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Commuters head to work after explosions Asbury Park Press, 9/19/2016 - A series of pipe bomb explosions had commuters spooked on Monday morning, the first after a series of pipe bombs exploded in Seaside Park and Manhattan and at the Elizabeth train station.
Road Warrior: Fact & fiction: buckling up kids, decals and cellphones The Record, 9/18/2016 - Hurry up! You're running late, and you have to get your 9-year-old buckled up for a drive to soccer practice or a dance recital. So answer true or false to this statement as quickly as you can: The safest place to secure him (or her) is in the back seat.
Parkway, Turnpike close to toll tipping point, ratings agency says NJ.com, 09/16/2016 - The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has hiked tolls higher than the rate of inflation since 1990, which will make it harder to push future toll increases on drivers without losing traffic, according to an analysis by a major financial rating service.
New law that's supposed to help commuters could do opposite, transit groups say NJ.com, 9/16/2016 - A new state law requiring NJ Transit to hold hearings before cutting rail and bus service won't help commuters fight any future proposed roll backs, as the lawmakers originally intended, transit advocates said.
Infrastructure projects underway in Bogota NJTPA Mention
Bogota Bulletin, 9/16/2016 - Bogota is in the midst of several projects to improve the borough’s roads and infrastructure, some of which have already been implemented.
The N.J. counties with the most fatal accidents in 2015 NJ.com, 9/16/2016 - The most populated counties were not always the deadliest places for drivers in 2015, with the most fatal crashes occurring in rural Burlington and suburban Monmouth counties.
Road Warrior: Road deaths take an alarming turn The Record, 9/15/2016 - With the help of seat belts and other technologies, road fatalities have been falling as steadily as autumn leaves for nearly half a century. So some folks were surprised last month when federal authorities announced that this trend had reversed course by more than 7 percent last year for the first time since 1966.
How many tickets are issued in N.J. for passing a school bus? NJ.com, 9/15/2016 - The kids have gone back to school and, with that, drivers have to watch out for yellow school buses.
Since Sully hit Hudson, little is new on safety front Associated Press, 9/15/2016 - Of the 35 recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board in response to the incident involving US Airways Flight 1549, only six have been heeded, according to an Associated Press review of board records.
We want wider bike lanes on the George Washington Bridge, group says NJ.com, 9/15/2016 - Weekend bike rides across the George Washington Bridge are often a tight squeeze, with thousands of cyclists trying to navigate runners and sightseers on a single seven-foot wide path.
Summit gets 'Street Smart', launches pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
TAP into Summit, 9/6/2016 - In a press conference held outside City Hall on the corner of Morris and Springfield Avenues, the City of Summit Police Department announced its participation in -- and the onset of -- 'Street Smart Summit', a pedestrian safety initiative focusing on outreach, education and enforcement designed to change unsafe behavior by pedestrians and drivers on the Hilltop City's 80 miles of roadways.
This is the new high-speed ferry coming to New Jersey in 2017 NJ.com, 9/14/2016 - Seastreak ferry is upping the ante in the Jersey Shore-New York ferry market, announcing the construction of a new 600-passenger high-speed ferry, which is the company's first in more than a decade and would be the largest vessel in its class.
NJ Transit must notify riders of service cuts under new law Asbury Park Press, 9/14/2016 - Under the new law, NJ Transit must hold a public hearing on most service changes. Only changes that don't involve a fare increase, service elimination or schedule changes under two hours are exempt.
New Uber-like bus app aims to cut time out of your commute NJ.com, 9/14/2016 - OurBus Inc. — a New York-based startup — has developed a new smartphone app for an express bus service that the company says will save New Jersey residents up to an hour a day on their commute.
Container-on-barge launches across NY-NJ port harbor JOC.com, 9/14/2016 - The first barge to sail in a new cross-harbor service designed to productivity in the Port of New York and New Jersey will embark Thursday, linking Brooklyn with the Port Newark Container Terminal.
Somerset County will fund Rocky Hill bridge work myCentralJersey.com, 9/14/2016 - Somerset County has agreed to fund the stalled replacement of the Route 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal, a project that was halted when state legislators and the governor could not come to an agreement on a way to fund the state's diminished Transportation Trust Fund.
Video: Rowan’s New Transportation Research Facility Officially Opens SNJToday.com, 9/14/2016 - The new center will conduct research on transportation related topics. Officials say work done at CREATES will enhance the transportation industry through the creation of improved construction materials and pavement technologies, the development of solutions to ease traffic congestion, and the introduction of efficiencies to improve construction and infrastructure.
All 523 fatal crashes in N.J. last year on a single map NJ.com, 9/13/2016 - Monmouth County led the state in fatal crashes for the second year in a row in 2015, with 45 crashes that resulted in 49 deaths.
Hanjin Says More Vessels to Unload at Long Beach After Ruling Washpost.bloomberg.com, 9/12/16. (Bloomberg) -- The beleaguered South Korean container line Hanjin Shipping Co. said Monday more vessels are in line to unload cargo at Long Beach port in California after a U.S. court Friday granted bankruptcy protection, easing a gridlock that disrupted delivery of goods.
Passaic bus shelter to get $2.5M upgrade The Record, 9/8/2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to spend $2.5 million upgrading the bus terminal near the intersection of Main and Lexington avenues, federal officials said Thursday.
