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Feds take another step toward ensuring safety of crude oil rail shipments MidHudsonNews.com, 11/21/2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is taking its first major step toward requiring oil companies to stabilize their highly flammable crude oil before shipping it by rail.
Are in-dash information centers responsible for spike in traffic deaths? NJ.com, 11/20/2016 - For years, safety officials branded handheld cell phone use as the culprit for distracted driving-related crashes. Now, their scrutiny is turning to the hands-free systems that are supposed to make driving and communicating safer.
Port Authority bus terminal feud gets personal The Record, 11/20/2016 - At stake is a vital cog in the region’s transportation system, a bus terminal at the heart of Manhattan that serves some 230,000 commuters each day, most from New Jersey
Judge dismisses suit against Port Authority over spending NJ.com, 11/19/2016 - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over its alleged use of toll money for the World Trade Center reconstruction and Pulaski Skyway repairs.
Hoboken crash shows worker fatigue is big problem for railroads, feds say NJ.com, 11/19/2016 - The Federal Railroad Administration plans to issue safety advisories to railroads to in order to develop programs addressing worker fatigue and to speed up the installation of cameras in locomotives.
$1M sought for Lyndhurst Train Station The Record, 11/18/2016 - Township officials are seeking $1 million in state funding to renovate the empty building next to the Stuyvesant Avenue train station.
Trucks can now bypass weigh stations on 3 busy highways under new program NJ.com, 11/18/2016 - Some new technology, similar to E-ZPass, may help ease eastbound tractor-trailer traffic on three major highways by allowing trucks to bypass weigh stations, the state Department of Transportation announced Friday.
Newton sidewalks, crosswalks pose obstacles during upgrades NJ Herald, 11/18/2016 - Pedestrians looking to get across streets north of the Newton Green will have to dodge construction for a couple more weeks as work to upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks enters its final stages, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
Somerset County planners receive statewide award NJTPA Mention
myCentralJersey.com, 11/17/2016 - The Somerset County Planning Board received PlanSmart NJ’s Regional and Community Planning Award at a Nov. 3 ceremony at The Hyatt Regency in Princeton.
Fort Lee launches live video of George Washington Bridge The Record, 11/17/2016 – A new eye in the sky makes it possible to view traffic problems in Fort Lee. A streaming live video of the entrance to the George Washington Bridge is posted on the borough’s “Fort Lee On Demand” YouTube channel.
Feds: West Milford too urban for transportation grant The Record, 11/17/2016 - According to Lisa Torbic of NJ Transit, census data shows the 80-square-mile exurban municipality at the far end of Passaic County has become too urban to qualify for funding from the Federal Transportation Administration’s 5311 program for rural communities administered by the corporation.
Harvey Cedars is a ‘Street Smart’ community NJTPA Mention
The SandPaper, 11/16/2016 - The North Jersey Transportation Authority recently recognized Harvey Cedars for its participation in the agency’s Street Smart NJ, a pedestrian safety campaign.
With fatalities on the rise, pedestrians will have more time to cross this busy road The Jersey Journal, 11/16/2016 - Motorists and pedestrians are starting to see a big change on Kennedy Boulevard. Hudson County engineers have adjusted the timing on traffic lights on the county roadway in Jersey City, which officials say will reduce drivers' speed throughout many of the municipalities Kennedy Boulevard runs through.
As fatal car crashes increase, experts blame cell phone use NJ.com, 11/16/2016 - After years of decline, federal officials have seen an uptick in car crash fatalities — a trend that experts say is due to the increased number of drivers using their cell phones while behind the wheel.
Engineer in Hoboken train crash had undiagnosed sleep disorder, lawyer says NY Times, 11/16/2016 - The engineer of a New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal in September had an undiagnosed sleep disorder, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Bayonne Bridge's first elevated roadway installed The Jersey Journal, 11/16/2016 - In a new milestone, the elevated roadway that will eventually serve as the northbound side of the Bayonne Bridge has essentially been completed, the Port Authority announced.
