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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.
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.
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.
Pedestrian safety campaign to begin soon at the Jersey Shore NJTPA Mention
Newsworks, 6/27/2016 - A pedestrian safety initiative will soon begin at the Jersey Shore to coincide with the
swelling seasonal population.
Pedestrian safety campaign opens June 29 in Harvey Cedars NJTPA Mention
The SandPaper, 6/27/2016 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will be opening its summer
pedestrian safety campaign Wednesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the gazebo in Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars.
Veto on gas tax would be tough to beat New Jersey Herald, 6/26/2016 - A vote is scheduled Monday in the Democratic-controlled Legislature on a bill co-sponsored by Republican Sussex County Sen. Steve Oroho that would increase the state gas tax 23 cents and provide tax breaks elsewhere.
Road Warrior: Google has a low-tech idea to save pedestrians The Record, 6/26/2016 - With pedestrian fatalities remaining stubbornly high in states like New Jersey, leave it to Google to invent a modern, high-tech method for bringing this scourge under control by reimagining a use for an ancient product.
Estate tax for gas tax: 'Tax fairness' or 'deal with the devil'? Asbury Park Press, 6/26/2016 - The new tax of 37.5 cents per gallon would fund a boosted $2 billion TTF, used to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit, and likely cost the average New Jersey driver about $175 more a year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Two unions, NJ Transit reach tentative deals on rail contracts Associated Press, 6/25/2016 - The two remaining rail unions negotiating with New Jersey Transit have reached tentative agreements with the agency. But it's not yet known when either group will vote on their respective proposals.
Port Authority to spend $170 million to upgrade toll system, end cash tolls NJ.com, 6/25/2016 - The authority's Board of Commissioners will be asked to vote on Thursday to replace the existing Integrated Toll Collection System, which dates to 1997, with new equipment. That will allow the agency to switch to all-electronic toll collection at a future date.
Renovation of GWB bus station a warning for future projects The Record, 6/25/2016 - The past 10 years of setbacks, delays, cost overruns and passenger struggles are a warning of the potential hazards facing hundreds of thousands of bus commuters waiting for the replacement of the Port Authority’s landmark bus terminal near Times Square.
County Committed To Ocean Ride Despite Falling Grant Funding Toms River Patch, 6/25/16. Toms River, NJ -- While state grant funding for the county's Ocean Ride program continues to fall, Ocean County officials say they are committed to keeping the bus routes in place to serve seniors and the disabled, its primary ridership.
Panama Canal expansion will affect shipping — but how? Journal of Commerce, 6/25/16. Nine years and $5.4 billion in the making, the Panama Canal’s new, larger locks are opening amid questions about the impact they’ll have on an uncertain global trade and container shipping environment.
Do you know the stories behind N.J.'s historic train stations NJ.com, 6/25/2016 - Some New Jersey commuters are lucky enough to walk through historic train stations with stories as unique as the cities and towns in which they were built.
‘Speeding kills:’ Jersey City residents plead for traffic safety on JFK Boulevard NJTPA Mention
Hudson County View, 6/24/2016 - The Duncan Avenue Neighborhood Association (DANA), along with other concerned Jersey City residents, pleaded with law enforcement to aid with pedestrian safety and chronic speeding on John F. Kennedy Boulevard at a public meeting last night.
23-cent per gallon gas hike? Gas tax bill advances Asbury Park Press 6/24/2016 - John Lopez, who lives in a New York town just over the New Jersey border, said he frequently crosses state lines to fill his gas tank, taking advantage of gas that can be 80-cents per gallon cheaper in New Jersey.
Jersey City bridge near Journal Square to close for summer The Jersey Journal, 6/24/2016 - Traffic in the center of Jersey City is about to get a lot worse. The state Department of Transportation announced it has closed the Palisade Avenue bridge, which crosses over Route 139 and connects the Journal Square area and the Heights, for the entire summer.
NJ Transit to offer 24-hour bus service to NYC from Jersey City Heights Jersey Journal, 6/24/16. Residents of the Jersey City Heights are getting their long-awaited 24-hour access to New York City, thanks to expanded NJ Transit bus service. Mayor Steve Fulop and NJ Transit officials announced today that beginning Saturday, the No. 119 bus line will operate on a 24-hour schedule on weekdays and Saturdays.
Port Authority toll hike planned for 2020? The Record, 6/23/2016 - The Port Authority anticipates raising tolls at its bridges and tunnels by $1 at the beginning of the next decade — possibly bringing a cash toll to $16 to cross the Hudson River — according to a report by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.
Transport funding plan to undergo first test in Legislature Associated Press, 6/23/2016 - A bipartisan plan to pay for road and bridge work for the next 10 years that has come under fire for hiking the state's gas tax by 23 cents per gallon is expected to undergo its first legislative test.
Road Warrior: N.J. rated 11th-best state for teen drivers The Record, 6/23/2016 - A study released this week said Garden State families that added teens to their auto insurance policies last year faced the eighth-lowest premium-rate increases in the nation.
NJ Transit targets pedestrian safety after 10th death this year on train tracks NJ101.5, 6/22/16. Warning bells, whistles and horns used to be enough to keep people out of the way of speeding trains. But now that the majority of the population has the whole world at their fingertips in the form of a smartphone, keeping the public safe is not as simple.
Hunterdon LINK proposal would create regular bus routes, connections NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/22/2016 - The borough would be a hub for bus service within the county and farther afield, in a change proposed for the county's LINK transportation service.
Former NJ Transit Exec. Director on Future of TTF Funding NJTV Online, 6/22/16. A showdown is looming over raising the gas tax to generate some $2 billion for road and bridge repairs. Leading Democrats have proposed a complex calculus involving hiking, cutting and phasing out an array of taxes. They’re up against a powerful governor who’s resisted all tax increases.
NJ Transit gives rail unions deadline to agree to new negotiations The Record, 6/22/2016 - NJ Transit is giving its two largest rail employee unions a deadline of June 24 to agree to a new round of negotiations before a federal mediator, or else the agency will begin preparations for a shutdown of the statewide train network, according to a document obtained by The Record.
NJ Transit adds more trains, late-night service to Coast line NJ 101.5 FM, 6/22/2016 - NJ Transit is starting up its summer shore service on the North Jersey Coast Line between New York Penn Station and Bay Head, and via bus from Philadelphia.
