a more than doubling of the per-gallon tax that motorists here currently pay at the pump.
Will Congress block rules to prevent sleepy truckers? NJ.com, 6/13/2016 - Legislation before Congress would block federal efforts to regulate truckers' rest hours at a time when the National Transportation Safety Board has listed driver fatigue as one of its top concerns.
Fiscal hurdles not the only obstacles facing NJ Transit Associated Press, 6/12/2016 - NJ Transit still faces a $46 million gap in its operating budget, officials said Friday. That's largely due to retroactive pay bus workers are owed under terms of a labor agreement reached last fall.
No fare increase or service cuts proposed in NJ Transit budget NJ.com, 6/10/2016 - NJ Transit's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget does not include a fare increase, but officials are rolling the dice that fare revenues will grow, despite a lackluster performance from the fare box in fiscal year 2016.
More travelers sign up for expedited airport screening programs, only to wait Associated Press, 6/9/2016 - A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait.
Port Authority to temporarily suspend weekend PATH service to 33rd Street The Jersey Journal, 6/9/2016 - Traveling to and from New York City on the weekends is about to get a lot more complicated.
Latest plans for $60M bridge connecting Shore towns unveiled NJ.com, 6/9/2016 - It is still going to take several years for the deteriorating Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to be replaced.
Powerful lobbyists aid Uber push on statewide regulations Politico New Jersey, 6/8/2016 - As lawmakers in Trenton consider a statewide regulatory framework for car-hail companies, Uber has retained three of the state's top lobbying firms to help the company make its case.
Officials urge Port Authority to study widening Outerbridge Crossing NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz was joined Wednesday morning by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who represents the district that includes Perth Amboy, to call on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to study expansion of the Outerbridge Crossing.
It's deja vu all over again as NJ Transit faces possible rail strike WNYC, 6/8/2016 - Back in March, with a little over one day to go before a threatened walkout, New Jersey Transit struck a tentative agreement with its rail unions. The deal: a 21 percent retroactive salary increase in exchange for workers paying more toward health care costs.
Lay train tracks in N.J. or new Hudson tunnels won't add capacity, experts say NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - NJ Transit commuters won't gain additional trains to and from New York after new Hudson River rail tunnels are built, unless two new tracks are also built on the New Jersey side, a transit advocate said.
NJ lawmaker says raise gas tax but let residents deduct cost from income tax NJ 101.5 FM, 6/8/2016 - A state senator says New Jersey should allow residents to deduct what they pay in gas taxes from their income-tax liability.
Manasquan wants to be destination for electric car owners NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Manasquan is trying to lure a new set of shoppers to its downtown. By installing a two-stall charging station in one of its parking lots, town officials are hoping that drivers of electric cars won't bypass Manasquan just because it's off the beaten path for interstate motorists.
'Very good news' for taxpayers: Port Authority to pay $12M more to Newark NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Newark property owners could be spared a tax hike in 2017 thanks to increased lease payments from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, city officials told a gathering of local business leaders on Wednesday.
Trucking industry, unions clash over driver classification in New Jersey WSJ, 6/8/2016 - The trucking industry has won a round in an ongoing bout with labor unions over whether truck drivers at the East Coast’s busiest port are employees or independent contractors.
Morris County sues rail line over butane-storing rail cars NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Morris County is suing a local commercial rail line in an effort to make it remove rail cars filled with butane and propane from county-owned tracks in the western part of the county.
Forward NJ: Beck's Transportation Trust Fund plan not viable NJ Biz, 6/7/2016 - As State. Sen. Jennifer Beck held a rally Monday in Tinton Falls to voice her opposition to replenishing the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund through an increase of the gas tax, Forward New Jersey Chairman Tom Bracken said an alternative plan she has proposed is not a viable option.
Should suspended drivers have the right to drive to work? NJ.com, 6/7/2016 - New Jersey drivers who've had their licenses suspended are close to getting a restricted license to allow them to travel to and from work.
TSA to undergo covert security tests this summer The Hill, 6/7/2016 - The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning another round of covert security audits at airports around the country this summer as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also scrambles to alleviate massive security checkpoint lines.
Gov. Chris Christie vetoes raises for transit agency unions Associated Press, 6/7/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a decision by the bi-state transit agency that operates bridges between New Jersey and Philadelphia to give raises to some of its union workers.
Don’t freak out about commotion on NJ highways this week NJ 101.5 FM, 6/7/2016 - Now that hurricane season is officially underway, the state Department of Transportation along with other agencies and law enforcement officials will be conducting a hurricane evacuation exercise on Thursday.
A Republican plan to raise gas tax and refuel Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 6/7/2016 - Bumping up the gas tax by about 20 cents, according to Sen. Oroho, would keep fund solvent, but he wants to see tax cuts in return.
Commuters one step closer to getting seats on NJ Transit board NJ.com, 6/6/2016 - NJ Transit commuters are one step closer to having a voice on the agency's board of directors.
N.J. bill barring train engineers with revoked licenses advances Associated Press, 6/6/2016 - A New Jersey legislative panel has advanced a measure that would prevent engineers from operating trains if their driver's licenses are revoked or suspended for drunken driving violations.
Deadline looms for Transportation Trust Fund fix The Burlington County Times, 6/6/2016 - At the Statehouse, the month of June typically features a flurry of debate, negotiations and deal making on the budget and other legislative priorities before the current fiscal year ends. But the next few weeks could be even noisier than usual, as Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers wrestle with the budget as well as the impending insolvency of the Transportation Trust Fund.
Will record demand for gas drive up the price in N.J.? NJ.com, 6/6/2016 - Summer road trips are the best example of how much we love to drive, but the demand for gas to fuel those drives is about to hit record levels.
PATH strains under housing boom The Wall Street Journal, 6/5/2016 - The PATH train, already bursting at the seams, stands to get more crowded amid a building boom in northern New Jersey, in another sign the transit network is straining under the region’s population growth.
What you need to know about N.J. bicycle laws | Your Legal Corner NJ.com, 6/5/16. Many of us put away our bikes when we were old enough to drive a car. Cars meant freedom. The freedom to choose our destination. However, bike riding allows us to enjoy the journey while being outdoors free from distraction. Recently, bicycling has enjoyed an upswing in popularity.
Work on Franklin bridge subject of public meeting New Jersey Herald, 6/5/2016 - The plans to close the Franklin Avenue bridge this summer will be presented to the public by the Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning in a meeting at the borough's Municipal Building.
Road Warrior: Rely on some signs at your own risk The Record, 6/5/2016 - If you’re in Little Ferry heading east on Route 46 in search of an avenue called "Ridgefield" in Ridgefield Park, you really shouldn’t have much trouble finding it.
United plans rollout of wide-body seats to lure business travelers The Record, 6/3/2016 - United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz held his first news conference Thursday five months after receiving a heart transplant to announce the planned rollout next year of new premium-class seats on wide-body international aircraft.
Why was a full Parkway interchange to Route 18 never built? NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - While a massive project wraps up to fill in some of the missing links between the Garden State Parkway and Route 18 in Tinton Falls at Exit 105, a reader asked why a direct connection wasn't built between the two highways?
Panel named to judge NYC bus terminal design competition Associated Press, 6/2/2016 - An international jury with a California flavor will select the design for New York City's proposed new bus terminal.
NJ Transit strike deadline only a month away for dissenting unions NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - Officials of two unions, which rejected a contract settlement, said they've been meeting with NJ Transit as a June 30 deadline approaches. That's when a 60-day cooling off period ends between the agency and bargaining units representing engineers and conductors.
New Jersey bills set rules on turnpike representation, regular meetings Land Line Magazine, 6/1/2016 - Two bills at the New Jersey statehouse are intended to give South Jersey residents more of a say in happenings at the Turnpike Authority. The authority oversees the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
How much do airlines make off of you when you fly? NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - Great deals for passengers are making a great deal for airlines. An industry trade group has revised its 2016 net profit projections for airlines with North American carriers generating more than half of the new $39.4 billion estimate.
Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Meetings Scheduled June 8th Atlantic Highlands Herald, 6/1/2016-On Wednesday, June 8, Monmouth County will hold two public meetings about the status of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge (S-32) over the Shrewsbury River between Rumson and Sea Bright
Competing ads aim to sway NJ voters on gas tax The Record, 6/1/2016 - One advertisement shows the Interstate 35 bridge falling into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and warns viewers that a span in New Jersey might be next. An opposing advertisement shows a father stealing things from his kids, including the family dog, Sparky, to pay for a gas tax increase.
At a deadly time of year for teen drivers, report says texting is on the rise Washington Post, 6/1/2016 - Nearly 60 percent of crashes involving teen drivers involve some form of distraction, according to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and in the 100 days after Memorial Day, teen crashes rise so dramatically that AAA has given those fair-weather months a name: the “100 Deadliest Days.”
Hoboken set to issue $12M in bonds for Washington Street overhaul NJ.com, 5/31/2016 - After approving a Washington Street resurfacing and redesign plan in February that effectively preserves parallel parking but omits protected bike lanes, the City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday night to take on $12 million in debt to pay for it.
Booker, labor and business leaders: N.J.'s infrastructure mustn't crumble | Opinion NJ.com, 5/31/2016 - Anyone who has ever put off repairs on their home or car knows the perils of deferred maintenance. Procrastinate for too long and you may soon reach the point of catastrophe as problems compound themselves and your repair bill skyrockets.
Long Branch receives Transit Village designation Red Bank Hub, 5/31/16. LONG BRANCH — The city has officially become the state’s newest Transit Village designee. More than three years after the city officially applied to become a Transit Village, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week...
What is the worst road in Jersey City? The Jersey Journal, 5/31/2016 - The city says help is on the way. It is about to begin a program announced in April to resurface 80 streets representing more than 16 miles citywide, an initiative that is expected to cost more than $10 million.
NY-NJ port truckers buy chassis to cut costs, secure equipment JOC.com, 5/30/2016 - Aiming to cuts costs, and squeezed by chassis shortages and the need to take them in and out of congested New York and New Jersey marine terminals, some truckers are buying their own chassis, and turning away from the leasing system that dominates the industry.
750-mile biking, walking trail to serve 3.2 million NJ.com, 5/30/2016 - This year marks the 24th annual National Trails Day, and the good news is that our New Jersey trail networks are thriving and growing.
NJ Transit to check engineer driving records to answer DUI safety concerns NJ.com, 5/27/2016 - NJ Transit officials will now check engineers driving records on a daily basis to answer safety questions brought up by lawmakers and riders after an engineer was found to have lost his license for 10 years following convictions for driving under the influence.
Trenton turns its attention to next crisis, the ailing Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 5/27/2016 - With a crisis in Atlantic City apparently averted, Trenton’s attention will turn – after the Memorial Day weekend – to the virtually exhausted Transportation Trust Fund.
Port Authority leaders hold ceremony to dedicate World Trade Center Oculus Port Authority leaders hold ceremony to dedicate World Trade Center Oculus
The Record, 5/26/2016 - The Oculus, as it is called, is the soaring centerpiece of a hub connecting PATH trains from New Jersey with 11 New York City subway lines.