Unlikely allies worked hard for Transportation Trust Fund fix NJ Spotlight, 11/16/2016 - Forward NJ, a coalition of business, labor and others, set out in 2014 to save the TTF from going bankrupt. Is cooperation on other big issues on the cards?
Second meeting for recommended route for the Hudson Tunnel Project MassTransitMag.com, 11/14/2016 - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and NJ Transit invites the public to learn more about their recommendation for the Hudson Tunnel Project at the public meeting in New York on Nov. 17, 2016.
Local governments are one step closer to more control of jitney buses NJ.com, 11/14/2016 - Legislation proposed after the death of an 11-year-old Jersey City boy, who was fatally struck by a jitney bus last month, was advanced by the state's Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.
Newark Walks: This self-guided walking tour explores over 80 historical sites JerseyDigs.com, 11/14/2016 - Several of New Jersey’s most historic sites are located within a few miles of each other in Newark. A newly-launched self-guided walking tour allows residents and visitors to see nearly all of them.
Somerset County planners receive statewide award
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Get ready. New Jersey gas tax increase kicks in Tuesday Press of Atlantic City, 10/28/2016 - The countdown is on to the biggest gasoline-tax increase in New Jersey history, the 23-cent charge that will be tacked on to every gallon of gas sold in the state starting Tuesday morning.
Mathis Bridge to close tomorrow through the spring Newsworks WHYY, 10/27/2016 - The closure of the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge, the causeway that connects Toms River with the Barnegat Bay Island, is set to begin tomorrow, officials announced.
$712M in new NJ Transit buses start rolling off line again NJ.com, 10/27/16. New NJ Transit commuter buses have started rolling off the assembly line again, sparing workers in Canada and North Dakota from layoffs that were announced in September. Officials at Motor Coach Industries announced that the potential layoffs won't be necessary after NJ Transit officials told them to resume production of ...
MARAD Awards $4.85 Million in Grants for Marine Highway Projects Seapower Magazine, 10/27/2016 - The grants will help expand existing marine highway operations across New York Harbor; along the Mississippi River between New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La., and Memphis, Tenn.; and on the East Coast between Richmond and Hampton Roads in Virginia.
N.J. company acquires zero-emission medical taxi business NJBIZ, 10/27/2016 - The nation's first employee-only zero-emission taxi company is now owned by a New Jersey firm, it announced Wednesday.
How commuting shapes NJ daytime population NJ.com, 10/27/2016 – If you travel far from home each morning to get to the office, you’re not alone, More than a million New Jersey residents leave their towns every day to go to work.
Switching to electric vehicles could save state $4B by 2050 NJ Spotlight, 10/27/2016 - Breaking transportation sector of the gasoline habit could also reduce asthma attacks, visits to emergency rooms, and premature deaths
NJ Transit hires $350-an-hour safety consultant NJ.com, 10/26/2016 - A former Metro-North president will be tapped by NJ Transit to help the agency's rail system meet federal safety requirements.
NJ Transit officials approve budget for positive train control NJTV, 10/26/2016 - New Jersey Transit is making headway toward implementing positive train control — the lifesaving technology that can automatically slow or stop an off-kilter train.
State offers $2.8B in bonds to help top off depleted transportation trust fund NJ Spotlight, 10/26/2016 - Financial offering — and $500 million private bank loan — bring home the fact that TTF renewal involves significant amount of new debt.
Extension of light rail to Bergen County seen as priority NJ.com, 10/25/16. HACKENSACK — The Hudson-Bergen Light rail is on track to head north and provide coverage into Bergen County, though not anytime soon. A group of state senators announced Tuesday that they were making the extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail a priority with the resolution of the Transportation Trust Fund impasse.
Is a perfect storm on the N.J. gas price radar? Or will the pump stay painless? NJ.com, 10/26/2016 - There are two storm clouds on the horizon for drivers as the holidays approach. The first is a 23 cent per-gallon increase in the state gas tax, which takes effect on Nov. 1. The second is the Nov. 30 meeting of OPEC.