Should E-ZPass tell you how much your toll just cost? NJ.com, 6/22/2016 - When a driver pulls into a toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike and hands a toll ticket and cash to the toll collector, a display tells them how much they paid. Drivers paying with E-ZPass have wait to check their statement to find that out.
Infrastructure ‘crisis’ may compel New Jersey to finally raise gas tax New York Times, 6/22/2016 - Amid mounting alarm over how to pay for repairs to New Jersey’s roads and bridges, state lawmakers are lining up behind a potential solution once considered politically unthinkable: raising the state’s famously low gas tax.
Feds ask NJ Transit, unions to extend strike deadline NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - Federal officials have asked NJ Transit and the two rail unions that rejected a proposed contact to continue a cooling off period until July 16, past the June 30 deadline for a lock-out or strike by conductors and engineers.
Hopewell Township approves grant application for sidewalks near Bear Tavern Elementary NJTPA Mention
MercerMe.com, 6/21/2016 - At a special meeting last night, the Hopewell Township Committee approved a resolution to apply for a state-aid grant to construct a sidewalk near Bear Tavern Elementary School.
Take this survey about pedestrian safety in Clinton NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - An online survey has started about pedestrian safety in Clinton following a Street Smart Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign in the town that ended on Sunday.
Who are the winners and losers of proposed 23-cent gas tax increase? NJ.com, 6/21/2016 - In addition to raising taxes on gasoline, that proposal reduces the amount of retirement income that is subject to income taxes, raising a tax credit for the working poor, eliminates the estate tax and creates deductions against income taxes for charitable donations.
New Jersey’s Highway Woes Seen Dealing Blow to Christie Legacy Bloomberg, 6/20/16. New Jersey’s lawmakers are crafting elaborate proposals to replenish a fund for transportation projects that’s about to go broke. Bond investors are counting on the simplest solution as the most likely: raise the gas tax.
Gas taxes would more than triple, if prices go up NJ 101.5 FM, 6/20/2016 - The basics are the same: A gas tax hike estimated at 23 cents a gallon, plus higher taxes on jet fuel. Spending on roads, bridges and rail of $2 billion a year for 10 years. … There are some key changes, however — including the potential for a much higher gas tax if fuel prices climb.
New PATH entrance at World Trade Center transit hub to open Tuesday The Jersey Journal, 6/20/2016 - PATH riders who use the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will have more direct access to New York City destinations, thanks to a new entrance opening.
Jamie Fox: Saving N.J.'s road funding crisis requires leadership. Where is it? | Opinion Star Ledger, 6/20/16. For the last 26 years, through five different administrations, representing both parties, the political leadership of New Jersey has failed to muster the necessary political strength to invest new revenues into a fading transportation program. I was a senior member of many of those administrations and played my part in shirking from the burden of leadership required to make the hard decisions our state needed.
Battle lines being drawn over competing plans for Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 6/20/2016 - With New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund about to run dry, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle find themselves facing a difficult dilemma as they search for a solution. Do they stick to deeply held political positions at all costs or accept some unwanted policy changes in the name of compromise?
Gas tax hike for transportation fund: Economic necessity or disaster? NJ 101.5 FM, 6/20/2016 - Extending and expanding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund is an economic necessity, say the supporters of a plan to do so by raising the gas tax – to a height that could damage the economy, worry the proposal’s skeptics.
Experts: New Jersey's $2B plan for transit fund falls short The Record, 6/19/2016 - Lawmakers in Trenton have begun hashing out the details of a plan to raise $2 billion a year for construction projects on New Jersey’s crumbling highways, bridges and rail lines by increasing the gas tax for the first time in 28 years.
Bridge repairs slated for Sandyston, Hampton, Stillwater New Jersey Herald, 6/19/2016 - The Sussex County Division of Engineering said Friday that work on three bridges, two of which will be closed for most of the summer, will begin over the next two weeks.
Road Warrior: NJ Transit tests commuters on pedestrian distractions The Record, 6/19/2016 - Although it happened decades ago, Dennis Martin still remembers his mother's shrill warning about the railroad tracks near their Camden home.
Senate Dems talk transportation funding on Newark harbor tour NJTV, 6/17/2016 - The Panama Canal expansion has meant larger vessels, including Panamax super freighters, are now in use. And the senators argue we need investments like raising the Bayonne Bridge to stay competitive.
How bad are N.J.'s roads and bridges? This bad NJ.com, 6/17/16. If New Jersey's infrastructure was a student, its grades would likely get it grounded. That's according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave the state's infrastructure a barely-passing D-plus in its 2016 report card released Thursday.
N.J. lawmaker wants millionaire's tax in road funding plan NJ.com, 6/17/2016 - The so-called millionaire's tax, a recurring Democratic proposal, would make up the half million dollars in lost revenue that would accompany the estate tax cut, a centerpiece of a bipartisan plan to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund.
D+ grade: NJ’s roads, bridges are ‘failing,' engineers say Asbury Park Press, 6/16/2016 - The American Society of Civil Engineers gave a “D+” grade to New Jersey’s infrastructure, including transportation, waste and water management, in its annual report card, one of only four states scoring in the “D” range.
N.J. Senate committee advances bill regulating Uber, Lyft The Record, 6/16/2016 - A state Senate committee has advanced a bill seeking guidance from the Attorney General on whether drivers working for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft should undergo a finger print-based background check.
Which project is squeezing traffic between the Turnpike and Parkway? NJ.com, 6/16/2016 - What's a sure sign that it's construction season? In some places there seems to be more construction going on than commuters can keep track of, causing closed lanes and delays.
It's a green light for Millburn safe streets program The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, 6/16/2016 - The initiative to calm traffic downtown and enhance pedestrian safety is on schedule to begin sometime during the last week of June or the first week in July.
NJ Transit juggles $46M budget gap; no service cuts or fare hikes expected The Record, 6/15/16. Leaders of NJ Transit plan to cover the agency’s $46.3-million budget gap this year by dipping into cash reserves, interim executive director Dennis Martin said Wednesday. And for next year, the agency will keep its operating budget essentially flat, and reduce spending on construction projects by $416 million, according to documents released Wednesday.
NJ Transit says $46 million budget gap won't require cuts The Record, 6/15/2016 - Leaders of NJ Transit plan to cover the agency’s $46.3-million budget gap this year by dipping into cash reserves, interim executive director Dennis Martin said Wednesday.
