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Regional Roundup of the News The following are links to a selection of transportation-related articles published recently by newspapers in the northern New Jersey region. This page is updated on at least a bi-weekly basis. Please note that links on this page may expire or be unreliable due to changes made by host newspapers.

County Wants Residents to Weigh in on Transportation Needs The Two River Times, 11/24/2023 - The Monmouth County Division of Planning, Transportation and Community Services ask residents to provide feedback on how to improve mobility throughout the county, as well as report any transportation-related issues in their neighborhoods through an online form.
No toll hikes on these 4 N.J. bridges possible for 13th straight year, 11/24/2023 - Tolls for four major bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania could remain the same for a 13th consecutive year if the Delaware River Port Authority stays on track to approve its proposed budget.
NJ Transit electric bus project zips along. But huge hurdles remain to expand it statewide, 11/21/2023 - When Eve Gabel Frank was invited to attend a presentation and tour of NJ Transit’s Newton Bus Garage to get an update on how the first year of the agency’s pilot program using battery-electric buses was going, it was supposed to last two hours.
Toll hikes of 3.7% planned for NJ bridge and tunnel crossings as congestion pricing looms, 11/21/2923 - If you use the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln or Holland tunnels or other crossings operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, expect a 3.7% toll hike starting in January. And that's on top of New York's congestion pricing scheme lurking on the horizon. The Port Authority's proposed $9.3 billion spending plan for 2024 relies in part on a proposed toll increase of 63 cents at the agency's six bridges and tunnels starting Jan. 7, 2024.
PATH will spend $230M to fix delay-causing track and train issues, 11/21/2023 - PATH riders who’ve become used to daily delays due to track and train problems, will see relief over the next several years after Port Authority commissioners approved a $230 million “state of good repair” program Tuesday intended to address those infrastructure issues.
N.J. to require all new car sales to be electric by 2035, 11/20/2023 (PAYWALL) - New Jersey will require all new car sales to be electric by 2035 with some requirements starting in 2026 as part of a series of new regulations, an administrative official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s office confirmed to NJ Advance Media on Monday.
Thanksgiving travel: N.J. gas prices down compared to last year, 11/20/2023 (PAYWALL) - If the expected dessert at your Thanksgiving feast isn’t enough of a treat, consider this – gas prices have dropped low enough that New Jersey drivers are saving at least $6 to $10 per fill up, depending on the vehicle, said a leading petroleum expert.
The New Jersey Mayor With a Plan to End Traffic Deaths Bloomberg CityLab, 11/20/2023 - In Hoboken, Mayor Ravi Bhalla has worked to redesign city intersections, install bike lanes and slow traffic. The result? Six-plus years of no pedestrian fatalities.
Talk of raising CBT to fill billion-dollar NJ Transit shortfall is picking up ROI-NJ, 11/20/2023 - The idea of reinstating the 2.5% surcharge to the Corporate Business Tax for the purpose of funding NJ TRANSIT — an idea first floated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop this summer — surfaced again in the past week.
Port Authority’s big spending plan matches plenty on NJ wish list NJ Spotlight News, 11/20/2023 - A more than $9 billion annual budget up for final consideration next month at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey calls for a big increase in capital investments after the agency reduced such spending in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can NJ achieve gas car sales ban by 2035? Electric vehicle registrations may be indicator 11/20/2023 - According to the New Jersey Coalition of Automobile Dealers (NJCAR), EVs accounted for 9.3% of new vehicle registrations in New Jersey in the first quarter of 2023. And dealerships are making major investments to prepare for the sale and service of EVs. NJCAR reports that dealerships spent $169 million in 2022 and 2023, an average of $338,000 per dealer, to get ready for a possible market surge.
At a train station where some have nowhere to go, there is compassion, 11/16/2023 - Michael Fuller and his family sit quietly on a bench inside Newark’s Penn Station. It’s early morning on a weekday and at first glance, the trio appears to be waiting for a train in anticipation of a journey. In reality, the Fuller family has nowhere to go. They have no train tickets or home.