Bloustein School dean leaves post at high point in Rutgers History NJTV, 9/8/2016 - Rutgers University will be launching a national search for the successor to a near irreplaceable member of its faculty.
How do you report an oversized truck on the Garden State Parkway? NJ.com, 9/8/2016 - Answers to questions about a ban on trucks using the Garden State Parkway north of Exit 105 prompted a related question about what drivers can do if they spot one.
New platforms, bathrooms open at $4B WTC transit hub NJ.com, 9/7/16. Commuters using PATH will get two new platforms and restrooms to use at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub starting on Thursday morning. The last two station platforms in the hub will be opened at 5:30 a.m., Port Authority officials said in a release. While that will improve circulation in the station, it will not change PATH service, officials said. PATH staff will be available to direct commuters to the correct platform.
AAA offers safe driving tips The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 9/8/2016 - School is back in session and with it has come more traffic in the form of school buses, additional motorists and child pedestrians.
Why does roadwork cost more in New Jersey? NJTV, 9/7/2016. The Transportation Trust Fund tank is on “E” and decision makers in the state are still grappling over how to fill it. Some legislators say public confidence over spending could be gained if we really knew what’s driving the high cost of road work.
Hanjin pledges $90 million to resolve shipping cargo chaos NY Times, 9/6/2016 - Hanjin Group said Tuesday it will inject $90 million, including $36 million from its chairman Cho Yang-ho's personal assets, to help resolve disruptions to container cargo transport caused by Hanjin Shipping Co.'s financial troubles.
Need gas? You shouldn't fill your tank until Wednesday NJ.com, 9/6/16. The September slide of gas prices is starting.
Is Tri-State Transportation Too Big to Plan? Village Voice 9/6/16. A new federal rule could unify the New York region’s jumble of official transportation plans into a single vision for the entire metropolitan area. But some planning advocates worry the Obama administration is moving too far, too fast during its final months to fix a problem that has vexed transportation experts for generations.
New traffic safety program announced for the first day of school in Summit NJTPA Mention
Patch.com, 9/6/2017 - Summit is reminding both drivers and pedestrians to practice safe street skills as school starts in the town tomorrow, Sept. 8. The city announced their participation in the Street Smart safety program in a press conference this morning, timed to coincide with the beginning of the school year.
Alllll aboard!! Englewood Cliffs resident the eyes, ears and voice of Secaucus Junction The Record, 9/6/2016 - In life, timing is everything. And there’s nothing Englewood Cliffs resident Phyllis Mangapit hates seeing more than a missed connection.
Bernardsville train station plan abandoned NewJerseyHills.com, 9/5/2016 - Faced with seemingly overwhelming opposition within the community, a redevelopment proposal to construct up to 100 condominium units flanking the Bernardsville train station will be abandoned by the Borough Council.
Need gas? You shouldn't fill your tank until Wednesday NJ.com, 9/6/2016 - As drivers returned to work Tuesday, the average price of gas in New Jersey retracted a little, to $1.99 a gallon.
Is tri-state transportation too big to plan? Village Voice, 9/6/2016 - A new federal rule could unify the New York region’s jumble of official transportation plans into a single vision for the entire metropolitan area.
What a difference a month makes for Millburn's Main St. NJ.com, 9/1/2016 - After approximately seven weeks of work, Complete Streets construction on Main Street between Essex Street and Millburn Avenue is scheduled to be completed today, Sept. 1, following rush hour.
Officials mark completion of N.Y. Harbor channel dredging The Record, 9/1/2016 - When the last bit of sediment of was hauled out of New Jersey waters this summer to deepen navigation channels, it ended a nearly three-decade project that saw enough dredged river mud and bedrock to fill MetLife Stadium 24 times.
4 questions about crosswalks that you wanted answered Street Smart NJ Mention
NJ.com, 9/1/2016 - Sometimes, the answers to a question generate more questions. Such was the case with Tuesday's article about a New Jersey law requiring drivers to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Uber users can now schedule their rides in advance in these 6 N.J. towns Jersey Journal, 9/1/2016 - Uber users who have been clamoring for the ability to schedule rides days in advance are in luck.
Trapped in Tollbooths, and Targets of Harassment NY Times, 9/2/16. In the four years that Ayanna Chisholm has worked collecting tolls out of tiny glass booths at the Holland Tunnel and elsewhere in New Jersey, there have been several constants.
Poll shows support for clean transportation NJ Today, 9/1/2016 - New Jersey is among seven states — along with California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia — that generate more than 40 percent of their carbon pollution from transportation.
Top Democrat: No end in sight for N.J. road funding crisis NJ.com, 8/31/2016 - Senate President Stephen Sweeney said there's no immediate end in sight to the transportation funding impasse that has frozen road projects across the state, even though Democratic leaders are in talks with Gov. Chris Christie.
APM Terminals to invest in new berth at NY-NJ port JOC.com, 8/31/2016 - APM Terminals is to invest $70 million in a new berth at its Port Elizabeth terminal in New Jersey, which will be able handle the bigger container vessels transiting the enlarged Panama Canal.
Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba Associated Press, 8/31/2016 - The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.
Is this the answer to shorter Motor Vehicle lines in New Jersey? NJ.com, 8/31/2016 - In 20 states not named New Jersey, drivers can go to AAA offices to renew licenses and registrations, bypassing lines at the motor vehicle agencies.