Gas tax hike only a short-term fix to improving N.J.'s quality of life | Opinion NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - What does a sustainable and prosperous New Jersey look like? Ask the long-term thinkers at Together North Jersey.
Designer behind NYC's High Line developing N.J. park expansion NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - The creative forces behind New York City's High Line Park are bringing their design prowess to New Jersey.
Full reopening of Pulaski Skyway lanes pushed back a year NJ.com, 6/15/2016 - Reopening all lanes of the Pulaski Skyway to traffic in both directions has been pushed back to next summer, state officials said.
Road Warrior: NJ ranked 10th worst state for driving The Record, 6/15/2016 - A CarInsurance.com report released on Tuesday rated New Jersey the 10th least favorable state for driving, mostly because of the condition of the state's bridges and roads, which it ranked sixth- and seventh-worst in the nation, respectively.
Hoboken officials announce hybrid parking plan, bond for new meters Hoboken Patch, 6/15/2016 - “Hybrid parking” may soon be expanding in Hoboken, and if all goes according to plan, it may help to fund infrastructure improvements in the city, according to municipal officials.
Sen. Beck: New Jerseyans ‘absolutely opposed’ to 23-cent gas tax hike NJTV, 6/14/2016 - Raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon is not the only way to pay for road and bridge repairs. So says a Republican senator whose plan would generate money for the Transportation Trust Fund by merging agencies, cutting employee health benefits and raising fines for distracted driving. NJTV News Correspondent David Cruz was in Freehold and spoke with Sen. Jennifer Beck.
Will Turnpike extension drivers get a temporary lane? NJ.com, 6/14/2016 - Call it a case of lane envy. Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Hudson County extension get to use the highway's shoulder as a lane when traveling east, but when they are westbound, drivers can only look longingly at the empty shoulder on that side of the highway.
Lawmakers outline tax 'shift' to rescue transportation fund The Record, 6/13/2016 - A package of proposed cuts to retirement and estate taxes in New Jersey would cost the state government $1 billion a year in lost revenue, to be partially offset by $500 million in tax increases to fund the state’s transportation network, backers of the plan said Monday.
Judge halts adding gas-filled train cars near West Morris Central Long Valley Patch, 6/13/2016 - A Superior Court Judge in Morris County has placed a temporary halt on a railway company’s ability to add more butane-filled train cars near West Morris Central high school.
Senator: Airlines should pay same fuel taxes that N.J. drivers do NJ.com, 6/13/2016 - Drivers pay taxes when they fill up their cars and a state senator wants airlines to do the same when they fuel up their jets, which, he says, could take some of the burden of funding airport improvements off the backs of toll payers.
One last permit keeps planned Andover train station off track NJ Herald, 6/13/16. ANDOVER TOWNSHIP -- It has been a quarter-century since the idea was broached to rebuild the Lackawanna Cutoff to bring commuter rail service to southern Sussex County, on through to Warren County and across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania.
Is there a bipartisan light at the end of the transit-funding tunnel? NJ Spotlight, 6/13/2016 - A newly released bipartisan plan to replenish New Jersey’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund calls for a more than doubling of the per-gallon tax that motorists here currently pay at the pump.
Will Congress block rules to prevent sleepy truckers? NJ.com, 6/13/2016 - Legislation before Congress would block federal efforts to regulate truckers' rest hours at a time when the National Transportation Safety Board has listed driver fatigue as one of its top concerns.
Fiscal hurdles not the only obstacles facing NJ Transit Associated Press, 6/12/2016 - NJ Transit still faces a $46 million gap in its operating budget, officials said Friday. That's largely due to retroactive pay bus workers are owed under terms of a labor agreement reached last fall.
No fare increase or service cuts proposed in NJ Transit budget NJ.com, 6/10/2016 - NJ Transit's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget does not include a fare increase, but officials are rolling the dice that fare revenues will grow, despite a lackluster performance from the fare box in fiscal year 2016.
More travelers sign up for expedited airport screening programs, only to wait Associated Press, 6/9/2016 - A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs, only to face another wait.
Port Authority to temporarily suspend weekend PATH service to 33rd Street The Jersey Journal, 6/9/2016 - Traveling to and from New York City on the weekends is about to get a lot more complicated.
Latest plans for $60M bridge connecting Shore towns unveiled NJ.com, 6/9/2016 - It is still going to take several years for the deteriorating Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to be replaced.
Powerful lobbyists aid Uber push on statewide regulations Politico New Jersey, 6/8/2016 - As lawmakers in Trenton consider a statewide regulatory framework for car-hail companies, Uber has retained three of the state's top lobbying firms to help the company make its case.
Officials urge Port Authority to study widening Outerbridge Crossing NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz was joined Wednesday morning by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who represents the district that includes Perth Amboy, to call on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to study expansion of the Outerbridge Crossing.
It's deja vu all over again as NJ Transit faces possible rail strike WNYC, 6/8/2016 - Back in March, with a little over one day to go before a threatened walkout, New Jersey Transit struck a tentative agreement with its rail unions. The deal: a 21 percent retroactive salary increase in exchange for workers paying more toward health care costs.
Lay train tracks in N.J. or new Hudson tunnels won't add capacity, experts say NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - NJ Transit commuters won't gain additional trains to and from New York after new Hudson River rail tunnels are built, unless two new tracks are also built on the New Jersey side, a transit advocate said.
NJ lawmaker says raise gas tax but let residents deduct cost from income tax NJ 101.5 FM, 6/8/2016 - A state senator says New Jersey should allow residents to deduct what they pay in gas taxes from their income-tax liability.
Manasquan wants to be destination for electric car owners NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Manasquan is trying to lure a new set of shoppers to its downtown. By installing a two-stall charging station in one of its parking lots, town officials are hoping that drivers of electric cars won't bypass Manasquan just because it's off the beaten path for interstate motorists.
'Very good news' for taxpayers: Port Authority to pay $12M more to Newark NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Newark property owners could be spared a tax hike in 2017 thanks to increased lease payments from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, city officials told a gathering of local business leaders on Wednesday.
Trucking industry, unions clash over driver classification in New Jersey WSJ, 6/8/2016 - The trucking industry has won a round in an ongoing bout with labor unions over whether truck drivers at the East Coast’s busiest port are employees or independent contractors.
Morris County sues rail line over butane-storing rail cars NJ.com, 6/8/2016 - Morris County is suing a local commercial rail line in an effort to make it remove rail cars filled with butane and propane from county-owned tracks in the western part of the county.