Long Branch is designated a transit village Atlantic Highlands Herald, 5/26/2016 - The Christie Administration today announced that Long Branch has been accepted for inclusion in the state’s Transit Village Initiative, which partners the cities with several state agencies to help implement mixed-use development and Complete Streets accommodations near transit facilities.
The complete guide to summer road construction in NJ NJ.com, 5/26/2016 - Will you see orange-hued tans this summer? Probably. Will you see orange barrels and traffic delays, due to highway construction? Yes, but not during prime travel times to the beach, say state transportation officials.
Is this the plan to pay for NJ’s roads and rail … without a gas tax hike? NJ 101.5 FM, 5/26/2016 - Two key elements that need legislative approval would be the merger of all transportation agencies and a reduction in public worker health benefits.
Pedestrian tunnel between PATH and Fulton Center Hub set to open WNYC, 5/26/2016 - New Jersey commuters taking the PATH train are getting a new link to the New York City subway.
Can this hairpin turn to Route 9 be straightened out? NJ.com, 5/26/2016 - Officials are working on the concept phase for a future project to address the exit and merge issues.
After A.C., lawmakers will turn to transportation funding NJ 101.5 FM, 5/25/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie said he doesn’t know if the Legislature’s plan for replenishing the state’s Transportation Trust Fund will include a gas tax but suspects focus on the issue will pick up once lawmakers finish work on the Atlantic City bailout.
TSA’s issues go beyond long lines: Probes find waste, lapses in security The Record, 5/25/1016 - With the announcement this week that 120 additional screeners soon will be manning the security gates at Newark Liberty International Airport — and with the prospect of shorter lines — many travelers in North Jersey and beyond might assume that problems at the Transportation Security Administration have been fixed.
Port Authority urged to keep pedal to the metal on new bus terminal project NJ Spotlight, 5/25/2016 - Although new facility may not be operational for as much as a decade, lawmakers and experts are making it clear that delays will not be taken lightly.
Road Warrior:'Epiphany' spawns a road-safety wakeup call The Record, 5/25/2016 - Pam Fischer had learned firsthand about the fourth "D" — driving drowsy — a condition that causes 100,000 crashes and 6,000 deaths annually, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Port Authority considers redoing its plan to fund big projects NJ.com, 5/24/2016 - Port Authority officials plan a "do over" of the agency's 10-year capital plan to include funding a new midtown New York bus terminal, and paying its share of new Hudson River tunnels and a PATH extension to Newark airport.
Will closed N.J. Turnpike toll lanes reopen for summer traffic? NJ.com, 5/24/2016 - Two lanes have been closed at the New Jersey Turnpike exit 14 toll plaza since they were damaged in a fatal crash in January.
Lawmakers address security delays at Newark Liberty airport Associated Press, 5/23/2016 - Help is on the way to address long lines and long wait times for travelers at Newark Liberty Airport on the brink of the summer travel season.
Christie vetoes bills including Port Authority reforms The Record, 5/23/2016 - Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York have been pushing for years to increase their control over the Port Authority, a massive agency that runs the region's airports and major bridges.
Crossing closing faces derailment NJ Hills, 5/31/16. DENVILLE TWP. – The township could be on track to sue the state should transportation officials proceed with plans to permanently close the Lackawanna Avenue railroad crossing.
How does the state take away an elderly person's driver's license? NJ.com, 5/31/16. Ask an adult child of an older parent about whether their parent is too old to drive safely and most will say it's a tough conversation to have. The topic is a touchy one, especially if the senior driver lives in suburban or rural parts of the state, where they have limited options if they give up the keys.
NJ Legislator Argues State Gas Tax Doesn’t Have To Go Up To Fund Transportation CBS Local, 5/29/16. Monmouth County Republican State Senator Jennifer Beck says her 7 year plan would put 1.6 billion dollars a year into the TTF, and leave the gas tax alone.
Rutgers: New Jersey DOT total road cost is $183,757 per mile EquipmentWorld.com, 5/23/16. A new study by Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center finds that the average costs of planning, construction, operation and maintenance of roadways maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is $183,757 per mile.
Clinton launches Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/23/2016 - The town's Police Department is conducting a Street Smart NJ pedestrian-safety education campaign aimed at reducing motor-vehicle accidents involving pedestrians.
Delaware River ports fight for market as dredging nears completion NJ Spotlight, 5/23/2016 - There will be fierce competition from other East Coast ports for a hoped-for trade bonanza of new cargo stops that will result from the widening of the Panama Canal.
A year after deadly Amtrak crash, uneven progress on train safety fix The plan to shorten your airport security wait this summer
NJ.com, 5/23/2016 - The Transportation Security Agency will add more than 200 the number of screeners at New York City-area airports in response to series of complaints from lawmakers, agencies and fliers over wait times.
Road Warrior: N.J. promotes better training for bikers The Record, 5/22/2016 - New Jersey road-safety advocates mounted their soapboxes again last week to ask sedan- and utility-vehicle drivers to "share the road" with motorcyclists now that spring sunshine is luring more bikers out of winter hibernation.
It’s no accident: Advocates want to speak of car ‘crashes’ instead New York Times, 5/22/2016 - Roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers.
Analysis: NJ Transit problems aren’t fading away The Record, 5/22/2016 - Its operating budget is $45 million in the red, and part of its capital budget runs out of money in August unless Governor Christie and state legislators can find new funding for the state’s transportation trust fund.
Hudson River tunnel just a start; upgrading rail lines to NYC would cost billions more The Record, 5/21/2016 - One of the largest proposed construction projects in recent American history will cost at least $7.7 billion and hopefully avert a catastrophic closure of the major rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
3 major master plan issues facing Toms River NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 5/20/2016 - The master plan serves as the planning guide for a municipality, but the state's land-use laws allow property owners to seek relief from zoning restrictions included in the plan by presenting a case before boards of adjustment.
Is New Jersey spending too much on road projects? NJ 101.5, 5/20/16. A year and a half ago the Reason Foundation issued a report saying New Jersey was spending just over $2 million per mile on planning, constructing and maintaining its highway system, the highest figure of any state in the nation by far.
Could this futuristic bridge across the Hudson solve N.J.'s transit woes? NJ.com, 5/20/2016 - A transportation consultant with big dreams is proposing twin suspension bridges that could sweep across mid-Manhattan as an alternative to building new tunnels under the Hudson River.
Study: N.J. spends $183,757 to build, maintain a single mile of road The Record, 5/19/2016 - New Jersey spends $183,757 to build and maintain a single mile of road, according to a new study by Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Here’s how New Jersey lawmakers are trying to control Uber NJ 101.5 FM, 5/19/2016 - As Uber and other ride-hailing services have grown in popularity in the Garden State, regulatory concerns remain about the drivers and their vehicles.
Push to expand the PATH network gains more support NJ.com, 5/19/2016 - New York officials have joined their counterparts in Newark in supporting the effort to keep proposed PATH rail extension to Newark airport off the Port Authority's fiscal chopping block.
Most New Jerseyans say 'no thanks' to gas tax hike WHYY, 5/19/2016 - A Quinnipiac University Poll finds that the majority of New Jersey residents oppose increasing the state's gas tax to pay for road and mass transit improvements.
Bloomfield opens Morris Canal Park Bloomfield Life, 5/19/2016 - The Morris Canal’s five-mile stretch through Bloomfield has been transformed into the Morris Canal Greenway, part of a statewide effort to retrace the former canal’s footprint.
Flemington streetscape plans to be unveiled Wednesday NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - Two public presentations unveiling the preliminary designs for a $1 million streetscape project for Main Street will be held Wednesday night and Thursday.
Mutual ‘disappointment’ between legislature and administration over TTF PolitickerNJ.com, 5/18/2016 - The deadlock between the legislature and Governor Chris Christie’s administration over the state’s nearly insolvent Transportation Trust Fund continued on Wednesday as State Treasurer Ford M. Scudder testified before the Assembly Budget Committee.
Should N.J. ditch the front license plate requirement? NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - s it time for New Jersey to join Pennsylvania and eliminate a law requiring a front license plate on vehicles? A Central Jersey lawmaker thinks it's time to become a one-plate state.
N.J. lawmakers push to reduce security delays at Newark airport NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - Members of the New Jersey congressional delegation on Tuesday asked Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger to take steps to reduce wait times at Newark Airport security screening checkpoints.
County bridge work will mean traffic delays New Jersey Herald, 5/18/2016 - Four county-owned highway bridges will be closed down this summer as Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning crosses into the bridge-building and rehabilitation season.
Less talk, more action on Hudson rail tunnels, before it’s too late NY Times, 5/17/2016 - Once upon a time, when a city transit project had dragged on across four decades and people were starting to notice that it wasn’t actually there, the mayor and the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority demanded an investigation into what the heck was taking so long.
NJ wants Clean Air Act changes for older cars Asbury Park Press, 5/17/2016 - New Jersey's environmental regulators are seeking to change the state's Clean Air Act plan to accommodate new rules that exempt some of the "dirtiest" cars on the road.
Meeting tonight to discuss safety along Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City NJTPA Mention
The Jersey Journal, 5/17/2016 - A neighborhood group is hosting a meeting tonight to discuss plans to improve safety along a stretch of Kennedy Boulevard.
Public hearings give New Jerseyans chance to dig into Gateway project NJ Spotlight, 5/17/2016 - Up until now, it’s just been talk and plans on paper. But the federal government is moving forward this week with public hearings on the proposed Gateway tunnel project.
Why do the new Turnpike and Parkway signs look rusty? NJ.com, 5/17/2016 - There are many new overhead signs and guide rails being installed on the state's toll roads and highways, but drivers have noticed that some of them don't look so new. In fact, they've complained that they're downright rusty looking.
New tag allows drivers to pay tolls in 19 states NJ.com, 5/16/2016- A new toll tag which drivers will eventually be able to use to pay electronically for highway, bridge and tunnel charges across the country was launched Monday by a Nashville company.
N.J. gas prices took a surprising nosedive last week. How long will it last? NJ.com, 5/16/2016 - That sigh of relief from drivers at the gas pump isn't your imagination. Gas prices unexpectedly dropped below $2 at a fair number of retailers last week and stayed there.
A year after deadly Amtrak crash, uneven progress on train safety fix The Record, 5/15/2016 - One year after the crash of Train 166, as federal officials continue to investigate why the train was going so fast, rail agencies including NJ Transit are working to build a complex, costly system called “positive train control” that they hope will limit train speeds and avert such accidents in the future.
'Click it or Ticket' seatbelt enforcement in focus this month Toms River Patch, 5/15/2016 - Police departments and other law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for people not wearing seatbelts as Memorial Day weekend approaches, as the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign kicks into gear.
After 5 years of missed deadlines, Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge opens The Record, 5/15/2016 - The curious ventured out on a brisk, windy day to visit the new and long-awaited Wesmont train station on its opening day Sunday.
Clinton joins Flemington in launching pedestrian safety survey Street Smart NJ Mention
NJ.com, 5/13/2016 - The town police department, along with HART Commuter Information Services, has launched an online Clinton Pedestrian Safety Community Awareness Survey.