Somerset County seeks input on housing trends report NJTPA Mention
NewJerseyHills.com, 8/30/2016 - The Housing Trends Assessment Report identifies the major regional and local trends, changes and events influencing housing supply, demand, policies and issues in the county and contains key findings that represent priority areas that should be addressed during the housing element update process.
More travelers than ever use Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports: Port Authority Hoboken Patch, 8/30/2016 - Officials said that passenger traffic at the nation’s busiest airport system grew 6.3-percent over the first six months of 2016, with a record-setting 62.4 million travelers using Port Authority’s airports during that period.
If you get stuck on the side of the highway, NJ has free roadside assistance NJ101.5, 8/29/16. What would you do if your car broke down and got stuck on the side of the highway? The state Department of Transportation provides emergency assistance to more than 70,000 Garden State drivers every year. And the service is free.
More motorists dying on N.J. highways NJ.com, 8/30/2016 - Fatalities on New Jersey highways increased for the second straight year, according to federal statistics released Monday.
When must N.J. drivers stop for someone in a crosswalk? NJ.com, 8/30/2016 - As children prepare to return to classes, with some walking to school, readers had questions about the state law that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Route 287 construction should begin in September MyCentralJersey.com, 8/29/2016 - Work is scheduled to begin next month on a three-year project to improve the intersection of Interstate 287 and I-78 and the intersection of I-287 and Route 202/206, one of the most heavily traveled areas in Central Jersey that almost daily sees accidents.
Christie, Democrats take another stab at ending N.J. road funding crisis NJ.com, 8/29/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie has resumed talks with Democratic legislative leaders in another attempt to end a stalemate over transportation funding that prompted a statewide road construction shutdown heading into its third month.
‘It Is a Piece of Penn Station’: An Exiting Departures Board Inspires Strong Emotions NY Times, 8/28/2016 - The large Amtrak departures board in Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan draws masses of commuters to the floor beneath it, where they stare up as if in a trance.
$50 in gas will get you further down the road this Labor Day NJ.com, 8/29/2016 - Gas prices hit $2 a gallon in New Jersey this weekend, as predicted for the close of August, but experts said that prices should cool off along with temperatures this fall.
Morris County to pave roads despite state logjam Daily Record, 8/28/2016 - Despite the lack of anticipated state matching funds, the Freeholders announced that they will use $4.1 million in county tax dollars to continue work on their 2016 paving schedule.
Kinderkamack fix to begin in Emerson The Record, 8/27/2016 - The project calls for widening Kinderkamack Road, adding dedicated turning lanes, switching surrounding streets into one-way roads, installing traffic lights at intersections to the north and south of Linwood Avenue, replacing the rail gates near the NJ Transit station, building a new drainage system and putting in new sidewalks and curbs along the road, among other improvements.
Airlines bring free sandwiches and streaming back to coach Bloomberg News, 8/27/2016 - After decades of red ink, U.S. airlines have gotten their financial houses in significantly better order. And while this new wherewithal certainly won’t mean more legroom or free checked bags, some carriers are exploring inexpensive ways to make flying economy class a smidge less arduous.
A day in the life of a dredge boat crew Micromedia Publications, 8/26/2016 - The hulking, 325-foot hopper dredge has been patrolling the waters off Long Beach Island on and off for the past year, taking sand from the ocean floor and using its powerful engines to pump it through a network of pipes to the beaches a few miles west.
Agency pitches Church Road-Route 9 lanes to alleviate traffic NJTPA Mention
Micromedia Publications, 8/26/2016 - The Route 9 corridor has its bottlenecks, and it’s mainly from traffic attempting to turn, according to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, who explained its suggestions to improve traffic and safety along a seven-mile stretch of Route 9, from Route 571 to Lakewood.
Biden to announce new funding for Amtrak Northeast Corridor improvements Associated Press, 8/26/2016 - Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure.
Highway hazard: Truckers’ safety breaks on the shoulder can be deadly The Record, 8/25/2016 - What seems like a local phenomenon is not local at all. Rather, the proliferation of truckers flouting parking laws is an unintended consequence of an improving national economy and the high cost of real estate in Bergen County.
The Bayonne Bridge and the unsolved mystery of the missing half-scissors Daily News, 8/25/2016 - When the Bayonne Bridge opened in 1931, it was a big to-do. Throngs of fascinated locals and thrilled commuters gathered at either end of the longest steel arch span in the world.
NJ DOT to study widening runway at South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton Burlington County Times, 8/25/2016 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation plans to research widening the runway at South Jersey Regional Airport to bring it up to federal standards, but the agency says the proposal is not intended to attract larger aircraft.
Toms River residents, business owners cautiously optimistic on Route 9 plans NJTPA Mention
92.7 FM WOBM, 8/24/2016 - Traffic congestion continues to be one of the main headaches of both residents and business representatives who call Route 9 their passage way.
New Ferry ready for service between New Jersey and New York Associated Press, 8/24/2016 - New York Waterway's 400-passenger Betsy Ross is open for inspection Wednesday at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken. The Betsy Ross will go into service next week.
These 2 N.J. counties are ready to sue Christie administration over road freeze NJ.com, 8/24/2016 - Two New Jersey counties have filed notice they may sue the Christie administration for freezing promised funding for local road projects as the governor and Democratic legislative leaders tangle over transportation funding.
Port Authority bus gates to be moved in bid to reduce delays Associated Press, 8/23/2016 - For the second consecutive September, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are realigning bus gates at New York's main bus terminal to try and reduce congestion.