Forward NJ: Beck's Transportation Trust Fund plan not viable NJ Biz, 6/7/2016 - As State. Sen. Jennifer Beck held a rally Monday in Tinton Falls to voice her opposition to replenishing the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund through an increase of the gas tax, Forward New Jersey Chairman Tom Bracken said an alternative plan she has proposed is not a viable option.
Should suspended drivers have the right to drive to work? NJ.com, 6/7/2016 - New Jersey drivers who've had their licenses suspended are close to getting a restricted license to allow them to travel to and from work.
TSA to undergo covert security tests this summer The Hill, 6/7/2016 - The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning another round of covert security audits at airports around the country this summer as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also scrambles to alleviate massive security checkpoint lines.
Gov. Chris Christie vetoes raises for transit agency unions Associated Press, 6/7/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a decision by the bi-state transit agency that operates bridges between New Jersey and Philadelphia to give raises to some of its union workers.
Don’t freak out about commotion on NJ highways this week NJ 101.5 FM, 6/7/2016 - Now that hurricane season is officially underway, the state Department of Transportation along with other agencies and law enforcement officials will be conducting a hurricane evacuation exercise on Thursday.
A Republican plan to raise gas tax and refuel Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 6/7/2016 - Bumping up the gas tax by about 20 cents, according to Sen. Oroho, would keep fund solvent, but he wants to see tax cuts in return.
Commuters one step closer to getting seats on NJ Transit board NJ.com, 6/6/2016 - NJ Transit commuters are one step closer to having a voice on the agency's board of directors.
N.J. bill barring train engineers with revoked licenses advances Associated Press, 6/6/2016 - A New Jersey legislative panel has advanced a measure that would prevent engineers from operating trains if their driver's licenses are revoked or suspended for drunken driving violations.
Deadline looms for Transportation Trust Fund fix The Burlington County Times, 6/6/2016 - At the Statehouse, the month of June typically features a flurry of debate, negotiations and deal making on the budget and other legislative priorities before the current fiscal year ends. But the next few weeks could be even noisier than usual, as Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers wrestle with the budget as well as the impending insolvency of the Transportation Trust Fund.
Will record demand for gas drive up the price in N.J.? NJ.com, 6/6/2016 - Summer road trips are the best example of how much we love to drive, but the demand for gas to fuel those drives is about to hit record levels.
PATH strains under housing boom The Wall Street Journal, 6/5/2016 - The PATH train, already bursting at the seams, stands to get more crowded amid a building boom in northern New Jersey, in another sign the transit network is straining under the region’s population growth.
What you need to know about N.J. bicycle laws | Your Legal Corner NJ.com, 6/5/16. Many of us put away our bikes when we were old enough to drive a car. Cars meant freedom. The freedom to choose our destination. However, bike riding allows us to enjoy the journey while being outdoors free from distraction. Recently, bicycling has enjoyed an upswing in popularity.
Work on Franklin bridge subject of public meeting New Jersey Herald, 6/5/2016 - The plans to close the Franklin Avenue bridge this summer will be presented to the public by the Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning in a meeting at the borough's Municipal Building.
Road Warrior: Rely on some signs at your own risk The Record, 6/5/2016 - If you’re in Little Ferry heading east on Route 46 in search of an avenue called "Ridgefield" in Ridgefield Park, you really shouldn’t have much trouble finding it.
United plans rollout of wide-body seats to lure business travelers The Record, 6/3/2016 - United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz held his first news conference Thursday five months after receiving a heart transplant to announce the planned rollout next year of new premium-class seats on wide-body international aircraft.
Why was a full Parkway interchange to Route 18 never built? NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - While a massive project wraps up to fill in some of the missing links between the Garden State Parkway and Route 18 in Tinton Falls at Exit 105, a reader asked why a direct connection wasn't built between the two highways?
Panel named to judge NYC bus terminal design competition Associated Press, 6/2/2016 - An international jury with a California flavor will select the design for New York City's proposed new bus terminal.
NJ Transit strike deadline only a month away for dissenting unions NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - Officials of two unions, which rejected a contract settlement, said they've been meeting with NJ Transit as a June 30 deadline approaches. That's when a 60-day cooling off period ends between the agency and bargaining units representing engineers and conductors.
New Jersey bills set rules on turnpike representation, regular meetings Land Line Magazine, 6/1/2016 - Two bills at the New Jersey statehouse are intended to give South Jersey residents more of a say in happenings at the Turnpike Authority. The authority oversees the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
How much do airlines make off of you when you fly? NJ.com, 6/2/2016 - Great deals for passengers are making a great deal for airlines. An industry trade group has revised its 2016 net profit projections for airlines with North American carriers generating more than half of the new $39.4 billion estimate.
Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Meetings Scheduled June 8th Atlantic Highlands Herald, 6/1/2016-On Wednesday, June 8, Monmouth County will hold two public meetings about the status of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge (S-32) over the Shrewsbury River between Rumson and Sea Bright
Competing ads aim to sway NJ voters on gas tax The Record, 6/1/2016 - One advertisement shows the Interstate 35 bridge falling into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and warns viewers that a span in New Jersey might be next. An opposing advertisement shows a father stealing things from his kids, including the family dog, Sparky, to pay for a gas tax increase.
At a deadly time of year for teen drivers, report says texting is on the rise Washington Post, 6/1/2016 - Nearly 60 percent of crashes involving teen drivers involve some form of distraction, according to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and in the 100 days after Memorial Day, teen crashes rise so dramatically that AAA has given those fair-weather months a name: the “100 Deadliest Days.”
Hoboken set to issue $12M in bonds for Washington Street overhaul NJ.com, 5/31/2016 - After approving a Washington Street resurfacing and redesign plan in February that effectively preserves parallel parking but omits protected bike lanes, the City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday night to take on $12 million in debt to pay for it.
Booker, labor and business leaders: N.J.'s infrastructure mustn't crumble | Opinion NJ.com, 5/31/2016 - Anyone who has ever put off repairs on their home or car knows the perils of deferred maintenance. Procrastinate for too long and you may soon reach the point of catastrophe as problems compound themselves and your repair bill skyrockets.
Long Branch receives Transit Village designation Red Bank Hub, 5/31/16. LONG BRANCH — The city has officially become the state’s newest Transit Village designee. More than three years after the city officially applied to become a Transit Village, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week...