$1B project to revitalize aging George Washington Bridge The Record, 5/13/2016 - Although the bridge looks as majestic as ever, at 85 years old it is sorely in need of an overhaul. Next year, the Port Authority will begin a $1 billion project to replace each of the span’s 592 original suspender ropes and to rehabilitate its four main cables. The work is expected to last eight years.
A look at the worst bottlenecks on the Northeast Corridor Associated Press, 5/13/2016 - As state and federal officials look for an estimated $15 billion for a new train tunnel between New York and New Jersey, passengers along the rail line known as the Northeast Corridor contend with regular disruptions caused by track configurations and infrastructure dating to the time of the Model T — or earlier
Local residents opt to bike to work this month New Jersey Herald, 5/13/2016 - To promote bicycling as an alternative to driving a car to work, TransOptions is hosting its 2016 Bike to Work Challenge.
Rt. 35 investigation: Contractors questioned deadlines Asbury Park Press, 5/13/2016 - Long before the "snakebitten" Route 35 restoration project ran into delays and $76 million in extra costs, some contractors questioned whether the state's timetable for completing the work was too ambitious and "not realistic," according to government documents obtained by the Asbury Park Press.
Work resumes on Route 94 in Blairstown New Jersey Herald, 5/13/2016 - Construction on the Route 94 bridge project has resumed, but commuters are not out of the woods quite yet.
Second Uber bill introduced in Legislature PolickerNJ.com, 5/13/2016 - Both bills would require background checks, insurance policies for drivers and a number of other provisions that aim to ensure safety for users. The main difference between the two bills is that the assembly version has a fingerprinting provision.
When will the light rail finally extend to Bergen County? NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - NJ Transit still owes Bergen County a light rail line. Sixteen years ago, when the first Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains rolled through Jersey City and Bayonne, Bergen was supposed to be the next stop.
Franklin Lakes mayor: Slow down, residents Franklin Lakes-Oakland Suburban News, 5/12/2016 - Mayor Frank Bivona asked the police department to step up education and enforcement on speeding violations May 3 following complaints from residents of violations on local streets.
Park showdown brewing between Hoboken and Academy Bus NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - A showdown is brewing between Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Academy Bus over a parking lot in Hoboken's flood-prone southwest corner, pitting an administration determined to acquire an acre of the property for a park and drainage project against a major local employer and taxpayer whose asking price is triple what the city thinks it's worth
NJ Transit hires 2 from Christie administration to top roles NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - Management changes continued at NJ Transit on Wednesday, when the agency named two Christie administration officials as deputy executive director and chief financial officer.
Uber banned at Newark Airport terminal, Elizabeth train stations NJ.com, 5/11/2016 - The Elizabeth City Council on Tuesday voted to forbid ride-hailing companies from operating at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal A and at both Elizabeth train stations.
Uber laws should focus on safety, availability, expert says NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - As three New Jersey cities attempt to regulate ride-hailing companies, the state legislature is negotiating its own proposals to rein in Uber and its ilk.
NJ Earned Income Tax Credit could climb as part of deal to hike gas tax NJ Spotlight, 5/11/2016 - It’s time to add one more tax break to the list being considered by lawmakers in Trenton as they try to come up with a bipartisan deal that would result in a renewal of the state’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund.
Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge to open Sunday The Record, 5/11/2016 - After five years of missed deadlines, NJ Transit said Tuesday it will open the Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge on May 15.
Plan to extend light rail into downtown Trenton resurfaces Trenton Times, 5/11/2016 - For commuters who take the train to Trenton, the mile-walk from the transit center to the State House can take about 20 minutes. But if an ambitious multi-million dollar proposal to extend the light rail into downtown were to ever come to fruition, they would be dropped off only steps from the gold-domed building.
Bridges to the past: A look at the history of some more of NYC’s finest spans NY Daily News, 5/10/2016 - The last of Port Authority's New Jersey-Staten Island crossings looks distinctly different from other bridges in the area because of its steel arch design.
NJ Transit, 2 unions begin talks on heels of rejected deal NJ.com, 5/10/2016 - Talks are slowly starting between NJ Transit and two rail unions that rejected a tentative contract that avoided a rail strike in March.
Mathis Bridge over Barnegat Bay reopens for summer traffic Berkeley Patch, 5/10/2016- The state Department of Transportation has reopened the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge for the summer months. The 65-year-old bridge will close again on Sept. 14, so more improvements can be made.
Red tape, permitting delays are chief enemies of Gateway Project, experts warn NJ Spotlight, 5/10/2016- Nearly two dozen different government agencies will have a say in the permitting process for the planned Gateway tunnel project, according to a new report released yesterday by Common Good, a nonprofit, nonpartisan good-government reform group.
Ex-Christie spokesman named acting NJ Transit chief of staff NJ.com, 5/10/2016 - Top level changes continue at NJ Transit as Michael Drewniak, the former spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, was named interim chief of staff.
Port Authority warns TSA it will be replaced by private security force over long lines at airports CBS New York, 5/9/2016 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is giving the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum on dealing with long lines at airports.
NJ Transit restoring late-night Shore trains Asbury Park Press, 5/9/2016 - NJ Transit is temporarily restoring late-night train service to Shore destinations south of Long Branch, a summertime-only reverse of an unpopular decision to cancel the service last year.
Top NJ Transit exec retires from agency NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - NJ Transit has lost its second-in-command after Deputy Executive Director Neil Yellin left the agency on Friday, making him the fourth executive to leave in less than a year.
Hunterdon freeholders opposed state gas tax increase NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - Hunterdon County Freeholders' recent adoption of a resolution opposing legislation that would raise the gas tax in New Jersey earned praise from American for Prosperity, a grassroots advocate for economic freedom.
NJ’s mixed economic message: Low unemployment coupled with job loss NJTPA Mention
NJ Spotlight, 5/9/2016 - The state’s unemployment stats lead the national average, but 2,000 jobs went missing in the first quarter of 2016, puzzling Garden State economists.
Hoboken trades parking spaces for a 'pocket plaza' NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - The project is the latest effort by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to improve safety and pedestrian or bike access in a Mile-Square City overflowing with cars and people, even at the expense of parking.
Road Warrior: Bergen County's tiny spans take a long time to fix The Record, 5/8/2016 - Allendale's tiny West Crescent Avenue bridge is only 30 feet long, so the nearly year's delay to replace it has not exactly caused Hudson River-style traffic jams yet, but don't get Glenn Corbett started on New York comparisons.
Big changes are coming to the GWB. How will they affect you? NJ.com, 5/8/2016 - Major renovations on the 85-year-old George Washington Bridge over the coming decade will keep the iconic span alive into the next century, and officials say they're planning an intricate construction schedule to spare rush hour drivers from delays.
Road Warrior: Sting operation in the name of crosswalk safety The Record, 5/7/2016 - The grumbling, the anger and the tears were palpable in Teaneck this week as police pulled over motorist after motorist for nearly running down Tanya Balser and Paul Finkler as they strolled across a Queen Anne Road crosswalk.
Route 35 boondoggle Asbury Park Press, 5/6/2016 - Cost overruns for reconstructing 12.5 miles of the superstorm Sandy-battered Route 35 have topped $76 million - including paying contractors millions of dollars to remain idle for months - making it one of the most expensive roadway projects in the state's history, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.
Clifton bike paths questioned NJTPA Mention
Clifton Journal, 5/6/2016 - A $1 million county project devised to create a scenic byway for cyclists using new street markings and signage has come under scrutiny in Clifton due to traffic safety concerns for bike riders and motorists alike.
Long Branch Planning Board accepts first transit village project Word on the Shore, 5/6/2016 - The first transit village development project was accepted by the Planning Board as the initial step of moving forward with the transit village concept the city established as a update of its Master Plan nearly 4 years ago.
Routes 3, 46 traffic merge project advancing Clifton Journal, 5/6/2016 - The four months after the NJDOT broke ground on a $150 million project designed to establish a safer traffic merge of routes 3 and 46, the landscape along the highway interchange has undergone a drastic transformation while neighboring property owners have been forced off their land.
Lakewood duplexes planned for Route 9 NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 5/5/2016 - More duplexes are coming to Route 9 near the Toms River border, even as both towns wait for a state-sponsored study looking at ways to ease severe congestion on the busy thoroughfare.
After the death of 2 teens, measures to make a boulevard safer NJ.com, 5/5/2016 - Victor Sanchez was walking along the North Bergen side of Kennedy Boulevard at 25th Street, at a bend in the busy thoroughfare where two months earlier a northbound driver lost control of his car, crossed over the southbound lanes, and struck and killed two teens.
Analysis: rail unions angling for better deal with NJ Transit The Record, 5/5/2016 - On its face, the proposed contract between NJ Transit and its two largest train unions looked like a big win for the unions. Workers got a 21 percent pay raise over three years and low-cost health insurance that would be the envy of most employees in the private sector.
When will a chewed-up stretch of I-78 finally be paved?NJ.com, 5/5/2016 - Nothing angers a driver like a beat-up, lunar-like road surface, and nothing can be as frustrating to that same motorist than seeing the equipment to repave it parked idly nearby.
New span opens to traffic, replaces poster child for bad bridges NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/4/2016 - A bridge on Prospect Street, which was closed and held up by officials as a poster child for renewing the state's Transportation Trust Fund two-years ago, was replaced Wednesday by a new a new $3.1 million span.
New shore ride-share transportation for Summer 2016OCNJ Daily, 5/4/2016 - A new type of rideshare transportation is hitting the Jersey Shore for Summer 2016. Launching the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, Shore Shuttle will be the next best thing in shore travel for you, your family, and friends.
Route 206 paving project goes to bid on ThursdayNJTPA Mention
New Jersey Herald, 5/4/2016 - The request for contractors to bid on the Route 206 paving project through Newton to Branchville will enter the bidding stage Thursday with publication on the state Department of Transportation's website and in some newspapers published within the state.
Grab a glimpse of the mining age of Morris CountyNeighborhood News, 5/4/2016 - The impact of the Morris Canal and the transportation infrastructure created a vehicle to get the iron product to market allowing easy distribution of the product.
Backroads, New Jersey: the canals run through itNJ.com, 5/3/2016 - The canals of the 19th century linked cities the way interstates do today. They were water highways to transport coal, grains and other goods from the mountains and farmlands to urban areas back East.
Port Authority tells Elizabeth it won’t enforce proposed ban on Uber drivers Politico New Jersey, 5/3/2016 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told the city of Elizabeth on Tuesday that it would not enforce a proposed ordinance to ban car-hail drivers from operating at a terminal in Newark Liberty International Airport.
Glen Ridge station stairway closer to reopening Glen Ridge Voice, 5/3/2016 - NJ Transit may finally be nearing the home stretch on the Ridgewood Avenue train station project.
Is an NJ Transit strike still possible after 2 unions reject deal? NJ.com, 5/3/2016 - The sigh of relief that came from commuters in March at the news that a potential NJ Transit strike has been averted evaporated to a groan this weekend after two rail unions rejected a tentative agreement.
Is ridership growing on NJ Transit's light rail trains?NJ.com, 5/3/2016 - With all the news about surveillance on board NJ Transit light rail trains, a reader asked how many people are riding the light rail?