United to fly from Newark to Key West The Record, 8/23/2016 - United Airlines will start offering seasonal daily service in December between Key West International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016 Associated Press, 8/23/2016 - Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.
Meadowlands chamber drives push to update master plan NJ Biz, 8/22/16. It was two years ago when North Jersey business leaders unveiled a new “vision plan” calling for the addition of casinos, a convention center and hotels to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. As it turns out, their planning days didn’t end there.
Bergen Arches Proposal Envisions a World Class Cultural Destination in Jersey City JerseyDigs.com, 8/22/2016 - For all of its history, Jersey City has been a conduit for transport between NYC and the rest of the country.
Amtrak taps former freight railroad head to be new CEO Associated Press, 8/19/2016 - The former head of the Norfolk Southern freight railroad, Charles "Wick" Moorman, has been tapped to be president and CEO of Amtrak, the nation's passenger railroad, Amtrak officials said Friday.
For pedestrian safety, ‘HAWK’ coming to the rescue in LBI NJTPA Mention
Micromedia Publications, 8/19/2016 - There’s a new eye in the sky helping to protect pedestrians on one of Long Beach Island oft-traversed intersection between two towns, and it’s called a HAWK.
Route 9 plans show new signals, turn lanes NJTPA Mention
Micromedia Publications, 8/18/2016 - Residents can get a peek on how several agencies hope to improve the Route 9 corridor, and plan for the continued explosion of development around Pleasant Plains and North Dover through Lakewood.
Christie issues executive order to use general fund money for emergency road work The Record, 8/18/2016 - With no end in sight to the political standoff over transportation funding, Governor Christie issued an executive order Wednesday to use money from the state’s general fund to continue financing emergency work on New Jersey’s roads, bridges and mass transit network.
Public comment sought on Somerset County Housing Trends Assessment Draft Report; responses by Sept. 12 NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 8/18/2016 - Somerset County residents are invited to review and comment on a draft "Housing Trends Assessment Report" prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board.
2-Way Left Turn Lane, New Traffic Lights Among Route 9 Proposals NJTPA Mention
Toms River Patch, 8/17/2016 - A two-way left turn lane, added traffic signals and dedicated left- and right-turn lanes at some intersections are among the improvements proposed for a seven-mile stretch of Route 9 that will be discussed at a public meeting next week, state officials announced.
Panasonic turns to airplane tracking The Record, 8/17/2016 - Panasonic Corp., maker of CD players and television sets, is offering a solution to finding commercial jets lost at sea, such as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Illegal North Jersey truck stop has to go, town implores NJ.com, 8/17/2016 - The mayor of a North Jersey town that has become the home of a makeshift truck stop on the shoulder of a major interstate is urging the state to find a solution to what he calls a dangerous problem.
Laborers' union rallies for Transportation Trust Fund in Jersey City The Jersey Journal, 8/17/2016 - More than 1,000 construction and transportation laborers have lost their jobs throughout New Jersey since July, and they're making their anger known.
Transit-oriented development: Making affordable destinations accessible Housing.com, 8/17/2016 - Rapid urbanisation and migration of rural workforce in search of jobs, have led to increasing pressure on infrastructure and transportation in urban centres. Consequently, the debate now is whether transit-oriented development (TOD) can solve some of India’s urban planning woes.
Traffic in N.J. is costing you big time - Here's the price tag NJ.com, 8/16/2016 - It costs the average driver in the most populated metropolitan area in the country an average of $1,739 a year in wasted time and fuel sitting in traffic, the AutoInsuranceCenter.com study says.
NJ legislative leaders can’t agree to sit-down on transportation funding NJ Spotlight, 8/16/2016 - For over a month, political leaders in Trenton have been unable to find consensus on a way to renew the state’s nearly broke Transportation Trust Fund, and now it appears they can’t even agree on whether their next move should be getting together to work out their differences.
Construction workers protesting stalemate on N.J. transportation funding The Record, 8/15/2016 - It was the first day of a larger protest campaign, which organizers said would target the office of every elected officeholder in the state, to pressure lawmakers to fix New Jersey’s broken transportation system by raising the gas tax.
Another week, another computer outage at New Jersey's troubled MVC NJ.com, 8/16/2016 - Computer problems shut down state motor vehicle agencies again on Monday, resulting in long lines snaking out into the summer heat.
Trucks bought under NY-NJ replacement program probed for malfunctions Journal of Commerce, 8/22/16. Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey are scrutinizing trucks bought under a program that awards grants to replace older, polluting drayage vehicles with later-year vehicles after buyers complained of severe mechanical problems in the emissions systems.
As Ridership Soars, PATH Service Disruptions Cut Deep NY Times, 8/19/16. Scrambling through a crowd of frazzled commuters at a Lower Manhattan train station on a recent Saturday, Romany Saad navigated his limited options for getting to work, hoping he would not be late for the second weekend in a row. Mr. Saad’s predicament was shared by many riders who have been forced to shift their routines because the PATH rail line that runs from northern New Jersey to the 33rd Street station in Midtown Manhattan has been shut down on weekends.
Groundbreaking for New Transit Village at Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station Patch.com, 8/17/16. Aberdeen, NJ - Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, members of the Township Council broke ground last week on a new mixed-use retail/residential development that will be built just steps from the Aberdeen-Matawan train station.