NJ Transit to Buy Electric Shuttles for Seniors, Disabled Riders, 11/16/2023 - NJ Transit plans to start replacing older gasoline-fueled vans with modern, battery-powered electric ones to shuttle senior citizens and people with disabilities. To accomplish this sustainability switch, NJ Transit said it will piggyback on a Michigan Department of Transportation procurement deal for the reduced-cost acquisition of 19 electric battery vans at a price the agency says is “not to exceed $3.8 million.”
Gateway rail tunnel crosses milestone on path to $6.8 billion in federal money, 11/16/2023 (PAYWALL) - Efforts to secure Federal Transit Administration funding to build the $16 billion Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River passed what officials called a “significant milestone” with a letter designating the bi-state commission overseeing the project eligible to receive federal funds to build it.
Toll hikes looming for N.J. bridges and tunnels, and the AC Expressway, 11/15/2023 (PAYWALL) - Whether they’re crossing the Hudson River via a Port Authority bridge or tunnel, or traveling along the Atlantic City Expressway, drivers are likely going to be paying more in tolls.
NJ plans to widen Route 202 in Branchburg this decade, 11/15/2023 - The state will be performing an "interim" project on Route 202 before it starts major construction to widen the highway in 2028. Township Administrator Greg Bonin said at Monday's Township Committee meeting that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has already begun preliminary work on the highway - the primary connection between Somerville and Flemington - from Chubb Way to the Bridgewater border.
Tolls are going up at Delaware River bridges as E-ZPass discount ends, 11/14/2023 (PAYWALL) - Drivers who use toll bridges operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will see the end of a long-standing commuter discount and toll rates for passenger vehicles increase in 2024.
MTA in talks to possibly settle N.J. congestion pricing lawsuit, 11/13/2023 - Top officials from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority traveled to Newark Monday to talk to New Jersey officials about a potential settlement to Gov. Phil Murphy’s lawsuit that challenged a federal approval green-lighting the congestion pricing plan.
Traffic Study: If You Use Easton Avenue and Have Something to Say Now is the Time NJTPA Mention - 11/13/2023 - Residents of Franklin and beyond are encouraged to participate in the Local Concept Development (LCD) Study for the Easton Avenue Corridor in Franklin Township.
Monmouth County: Community input sought at public open house for mobility study NJTPA Mention - 11/13/2023 - The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the County’s Division of Planning, Transportation and Community Services will host an open house for feedback to improve mobility throughout Monmouth County.
Red Bank could become a vibrant 'transit village,' but hurdles and opposition remain, 11/13/2023 -  Should Red Bank become a “transit village?” Borough council is looking into the benefits and drawbacks of such a designation. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Transit Village Initiative would “create incentives for municipalities to redevelop or revitalize the areas around transit stations.”   
NJ Transit to buy hundreds of new diesel buses before going all electric, 11/10/2023 - NJ Transit board members unanimously approved spending $685.95 million to buy 750 new buses that the agency said will be the last diesel-powered buses it plans to buy, if a pilot program to deploy battery powered “electric” buses works out.
Carteret takes another step toward offering ferry to NYC, 11/9/23 - The borough has moved another step closer to offering ferry service by going out to bid recently for waterside improvements to the ferry terminal and Intermodal Transportation Building on a remediated seven-acre former DuPont Chemical site.
NJ Transit launches NaviLens technology pilot program, 11/8/2023 - The NaviLens program technology uses special QR-style codes to enable customers to use their smart devices at NJ Transit bus stops to get a host of service information and assistance.
Freight Study Complete, Changes Will Come To Middlesex's Rt. 130, 32 NJTPA Mention, 11/7/2023 - The study identifies and recommends numerous opportunities to significantly mitigate the impact of trucks on residential roads.