Do N.J. rail commuters pay the highest fares in America?NJ.com, 5/2/2016 - An analysis by a commuter advocacy group says that NJ Transit rail riders pay the highest fares in the nation for the second straight year.
Is JFK Boulevard Safe? NJTPA Mention
Hudson Reporter, 5/4/2016 – Pedestrian and traffic safety is an ongoing issue anywhere pedestrians share space with vehicles. Last week’s incident is one in a long string of fatalities on the Boulevard across the county.
Projects ramping up around the GWB The Record, 5/2/2016 - In the next three months, the Port Authority will start a $112.6 million project to demolish and reconstruct the ramp from the Palisades Interstate Parkway to the George Washington Bridge and rehabilitate two sections of the New Jersey approach to the span.
Union County to unveil master transportation plan NJTPA Mention
Union News Daily, 5/1/2016 – Union County is working on a new transportation master plan that will provide the framework for transportation planning and investment for the county and its municipalities.
Union rejects NJ TRANSIT contract that prevented strike NJ.com, 4/30/2016 - Members of one of the unions representing NJ Transit rail workers have voted to reject a contract offer that prevented a strike last month.
Port Authority leaders blame N.J. lawmakers for delay in reforms; call Uber-Newark deal illegal The Record, 4/28/2016 - Leaders of the Port Authority appeared to bury the hatchet on Thursday, speaking to each other with quiet deference one month after an explosive meeting that devolved into board members belittling and insulting each other in public.
Flemington pedestrian safety campaign wrapping up; feedback wanted NJTPA Mention
TAP into Flemington/Raritan, 4/29/2016 - The Flemington "Street Smart" Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign in the borough has concluded after four weeks of messaging, reminding drivers and pedestrians of five key behaviors to improve pedestrian safety...
Newly constructed Route 72 bridge opens to traffic Micromedia Publications, 4/29/2016 - State highway officials have opened up the newly-constructed bridge over Manahawkin Bay to traffic, marking the first time vehicles have traversed two spans carrying Route 72 between Stafford Township and Long Beach Island.
Report: NJ neighborhoods near transit stations see population boom NJ 101.5 FM, 4/29/2016 - New Jersey neighborhoods that surround transit stations — rail, ferry and major bus terminals — experienced a dramatic turnaround in population growth once the Great Recession made its mark on the Garden State.
Regulators in talks with NY, NJ Port Authority over road, tunnel probe Reuters, 4/29/2016 - Securities regulators are in discussions with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over a "potential resolution" of their investigation into multiple road and tunnel projects, according to the authority's bond document for potential investors dated on Wednesday.
PATH airport extension more important than NYC bus terminal, Newark mayor says NJ.com, 4/28/2016 - Newark Mayor Ras Baraka told Port Authority officials that extending the PATH to Newark Airport should not be sacrificed in order to fund a new midtown Manhattan bus terminal, and has asked to meet with agency brass.
Feds to hold North Jersey hearing on Gateway tunnel project The Record, 4/28/2016 - The Federal Railroad Administration will hold its first public hearings in May on the long-stalled Gateway project to dig a new train tunnel under the Hudson River.
Is this NJ Transit bridge really safe? NJ.com, 4/28/2016 - There were 2,310 highway bridges that were considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in New Jersey last year. But what about railroad bridges that carry hundreds of thousands of tons of train cars over the road you're driving on?
Will new signs make Newton crosswalks safer? NJ Herald, 4/28/2016 - It wasn't exactly the "dead of night." In fact the highway crew paused in its work for lunch as it put up new signs at an old problem spot near the Newton Green.
Nature pathway ideas under review for areas including West Milford AIM West Milford, 4/28/2016 - The goal of the feasibility study is to evaluate use of existing railway right-of-way in order to connect preserved open space and encourage conservation of the region’s historic heritage.
As Newark touts benefits of $10M Uber deal, cabbies still cry foul NJ.com, 4/27/2016 - City officials on Wednesday released additional details of its $10 million deal with Uber, which they claim will regulate the mobile car-hailing app and create a level playing field with local taxi drivers.
Plan for barges near Liberty State Park scrapped The Record, 4/27/2016 - The company that had proposed mooring barges in a controversial spot between Liberty State Park and Ellis Island said Tuesday that it is withdrawing its application and will seek another site.
Airport Uber users get another break as Elizabeth tables proposed ban NJ.com, 4/27/2016 - Garden State residents who are used to hopping in an Uber when they leave the city's busiest airport can breathe a sigh of relief — for now.
Democratic legislative leaders look to craft veto-proof ‘tax-fairness’ plan NJ Spotlight, 4/27/2016 - With Gov. Chris Christie not yet embracing ideas that lawmakers have floated for renewing New Jersey’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund – including hiking the state’s gas tax – legislative leaders may now be looking to go around him altogether.
If you usually beat this Parkway toll, get ready to cough up $1.50 NJ.com, 4/27/2016 - The first all-electronic toll booths could be coming to the Garden State Parkway as part of an exit that will be built on southbound side of the highway in Sayreville.
Long Branch Council shoots down proposed oceanfront traffic pattern change Word on the Shore, 4/27/2016 - The city council decided against opening up a portion of Ocean Avenue to traffic for the summer season during its April 26 meeting.
ROAD SAGE: How do speeding tickets affect insurance costs? Asbury Park Press, 4/26/2016 - There are some myths linked to insurance rates — including that red cars are more expensive to cover — that experts have long proven false. One thing is for certain: If you get a moving violation, you'll pay more for insurance.
Menendez, Booker oppose Hudson River buoy plan Jersey Journal, 4/26/2016 - The parade of public officials to come out against a potential mooring buoy for commercial barges in the Hudson River got a bit longer yesterday.
What's the delay opening the new bridge over Route 1? NJ.com, 4/26/2016 - The project to build a new bridge to carry Route 18 over busy Route 1 in New Brunswick was originally scheduled to be completed this month. But we're almost out of April and the DOT has pushed the finish line to the summer.
Dump truck hits wires, suspends some Light Rail service in Jersey City Jersey Journal, 4/26/2016 - A dump truck took down some catenary wires on Marin Boulevard in Jersey City yesterday afternoon, forcing a suspension of service on a portion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail lines into the evening rush.
Morristown ordinance would ban bikes from downtown sidewalks NJTPA Mention
Morristown Green, 4/25/2016 - Anyone over the age of 11 caught bicycling on downtown streets in Morristown could be fined, under a measure scheduled for introduction at the April 26, 2016, council meeting.
A Look Back: A unique NYS&W passenger car New Jersey Herald, 4/24/2016 - Historically, passenger railroad cars that traveled through Sussex County were powered by wood or coal fired steam engines and later by diesel engines.
5 things to know about N.J. transportation funding woes and your taxes NJ.com, 4/25/2016 - New Jersey's long saga on how to raise cash for transportation projects took a new twist last week when the chairman of the state Senate budget committee came up a compromise designed to end the stalemate.
The 7 biggest gripes that passengers have about NJ Transit NJ.com, 4/25/2016 - High fares, late buses, trains that break down, and light rail security are four of the biggest complaints that NJ Transit's ridership has with its system.
Is this the week N.J. says hello to $2-a-gallon gas? NJ.com, 4/25/2016 - This is the week that drivers will likely say farewell to gas prices under $2 a gallon, as New Jersey prepares to be the last state in the Northeast to cross that threshold.
Road Warrior: What's so new in new written test for driving? The Record, 4/24/2016 - It had been five years since revisions were made to the written exams that teens take in high school to qualify for driving permits, so New Jersey driver-ed teachers were excited last week by the prospect of seeing the new batch updated by motor vehicle authorities.
Deadline is Monday for public comment on proposed mooring for barges near Ellis Island The Jersey Journal, 4/24/2016 - Monday is the deadline for public comment on a proposed plan that would allow a New York-based company to install mooring for commercial barges in the Hudson River near Liberty State Park.
Teterboro’s new flight path goes untested The Record, 4/24/2016 - A flight chart for a controversial new landing procedure at Teterboro Airport is being revised to more clearly show geographic landmarks after no pilot attempted the approach during the first three weeks of a six-month test.
Elizabeth weighs Uber ban at Newark airport's Terminal A The Record, 4/23/2016 - Elizabeth’s City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to rein in operations of unregulated, app-based rides-for-hire businesses within the city, such as Uber and Lyft, and ban them from picking up passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A, which lies within the limits of New Jersey’s fourth-largest city.
Incoming NJ Transit boss withdrew over compensation package, source says NJ.com, 4/21/2016 - NJ Transit did not negotiate a compensation package with the man it tapped as its new executive director before hiring him, an unusual move that likely led to his withdrawal from the job when the sides could not come to an agreement, a source with knowledge of the talks said Thursday.
Route 3 closure to begin tonight The Record, 4/15/2016 - North Jersey residents planning to drive into New York City on Friday night should be ready for delays and detours due to an all-night closure of Route 3 eastbound, the state transportation department said Thursday.
Why is that bridge open during rush hour? A $25K fine, that's why NJ.com, 4/21/2016 - Is there any more frustrating sight for a driver to encounter during rush hour than a raised drawbridge?
NJ Transit to improve safety at Ramsey Main Street railroad crossing Ramsey Suburban News, 4/21/2016 - After nearly a year of lobbying by the borough, NJ Transit approved a sign advising commuters, pedestrians and drivers, "Do Not Block The Box," additional road striping and the elimination of a crosswalk west of the tracks.
Belleville bridge will be restored, officials say Belleville Times, 4/21/2016 - The old Mill Street Bridge in Belleville isn't coming down, although it might appear that way.
NJ Transit pick changes his mind Wall Street Journal, 4/20/2016 - NJ Transit’s search for a new leader will resume as the former Amtrak executive named to the agency’s top post is backing out.
Christie on new highway tolls: ‘It’s not impossible’ Politico New Jersey, 4/20/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie said he was open to the idea of adding toll booths to state highways to raise money for the soon-to-be broke Transportation Trust Fund, but cautioned the idea had some drawbacks.
Elmwood Park rail crossing ranks among highest in incidents The Record, 4/21/2016 - They are the worst of the worst, the most dangerous rail crossings in America. But at least one in North Jersey may finally be crossed off the list.
Construction on I-78's troubled exit 15 could start next year NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 4/20/2016 - A multi-phase project to realign the entrance and exit ramps for Interstate 78 at exit 15 in Clinton is nearing its last stage.
Democrats challenge Christie to share his transit plan NJ Spotlight, 4/14/2016 - The war of words comes as the state currently has no clear plan in place to extend capital funding for road, bridge, and rail-network projects beyond June 30.
Middlesex County and Woodbridge officials unveil audible crossing signal NJTPA Mention
Sentinel News, 4/19/2016 – Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac announce the installation and activation of Audible Pedestrian Crossing Signals designed to assist sight-impaired and handicap pedestrians safely cross busy highway intersections.
Could service cuts, layoffs be next for cash-strapped NJ Transit? NJ.com, 4/19/2016 - Commuter advocates fear that NJ Transit could make more cuts to service and lay off non-union workers this year in order to close a $45 million budget gap.