N.J. senators hope gas tax increase will fund Bergen light rail extension The Record, 10/25/2016 - Several Democratic state senators reiterated their support for the 23-cent gas tax increase Tuesday with the hope that funding might finally become available to extend the light rail into eastern Bergen County.
TTF projects to resume in county New Jersey Herald, 10/26/2016 - With a funding formula for the state's Transportation Trust Fund in place, Sussex County's engineers and three contractors are working to restart projects that have lain dormant since early July.
When will work resume on shut down road, bridge projects? NJ.com, 10/25/2016 - With a resolution to fund the state Transportation Trust Fund signed by the governor, readers asked when will construction resume on road and bridge projects that were shut down during the summer.
Emerson officials ask residents to support grant for Kinderkamack streetscape work The Record, 10/25/2016 - The borough is asking residents to sign letters in support of its application for a state grant that officials hope will allow them to build a uniform streetscape along Kinderkamack Road.
NJ must reduce global-warming pollution in transportation sector NJ Spotlight, 10/25/2016 - Getting low-carbon vehicles on the road is imperative, but the roadblock remains the lack of charging stations for electric cars and trucks.
Oceanic Bridge information sessions Oct. 25 NJTPA Mention
Two River Times, 10/25/2016 - Public officials are inviting members of the community to give input on what, if anything, should be done about the aging Oceanic Bridge (S-31), connecting Locust Point Road in Middletown with Bingham Avenue in Rumson, over the Navesink River.
Bridge work in Ogdensburg resumes today New Jersey Herald, 10/25/2016 - Work to replace the Passaic Avenue bridge is expected to restart today after a nearly four-month shutdown caused by a dispute on how to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund.
NJ must reduce global-warming pollution in transportation sector NJ Spotlight, 10/24/16. The state should focus its priorities on reducing global-warming pollution in the transportation sector, particularly by using electric vehicles to move people and goods, according to clean-energy advocates.
Oceanic Bridge info sessions Tuesday in Middletown, Rumson NJTPA Mention
WOBM 92.7 FM, 10/24/2016 - Open information sessions take place at Rumson’s Bingham Hall, 40 Bingham Avenue, 2 to 4 PM; and in the Middletown Public Library, 6 to 8 PM. Each session includes a brief presentation.
Public meetings to inform public of redevelopment plans for cities NJTPA Mention
Essex News Daily, 10/24/2016 - Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren contracted the Montclair-based Nishuane Group to hold safety and public realm study meetings for those interested in learning more about the plan to redevelop Freeway Drive and the NJ Transit train area, which bisect the city.
Advance Realty unveils TransitScreen Real-Time transportation display in One Gateway Center TAP into East Orange/Orange, 10/24/2016 - TransitScreen’s live transportation display provides tenants with real-time information from NJ Transit rail and bus, Amtrak, Zipcar, and Uber, as well as walk times to stations, showcased on a dedicated 40-inch high-definition television in the building’s recently modernized lobby.
Professional drivers watching movement of New Jersey bills LandLineMag.com, 10/24/2016 - The use of trooper-issued tickets in New Jersey and driving with a suspended CDL are the subjects of legislation moving through the statehouse.
N.J. 23 cent gas tax hike deal: Your questions answered on who pays more, and less NJ.com, 10/23/2016 - Drivers will see signs start to change at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 1. The Legislature gave the industry a couple weeks of lag time after the bill was signed to actually implement the tax increase, the first since 1988.
Road Warrior: After a decade on 'worst pothole' list, Paterson street to receive overhaul The Record, 10/22/2016 - The City Council this week is expected to authorize $614,864 to repair West Railway Avenue, where hundreds, if not thousands, of tires, rims, axels, struts and suspensions have perished since the roadway was last paved way back in 1986.