Murphy blocked 2024 turnpike toll hike. Will it stick? And what is the toll index tied to?, 11/6/23 - A new tolling “index” quietly approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in 2020 was proposed, in part, to take the politics out of toll increases. But it doesn’t appear to have worked.
NJ commuters play key role in regional economy, report says NJ Spotlight News, 11/6/23 - An estimated $61.7 billion was earned by the state’s New York City commuters last year, an increase of about $9 billion from just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the RPA’s “Commuter Dividend” report.
NJ Transit gets $241M for train storage, Newark Penn improvements, 11/6/23 - New Jersey will receive $241 million in federal aid for improvements to Newark Penn Station and a North Brunswick train inspection facility, federal lawmakers and transportation officials announced a day before New Jersey's legislative elections.
There's more to Gateway than tunnels: NJ gets $675M from feds for rail work to cut delays, 11/6/2023 - Just under $675 million in grants have been awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration for projects in New Jersey. That's in addition to $3.8 billion announced last week for the Gateway rail tunnel program under the Hudson River.
Clean hydrogen will complement NJ offshore wind and solar, 11/4/23 - New Jersey has heavily subsidized the installation of solar panels by residents and businesses, and is paying an increasing price in its effort to be the first U.S. large developer of offshore wind power.
Rand Transportation Center in Camden provides art for River Line riders, 11/3/23 - De’von Downes created a “Love Letter to Camden,” and put it on a downtown wall for all to see. Just watch where you stand while taking it in.
Feds to contribute $3.8B more for new Hudson train tunnel NJ Spotight News, 11/3/23 - An exultant Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced construction of the Gateway train tunnel under the Hudson River began in earnest Friday, fueled by the Biden administration’s promise to kick in another $3.8 billion in funding.
Feds add $4 billion to Gateway tunnel project, which will cut NJ's share of the cost, 11/3/2023 - Nearly $4 billion in additional federal funding will be infused into the $16.1 billion Gateway tunnels project, which should significantly reduce the amount New Jersey and New York will have to cover, federal officials announced Friday.
Fort Lee, N.J., mayor sues feds and MTA in effort to stop NYC congestion pricing, 11/1/23 - The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., is suing the MTA, the federal government, and the New York board charged with setting congestion pricing tolls, arguing that the plan to charge drivers entering lower Manhattan will increase pollution in the north Jersey town.
'This will make a big difference' NJTPA Mention, 11/1/23 - The Southern Middlesex County Freight Movement Study has officially completed as short-term recommendations will take place in the following months to help lessen truck traffic impacting residential roads in towns such as Cranbury.
How can NJ Transit avoid a fiscal cliff? Attract riders like Taylor Swift is in town, report says, 11/1/23 (PAYWALL) - New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority avoided a fiscal cliff this year, while NJ Transit and legislators are deciding what to do about an approaching $1 billion budget shorfall - predicted in mid 2016.
NJ Transit bus ridership has bounced back post-COVID better than train use. Here's why, 11/1/23 - More frequent and reliable NJ Transit bus service is paying dividends in ridership, especially on the corridors it took over from Coach after the private company announced this summer it would no longer service three routes in Newark.
New Jersey Starts Transition to Cashless Toll Collection, 10/31/23 - The eventual end of the ritual of stopping to pay a toll took the first steps Monday, Oct. 30, with a ceremonial start of construction of the first all-electronic toll collection system in the state on the Atlantic City Expressway in Egg Harbor, N.J.
After seven years and $211M, the construction on Route 46/3 is (mercifully) almost done, 10/31/23 - Seven years and more than $211 million later, the New Jersey Transportation Department's elaborate reconfiguration of the Route 46/Route 3 interchange is, for most intents and purposes, deemed complete.
Passaic County officials seek $1M grant to boost growing electric vehicle charger network NorthJersey, 10/31/23 - County officials are seeking more than $1 million for charging stations and their infrastructure from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's fiscal year 2024 Community Development Block Grant program.