Democrats, GOP disagree over how much cash to pump into transportation fund 4/20/16, NJ Spotlight - There’s no deal in the offing, but Democrats are arguing for $2B while Republicans want $1.6B -- the amount of state dollars currently committed to the fund
UCC to host transportation and distribution industry talent development center TAP into Cranford, 4/19/2016 - Union County College will take the lead in preparing the workforce in New Jersey for the demands for skilled workers in the transportation, logistics and distribution sector of the state’s industry.
Uber certified in Sussex County NJ Herald, 4/19/2016 - Looking for a ride home after a late night out with friends? There's an app for that.
Road Warrior: Skip the Trip licensing has its flaws The Record, 4/19/2016 - There are certainly worse things in life than spending time at a Motor Vehicle Commission office, but these visits easily rank among the 15 things that road warriors least like to do – along with looking for a parking space on a rainy night and figuring out your new car-insurance premium after paying a big motor-vehicle fine.
Prieto: No estate tax deal without gas tax increase Asbury Park Press, 4/18/2016
As weather warms, motorcycle crashes spike in N.J. NJ.com, 4/18/2016
Can anything slow N.J.'s rising gas prices? NJ.com, 4/18/2016 - Drivers are in the middle of a transition period, with the switch underway to summer blend gas and the price hike that comes with it.
Road Warrior: Raising the speed limit to 65 mph has taken a deadly toll, experts say The Record, 4/17/2016 - If you fear getting run down on Routes 80 or 287 by an 80 mph lead foot, you might be as alarmed as the traffic safety researchers who published a study last week suggesting that national speed-limit policies have been hampering efforts to reduce overall road deaths.
City announces updates to Bayonne Bridge construction project The Jersey Journal, 4/17/2016 - The Bayonne Bridge construction project is moving forward, according to Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Population rebounds around train stations in N.J. The Record, 4/16/2016 - When Kevin Eleby started commuting by train to New York City in 2001, the station in downtown Paterson was nearly empty. Every morning he climbed the stairs to the platform to wait alongside three other riders. Nearly a decade passed. A few new people started showing up. Then a few more.
Christie to Dems on N.J. transportation funding crisis: You solve it NJ.com, 4/16/2016 - The governor signaled on Thursday he's content to let the state's Democratic-controlled Legislature take the lead on how to best replenish the Transportation Trust Fund before its money runs dry to do major road and trains projects this summer.
Newark mayor provides details on city's deal with Uber Associated Press, 4/16/2016 - The deal calls for Uber to pay the city $1 million a year for 10 years for permission to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport. The company also will provide $1.5 million in liability coverage for all drivers in its network.
Asbury Park's roads to get a makeover Asbury Park Press, 4/15/2016 - Major road improvements in Asbury Park are coming soon, including the re-opening of the Sunset Avenue Bridge and the reconstruction of Fourth Avenue.
Construction to close lanes on Route 22 west for weeks NJ.com, 4/14/2016 - Construction will close lanes on Route 22 westbound over Burke Parkway for the next several weeks.
NJ Transit gets $6M for improvements to ferry boats The Record, 4/14/2016 - The federal government will give NJ Transit $6 million to overhaul the power and propulsion systems of seven ferry boats that provide service between New Jersey and New York City, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday.
Uber turned over data on 12M riders to the government NJ.com, 4/14/2016 - Uber Technologies says it has provided U.S. law enforcement agencies and regulators with six months of data on more than 12 million of its smartphone-wielding riders, roughly a quarter of whom used the ride-sharing app in New York City.
Security delays at Newark Airport expected to get worse The Record, 4/14/2016 - Anyone who has departed from Newark Liberty International Airport in recent weeks has found that long lines have returned as the short-staffed TSA struggles to cope with more stringent screening procedures and rising passenger numbers.
What's the Hoboken Hop? A bus many non-riders pay for NJ.com, 4/14/2016 - The Hoboken Hop may sound like a dance craze from back in Sinatra's day. But for the hundreds of seniors, families with kids, students, commuters and other who ride it for $1 a trip or less, the Hop is Hoboken's municipal mini-bus transit system, and, more importantly, a cheap way to get around town.
Delays to DeJessa Bridge improvements NJTPA Mention
South Bergenite, 4/14/2016 - The wait to find out what improvements or changes should be made to DeJessa Bridge in Lyndhurst will be a little bit longer.
Project to eliminate Parkway bottleneck to I-280 still on track NJ.com, 4/14/2016 - Commuters who regularly use the Garden State Parkway know that the big overpass that carries Central Avenue in East Orange over the highway is a traffic jamming bottleneck.
Glen Ridge meets with agency on stair repairs Glen Ridge Voice, 4/14/2016 - Glen Ridge has had its first meeting with NJ Transit concerning the delay in the Ridgewood Avenue train station staircase project.
DOT Commish: Transportation Trust Fund won't last summer Asbury Park Press, 4/13/2016 - Facing the decision-makers behind the state's nearly broke transportation network, state lawmakers had a clear, stern message: Figure out this mess. Now.
NJ Transit's deficit shrinks, even as transportation funding uncertainty grows WNYC, 4/13/2016 - At a hearing in Trenton Wednesday, NJ Transit's interim executive director downplayed its latest deficit numbers. "NJ Transit has historically finished plus or minus over the years," said Dennis Martin. "That's just the natural course of business."
NJ Transit again facing deficit after raising bus, rail fares Bloomberg, 4/13/2016 - Six months after it raised bus and rail fares to help bridge a deficit, New Jersey Transit is about $45 million short of what it needs for the current fiscal year. Another round of higher prices isn’t being planned, Dennis Martin, interim executive director, told state Assembly members in Trenton.
Pulaski Skyway project behind schedule NJTV, 4/13/2016 - This week marks two years since the DOT closed traffic on parts of the Pulaski Skyway. And if you thought you’d be smooth sailing on the newly-laid northbound lanes by now, try again next year.
Is NJ Transit softening secrecy stance on surveillance policy? NJ.com, 4/13/2016 - NJ Transit officials said they will take a second look at whether they should publicly release the policies that govern how they collect, store and secure any audio and video recordings made from their surveillance of riders.
CSX plans more cuts in response to slower freight volume Associated Press, 4/13/2016 - CSX railroad plans to continue cutting costs this year to deal with slowing freight volume and declining profits.
Big change coming for those who fail N.J. inspection for emissions NJ.com, 4/13/2016 – Drivers will have to take their vehicle to a private inspection station to get it re-inspected, if it fails emissions testing, under changes to the vehicle inspection system that will take effect this summer, said state Motor Vehicle Commission officials.
ACLU demands NJ Transit release train surveillance policy NJ.com, 4/12/2016 - The ACLU and rider advocates are demanding that NJ Transit disclose how it handles the storage of audio and video surveillance that the agency continuously conducts on its light rail lines.
Get ready for a jump in gas prices. Here's why NJ.com, 4/12/2016 - Drivers got a small break at the pumps last week as the average price for a gallon of regular gas stayed somewhat stable, but there are some storm clouds on the horizon.
NJ Transit funds safety tech, OKs union deals Asbury Park Press, 4/12/16. NEWARK - Safety technology. New railroad tunnels. Union contracts. These have been the major issues faced by NJ Transit over the last year and steps taken by the agency's board of directors on Tuesday ensure they're moving forward.
Audible crosswalk signs coming to Woodbridge NJTPA Mention
Woodbridge Patch, 4/12/2016 - Woodbridge will be installing audible pedestrian crossing signals at several key, busy street intersections in town.
New center at Rowan will ensure better roadways Philly Voice, 4/12/2016 - The future of our nation’s highways — including heavily congested New Jersey roadways like Route 42, the Atlantic City Expressway and Interstates 95 and 295 — soon may be in the hands of researchers at a unique facility slated to go up shortly at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University in Mantua Township.
Public invited to preview Union County Transportation Plan on April 25 NJTPA Mention
Suburban News, 4/11/2016 - Work on the new Union County Transportation Master Plan is drawing to a close, and the public is invited to get a preview of the final product at an Open House event on Monday, April 25, 5-7 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.
Solutions for N.J. transportation crisis? Don't wake the governor | Editorial NJ.com, 4/18/16. Gov. Chris Christie continues to whistle past the graveyard, suggesting through a cabinet surrogate that the Transportation Trust Fund won't get its funding fix until lawmakers propose their own solution, while strongly implying that he's willing to watch it all unfold from the cheap seats.
Here's why Uber belongs in Newark, and here's why it doesn't | Opinion NJ.com, 4/15/16. It looks like an open war between Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and corporate officials at Uber with both parties campaigning to get what they want. Baraka is demanding Uber to "pay their fair share" by acquiring licenses to operate in the city and the airport.
NJ Transit is now recording passengers’ audio for ‘security reasons’ Geek.com, 4/14/16. Most public transportation and their stations have cameras placed throughout in order for security personnel to spot any potentially dangerous situations. While security cameras have been a staple of New Jersey Transit for a long time, they’re now going to record audio
DeJessa Bridge study expected to start next month NJTPA Mention
The Record/South Bergenite, 4/13/16. The wait to find out what improvements or changes should be made to DeJessa Bridge in Lyndhurst will be a little bit longer. An engineering firm has been selected by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to conduct a study of DeJessa Bridge, and a contract is being negotiated, according to spokesman Dave Behrend.
NJ Transit to name former Amtrak official as next executive director NJ.com, 4/4/2016 - A former Amtrak official who also worked for two major transportation consulting companies is in line to become NJ Transit's next boss, published reports said. William Crosbie, who served as Amtrak's Chief Operating Officer until 2010, is expected to be named as NJ Transit's executive director next week, said a report in the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources.
What one really expensive tunnel means to U.S. train travel Next City, 4/4/2016 - The price tag of New York and New Jersey’s Gateway Project includes much more than a construction bill.
Can anything halt the march back to $2-a-gallon gas? NJ.com, 4/4/2016 - If there is a stark indication of how high gas prices have spiked in New Jersey, consider the 7-Eleven on Routes 1&9 in Jersey City.
Our view: Walk away from proposed texting ban in New Jersey NJTPA Mention
Press of Atlantic City, 4/4/2016 - Public education would be a far better approach. Expansion of the Street Smart pedestrian-safety program coordinated by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority with financial help from the Federal Highway Administration would be useful.
Newark Airport time slots open up; competition may mean more flights, cheaper fares The Record, 4/1/2016 - Flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport are poised to become cheaper and more frequent.
Sen. Sarlo open to deal on terminal, Hudson-Bergen line The Record, 4/1/2016 - State Sen. Paul Sarlo said Thursday that he would be willing to consider supporting a smaller Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City if the Port Authority were to commit to funding an extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line into Bergen County.
Port Authority’s bus terminal, rail tunnel projects face opposition The Record, 4/1/2016 - Officially, it was a victory party. Six state senators from across New Jersey, and from both political parties, gathered in the main hall of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Thursday to celebrate two big wins for North Jersey commuters.
NJ to Port Authority: We're going to make sure bus terminal gets built WNYC, 3/31/2016 - Last week, the New Jersey side of the Port scored a win when it convinced the board to include a new bus terminal in its capital plan. But since then, doubts have cropped up. The new terminal has no funding and no clear path forward, and it's not one of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favored infrastructure projects.