What is the worst road in Jersey City? The Jersey Journal, 5/31/2016 - The city says help is on the way. It is about to begin a program announced in April to resurface 80 streets representing more than 16 miles citywide, an initiative that is expected to cost more than $10 million.
NY-NJ port truckers buy chassis to cut costs, secure equipment JOC.com, 5/30/2016 - Aiming to cuts costs, and squeezed by chassis shortages and the need to take them in and out of congested New York and New Jersey marine terminals, some truckers are buying their own chassis, and turning away from the leasing system that dominates the industry.
750-mile biking, walking trail to serve 3.2 million NJ.com, 5/30/2016 - This year marks the 24th annual National Trails Day, and the good news is that our New Jersey trail networks are thriving and growing.
NJ Transit to check engineer driving records to answer DUI safety concerns NJ.com, 5/27/2016 - NJ Transit officials will now check engineers driving records on a daily basis to answer safety questions brought up by lawmakers and riders after an engineer was found to have lost his license for 10 years following convictions for driving under the influence.
Trenton turns its attention to next crisis, the ailing Transportation Trust Fund NJ Spotlight, 5/27/2016 - With a crisis in Atlantic City apparently averted, Trenton’s attention will turn – after the Memorial Day weekend – to the virtually exhausted Transportation Trust Fund.
Port Authority leaders hold ceremony to dedicate World Trade Center Oculus Port Authority leaders hold ceremony to dedicate World Trade Center Oculus
The Record, 5/26/2016 - The Oculus, as it is called, is the soaring centerpiece of a hub connecting PATH trains from New Jersey with 11 New York City subway lines.
Long Branch is designated a transit village Atlantic Highlands Herald, 5/26/2016 - The Christie Administration today announced that Long Branch has been accepted for inclusion in the state’s Transit Village Initiative, which partners the cities with several state agencies to help implement mixed-use development and Complete Streets accommodations near transit facilities.
The complete guide to summer road construction in NJ NJ.com, 5/26/2016 - Will you see orange-hued tans this summer? Probably. Will you see orange barrels and traffic delays, due to highway construction? Yes, but not during prime travel times to the beach, say state transportation officials.
Is this the plan to pay for NJ’s roads and rail … without a gas tax hike? NJ 101.5 FM, 5/26/2016 - Two key elements that need legislative approval would be the merger of all transportation agencies and a reduction in public worker health benefits.
Pedestrian tunnel between PATH and Fulton Center Hub set to open WNYC, 5/26/2016 - New Jersey commuters taking the PATH train are getting a new link to the New York City subway.
Can this hairpin turn to Route 9 be straightened out? NJ.com, 5/26/2016 - Officials are working on the concept phase for a future project to address the exit and merge issues.
After A.C., lawmakers will turn to transportation funding NJ 101.5 FM, 5/25/2016 - Gov. Chris Christie said he doesn’t know if the Legislature’s plan for replenishing the state’s Transportation Trust Fund will include a gas tax but suspects focus on the issue will pick up once lawmakers finish work on the Atlantic City bailout.
TSA’s issues go beyond long lines: Probes find waste, lapses in security The Record, 5/25/1016 - With the announcement this week that 120 additional screeners soon will be manning the security gates at Newark Liberty International Airport — and with the prospect of shorter lines — many travelers in North Jersey and beyond might assume that problems at the Transportation Security Administration have been fixed.
Port Authority urged to keep pedal to the metal on new bus terminal project NJ Spotlight, 5/25/2016 - Although new facility may not be operational for as much as a decade, lawmakers and experts are making it clear that delays will not be taken lightly.
Road Warrior:'Epiphany' spawns a road-safety wakeup call The Record, 5/25/2016 - Pam Fischer had learned firsthand about the fourth "D" — driving drowsy — a condition that causes 100,000 crashes and 6,000 deaths annually, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Port Authority considers redoing its plan to fund big projects NJ.com, 5/24/2016 - Port Authority officials plan a "do over" of the agency's 10-year capital plan to include funding a new midtown New York bus terminal, and paying its share of new Hudson River tunnels and a PATH extension to Newark airport.
Will closed N.J. Turnpike toll lanes reopen for summer traffic? NJ.com, 5/24/2016 - Two lanes have been closed at the New Jersey Turnpike exit 14 toll plaza since they were damaged in a fatal crash in January.
Lawmakers address security delays at Newark Liberty airport Associated Press, 5/23/2016 - Help is on the way to address long lines and long wait times for travelers at Newark Liberty Airport on the brink of the summer travel season.
Christie vetoes bills including Port Authority reforms The Record, 5/23/2016 - Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York have been pushing for years to increase their control over the Port Authority, a massive agency that runs the region's airports and major bridges.
Crossing closing faces derailment NJ Hills, 5/31/16. DENVILLE TWP. – The township could be on track to sue the state should transportation officials proceed with plans to permanently close the Lackawanna Avenue railroad crossing.
How does the state take away an elderly person's driver's license? NJ.com, 5/31/16. Ask an adult child of an older parent about whether their parent is too old to drive safely and most will say it's a tough conversation to have. The topic is a touchy one, especially if the senior driver lives in suburban or rural parts of the state, where they have limited options if they give up the keys.
NJ Legislator Argues State Gas Tax Doesn’t Have To Go Up To Fund Transportation CBS Local, 5/29/16. Monmouth County Republican State Senator Jennifer Beck says her 7 year plan would put 1.6 billion dollars a year into the TTF, and leave the gas tax alone.
Rutgers: New Jersey DOT total road cost is $183,757 per mile EquipmentWorld.com, 5/23/16. A new study by Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center finds that the average costs of planning, construction, operation and maintenance of roadways maintained by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is $183,757 per mile.
Clinton launches Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/23/2016 - The town's Police Department is conducting a Street Smart NJ pedestrian-safety education campaign aimed at reducing motor-vehicle accidents involving pedestrians.
Delaware River ports fight for market as dredging nears completion NJ Spotlight, 5/23/2016 - There will be fierce competition from other East Coast ports for a hoped-for trade bonanza of new cargo stops that will result from the widening of the Panama Canal.
A year after deadly Amtrak crash, uneven progress on train safety fix The plan to shorten your airport security wait this summer
NJ.com, 5/23/2016 - The Transportation Security Agency will add more than 200 the number of screeners at New York City-area airports in response to series of complaints from lawmakers, agencies and fliers over wait times.