South Amboy’s new ferry service to NYC launches today. Here’s what to know. News12 New Jersey, 10/30/23 - The new ferry service from South Amboy to New York City launched Monday. Each morning, the service begins at 5:45 a.m. and then continues every hour. The ferry will drop riders off at Downtown Brookfield Place and Midtown at West 39th Street. There will also be free transfers to Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City.
Middlesex County truck traffic study assesses local impacts NJTPA Mention
NJBIZ, 10/30/23 - Officials announced the completion of the Southern Middlesex County Freight Movement Study, which began last spring to assess the impact of truck traffic on local roads and neighborhoods throughout that area.
On Newark block, neighbors wonder if speed hump does more harm than good, 10/21/2023 - When Tina Cyran bought her Newark house in 2016, the lone speed hump in the middle of her block on South 11th Street was not a concern.
Experts predict the impact the Israel-Hamas war will have on N.J. gas prices, 10/19/2023 (PAYWALL) - There is a disparity in the Garden State and it’s what drivers are paying at the pump, where the price for a gallon of regular can vary as much as 50 cents a gallon, depending on where you buy it.
These North Jersey drivers are the ones most concerned about NY's congestion pricing plan, 10/19/2023 - Stagehands, entertainers, musicians and those who work nontraditional hours are the New Jerseyans most concerned about the impacts of congestion pricing, since they have fewer public transportation options overnight.
Riders: Here's what you really need to know about the Gateway Tunnel, 10/18/2023 - 

The construction of the notorious Gateway Tunnel is set to begin this fall, carrying rail lines beneath the Hudson River from New Jersey into Manhattan

N.J.’s bad roads cost drivers billions each year. How federal dollars will help., 10/17/2023 (Paywall) - New Jersey is set to receive $1.64 billion in 2024 from the federal infrastructure law for highway and bridge projects, an increase of almost $27 million over 2023, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Construction of the N.Y.-N.J. Gateway Tunnel, one of the nation’s biggest transit projects, is about to begin, 10/17/2023 (Paywall) - Construction of the first phase of what could be the nation’s biggest mass transit project will be starting in the next few weeks, officials of the commission overseeing the Gateway Tunnel project said Monday
South Amboy ferry to NYC will begin Oct. 30, 10/17/2023 - The service will be available Monday through Friday for morning and evening commutes. Free connecting shuttles will be available locally and in New York City. Fees for the service are $18 for one-way adult, $17 one-way senior, $165 for 10 trips, $600 for 40 trips and $588 monthly.
Overhead wire issues causing NJ Transit train delays on Northeast Corridor, NJ Coast Line, 10/16/2023 - Commuters on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line rails of New Jersey Transit are facing up to 90-minute delays Monday afternoon due to overhead wiring issues near Newark Airport.
Here’s why most N.J. deer get hit by cars in the fall, 10/16/2023 (Paywall) - In social media terms, the relationship between deer and driver is “complicated.” Fall is deer mating season, when the likelihood of collisions with cars is highest.
River Line weekday trains return as NJ Transit, contractor iron out problems, 10/16/2023 (Paywall) - Riders who use NJ Transit’s River Line will get their weekday trains back on a full schedule this Monday after agency officials said they have worked out problems that resulted in a temporary service reduction since late August.
NJ Transit Board of Directors awards contract to AECOM for Phase 1A of bus garage modernization project, 10/16/2023 - The New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) Board of Directors has approved a contract with AECOM for additional design services for Hilton Garage in Maplewood and advances the current condition assessments for two additional garages, Westwood and Ironbound II.
State Pumps ‘Juice’ into NJ Transit's Electric Vehicle Fleet, 10/15/2023 - The N.J. Board of Public Utilities has awarded a $1.4 million grant to NJ Transit, enabling it to expand its “non-revenue fleet” of electric vehicles and install more charging stations.