Christie would consider 25-cent gas tax hike if overall plan is ‘fair’ NJ 101.5 FM, 4/1/2016 - The state Transportation Trust Fund, the pool of money that’s used to pay for all road and bridge projects and repairs in the Garden State, will run out of money in three months and state officials do not have a way to borrow more.
Residents hear options for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in two shore towns Shore News Today, 3/31/2016 - Residents gathered at two information sessions held March 29 and 30 to share options and solicit input for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in Ventnor and Margate.eturned to the original traffic pattern on Wednesday as work on Route 18 Bridge over Route 1 advances.
Proposed Teterboro approach path moves noisy jets closer to schools, stores The Record, 3/30/2016 - A new flight path to Teterboro Airport, intended to reduce noise around Hackensack University Medical Center, could take jets over a half dozen schools and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood that, until now, have not had to deal with noise generated by planes landing at the regional airfield.
Some environmentalists criticize NJ's plan to drop emissions test for older cars The Record, 3/30/2016 - The state is eliminating the requirement for older passenger cars to have a tailpipe emissions test every two years, a move that has drawn criticism from some environmentalists concerned about the state’s air quality.
Commuters are driving upgrades to SafeTrip NJ traffic app NJ.com, 3/30/2016 - SafeTripNJ uses GPS and streams audio traffic updates for state highways and toll roads, based on information provided by the authority and state Department of Transportation and user preferences. The free SafeTripNJ has 36,000 users.
Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge to open in May The Record, 3/29/2016 - Residents and elected leaders in Wood-Ridge won a long-sought victory Tuesday with news that NJ Transit will open the Wesmont train station on May 15. The station was first announced in 2008, and NJ Transit has delayed its opening at least five times since 2011.
DOT announces Route 3 closures in Secaucus: Will it affect your drive? The Jersey Journal, 3/29/2016 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced overnight lane closures on Route 3 eastbound for the next several months, as well as a series of full closures on Friday nights to repair the Paterson Plank Road bridge.
Morristown pushes street-smart conduct NJTPA Mention
Daily Record, 3/29/2016 - The town attracts thousands of visitors to its performing arts center, restaurants, bars and shops and on Tuesday officials announced a pledge to double efforts to keep pedestrians and motorists free from collisions.
‘Check your vital signs’: Morristown rolls out pedestrian safety program NJTPA Mention
Morristown Green, 3/29/2016 - Pedestrian safety is a two-way street. That's the word from officials who on Tuesday rolled out an educational- and enforcement campaign aimed at pedestrians and motorists in Morristown, where stepping off a curb can be a risky business.
Video: ‘Street Smart Morristown’ aims to remove drama from crossing streets NJTPA Mention
Morristown Green, 3/29/2016 - Ever had a close call while crossing, or driving, South Street in Morristown? These officials are hoping the one-two punch of education and enforcement can reduce accidents involving pedestrians.
Bill proposes $50 fine, possible jail time for distracted walking NJTPA Mention
NJTV, 3/29/2016 - You’ve heard of distracted driving? This is distracted walking. You see it more and more in this densely populated state.
Lakewood to Begin Pedestrian Safety Campaign This Week NJTPA Mention
Brick Shorebeat, 3/29/2016 - Officials in Lakewood, in an effort to reduce accidents between vehicles and pedestrians, have decided to participate in a two-day educational blitz this week led by the state Department of Transportation, followed by a months-long safety campaign.
Morristown Launches Street Smart Pedestrian Safety Campaign NJTPA Mention
TAP into Morristown, 3/29/2016 - The Morris County Seat is home to the latest efforts in the statewide Street Smart campaign. Speaking in the lobby of Town Hall, Morristown officials and community stakeholders kicked off Street Smart Morristown, a month-long pedestrian safety campaign that will run through April.
Could there be an all-electric bus in NJ Transit's future? NJ.com, 3/22/16- NJ Transit has low-emission diesel buses, compressed natural gas-fueled buses and hybrids in its fleet, but a reader asked if the agency has considered testing or buying electric buses.
Poll: Should PATH extension to Newark Airport be on the chopping block? NJ.com, 3/29/2016 - As Port Authority officials are grappling with funding a new Manhattan bus terminal and replacing Newark Airport's aging monorail, a proposed $1.5 billion expansion of the PATH rail line to Newark Airport could be on the chopping block.
NJ Transit to debut bigger Secaucus Junction bus station Tuesday The Record, 3/28/16 - The grand opening comes about 10 months later than NJ Transit originally planned, due largely to problems compacting soil at the site, which was once a swamp. But at $8 million, the project cost about $1 million less than projected, said Jim Smith, a spokesman for the agency.
Is another Port Authority bridge and tunnel toll hike on the way? NJ.com, 3/28/16 - Driver advocates have some advice for Port Authority officials, who might be considering a toll hike to fund $16 billion in transportation projects authorized on Thursday — don't even think about it.
Is another Port Authority bridge and tunnel toll hike on the way? Star Ledger, 3/28/16 - Driver advocates have some advice for Port Authority officials, who might be considering a toll hike to fund $16 billion in transportation projects authorized on Thursday — don't even think about it.
Bike-share spat pits Jersey City against Hoboken Jersey Journal/NJ.com, 3/28/16. A quarrel over bikes is pitting Jersey City against neighboring Mile
Square City. At issue are bicycles from Hoboken's Hudson Bike Share system that last fall began showing
up en masse at Jersey City's public bike racks.
Hudson River rail tunnel project receives funding commitment Progressive Railroading, 3/28/16. Amtrak's Gateway program, which includes rebuilding the Hudson River rail tunnel system, received commitments last week for the funding of preliminary engineering work and the creation of an executive oversight committee.
Poll: Should PATH extension to Newark Airport be on the chopping block? NJ.com, 3/27/16. As Port Authority officials are grappling with funding a new Manhattan bus terminal and replacing Newark Airport's aging monorail, a proposed $1.5 billion expansion of the PATH rail line to Newark Airport could be on the chopping block.
Still no agreement on replenishing New Jersey's dwindling fund for road repairs, transit projects Newsworks, 3/26/16. New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund is nearing the bottom of the barrel, leaving little to cover costs of needed road repairs and mass transit.Motorists and municipalities are urging New Jersey lawmakers to commit more money to transportation projects.
N.J. ranks high in close calls between drones and commercial airlines NJ.com, 3/25/2016 - More than two dozen drones were spotted in the skies over New Jersey where they weren't supposed to be, including some flying close to commercial airliners, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
Bike wars: Ordinance would penalize Hoboken’s bike program from filling Jersey City racks Hudson Reporter, 3/27/2016 – Bike pedals have been put to the metal as Hoboken and Jersey City continue to clash on the relationship of their respective bike share programs.
NJ State Police got 26,417 calls on road-rage hotline last year NJ 101.5 FM, 3/25/2016 - For more than a decade, New Jersey has made the #77 Aggressive Driver System available for motorists across the state to report risky or erratic driving.
Artifacts pile up at refurbished Waldwick Train Station Waldwick Suburban News, 3/24/2016 - The Waldwick Community Alliance’s call for contributions on its first Artifact Day, March 13, was a resounding success, according to organizers.
Transit schedules top list of Glen Ridge commuters' complaints Glen Ridge Voice, 3/24/2016 - In a survey that the Glen Ridge Voice did of local commuters in December, just over half of the responders listed "inconvenient transit schedules" as a problem on their commutes.
Port Authority's N.J., N.Y. board members feud over repair cost for La Guardia The Record, 3/24/2016 - Governor Christie's handpicked Port Authority chairman has accused top-ranking colleagues appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of misleading the agency over the estimated cost of a multibillion-dollar plan to redevelop La Guardia Airport.
Three-day, Route 166 traffic shift expected Micromedia Publications, 3/24/2016 - Motorists on Route 166-Main Street in Toms River should expect traffic delays for approximately three days starting March 28, for work that will help the state roads department eventually widen Route 166.
Can a Route 10 traffic light be retimed to give local traffic a break? NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 3/24/2016 - Poor traffic light timing and sequencing can raise a driver's blood pressure faster than a signal changes from green to yellow, especially if they're waiting to cross a highway.
Poll: Do you feel safe on public transportation after the Brussels terrorist attacks? NJ.com/Jersey Journal, 3/23/16. Security yesterday was beefed up at PATH stations in New Jersey and New York after terrorist attacks in Brussels killed at least 34 at a main airport and in a subway station, The Jersey Journal reported.
Toms River joins state safety campaign NJTPA Mention
The Toms River Times, 3/23/2016 - Chief Mitch Little that Toms River will be participating in the March 2016 Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign aimed at reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey.
Heads-up: That mobile gadget can kill you | Editorial Star-Ledger, 3/25/2016 - Just when you thought your world couldn't be more oppressed by nannyism, you may soon get slapped with a $55 ticket just for using your sacred iPhone while crossing the street.
The Port Authority's $16B spending spree includes these 6 projects NJ.com, 3/25/2016 - In what Chairman John Degnan called the most significant step for transportation infrastructure in the modern era, Port Authority commissioners green-lit $16 billion in projects Thursday.
Port Authority’s squabbles over spending go public The Record, 3/26/2016 - Anger continued to fester among top Port Authority officials Friday, as Chairman John Degnan said the agency’s executive director would have been fired from a public company had he spoken out the way he did during a heated board meeting on Thursday.
Road Warrior: Rte. 3 and 46 'kamikaze' lane to be scrapped The Record, 3/27/2016 - If you're a thrill seeker who enjoys being cut off at 50 mph or more, let me recommend eastbound Route 46, where drivers in the left lane too often realize — belatedly — that they must quickly move past you by crossing two lanes of heavy traffic to reach the entrance of Route 3 in Clifton.
NJ Transit faces $57M gap a year after rate hike The Record, 3/26/2016 - Less than a year after NJ Transit closed a $56 million budget gap by raising passenger fares 9 percent, the agency now finds itself another $57 million in the red.
Port Authority rail tunnel plan includes direct ride for North Jersey commuters The Record, 3/25/2016 - The Port Authority on Thursday committed to building a connection as part of a new Hudson River rail tunnel that, for the first time, would give North Jersey commuters a direct train ride to New York City.
Port Authority's N.J., N.Y. board members feud over repair cost for La Guardia The Record, 3/24/2016 - Governor Christie's handpicked Port Authority chairman has accused top-ranking colleagues appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of misleading the agency over the estimated cost of a multibillion-dollar plan to redevelop La Guardia Airport.
New Hudson River rail tunnels take big step forward NJ.com, 2/23/2016 - A project to build new Hudson River rail tunnels will get a $70 million boost from Amtrak and the Port Authority for preliminary work, while federal officials agreed to fast track an environmental review to buy time and save money.
Accidents trigger Flemington pedestrian safety campaign TapInto.net, 3/23/16 - Flemington has a pedestrian safety problem. Big time. The borough had more than 20 pedestrian accidents over the last six years, Police Chief George Becker announced in a press release yesterday. But as Tap into Flemington-Raritan previously reported, eight of them – including one fatality – happened last year.