North Jersey's other span has lower profile, easier pace than the GWB The Record, 10/22/2016 - Duane Marsh works in his own kind of paradise, surrounded by chipmunks, bald eagles and his hunting buddies. But sometimes he would rather work in a tollbooth at the George Washington Bridge.
Will Secaucus, Hoboken stations be ghost towns if one-seat loop is built? NJ.com, 10/21/2016 - Experts said that a proposed loop track, which would connect the Bergen, Main, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines to the Northeast Corridor, will be a game changer for Secaucus Junction and Hoboken Terminal, where those rail lines end.
Report: New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Law is Saving Lives NJTV, 10/21/2016 - A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates nationwide teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults and teen involved crash deaths spiked 10 percent in 2015, the first uptick since 2006, but in the Garden State that number has decreased.
Funding approved for new Hudson rail tunnels. Will tolls go up? NJ.com, 10/20/2016 - Port Authority commissioners on Thursday made the first $300 million local commitment toward repaying future federal loans that could fund the Gateway Project, which is the first funding the agency has committed to the project.
Open House Held for Morris Canal Greenway NJTPA Mention
TAPinto.net, 10/20/2016 - Residents of North Jersey gathered at a public open house held at Passaic Valley Regional High School to be informed about the upcoming plans of the Morris Canal Greenway.
Proposals for new Manhattan bus terminal want to move it farther from jobs center The Record, 10/20/2016 - The next Port Authority Bus Terminal would be at least a block farther from the jobs center of midtown Manhattan, and could be as far away as the Hudson River shoreline, under five possible plans announced Thursday.
Jersey City upping traffic enforcement on busy county road after boy's death The Jersey Journal, 10/20/2016 - In the wake of an 11-year-old boy's death, the city has beefed up traffic enforcement on one of the county's deadliest roads.
Route 23 S-turn problem area to be addressed in West Milford AIM West Milford, 10/13/2016 - Major proposed engineering improvements include removal of the historically problematic U-turn at milepost 18.9 (Smoke Rise), re-grading of the reverse super elevated curves, and modest reconstruction, with some widening and milling and paving throughout.
Road, rail repairs close major Morris thoroughfares Morristown Patch, 10/20/2016 - Major Morris County rail and road projects are underway or set to begin – and roads throughout the county will be closed or down to single lanes during the improvements, officials said.
Secaucus first town to receive transportation funding South Bergenite, 10/20/2016 - Secaucus is the first town to receive Meadowlands Transportation Planning District Act funds that will go toward the creation of a bike path to extend the Meadowlands Parkway Greenway.
Sick of waiting in line at Motor Vehicles? This company will do it for you NJ.com, 10/20/2016 - The idea for Snap DMV came to founder Steve Sohmer while he waited in line at the Oakland motor vehicle agency with his wife to renew her driver's license, he said.
Man fighting to fix dangerous rail crossing after nephew's death NJ.com, 10/20/2016 - A Short Hills man whose nephew died darting across the tracks on Main Street is pushing for changes to make the state's second most-dangerous crossing safer.
Boy's death renews call for more local regulation of Hudson County jitney buses The Jersey Journal, 10/19/2016 - After an 11-year-old boy was fatally struck by a jitney bus on one of Hudson County's deadliest streets, officials are calling for tighter regulations on the small commuter lines commonly found maneuvering local roadways.
Are older commercial truck drivers causing more danger on nation's highways? CBS News, 10/18/2016 - America’s trucking industry is facing a severe driver shortage. One estimate says about 48,000 drivers are needed to move 70 percent of the nation’s goods.
Oh, deer! 5 hotspots for car-deer crashes in Morris Daily Record, 10/17/2016 - With the arrival of fall breeding season in New Jersey, it’s time for motorists to be vigilant and on the lookout for white-tailed deer, which may unexpectedly dart in front of vehicles on the roadways.
Meadowlands data project aims to gauge region’s impact on climate The Record, 10/17/2016 - Like other urban wetlands surrounded by homes, factories and cars, the Meadowlands has proved to be adept at capturing and storing large amounts of air and waterborne pollutants.