Road Warrior: N.J. promotes better training for bikers The Record, 5/22/2016 - New Jersey road-safety advocates mounted their soapboxes again last week to ask sedan- and utility-vehicle drivers to "share the road" with motorcyclists now that spring sunshine is luring more bikers out of winter hibernation.
It’s no accident: Advocates want to speak of car ‘crashes’ instead New York Times, 5/22/2016 - Roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers.
Analysis: NJ Transit problems aren’t fading away The Record, 5/22/2016 - Its operating budget is $45 million in the red, and part of its capital budget runs out of money in August unless Governor Christie and state legislators can find new funding for the state’s transportation trust fund.
Hudson River tunnel just a start; upgrading rail lines to NYC would cost billions more The Record, 5/21/2016 - One of the largest proposed construction projects in recent American history will cost at least $7.7 billion and hopefully avert a catastrophic closure of the major rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
3 major master plan issues facing Toms River NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 5/20/2016 - The master plan serves as the planning guide for a municipality, but the state's land-use laws allow property owners to seek relief from zoning restrictions included in the plan by presenting a case before boards of adjustment.
Is New Jersey spending too much on road projects? NJ 101.5, 5/20/16. A year and a half ago the Reason Foundation issued a report saying New Jersey was spending just over $2 million per mile on planning, constructing and maintaining its highway system, the highest figure of any state in the nation by far.
Could this futuristic bridge across the Hudson solve N.J.'s transit woes? NJ.com, 5/20/2016 - A transportation consultant with big dreams is proposing twin suspension bridges that could sweep across mid-Manhattan as an alternative to building new tunnels under the Hudson River.
Study: N.J. spends $183,757 to build, maintain a single mile of road The Record, 5/19/2016 - New Jersey spends $183,757 to build and maintain a single mile of road, according to a new study by Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Here’s how New Jersey lawmakers are trying to control Uber NJ 101.5 FM, 5/19/2016 - As Uber and other ride-hailing services have grown in popularity in the Garden State, regulatory concerns remain about the drivers and their vehicles.
Push to expand the PATH network gains more support NJ.com, 5/19/2016 - New York officials have joined their counterparts in Newark in supporting the effort to keep proposed PATH rail extension to Newark airport off the Port Authority's fiscal chopping block.
Most New Jerseyans say 'no thanks' to gas tax hike WHYY, 5/19/2016 - A Quinnipiac University Poll finds that the majority of New Jersey residents oppose increasing the state's gas tax to pay for road and mass transit improvements.
Bloomfield opens Morris Canal Park Bloomfield Life, 5/19/2016 - The Morris Canal’s five-mile stretch through Bloomfield has been transformed into the Morris Canal Greenway, part of a statewide effort to retrace the former canal’s footprint.
Flemington streetscape plans to be unveiled Wednesday NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - Two public presentations unveiling the preliminary designs for a $1 million streetscape project for Main Street will be held Wednesday night and Thursday.
Mutual ‘disappointment’ between legislature and administration over TTF PolitickerNJ.com, 5/18/2016 - The deadlock between the legislature and Governor Chris Christie’s administration over the state’s nearly insolvent Transportation Trust Fund continued on Wednesday as State Treasurer Ford M. Scudder testified before the Assembly Budget Committee.
Should N.J. ditch the front license plate requirement? NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - s it time for New Jersey to join Pennsylvania and eliminate a law requiring a front license plate on vehicles? A Central Jersey lawmaker thinks it's time to become a one-plate state.
N.J. lawmakers push to reduce security delays at Newark airport NJ.com, 5/18/2016 - Members of the New Jersey congressional delegation on Tuesday asked Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger to take steps to reduce wait times at Newark Airport security screening checkpoints.
County bridge work will mean traffic delays New Jersey Herald, 5/18/2016 - Four county-owned highway bridges will be closed down this summer as Sussex County Department of Engineering and Planning crosses into the bridge-building and rehabilitation season.
Less talk, more action on Hudson rail tunnels, before it’s too late NY Times, 5/17/2016 - Once upon a time, when a city transit project had dragged on across four decades and people were starting to notice that it wasn’t actually there, the mayor and the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority demanded an investigation into what the heck was taking so long.
NJ wants Clean Air Act changes for older cars Asbury Park Press, 5/17/2016 - New Jersey's environmental regulators are seeking to change the state's Clean Air Act plan to accommodate new rules that exempt some of the "dirtiest" cars on the road.
Meeting tonight to discuss safety along Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City NJTPA Mention
The Jersey Journal, 5/17/2016 - A neighborhood group is hosting a meeting tonight to discuss plans to improve safety along a stretch of Kennedy Boulevard.
Public hearings give New Jerseyans chance to dig into Gateway project NJ Spotlight, 5/17/2016 - Up until now, it’s just been talk and plans on paper. But the federal government is moving forward this week with public hearings on the proposed Gateway tunnel project.
Why do the new Turnpike and Parkway signs look rusty? NJ.com, 5/17/2016 - There are many new overhead signs and guide rails being installed on the state's toll roads and highways, but drivers have noticed that some of them don't look so new. In fact, they've complained that they're downright rusty looking.
New tag allows drivers to pay tolls in 19 states NJ.com, 5/16/2016- A new toll tag which drivers will eventually be able to use to pay electronically for highway, bridge and tunnel charges across the country was launched Monday by a Nashville company.
N.J. gas prices took a surprising nosedive last week. How long will it last? NJ.com, 5/16/2016 - That sigh of relief from drivers at the gas pump isn't your imagination. Gas prices unexpectedly dropped below $2 at a fair number of retailers last week and stayed there.
A year after deadly Amtrak crash, uneven progress on train safety fix The Record, 5/15/2016 - One year after the crash of Train 166, as federal officials continue to investigate why the train was going so fast, rail agencies including NJ Transit are working to build a complex, costly system called “positive train control” that they hope will limit train speeds and avert such accidents in the future.
'Click it or Ticket' seatbelt enforcement in focus this month Toms River Patch, 5/15/2016 - Police departments and other law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for people not wearing seatbelts as Memorial Day weekend approaches, as the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign kicks into gear.
After 5 years of missed deadlines, Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge opens The Record, 5/15/2016 - The curious ventured out on a brisk, windy day to visit the new and long-awaited Wesmont train station on its opening day Sunday.