Railroads show little progress on key safety technology NJ 101.5, 8/17/16. WASHINGTON — Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released Wednesday.
Video warns of transit apocalypse if new tunnels aren't fast-tracked NJ.com, 8/16/16. A former writer for "The Daily Show" has produced a video explaining how red tape could delay the Gateway Tunnel project, potentially increasing gridlock and costing billions in tax dollars. The video by Alex Marino explains the complex tunnel issues in "Transportation Armageddon." It was produced for Common Good, which advocates cutting red tape and bureaucratic reform.
Could lack of neighborhood input stall progress on new Port Authority terminal? NJ Spotlight, 8/15/2016 - At issue is whether the new terminal will be located in the nearby neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, where the current building stands, or somewhere else — even on the New Jersey side of the river, which state officials strenuously object to, since it would not allow for a one-seat ride into Manhattan.
The illegal truck stop that has North Jersey cops at their wit's end NJ.com, 8/13/2016 - Every night, day after day, hulking tractor-trailers line up here, on the shoulder of I-287, idling for hours at this illegal truck stop.
Bridgewater Township Asks Commuters to Complete Survey on Transportation to NYC Patch.com, 8/15/16. As part of the Bus Commuter Park and Ride project, Bridgewater Township is asking residents to fill out a survey to determine what service to New York City would benefit the majority of Bridgewater commuters.
New Jersey and New York at war over replacing Port Authority Bus Terminal The Record, 8/11/2016. In a strongly worded letter, 20 of New Jersey’s most powerful elected officials told Port Authority leaders on Thursday that they expect the agency to keep the promise, made by its board of commissioners in March, to build a new bus terminal on the west side of Manhattan.
Creating downtown North Brunswick: First phase of massive project on track MyCentralJersey.com, 8/14/16. NORTH BRUNSWICK – Construction of a massive Route 1 transit-oriented mixed use development, that aims to create a downtown center in the township, is on track and moving full speed ahead for a completion date in 2026.
The set of stairs that could change your commute forever NJ.com, 8/12/2016 - For commuters who squeeze together on crowded Penn Station platforms waiting to go up narrow staircases and escalators, the sight of new stairs to a new station is oh so tantalizing.
Susan M. Baer, transportation pioneer who ran New York’s airports, dies at 65 NY Times, 8/12/2016 - A longtime official for the Port Authority, Ms. Baer was also the first woman to run the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New York and New Jersey under the Hudson River.
It just got easier to take the Acela from N.J. to D.C. NJ.com, 8/11/2016 - Commuters and travelers who use Amtrak's speedy Acela will get two more opportunities to catch the train in New Jersey.
Improved NJ Transit Bus Service for Brookdale College this Fall Patch.com, 8/12/16. Lincroft, NJ - Do you take the bus to get to Brookdale Community College? There will be several changes coming to the NJ Transit bus route that serves the campus, all of which are set to begin this September.
Plan to ban coffee from N.J. drivers' hands would be strongest in nation NJ.com, 8/6/2016 - New Jersey would be one of only three states to have a law banning drivers from doing such things as drinking coffee, eating, or grooming themselves.
New NJ TRANSIT transit village under way RailwayAge, 8/11/2016 - Aberdeen-Matawan is the busiest station on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line regional/commuter rail line, which links Newark and New York with the Jersey Shore. Now, some underutilized land at the station in Aberdeen Twp. will be transformed into a mixed-use transit village.
What trucks are allowed on the Garden State Parkway and where? NJ.com, 8/11/2016 - Traffic reports refer to them as "misplaced" trucks and tractor trailers when they are driving on a road intended only for passenger vehicle use, such as the Garden State Parkway, north of Exit 105.
Rutherford train station improvements halted due to TTF strife South Bergenite, 8/11/2016 - With uncertainty regarding the State's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and the halting of dozens of road construction and New Jersey Transit projects, things are at a standstill for some local construction.
Partnership could widen trail access in Essex County Glen Ridge Voice, 8/11/2016 - There is a possibility that some day, bicyclists could get on their bikes in Glen Ridge, Bloomfield or Belleville and pedal all the way to Jersey City.
Assembly Speaker: Democrats can't ignore Christie in ending N.J. road funding crisis NJ.com, 8/10/2016 - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Wednesday said his joint strategy with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to override the governor and end a month-long transportation funding impasse "does not appear viable."
Long lines at N.J. motor vehicle offices prompt legislative hearings The Record, 8/10/2016 - Ranking state legislative leaders announced hearings as early as next month in an effort to fix a failing state computer system that has helped create extra-long lines at many of New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission offices this summer.
Denville road work rolls on, for now New Jersey Hills, 8/10/2016 - Trenton’s lack of transportation funding is creating concern for one township official. Denville Administrator Steve Ward said Monday that New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) officials “as far as we are aware are not considering 2017 applications” for road work funding.
Sweeney predicts transportation fund freeze will last into fall The Record, 8/9/2016 - A statewide freeze on transportation projects is likely to stretch into the fall and past the November elections, dealing a blow to a state packed with commuters, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Tuesday.
Sweeney on NJ self-serve gas: Never Asbury Park Press, 8/9/2016 - Could letting New Jersey residents pump their own gasoline for a discounted price help them cope from sticker shock if the gas tax goes up?
60-mile bike loop around Delaware River gets $2.3M boost NJ.com, 8/9/2016 - Burlington County secured a $2.3 million federal grant this week that will allow it to complete another portion of a 60-mile bike and pedestrian loop that is being built along the Delaware River.