Passengers from Hoboken train that crashed can claim belongings; partial service resumes The Record, 10/10/2016 - Commuters who were aboard the ill-fated NJ Transit Train 1614 when it crashed at the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29 will be able to retrieve most of the belongings they left behind Monday, the rail line said.
Gas prices top $2, and the big tax could be weeks away NJ.com, 10/10/2016 - Fears about Hurricane Matthew affecting refineries in the Gulf of Mexico created a ripple effect, which sent crude oil and wholesale gas prices up, and resulted in pump prices hitting slightly over $2 a gallon in New Jersey.
Schumer wants cameras in all New York City-area trains Associated Press, 10/9/2016 - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says inward-facing cameras should be installed on all New York City metropolitan area railroad systems to avoid accidents such as the recent New Jersey Transit crash.
State to investigate NJ Transit following Hoboken crash The Record, 10/7/2016 - Moments after they approved a gas-tax increase that may give NJ Transit a brief reprieve from its deep budget woes, state legislators announced plans Friday to investigate the agency.
N.J. 23-cent gas tax hike: When you will actually pay more at the pump NJ.com, 10/7/2016 - Under the legislation, the tax hike will take effect Nov. 1 or two weeks after it's signed off on by the governor, whichever is later.
Feds say Hoboken train was speeding, hit 21 mph just before deadly crash The Record, 10/6/2016 - The train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal last week, killing one person and injuring more than 100, accelerated from 8 mph to 21 mph as the throttle was pushed forward in the seconds leading up to the accident, federal authorities said Thursday.
Opinion: TTF legislation is historic turning point for New Jersey PolitickerNJ, 10/6/2016 - The plan put forward provides the long-term, sustainable, and reliable source of funding we have long needed in our state.
Gas tax bill could create panel with 'life or death' say over projects NJ.com, 10/6/2016 - The gas tax bill could create the four-member Annual Transportation Capital Program Approval Committee, which would have the final say about what projects are funded with Transportation Trust Fund dollars.
After crash, NJ Transit says two crew members must be in front car of trains pulling into Hoboken The Record, 10/6/2016 - The train’s conductor must join the engineer at the front of the train “to focus exclusively on the railroad, calling signal, checking the route and ensuring that the train is operated safely in compliance with all rules and restrictions,” according to the order.
TTF legislation hits small pothole on way to final approval NJ Spotlight, 10/6/2016 - Lawmakers delay vote, arguing that process lacks transparency, hits residents who can least afford it hardest at the gas pump.
Putting traffic deaths in the past tense WNYC, 10/5/2016 - Zero. That's the stated goal of transportation officials in the U.S., no traffic fatalities by 2046. Zero deaths is a movement that began in Sweden. There, it's called Vision Zero. The idea is simple. "No loss of life is acceptable." That is the one sentence motto of Sweden's campaign.
UberPOOL expanding statewide in New Jersey NJ.com, 10/5/2016 - UberPOOL, the carpool option from the car-hailing app, will now cover the entire Garden State, the company announced Wednesday.
4 things to know about a possible gas tax hike Asbury Park Press, 10/4/2016 - The Legislature on Wednesday will consider a pair of bills that would more than double the state's gasoline tax, to 37.5 cents per gallon.
Smart regulations needed to preserve freight rail's economic impact in N.J. NJBIZ, 10/4/2016 - With 17 railroads annually carrying more than 43 million tons of cargo through the state, the freight rail industry plays a tremendous role in powering New Jersey's economy.
How to navigate the confusing new traffic signal popping up across N.J. NJ.com, 10/4/2016 - The pedestrian beacon looks different than a standard traffic light, because it has two red lights, an amber light, but it doesn't have a green light.
Despite TTF deal, it’s still unclear when roadwork will resume in New Jersey NJ Spotlight, 10/4/2016 - Christie’s executive order idled some 3,000 construction workers during the warm weather. Can it be lifted in time to make a dent in outstanding projects?