Clinton joins Flemington in launching pedestrian safety survey Street Smart NJ Mention
NJ.com, 5/13/2016 - The town police department, along with HART Commuter Information Services, has launched an online Clinton Pedestrian Safety Community Awareness Survey.
$1B project to revitalize aging George Washington Bridge The Record, 5/13/2016 - Although the bridge looks as majestic as ever, at 85 years old it is sorely in need of an overhaul. Next year, the Port Authority will begin a $1 billion project to replace each of the span’s 592 original suspender ropes and to rehabilitate its four main cables. The work is expected to last eight years.
A look at the worst bottlenecks on the Northeast Corridor Associated Press, 5/13/2016 - As state and federal officials look for an estimated $15 billion for a new train tunnel between New York and New Jersey, passengers along the rail line known as the Northeast Corridor contend with regular disruptions caused by track configurations and infrastructure dating to the time of the Model T — or earlier
Local residents opt to bike to work this month New Jersey Herald, 5/13/2016 - To promote bicycling as an alternative to driving a car to work, TransOptions is hosting its 2016 Bike to Work Challenge.
Rt. 35 investigation: Contractors questioned deadlines Asbury Park Press, 5/13/2016 - Long before the "snakebitten" Route 35 restoration project ran into delays and $76 million in extra costs, some contractors questioned whether the state's timetable for completing the work was too ambitious and "not realistic," according to government documents obtained by the Asbury Park Press.
Work resumes on Route 94 in Blairstown New Jersey Herald, 5/13/2016 - Construction on the Route 94 bridge project has resumed, but commuters are not out of the woods quite yet.
Second Uber bill introduced in Legislature PolickerNJ.com, 5/13/2016 - Both bills would require background checks, insurance policies for drivers and a number of other provisions that aim to ensure safety for users. The main difference between the two bills is that the assembly version has a fingerprinting provision.
When will the light rail finally extend to Bergen County? NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - NJ Transit still owes Bergen County a light rail line. Sixteen years ago, when the first Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains rolled through Jersey City and Bayonne, Bergen was supposed to be the next stop.
Franklin Lakes mayor: Slow down, residents Franklin Lakes-Oakland Suburban News, 5/12/2016 - Mayor Frank Bivona asked the police department to step up education and enforcement on speeding violations May 3 following complaints from residents of violations on local streets.
Park showdown brewing between Hoboken and Academy Bus NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - A showdown is brewing between Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Academy Bus over a parking lot in Hoboken's flood-prone southwest corner, pitting an administration determined to acquire an acre of the property for a park and drainage project against a major local employer and taxpayer whose asking price is triple what the city thinks it's worth
NJ Transit hires 2 from Christie administration to top roles NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - Management changes continued at NJ Transit on Wednesday, when the agency named two Christie administration officials as deputy executive director and chief financial officer.
Uber banned at Newark Airport terminal, Elizabeth train stations NJ.com, 5/11/2016 - The Elizabeth City Council on Tuesday voted to forbid ride-hailing companies from operating at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal A and at both Elizabeth train stations.
Uber laws should focus on safety, availability, expert says NJ.com, 5/12/2016 - As three New Jersey cities attempt to regulate ride-hailing companies, the state legislature is negotiating its own proposals to rein in Uber and its ilk.
NJ Earned Income Tax Credit could climb as part of deal to hike gas tax NJ Spotlight, 5/11/2016 - It’s time to add one more tax break to the list being considered by lawmakers in Trenton as they try to come up with a bipartisan deal that would result in a renewal of the state’s going-broke Transportation Trust Fund.
Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge to open Sunday The Record, 5/11/2016 - After five years of missed deadlines, NJ Transit said Tuesday it will open the Wesmont train station in Wood-Ridge on May 15.
Plan to extend light rail into downtown Trenton resurfaces Trenton Times, 5/11/2016 - For commuters who take the train to Trenton, the mile-walk from the transit center to the State House can take about 20 minutes. But if an ambitious multi-million dollar proposal to extend the light rail into downtown were to ever come to fruition, they would be dropped off only steps from the gold-domed building.
Bridges to the past: A look at the history of some more of NYC’s finest spans NY Daily News, 5/10/2016 - The last of Port Authority's New Jersey-Staten Island crossings looks distinctly different from other bridges in the area because of its steel arch design.
NJ Transit, 2 unions begin talks on heels of rejected deal NJ.com, 5/10/2016 - Talks are slowly starting between NJ Transit and two rail unions that rejected a tentative contract that avoided a rail strike in March.
Mathis Bridge over Barnegat Bay reopens for summer traffic Berkeley Patch, 5/10/2016- The state Department of Transportation has reopened the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge for the summer months. The 65-year-old bridge will close again on Sept. 14, so more improvements can be made.
Red tape, permitting delays are chief enemies of Gateway Project, experts warn NJ Spotlight, 5/10/2016- Nearly two dozen different government agencies will have a say in the permitting process for the planned Gateway tunnel project, according to a new report released yesterday by Common Good, a nonprofit, nonpartisan good-government reform group.
Ex-Christie spokesman named acting NJ Transit chief of staff NJ.com, 5/10/2016 - Top level changes continue at NJ Transit as Michael Drewniak, the former spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, was named interim chief of staff.
Port Authority warns TSA it will be replaced by private security force over long lines at airports CBS New York, 5/9/2016 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is giving the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum on dealing with long lines at airports.
NJ Transit restoring late-night Shore trains Asbury Park Press, 5/9/2016 - NJ Transit is temporarily restoring late-night train service to Shore destinations south of Long Branch, a summertime-only reverse of an unpopular decision to cancel the service last year.
Top NJ Transit exec retires from agency NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - NJ Transit has lost its second-in-command after Deputy Executive Director Neil Yellin left the agency on Friday, making him the fourth executive to leave in less than a year.
Hunterdon freeholders opposed state gas tax increase NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - Hunterdon County Freeholders' recent adoption of a resolution opposing legislation that would raise the gas tax in New Jersey earned praise from American for Prosperity, a grassroots advocate for economic freedom.
NJ’s mixed economic message: Low unemployment coupled with job loss NJTPA Mention
NJ Spotlight, 5/9/2016 - The state’s unemployment stats lead the national average, but 2,000 jobs went missing in the first quarter of 2016, puzzling Garden State economists.
Hoboken trades parking spaces for a 'pocket plaza' NJ.com, 5/9/2016 - The project is the latest effort by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to improve safety and pedestrian or bike access in a Mile-Square City overflowing with cars and people, even at the expense of parking.