A technical knockout: Delta travelers latest left stranded by industry’s aging computer systems The Record, 8/9/2016 - Delta Air Lines on Monday became the latest major U.S. carrier to suffer a technological meltdown, inconveniencing tens of thousands of passengers, including those at Newark Liberty International Airport, a rueful reminder of the industry’s increased dependence on sometimes shaky technology.
Is it legal to use earbuds while driving in N.J.? NJ.com, 8/9/2016 - A reader asked that question, recognizing that the earbuds also act as a hands-free device for the phone.
Community Cars service to offer transportation to seniors and disabled; volunteer drivers needed TAP into Somerville, 8/9/2016 - Community Cars Somerset is a new transportation service that will use volunteer drivers to provide rides to senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Somerset County.
Cops could soon ticket you for drinking a coffee while driving in N.J. NJ.com, 8/5/16. A bill winding its way through Trenton would impose stiff fines and even a possible license suspension for drivers who eat, drink, groom, read or use electronic devices behind the wheel.
PATH riders face 33rd Street line weekend shutdown The Jersey Journal, 8/8/2016 - As one might have expected, the shutdown — which will halt service every weekend until winter — got a lot of PATH riders in Hoboken and Jersey City talking Saturday.
Port Authority reform hits a snag The Record, 8/7/2016 - Lawmakers have been pushing for reform for five years, only to see their efforts vetoed by Governor Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the leaders of the agency who have often tapped its ample budget to fund projects large and small in each state.
New Tappan Zee bridge is halfway done NJ.com, 8/4/16. The construction of the new Tappan Zee bridge has reached its halfway point, reports say.
More than a mile of concrete has been laid and the remainder of span's steel skeleton should be completed by October...
PILOP agreements advised to assuage Montclair's parking woes NorthJersey.com, 8/4/16. Payment In Lieu of Tax agreements have come under fire in recent years. Some residents fear they put a heavier burden on their own property taxes, while others suspect they deprive the Montclair School District of a necessary revenue source.
Bridges on New Jersey rail Freight lines in need of safety upgrades NJSpotlite.com, 8/3/16. New Jersey’s waterways are crossed by scores of railroad bridges, many of them used by freight trains carrying chemicals or oil. Some of the bridges are awaiting replacement or repairs delayed by the impasse in Trenton over renewing the Transportation Trust Fund.
Delta grounds flights due to systems problems USA Today, 8/8/2016 - Thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded around the globe due to a system outage.
Road Warrior: Long lines at MVC blamed on computer upgrade delays NorthJersey.com, 8/1/16. Motorists lined up on foot for hours in round-the-building lines outside Motor Vehicle Commission offices this weekend as a perfect storm of computer glitches, blistering heat and simple procrastination slowed vehicle and licensing transactions to humid, uncomfortable crawls.
County officials see big future for Atlantic City Train, NJ Transit sceptical PressofAtlanticCity.com, 8/3/16.
What NJ is doing about the aging Mathis Bridge that stopped Seaside traffic NJ1015.com, 8/3/16. The state Department of Transportation is reminding motorists headed to the shore that the 65-year-old Mathis Bridge from Toms River into Seaside Heights is undergoing improvements after a malfunction Saturday kept the bridge stuck in the open position.
New Jersey Senate May Delay Votes on Gas-Tax Hike, Pension Amendment NJ Spotlight, 8/1/16. The New Jersey Senate is holding its first voting session in over a month this afternoon, but legislation seeking to renew the state Transportation Trust Fund with a gas-tax hike may not make the final agenda. The same goes for a resolution to put a pension-funding question on the ballot this fall.
Summer gas prices are dropping like leaves in the fall
NJ.com, 8/1/16. New Jersey gas prices are in a time warp, with drivers seeing the kind of decreases that normally don't happen until after the kids go back to school.
Gas prices fall against the odds; 3 reasons why Asbury Park Press, 7/30/16. The torrential rain gave way to sunny skies long enough on Friday for Shelly Franco and her friends to drive from Long Branch to the boardwalk here for a summer day trip.
Route 280 project looks at downside of highway | Di Ionno NJ.Com, 7/31/16. the top of First Mountain, Route 280 is cut deep into the dark brown trap rock ridge of the Watchung Mountain range, formed in horizontal igneous layers millions of years ago. The imposing rock wall almost looks man-made, built of rectangular bricks.
Senators to debate gas tax hike in New Jersey Associated Press, 7/29/2016.New Jersey Senators are set to debate a new Democratic proposal to raise the gas tax, pay for road and bridge work and cut the estate tax.
Relief for Kinderkamack Road congestion follows years of stop and go The Record, 7/30/16. The Record, 7/30/16. Laurie Cornell’s knuckles whiten at the mere thought of navigating Kinderkamack Road at Linwood Avenue — a narrow and notoriously congested choke point at the center of downtown Emerson that has bedeviled Bergen County commuters for decades.
Towns ask state to resume bridge work myCentralJersey.com, 7/29/16. Three towns have asked the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to restart work on the Route 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal as soon as possible.
Great news for riders as potential NJ Transit strike derailed NJ.com, 7/28/2016. NJ Transit's board approved contracts with two holdout rail unions Wednesday, ending labor negotiations that took more than five years.