Investigators rule out track problems in NJ Transit Hoboken crash NJ.com, 10/3/2016 - On Monday, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said no track anomalies were discovered.
Christie, Democratic leaders finally agree on plan for Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 10/3/2016 - Deal balances 23-cent gas-tax hike with cut in sales tax to 6.625 percent, elimination of estate tax, and breaks for working poor, senior citizens, veterans.
Data recorder pulled from NJ Transit train crash wasn't working, NTSB says NJ.com, 10/3/2016 - Efforts to recover a functioning event-data recorder from the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal last week are expected to continue Monday after investigators disclosed that the first recorder wasn't working.
N.J. residents split on gas tax The Record, 10/3/2016 - North Jersey residents seem to have mixed feelings on a deal recently announced by state lawmakers to raise New Jersey’s tax on gasoline to modernize the state’s network of roadways and railways.
Sparta Train Station rises from the ashes New Jersey Herald, 10/3/2016 - The new Sparta Train Station, dedicated over the weekend in a private ceremony, is now open to the public in its new, dual life as a museum and arts center.
Bergen light rail in line for rebirth The Record, 10/2/2016 - Elected leaders in eastern Bergen County on Saturday cheered the news that the long-delayed extension of light rail service into Bergen may finally happen, thanks to the unexpected deal in Trenton to raise the gasoline tax by 23 cents a gallon to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.
Princeton intends to be a 'Street Smart' town NJTPA Mention
The Princeton Packet, 9/30/2016 - Princeton will be the next stop for a statewide public education campaign aimed at cutting down on the number of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in a state among the tops in the nation for pedestrian fatalities.
A big problem for big trucks that just keeps getting bigger NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 9/30/2016 - With more than a dozen interstates and the third-largest port in the nation, as many as 55,000 trucks pass through the Garden State each day — all battling for less than 3,000 legal parking spots.
Data recorder recovered from locomotive of wrecked train The Record, 9/30/2016 - Federal safety investigators have pulled the event recorder from the locomotive of the train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal Thursday, but wreckage from the accident has created unsafe conditions that are preventing investigators from getting near the front of the train.
When might Hoboken terminal reopen? Experts say that depends NJ.com, 9/30/2016 - The partial collapse of the glass roof of the train shed at Hoboken Terminal during Thursday morning's crash could mean a long-term disruption of all NJ Transit rail service at the station, or only part of it, experts said, depending on the stability of the roof structure and of the 109-year-old terminal building.
Can an Aerial Gondola to Bayonne Solve Staten Island Commuters’ Woes? JerseyDigs.com, 9/29/2016 - Transportation between Manhattan, New Jersey, and Staten Island are one of the highest frustrations for commuters and residents alike. However, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s latest project development may have the solution.
3 ways to fix Route 9 in Lakewood instead of widening NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 9/28/2016 - How do you fix Route 9? The seven-mile stretch of Route 9 between Lakewood and Toms River is a traffic nightmare, where vehicles bottleneck onto a two-lane road and crawl to 12 mph during morning rush hour.
Deer attacks driver after driver hits deer NJTPA Mention
Inquisitr, 9/28/2016 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has helpful advice for motorists on how to lessen the chances of hitting a deer while driving.
PHOTOS: Petition for Rt. 9 improvements signed by thousands of Lakewood residents presented to State NJTPA Mention
Lakewood Scoop, 9/28/2016 - Moshe Glieberman, BMG’s VP of Administration, presented to the State today a petition signed by thousands of Lakewood residents, demanding Route 9 improvements – specifically by dualizing the road.
PHOTOS: NJTPA hosts meeting in Lakewood regarding Route 9 NJTPA Mention
Lakewood Scoop, 9/28/2016 - The next session will take place between 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the event will feature three presentations – at 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. – offering an overview of the Route 9 Corridor Study recommendations.