Road Warrior: Bergen County's tiny spans take a long time to fix The Record, 5/8/2016 - Allendale's tiny West Crescent Avenue bridge is only 30 feet long, so the nearly year's delay to replace it has not exactly caused Hudson River-style traffic jams yet, but don't get Glenn Corbett started on New York comparisons.
Big changes are coming to the GWB. How will they affect you? NJ.com, 5/8/2016 - Major renovations on the 85-year-old George Washington Bridge over the coming decade will keep the iconic span alive into the next century, and officials say they're planning an intricate construction schedule to spare rush hour drivers from delays.
Road Warrior: Sting operation in the name of crosswalk safety The Record, 5/7/2016 - The grumbling, the anger and the tears were palpable in Teaneck this week as police pulled over motorist after motorist for nearly running down Tanya Balser and Paul Finkler as they strolled across a Queen Anne Road crosswalk.
Route 35 boondoggle Asbury Park Press, 5/6/2016 - Cost overruns for reconstructing 12.5 miles of the superstorm Sandy-battered Route 35 have topped $76 million - including paying contractors millions of dollars to remain idle for months - making it one of the most expensive roadway projects in the state's history, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.
Clifton bike paths questioned NJTPA Mention
Clifton Journal, 5/6/2016 - A $1 million county project devised to create a scenic byway for cyclists using new street markings and signage has come under scrutiny in Clifton due to traffic safety concerns for bike riders and motorists alike.
Long Branch Planning Board accepts first transit village project Word on the Shore, 5/6/2016 - The first transit village development project was accepted by the Planning Board as the initial step of moving forward with the transit village concept the city established as a update of its Master Plan nearly 4 years ago.
Routes 3, 46 traffic merge project advancing Clifton Journal, 5/6/2016 - The four months after the NJDOT broke ground on a $150 million project designed to establish a safer traffic merge of routes 3 and 46, the landscape along the highway interchange has undergone a drastic transformation while neighboring property owners have been forced off their land.
Lakewood duplexes planned for Route 9 NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 5/5/2016 - More duplexes are coming to Route 9 near the Toms River border, even as both towns wait for a state-sponsored study looking at ways to ease severe congestion on the busy thoroughfare.
After the death of 2 teens, measures to make a boulevard safer NJ.com, 5/5/2016 - Victor Sanchez was walking along the North Bergen side of Kennedy Boulevard at 25th Street, at a bend in the busy thoroughfare where two months earlier a northbound driver lost control of his car, crossed over the southbound lanes, and struck and killed two teens.
Analysis: rail unions angling for better deal with NJ Transit The Record, 5/5/2016 - On its face, the proposed contract between NJ Transit and its two largest train unions looked like a big win for the unions. Workers got a 21 percent pay raise over three years and low-cost health insurance that would be the envy of most employees in the private sector.
When will a chewed-up stretch of I-78 finally be paved?NJ.com, 5/5/2016 - Nothing angers a driver like a beat-up, lunar-like road surface, and nothing can be as frustrating to that same motorist than seeing the equipment to repave it parked idly nearby.
New span opens to traffic, replaces poster child for bad bridges NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 5/4/2016 - A bridge on Prospect Street, which was closed and held up by officials as a poster child for renewing the state's Transportation Trust Fund two-years ago, was replaced Wednesday by a new a new $3.1 million span.
New shore ride-share transportation for Summer 2016OCNJ Daily, 5/4/2016 - A new type of rideshare transportation is hitting the Jersey Shore for Summer 2016. Launching the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, Shore Shuttle will be the next best thing in shore travel for you, your family, and friends.
Route 206 paving project goes to bid on ThursdayNJTPA Mention
New Jersey Herald, 5/4/2016 - The request for contractors to bid on the Route 206 paving project through Newton to Branchville will enter the bidding stage Thursday with publication on the state Department of Transportation's website and in some newspapers published within the state.
Grab a glimpse of the mining age of Morris CountyNeighborhood News, 5/4/2016 - The impact of the Morris Canal and the transportation infrastructure created a vehicle to get the iron product to market allowing easy distribution of the product.
Backroads, New Jersey: the canals run through itNJ.com, 5/3/2016 - The canals of the 19th century linked cities the way interstates do today. They were water highways to transport coal, grains and other goods from the mountains and farmlands to urban areas back East.
Port Authority tells Elizabeth it won’t enforce proposed ban on Uber drivers Politico New Jersey, 5/3/2016 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told the city of Elizabeth on Tuesday that it would not enforce a proposed ordinance to ban car-hail drivers from operating at a terminal in Newark Liberty International Airport.
Glen Ridge station stairway closer to reopening Glen Ridge Voice, 5/3/2016 - NJ Transit may finally be nearing the home stretch on the Ridgewood Avenue train station project.
Is an NJ Transit strike still possible after 2 unions reject deal? NJ.com, 5/3/2016 - The sigh of relief that came from commuters in March at the news that a potential NJ Transit strike has been averted evaporated to a groan this weekend after two rail unions rejected a tentative agreement.
Is ridership growing on NJ Transit's light rail trains?NJ.com, 5/3/2016 - With all the news about surveillance on board NJ Transit light rail trains, a reader asked how many people are riding the light rail?
Do N.J. rail commuters pay the highest fares in America?NJ.com, 5/2/2016 - An analysis by a commuter advocacy group says that NJ Transit rail riders pay the highest fares in the nation for the second straight year.
Is JFK Boulevard Safe? NJTPA Mention
Hudson Reporter, 5/4/2016 – Pedestrian and traffic safety is an ongoing issue anywhere pedestrians share space with vehicles. Last week’s incident is one in a long string of fatalities on the Boulevard across the county.
Projects ramping up around the GWB The Record, 5/2/2016 - In the next three months, the Port Authority will start a $112.6 million project to demolish and reconstruct the ramp from the Palisades Interstate Parkway to the George Washington Bridge and rehabilitate two sections of the New Jersey approach to the span.
Union County to unveil master transportation plan NJTPA Mention
Union News Daily, 5/1/2016 – Union County is working on a new transportation master plan that will provide the framework for transportation planning and investment for the county and its municipalities.
Union rejects NJ TRANSIT contract that prevented strike NJ.com, 4/30/2016 - Members of one of the unions representing NJ Transit rail workers have voted to reject a contract offer that prevented a strike last month.
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