Why commuters can't take shelter at Bound Brook's two train stations? NJ.com 8/4/16. When does a railroad station provide nothing more than a platform to get on and off the train from? One commuter said that's what riders face in Bound Brook.
Legislators Demand Action On Route 37 Bridge Issues Toms River Patch, 7/3/16 - In the wake of significant traffic jams in that snarled streets in Toms River and Brick when the Route 37 bridge got stuck open on Saturday, a group of local legislators are demanding answers and action from the state to fix the problem.
New Jersey Senate may delay votes on gas-tax hike, pension amendment NJ Spotlight, 8/1/16. The New Jersey Senate is holding its first voting session in over a month this afternoon, but legislation seeking to renew the state Transportation Trust Fund with a gas-tax hike may not make the final agenda. The same goes for a resolution to put a pension-funding question on the ballot this fall.
Relief for Kinderkamack Road congestion follows years of stop and go The Record, 7/30/16. Laurie Cornell’s knuckles whiten at the mere thought of navigating Kinderkamack Road at Linwood Avenue — a narrow and notoriously congested choke point at the center of downtown Emerson that has bedeviled Bergen County commuters for decades.
Route 37 Bridge Closure, Traffic Jam, Angers Many In Toms River, Brick Patch.com, 7/30/16. TOMS RIVER, NJ — Motorists in Toms River and Brick found themselves sitting in traffic as officials detoured drivers headed to Seaside Heights Saturday wheñ the Route 37 drawbridge got stuck in the open position, officials said. It was the third emergency closure of the Mathis Bridge this summer due to mechanical issues on the bridge, though both previous closures were shortlived.
Senators to debate gas tax hike in New Jersey Associated Press, 7/29/2016 – New Jersey Senators are set to debate a new Democratic proposal to raise the gas tax, pay for road and bridge work and cut the estate tax.
Great news for riders as potential NJ Transit strike derailed NJ.com, 7/28/2016 - NJ Transit's board approved contracts with two holdout rail unions Wednesday, ending labor negotiations that took more than five years.
Laurel Avenue to close for NJ Transit railroad bridge repairs Atlantic Highlands Herald, 7/28/2016 - This project will have a major impact on vehicles that travel on Laurel Avenue attempting to gain access to State Highway 35 and the Garden State Parkway.
How are drivers charged for New Jersey's gas tax? NJ.com, 7/28/2016 - The state gas tax continues to generate questions from readers, while the legislature debates different plans to replenish the state Transportation Trust Fund. But exactly how do we pay for it?
Gas taxes keep rising to quell a different kind of road rage Bloomberg News, 7/28/2016 - The U.S. government, and the 50 states, keep Americans moving by funding road and public transit construction. … One state where the debate over gas taxes has been fierce is New Jersey, known for its vast network of highways, roads, and bridges.
Obama administration has $4.5B for infrastructure for electric cars NJ Spotlight, 7/28/2016 - The Obama administration is setting aside $4.5 billion to help build out the charging infrastructure for electric cars, an initiative advocates hope will jump start New Jersey’s efforts to convince drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles.
Oroho forum fuels debate on gas tax New Jersey Herald, 7/28/2016 - A forum on reducing road maintenance costs on Wednesday offered both sides of New Jersey's volatile gas tax debate an opportunity to air their views.
FEMA money saves Shark River dredging from TTF shutdown Asbury Park Press, 7/28/2016 - The Shark River dredging project that was stalled by the gas tax impasse will resume "any day" after state officials realized they risked losing an undisclosed amount of federal funding for work.
N.J. Democrats working to recruit Republicans for gas tax plan Christie rejected NJ.com, 7/27/2016 - Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Tuesday that Democrats are still courting Republican votes on a tax package to finance road and transit projects, and Gov. Chris Christie's rejection of the plan on Monday hasn't chilled existing support.
Little Falls planner hopes to complete Transit Village application by the fall Passaic Valley Today, 7/26/2016 - Having a Transit Village would create more pedestrian-friendly walkways, improve the aesthetics of sidewalks, and encourage the use of mixed-use buildings in the center of Little Falls.
A new bridge is opening on the Parkway next month NJ.com, 7/26/2016 - A new Great Egg Harbor bridge has been under construction since 2013, and is being built next to two existing Parkway bridges.
Camden gets $16 million infrastructure grant Courier-Post, 7/26/2016 - Federal officials Tuesday announced $16.2 million in U.S. Department of Transportation money meant to improve Camden's aging streets and roads just as billions in state tax breaks bring in a round of new businesses and industries.
Could Dems force gas tax hike without Christie? ‘Absolutely not,’ GOP leader says NJ 101.5 FM, 7/26/2016 – When Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick was asked if Democrats could convince enough Republican lawmakers to vote to override a Christie veto of the current Democratic plan put forth, he said “absolutely not.”
Environmental groups sound alarm on condition of North Jersey rail bridges The Record, 7/26/2016 - Environmental groups have begun documenting the condition of aging railroad bridges and other infrastructure spanning North Jersey waterways to ensure that they can handle the dozens of trains that haul crude oil through the area each week.
Road Warrior: Pokémon Go gamers behind the wheel a monstrous distraction The Record, 7/26/2016 - Just as many of us were becoming conditioned to the parade of aimless smartphone talkers and texters who zip blithely in and out of traffic lanes, a souped-up 1990s video game that hit the market this month is promising to make distracted driving an even bigger challenge.
EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution Associated Press, 7/25/2016 - Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions.