Christie 'encouraged' by recent talks to end N.J. road funding crisis NJ.com, 9/28/2016 - Nearly three months into a statewide road construction freeze, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he's "encouraged" by recent talks with Democratic leaders to break the stalemate over transportation funding.
NY Port Authority long-term plan could bring new barge service WorkBoat.com, 9/27/2016 - At the Board meeting held on September 22, the Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $3.4 million contract with infrastructure consultant Hatch Associates to develop a long-range master plan. It is the first comprehensive master plan ever undertaken by the PANYNJ.
Cuomo’s Vision for Revamped Penn Station: New Home for Amtrak and L.I.R.R. New York Times, 9/27/2016 - For nearly a quarter-century, governors and mayors in New York have been stymied in their attempts to fix Pennsylvania Station, one of the busiest transit halls in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most crowded and confusing.
Allentown mayor seeks traffic study Greater Media Newspapers, 9/27/2016 – Allentown Mayor Greg Westfall has asked the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) to conduct a traffic study in Allentown as borough residents and business owners continue to deal with a steady stream of traffic that traverses the community every day.
Jersey City launches campaign to reduce pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes NJTPA Mention
Hudson Reporter, 9/27/2016 - Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Police Department announced Thursday that Jersey City is once again participating in Be Street Smart NJ Pedestrian Safety Campaign this September.
Gas prices fall back after pipeline break sparked increase NJ.com, 9/26/2016 - New Jersey drivers dodged most of the spike in gas prices that hit southern states hard due to a break in the Colonial pipeline between Texas and Linden last week.
Penn Station, Amtrak getting new security measures Fox Business, 9/19/2016 - Penn Station, New York City’s hub for Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad, may be getting a security overhaul. The news follows bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend and the discovery of multiple bombs in New Jersey early Monday.
Lakewood focus of next Route 9 corridor study meeting NJTPA Mention
Micromedia Publications, 9/26/2016 - An open house-style meeting on the Route 9 Corridor Study will be held on September 28 in Lakewood at the Municipal Building to detail the study team’s recommendations for corridor improvements.
The List: The commuting habits of New Jersey workers NJ Spotlight, 9/26/2016 - According to census data, it takes longer for commuters in the Garden State to get to work than the national average
Lawmaker: Let’s just borrow all the roadwork funds for two years NJ 101.5 FM, 9/26/2016 - Assemblyman John Wisniewski has been saying it for months, and now it’s formally proposed as legislation: Maybe the best plan for the now-broke Transportation Trust Fund is to borrow the $3.2 billion that would be needed to keep road work going for the next two years.
Road Warrior: Ping! The case for premium gasoline The Record, 9/25/2016 - Back in the days when we used a crank instead of an electric button to roll up our windows, Mike Buffa and thousands of other motorists would sometimes fill their tanks with premium gas instead of regular to improve performance.
Jersey City's Baldwin Avenue Bridge over Route 139 to be closed until 2017 The Jersey Journal, 9/23/2016 - Baldwin Avenue between Newark and Beacon avenues will be closed for the demolition and complete replacement of the bridge. The bridge replacement along Route 139 are part of the $1 billion Pulaski Skyway replacement project.
Could extending a NYC subway line to N.J. help ease traffic? NJ.com, 9/23/2016 - The Port Authority's long-awaited commuter capacity study revives a dormant idea to extend the #7 subway line from New York City to Secaucus as a way to reduce bus traffic to the aging and cramped Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Could driverless cars, people movers be part of the Meadowlands' future? NJ.com, 9/23/2016 - Jim Kirkos, CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, thinks the region should come up with a plan for its future growth, especially with things like American Dream Meadowlands and possibly a casino opening up.
With infrastructure projects sidelined, who pays for broken contracts? NJ Spotlight, 9/23/2016 - Growing concern over the cost of Gov. Chris Christie’s statewide shutdown of road and bridge projects until money can be found for the Transportation Trust Fund provided the impetus yesterday for an Assembly committee to pass a bill that would bring some relief to counties and municipalities suffering under the freeze.