We don't want your bus terminal, N.J. pols tell Port Authority NJ.com, 3/22/2016 - Democratic and Republican lawmakers are telling Port Authority officials that a new bus terminal should be built in Manhattan and not next to the rail station in Secaucus, as some authority officials have proposed.
N.J. lawmakers plan hearing on Port Authority's design competition on new bus terminal The Record, 3/22/2016 - A bipartisan group of state Senate leaders announced Tuesday that they will hold a hearing next month on the Port Authority's plans to hold a $1 million competition to design a replacement for the aging Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.
Buckle up in the back seat! NJ cops cracking down in April NJ 101.5 FM, 3/22/2016 - A new survey in New Jersey shows fewer and fewer people are using seat belts when riding in the back seat of cars despite a 2009 law requiring it.
Panel told Bergen County towns of Teterboro flight path changes last year The Record, 3/22/2016 - Some Bergen County politicians reacted with surprise earlier this month when the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was moving a busy flight path to Teterboro Airport, apparently at the last minute.
OMG, lawmaker wants to ticket pedestrians who walk and text Star-Ledger, 3/22/16 - If police catch you texting your BFF, while walking across the street, tell them you'll BRB because that message could get you a ticket. The proposed legislation was introduced the same month that a safety program was expanded to include warnings against distracted driving and walking, as safety officials and lawmakers try to keep up with technology that increasing demands our attention.
Where is Citi Bike most popular in Jersey City? NJ.com, 3/21/16. JERSEY CITY — Downtown Jersey City loves Citi Bike. The rest of the city? Eh, not so much.
New Jersey begins tackling thousands of potholes Newsworks/WHYY, 3/21/16. You don't have to travel very far to find one. Potholes are ubiquitous this time of year, and they pose a hazard for motorists. The New Jersey Transportation Department is coming to the rescue as it begins its annual repair campaign.
Weird NJ: Hoboken’s phantom bridge myCentralJersey.com, 3/20/2016. Today, one backyard along 12th Street in Hoboken is five feet wider than it was a few years ago. Because that’s when Hoboken’s “Phantom Bridge” cornerstone mysteriously disappeared.
Road Warrior: N.J. isn't listening to rear-belt warnings The Record, 3/20/2016. An observational survey by the New Jersey Institute of Technology that was released last month by the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety estimated that only 39 percent of back-seat adults used belts in 2015 compared with 44 percent in 2014.
NJ Transit trains and buses are breaking down more often, stats show NJ.com, 3/20/2016. NJ Transit trains, buses and light rail vehicles are breaking down more often, resulting in delays for commuters and snarled traffic when buses are disabled. Statistics complied by NJ Transit show that the train, bus and light rail fleet are traveling fewer miles than just two years ago before breaking down.
Port Authority’s bus-to-train transfer plan may get some takers The Record, 3/18/2016. The future of bus commuting is being debated because the current terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue is over capacity and in dire need of repair. Engineers estimate that it will have to be replaced in about 20 years.
Pothole patrols to fill holes after winter's toll NJ.com, 3/17/2016. Though the soon-to-conclude winter had less snow and frigid weather than usual, it still took its toll on the state's roads.
PATH joins list of transit systems banning hoverboards AP/NJ Herald, 3/18/16. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority Trans-Hudson rail line has joined other transit systems in banning hoverboards on its trains and in stations.
Traffic alert: Work begins on Flemington Circle myCentralJersey.com, 3/17/2016. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced a temporary traffic shift of Route 202 at the Flemington Circle for the start of a new stage in the Route 31 and Flemington Circle reconfiguration project in Hunterdon County.
Pulaski Skyway to close this weekend, DOT says Jersey Journal, 3/17/2016. The Pulaski Skyway will be closed in both directions this weekend for the installation of deck panels in the northbound lanes and other construction activities, state officials announced today.
N.J. residents aren't changing their minds on gas tax hike NJ.com, 3/17/2016. New Jerseyans' opposition toward a possible increase in the gas tax are virtually unchanged, even as funding for transportation dries up.
$8.2M bond approved for Millburn Complete Streets plan The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 3/17/2016. The plan reduces the number of lanes on both Essex Street and Millburn Avenue, and prohibits left hand turns from the two thoroughfares onto Main Street. The plan also includes extensive reconfiguration of both the eastern and western intersections of Essex Street and Millburn Avenue.
Poll: NJ says 'meh' to gas tax hike Asbury Park Press, 3/17/16. NEW BRUNSWICK - While most New Jerseyans think the state should put more money toward fixing its roads and bridges, they're not willing to pay for them at the pump. According to a Rutgers University-Eagleton poll released Thursday,...
NJ lawmaker proposes fines for distracted pedestrians Politico New Jersey, 3/16/2016. Put the phone down and walk. That’s the message of new legislation that would fine pedestrians who are distracted by talking, texting, tweeting, emailing or doing, really, anything on their phones while crossing the street.
Additional safety features proposed for Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge project The SandPaper, 3/16/2016. The New Jersey Department of Transportation is proposing extra work on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project to help safeguard the many people who travel to and from Long Beach Island and the mainland via the corridor.
Proposed development of Green Brook property sparks concerns NJTPA Mention
TAP into Greenbrook, 3/16/2016 – The proposal’s initial phase would also provide approximately 7,400-square-feet of retail space along Washington Avenue with 240 apartments above.
OPINION: Don’t privatize air traffic control New York Times, 3/16/16. Some Republicans in the House have come up with a solution in search of a problem: privatizing air traffic control. Democrats, the Obama administration and sensible Republicans ought to oppose this measure, which would do nothing to improve the present, federally operated system and indeed could make it worse.
Unions set to begin voting on NJ Transit rail contract NJ.com, 3/15/2016. Members of some NJ Transit rail unions will start voting Tuesday night on the proposed agreement that averted a rail strike.
Here's how Newark wants to regulate Uber drivers NJ.com, 3/15/2016. It appears the city may be on its way toward resolving its more than month-old stalemate with Uber and other car-hailing services.
Newark mayor to feds: Port's labor unions are 'segregated' Newark Patch, 3/15/2016. Newark’s mayor is alleging that minority and female workers – in addition to city residents - are being shut out of jobs at Port Newark, one of the busiest in the nation.
Historic South Jersey home to be demolished to make way for highway project WHYY, 3/15/2016. The New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to tear down the historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover House in Bellmawr as part of its nearly billion-dollar project to widen the roads where I-295, I-76, and Route 42 intersect in Camden County.
Most NJ residents oppose hiking gas-tax, but options may be even less appealing NJ Spotlight, 3/18/2016 - New Jersey residents, in poll after poll, have made it clear they do not want the state’s gas tax to go up to pay for transportation projects. Maybe it’s time to ask them to consider the alternatives.
Citi Bike ridership didn’t cool down during winter months amNY, 3/18/2016 - The expansion of 139 new docks in western Queens, Williamsburg, upper Manhattan and Jersey City, is a sign that the service is keeping up with the high demand.
Pothole patrols begin repairs across New Jersey The Record, 3/17/16. As winter draws to a close this coming weekend, work crews are fanning out across the state this week to begin repairing roads damaged by winter weather. This year’s goal for the annual road repair campaign is to fill a quarter million potholes,...
Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees Associated Press, 3/16/2016 - A Senate panel approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines gouge consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes.
NJ lawmaker proposes fines for distracted pedestrians Politico New Jersey, 3/16/2016 - Put the phone down and walk. That’s the message of new legislation that would fine pedestrians who are distracted by talking, texting, tweeting, emailing or doing, really, anything on their phones while crossing the street.
ROAD SAGE: NJ Transit strike crisis over, but funding issues remain Asbury Park Press, 3/16/16. I spent the tail end of last week holed up inside a Hilton hotel in Newark, wondering where it all went wrong. A few feet away, a gaggle of lawyers, union leaders and NJ Transit executives was quarantined in conference rooms trying to hammer out a deal.
Get ready for another NJ Transit fare increase, advocates say NJ.com, 3/15/16. Commuters and transit advocates say they believe that riders will soon be hit with fare increases to pay for the deal that averted the state's first rail strike in 30 years.
Red Bank Gets Street Smart NJTPA Mention
Two River Times, 3/14/16. RED BANK – March is time for Red Bank pedestrians and motorists to get “street smart.” As reported in January, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) selected Red Bank as one of 12 communities to participate in this round of the authority’s Street Smart NJ pedestrian/motorist safety program.
Inside the secret talks that settled a threatened NJ Transit strike NJ.com, 3/13/2016 - With the clock running out to avoid a strike set for a minute after midnight Sunday, there wasn't much hope Friday afternoon among the 20 or so negotiators in a Newark conference room that a deal could be reached.
Is Kennedy Blvd. too dangerous? NJTPA Mention
Hudson Reporter, 3/13/2016 - Hundreds of votive candles flickered on a North Bergen sidewalk across the street from Union City High School last week, where two teenagers were killed on March 5 by a car whose...
Road Warrior: Used-car dealer, others feel effect of Rte. 46 Little Ferry Circle project The Record, 3/13/2016 - Ankle-deep in mud after a rainstorm, the co-owner of Royal Cars on Route 46 seemed bewildered — even betrayed.
New Jersey gas prices rise sharply Associated Press, 3/13/2016 - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $1.65, up 8 cents from last week. But that's still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.27.
NJ Transit train riders relieved, but contract still must be ratified The Record, 3/13/2016 - NJ Transit riders expressed relief Saturday that the transportation agency and its unions have reached a tentative agreement, one that appears to avoid both a fare hike and a crippling train shutdown.
2016 Street Smart campaign kicks off NJTPA Mention
myCentralJersey.com, 3/11/2016 - The 2016 “Street Smart” pedestrian safety-motorist enforcement and education campaign kicked off Friday in the township, according to a statement from the Woodbridge Mayor's Office.
If NJ Transit strike is on, commercial activity in NJ and NY will be way off NJ Spotlight, 3/11/2016 - Experts warn that a lengthy strike by New Jersey Transit rail workers, which could begin as early as Sunday morning, will undoubtedly disrupt commercial activity, with some comparing the potential impact to the aftermath of 2012’s superstorm Sandy.
NJ Future Forum Tackles Redevelopment NJTV, 3/11/16. What’s old is new again in New Jersey’s urban centers. And that’s a challenge for the aging infrastructure that supports them. “People are looking to move back into towns and cities and we don’t have a lot of room in our towns and cities,...
Will lawmakers scrap state rules limiting how long truckers can be on the road? NJ.com, 3/11/2016 - Legislation setting U.S. aviation policy also would override state rules on truckers' work hours, drawing opposition from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and other senators who say it could contribute to driver fatigue, a top concern of federal safety officials.
Change in Teterboro Airport flight pattern raises concern The Record, 3/11/2016 - Elected officials along the Route 17 corridor from Mahwah to Rochelle Park are demanding to know why the Federal Aviation Administration did not consult local communities before changing the flight path for aircraft arriving at Teterboro Airport.
NJ Transit inks $10M deal for firm to service its growing fleet of CNG buses NJ Spotlight, 3/11/2016 - New Jersey Transit is spending up to $10 million over the next several years to keep its fleet of compressed natural-gas buses up and running.