Why commuters can't take shelter at Bound Brook's two train stations? NJ.com 7/4/16. When does a railroad station provide nothing more than a platform to get on and off the train from? One commuter said that's what riders face in Bound Brook.
Legislators Demand Action On Route 37 Bridge Issues Toms River Patch, 7/3/16. In the wake of significant traffic jams in that snarled streets in Toms River and Brick when the Route 37 bridge got stuck open on Saturday, a group of local legislators are demanding answers and action from the state to fix the problem.
Leaders unite on new tax-cut plan to balance gas-tax hike NJ Spotlight, 7/25/16 - A new agreement to renew state transportation funding has reunited the Legislature’s top two Democrats in a push either to win support from Gov. Chris Christie for a plan featuring a 23-cent gas-tax hike or to secure enough backing from members of the governor’s own Republican Party to override him.
Some towns weighing whether to defy road construction ban NJ.com, 7/25/16 - As the state shut down of road projects continues due to funding issues with the Transportation Trust Fund, municipal officials are deciding whether to finish construction projects or gamble on waiting for a legislative solution.
$1M bridge project gets OK despite N.J. roadwork shutdown NJ.com, 7/24/16 - The state Department of Transportation has approved a $1 million emergency project to replace a Route 202 bridge damaged in heavy rains and flooding on July 10.
Two NJ Transit rail unions ratify new contract, ending strike threat NJ.com, 7/25/2016 - The threat of a crippling rail strike is over after the members of two NJ Transit unions approved an agreement with the agency this weekend.
Christie makes Senate new offer to end N.J. road project shutdown NJ.com, 7/22/2016 - After calling the state Senate president's proposal to end a stalemate over New Jersey's funding for construction projects "ridiculous" earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday delivered a counteroffer.
100 years ago, Toms River roads intersect with President Wilson Micromedia Publications, 7/22/2016 - One hundred years ago this month, national politics, roadway improvements and federal dollars all came together – with an impact here in Toms River.
N.Y. lawmakers call on Port Authority to scrap design competition for Midtown bus terminal The Record, 7/21/2016 - New Jersey commuters were dealt a blow Thursday when New York City politicians called on the Port Authority to halt an ongoing competition to design a replacement for its aging and overburdened Midtown terminal that serves thousands of bus-riders every day.
Crosswalk, lights coming to road where cyclists struck NJ.com, 7/21/2016 - A popular crossing for pedestrians and cyclists on Washington Road in Princeton will get a crosswalk and pedestrian-activated beacons, Mercer County announced Thursday.
Effect of roadwork shutdown in Hunterdon called minimal NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 7/21/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie's executive order halting $3.5 billion in what the administration deemed nonessential transportation and transit projects has not had a great impact in Hunterdon County, Public Works Director Tom Mathews told the Freeholders Tuesday night.
Wyckoff aims traffic/pedestrian safety measures at public schools Wycoff Suburban News, 7/21/2016 - The Township Committee on July 5 introduced four ordinances geared toward improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety in school zones.
Is it illegal for motorcycles to ride in between lanes of traffic? NJ.com, 7/21/2016 - For drivers, perhaps one of the more alarming sights on the road can be a motorcycle squeezing past them, by riding in between lanes of moving or stopped traffic on a busy highway.
Feds, state probe Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse The Journal News, 7/21/2016 - Westchester-bound commuters face another day of lane restrictions on the Tappan Zee Bridge, as a joint federal and state investigation seeks to determine what led a crane to collapse across the entire roadway.
Transportation secretary names new members to maritime industry advisory panel NJTPA Mention
SEAPOWER Magazine, 7/19/2016 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC), the Department of Transportation reported in a July 19 release.
Split over transportation fund in New Jersey appears to be growing NJ Spotlight, 7/20/2016 - Now nearly three full weeks old, the political impasse in Trenton over transportation funding is no closer to being resolved, and there are some signs key leaders may actually be moving further apart.
Port Authority chairman demands N.Y. Gov. Cuomo approve agency CEO The Record, 7/20/2016 - Chairman John Degnan said that if Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not approve a shortlisted candidate this summer, Degnan will call off the high-profile search that began about 16 months ago.
New Jersey drivers fume as road and bridge work stops New York Times, 7/20/2016 - Across New Jersey, residents accustomed to complaining about all of the road work undertaken during the summer months now have something different to moan about: Hundreds of those improvement projects have ground to a halt, victims of a political stalemate among state lawmakers.
Explainer: Constitutional amendment would lock in gas-tax revenue for Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 7/19/2016 - If that ballot question is approved, it would mean all revenue raised by New Jersey’s current fuel taxes would be constitutionally dedicated to funding no other purpose but transportation-system upgrades.
Does it cost $2 million or $212K a mile to build roads in N.J.? NJ.com, 7/19/2016 - As the shutdown of New Jersey's road, bridge and transit construction projects goes into a second week, readers continue to ask questions about how the state spends money from the Transportation Trust Fund.
The numbers are in from Morristown pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
Morristown Green, 7/18/2016 - Morristown was not a good place to ignore pedestrians in crosswalks, talk on a cell phone while driving, or jaywalk during April and May.
Christie rejects new move to fix transit fund The Record, 7/18/2016 - Governor Christie said Monday that he has “no idea” how the battle with Democratic legislators over transportation funding will end. But it won’t be with Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s latest offering.
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.
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.
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