NJ Transit delay gets in way of Emerson road-improvement work The Record, 9/22/3016 - NJ Transit said on Thursday afternoon that closing the crossing had to be pushed back to allow Public Service Electric & Gas to work around the train station. A PSE&G representative said the work involved underground electric pipelines and electric transmission circuits.
N.J. distracted driving bill isn't about your coffee, frustrated lawmakers insist NJ.com, 9/22/2016 - Hearing expert testimony from both the National Transportation Safety Board and the AAA of New Jersey, it was hard to assign blame for the 8.8 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year to anything other than distracted driving caused by smartphone usage.
2 N.J. towns gave residents free rides home, and DUI arrests dropped NJ.com, 9/22/2016 - The number of residents arrested for drunk driving has decreased 50 percent, Evesham said in a statement on its Facebook page. There was also a 15 percent decrease in all drunk driving arrests and a 16 percent decrease in alcohol-related car accidents.
Are tolls too high? Moody's 3 concerns for NJ Turnpike Authority Asbury Park Press, 9/22/2016 - Despite increased revenue and a better bond rating, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has key financial risk, one ratings agency says.
N.J.'s per mile road costs are triple any other state, disputed study finds NJ.com, 9/22/2016 - New Jersey ranked last in the nation again in return of investment on road spending, coughing up a staggering $2.18 million per mile to rebuild and maintain roads and bridges, according to the latest Reason Foundation highway report.
Washington Township looks to county for help with intersection Pascack Valley Community Life, 9/22/2016 - Township of Washington officials are hopeful that, with the county and state's involvement and assistance, a remedy for bottleneck traffic congestion at Pascack Road and Washington Avenue will soon be acted upon.
Additional alerts to improve safety at Ramsey train crossing discussed Ramsey Suburban News, 9/22/2016 - An audio/visual mechanism to alert pedestrians of a train traveling in either direction is the next safety feature NJ Transit will explore, Mayor Deirdre Dillon said.
Somerville included in "Culture of Collaboration" growth plan NJTPA Mention
TAP into Somerville, 9/21/2016 - The Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Initiative conducted by the county Planning Board was among the projects honored by the New Jersey Planning Officials at its 2016 Achievement in Planning Awards program.
Smart regulations needed to preserve freight rail's economic impact in N.J. NJBIZ, 9/21/2016 - With 17 railroads annually carrying more than 43 million tons of cargo through the state, the freight rail industry plays a tremendous role in powering New Jersey's economy.
Too soon to talk TTF compromise, but if Christie budges will Sweeney follow? NJ Spotlight, 9/20/2016 - The seemingly endless struggle to find new revenue for the state Transportation Trust Fund may have inched closer to resolution in the past week, as Gov. Chris Christie apparently moved away from his firm position on a sales-tax cut.
Drivers are wasting their money on premium gas USA Today, 9/20/2016 - For years, drivers have been under the impression that premium gas was better for their car. Not so, says AAA.
Fill it regular: Drivers wasted $2.1B on premium gas last year, study says NJ.com, 9/20/2016 - Drivers who pay extra for premium gas wasted $2.1 billion at the pumps last year, according a new study by AAA.
Transportation planning for seniors to be topic in Summit on Sept. 27 NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 9/19/2016 - The SAGE Eldercare mission is to help older adults remain independent and living at home. Often, the biggest obstacle to that independence is the lack of public transportation.
New electric bus can transport a day’s worth of passengers on one charge Next City, 9/19/2016 - The age of the all-electric bus may finally be here. Last week, Proterra, an electric bus production company with the lofty goal of replacing all fossil fuel-run buses in the U.S., unveiled a new design that Business Insider reports may finally be good enough for the mass market.
New Port Authority bus terminal will not be built in New Jersey, agency says NJ.com, 9/20/16. Port Authority officials reaffirmed in a joint statement with New York and New Jersey officials Tuesday that a new bus terminal will be built in Manhattan, and said they will hold more hearings to address the concerns of commuters and neighbors.
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.
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