Light rail extension, re-branding jail top Hudson County exec's 2016 wish list The Jersey Journal, 3/10/2016 - Advocating for an extension of the light-rail system across Route 440 and re-branding the Hudson County Department of Corrections are two of the county's major goals for 2016, County Executive Tom DeGise said tonight during his state of the county address.
Engineer explains what ‘structurally deficient’ means for bridges NJTV, 3/10/2016 - Contractors balanced on barges, worked beneath Hackensack’s Anderson Street Bridge — repairing corroded concrete supports eaten away by years and winter road salts.
After 2 teens die, freeholder wants end-to-end safety study for JFK Blvd NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 3/10/2016 - Hudson County should expand a federally funded traffic program to boost pedestrian and motorist safety on Kennedy Boulevard from end to end, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri urged fellow board members...
NJ Transit, unions say they would like to reach a settlement on Thursday NJ.com, 3/10/2016 - NJ Transit and union officials have both said they would prefer to reach a settlement on Thursday and avoid a Sunday morning rail strike.
Street Smart NJ launches latest round of pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
TAP into Union, 3/9/2016 - Continuing its push to lower New Jersey’s pedestrian fatality rate, the Street Smart NJ campaign kicked off its latest effort Tuesday, introducing additional partners and unveiling a new message to combat distracted driving and walking during an event at Union County College.
NJ Transit, unions warn Saturday rail riders to be home by midnight The Record, 3/9/2016 - The leaders of NJ Transit and its rail unions warned anyone planning to ride trains Saturday night to be home by midnight or make alternate plans, since a lockout or strike could start as early as...
Editorial: Wake up! NJ transportation in crisis Asbury Park Press, 3/9/16. One of the strangest pronouncements in Gov. Chris Christie’s long and winding press conference last week was repeating something he said during his budget address. The governor insists we are not facing a transportation funding crisis because...
Opinion: Long-Haul Sweatshops New York Times, 3/9/3016 - It might seem like a good time to be a long-haul trucker: More than ever, the American economy relies on hundreds of thousands of 18-wheelers to move goods across the country. But the industry is in crisis, with drivers leaving in droves because of low pay and poor working conditions.
Road Warrior: Money to combat a rising pedestrian death toll NJTPA Mention
The Record, 3/9/2016 - Just days after car crashes claimed the lives of three pedestrians in Hudson County, New Jersey officials unveiled a $500,000 federal initiative designed to curb an epidemic of walking deaths that's running ahead of near-record paces set in 2014 and 2015.
N.J. bridges among the worst in the U.S. again, new report shows NJ.com, 3/9/2016 - New Jersey last year was once again one of the 10 worst states in the nation in the percentage of deficient bridges as more than one-third of Garden State spans are in need of attention, Federal Highway Administration statistics show.
New program aims to make Elizabeth Street Smart NJTPA Mention
TAP into Elizabeth, 3/8/2016 - t the launch of the Street Smart program in the auditorium of the Lessner Building at Union County College March 8, the panel of officials were ready to discuss the importance of pedestrian safety, but for Sulisnet Jimenez, principal of School 28, it was personal.
NJ Transit strike: How did latest negotiations go? Asbury Park Press, 3/8/2016 - Just days away from a potential strike by railroad workers, NJ Transit and union officials met for hours Tuesday but reached no accord.
Street Smart kicks off safety campaign NJTPA Mention
MyCentralJersey.com, 3/8/2016 - Continuing its push to lower New Jersey’s pedestrian fatality rate, the Street Smart NJ campaign kicked off its latest effort Tuesday, introducing additional partners and unveiling a new message to combat distracted driving and walking during an event at Union County College.
Feds find $254M left from unspent transportation project funds in New Jersey The Record, 3/8/2016 - In the transportation equivalent of going through the couch cushions to find change, Congress told the U.S. Transportation Department late last year to go through its books and find unspent money from past earmarks that were not built or cost less than expected.
Road Warrior: Bill requires teens to do 50 hours of supervised driving The Record, 3/8/2016 - Citing steadily declining traffic fatalities and attributing them to teen decals and other Graduated Driver License reforms, safety advocates called on the Legislature on Monday to expand on these gains by boosting training programs for young drivers.
Hunterdon Freeholders Expand LINK Bus Service, Announce New Transfer Center NJTPA Mention
TAP into Flemington-Raritan, 3/7/2016 - Big changes are coming to the county’s LINK bus service. A new bus route will provide weekday service from Flemington to Raritan Valley Community College and Bridgewater Commons mall. The service will begin next Monday, March 14.
No progress between union, NJ Transit as strike deadline looms NJ.com, 3/7/2016 - Negotiations to avert an NJ Transit rail strike concluded Monday with no progress between NJ Transit and a coalition of 11 rail unions seeking to reach an agreement to keep the trains rolling, a union representative and NJ Transit said.
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Presses for Funding for ‘One-Seat Ride’ Study TapInto.Net, 3/7/16. WESTFIELD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition’s efforts to fund a study the group hopes will lead to expanded “one-seat ride” train service along the line into Manhattan received a boost on Monday...
Hunterdon Freeholders Expand LINK Bus Service, Announce New Transfer Center TapInto.Net, 3/7/16. FLEMINGTON, NJ – Big changes are coming to the county’s LINK bus service. A new bus route will provide weekday service from Flemington to Raritan Valley Community College and Bridgewater Commons mall.
Lawmakers scramble for a fix on trucking omission Politico, 3/7/16. SCRAMBLING FOR A FIX: As lawmakers prepare to strike an agreement on an FAA reauthorization extension, look out for an unrelated issue that may come into play: a potential crisis looming on the horizon related to truck hours rules.
Pulaski Skyway southbound traffic shift to the northbound lanes scheduled for early April The Jersey Tomato Press, 3/7/2016 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that southbound traffic on the Pulaski Skyway is expected to be shifted onto a portion of the newly completed northbound lanes on or about Monday, April 4.
The List: 10 great New Jersey bike trails to help get you psyched for cycling New Jersey Spotlight, 3/7/16. Ocean views, picturesque towns, historic sites, and a paradise for birders are just a few of the reasons to bike or hike the Garden State. New Jersey boasts hundreds of miles of bike trails and routes around the state,...
Route 46 road work will affect traffic Parsippany Focus, 3/6/2016 - The work will consist primarily of the resurfacing of Route 46 with minor curb and utility improvements on the eastbound side from Hill Road to Columbus Way (next to Exxon/Wendy’s) and westbound from Columbus Way to Fox Hill Road in Mountain Lakes.
Route 206 to reopen after temporary repairs completed on Stony Brook Bridge Princeton Packet, 3/6/2016 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have announced that Route 206 in Princeton will reopen at 8 p.m. Sunday March 6, after the completion of emergency repairs to the bridge over Stony Brook.
What to expect if trains stop running in New Jersey Associated Press, 3/6/2016 - As the deadline for what would be New Jersey Transit’s first strike in more than 30 years looms next weekend, commuters are left to ponder the imponderables, such as traffic backups...
NJ Transit says new offer on table to avert rail strike NJ.com, 3/4/3016 - When NJ Transit and rail union officials sit down Friday with federal mediators in Washington D.C., the two sides will talk about a new offer on the table from the agency that could avert a March 13 strike or lockout.
Preparing for the worst: agencies, public face possible NJ Transit rail strike The Record, 3/5/16. If NJ Transit’s rail workers strike next week, Patrick McManus has his plan figured out. On the other side of the spectrum is Amtrak, the national rail service that routinely runs trains from Newark Penn Station to Manhattan,...
360-Degree video inside New York’s $4 billion WTC train station Bloomberg, 3/4/2016 - Downtown Manhattan got a new architectural landmark on Thursday.
‘Engaged’ Christie won’t ‘give away store’ at New Jersey Transit strike talks NJTPA Mention
NJ Spotlight, 3/4/2016 - As commuters across the state reluctantly gear up for a possible New Jersey Transit rail-worker strike in less than two weeks, Gov. Chris Christie yesterday said that he’s personally engaged in the labor dispute and is hoping to head off a work stoppage.
$8.2 million bond introduced for Millburn street program The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 3/3/2016 - The Complete Streets program is intended to enhance pedestrian safety, implement traffic-calming measures and promote the economic vitality of the downtown business district.
Dealing with aggressive drivers Suburban Trends, 3/3/2016 - This coming May will mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of a New Jersey law known as Jessica’s Law. Aimed at curbing aggressive driving and road rage, the law has ramped up ...
Route 7's 'other' bridge project hasn't been forgotten NJ.com, 3/3/2016 - Sometimes a big bridge project like rehabilitating the Pulaski Skyway or building a new Route 7 bridge overshadows projects to rebuild other bridges that are just as important to drivers who use them.
Possible N.J. Transit train strike raises anxiety among commuters NY Times, 3/2/2016 - Faced with the possibility of a rail strike starting next weekend, New Jersey commuters are increasingly worried about a shutdown that could paralyze the region and send them scrambling to find a way into New York City.
NJ Transit to announce contingency plans for possible rail strike NJ 101.5 FM, 3/2/2016 - With the possibility of a rail strike looming, NJ Transit announced that it will present a contingency plan Thursday that will be put into effect in the event of a work stoppage this month.
U.S. airlines vie for Cuba flights; Havana top destination Associated Press, 3/2/2016 - U.S. airlines are looking to serve Cuba primarily from their large hub cities, with Havana being the most popular destination.
Life after a driver’s license for senior citizens Suburban, 3/2/2016 - Elderly drivers in New Jersey have been a major topic of discussion in recent years. As an aging population in the most densely populated state continues to travel on increasingly congested...
NJDOT acquires multiple properties for Route 3/46 interchange project Passaic Valley Today, 3/1/2016 - Properties along Route 46 east and west have been acquired for a state project that will widen the highway where it meets with Route 3 in an effort to create a safer traffic merge.
Motorists aren’t too ‘revved up’ about self-driving cars, survey shows NJ 101.5 FM, 3/1/2016 - A new AAA survey finds three out of four drivers are afraid to ride in a vehicle that drives itself. But many in the survey would, or already have, embraced some of the technology in the overall self-driving vehicle package.
Report proposes $49K fine for Newark airport hangar collapse Associated Press, 3/1/2016 – A New Jersey company faces a proposed $49,000 fine for the collapse of a hangar at Newark Liberty Airport last fall, according to a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration report issued Tuesday.
ROAD SAGE: Laurence Harbor Parkway detour open Asbury Park Press, 3/1/2016 - In May 2015, New Jersey Turnpike Authority crews began work to replace the Matawan Road (colloquially known as the Laurence Harbor Parkway) bridge over the Garden State Parkway,...
Decoding the change to letters on N.J. license plates NJ.com, 3/1/2016 - The alphabet soup of what letter appears first on some license plates has been stirred up and a sharp eyed reader wants to know why.
Passaic County creates pocket park in Paterson’s Stoney Road section Paterson Times, 3/4/16. After closing down a dangerous stretch of Barnes Street near Grand Street in the Stoney Road section, the Passaic County government spent $14,000 to create a pocket park called the...
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