NJ Transit closer to building a dry place to park trains during floods, 10/12/2023 (Paywall) - More than 10 years after Superstorm Sandy rolled over the Garden State, sending flood waters surging into NJ Transit’s Meadowlands Maintenance Complex, the agency allocated $44 million to set the stage to build a safe dry place to park trains.
With NJ Transit facing $1B budget hole, advocates call for more funding in new statewide push, 10/12/23 (Paywall) - Armed with cards that looked like NJ Transit tickets, advocates fanned out in Newark on Thursday as the part of a statewide campaign to prompt Gov. Phil Murphy and the legislature to finding a funding solution to NJ Transit’s impending fiscal cliff.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awards NJ Transit $1.4 million grant for EV vehicles and charging infrastructure, 10/13/2023 - The funding is part of NJBPU's Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program, which supports local and state governments as they transition their fleets to EVs.
NJ Transit fires manager of new Portal Bridge construction, part of Gateway program, 10/13/2023 - NJ Transit's chief of construction management, who was overseeing the Portal Bridge project — the largest single project in the agency's history — was fired this week.
Will redevelopment derail historic Black River & Western Railroad in Hunterdon?, 10/12/23 - The Black River & Western Railroad, the popular steam train that runs on weekends between Flemington and Ringoes and someday to Lambertville, might be derailed by the proposed redevelopment of the vacant Liberty Village Outleter Center into a residential neighborhood.
NJ Turnpike Authority pushes for massive $11B widening between Newark and Jersey City, 10/11/23 - The New Jersey Turnpike Authority made its case Wednesday to proceed with part of a controversial highway widening project in Hudson County it argues will reduce congestion, improve safety and support growth expected in the region.
Commuters in NYC have been paying fares this way since 2019. Now we can do it in Jersey, too., 10/11/23 (Paywall)- NJ Transit’s tap-and-go payment started on its bus and light rail system Wednesday, delivering on a system experimented with in 2010 in Hudson County and pursued in earnest in 2017.
Additional $15 million will speed up completion of Passaic's Main Avenue bus depot, 10/11/23 - Additional funds should allow the NJ Transit project, initially expected to be completed by 2028 at the earliest, to be done by 2026 or 2027.
United opens a second reimagined club in Newark airport. We took a sneak peek., 10/11/2023 (Paywall) - On the same day Newark airport’s new Terminal A was named as a finalist for prestigious global architecture and design award for airport facilities, United Airlines had a soft opening of its newest premium club in Terminal C after a yearlong, top to bottom renovation.
MTA seeks to join NJ suit over congestion pricing to defend the plan, 10/10/2023 - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking to join the federal lawsuit New Jersey filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to beef up the fight for New York's congestion pricing plan.
Gateway Program leaders detail progress – and what’s ahead NJ BIZ, 10/9/23 - The Gateway Program has been taking major steps in recent months to move the long-delayed, much-anticipated project toward reality. A recent panel discussion reflected just how rapidly events are moving on the next iteration of the once-scrapped ARC Tunnel Project.
Amtrak remakes itself with new trains and infrastructure improvements SmartCities Dive, 10/9/23 - Flush with $66 billion from the 2021 infrastructure law, the nation’s passenger railroad seeks to upgrade and expand service.
Roxbury Picks a Company to Further Restore an Important Piece of the Morris Canal in Ledgewood TAP into Roxbury, 10/8/23 - The long-awaited restoration of Morris Canal Plane 2 East in Ledgewood will be tackled by a North Plainfield construction company. 
Who are finalists to build NJ Transit's controversial power plant in the Meadowlands?, 10/6/2023 - NJ Transit received bids six months ago to build the controversial Transitgrid project, a gas-powered power plant proposed for Kearny, but the agency has made no announcement about whether finalists were chosen.
N.J. commute times rank among worst in U.S. and it’s only getting worse, 10/4/23 - New Jersey drivers and mass transit riders have the third worst commute times in the country at an average of 30.3 minutes each way last year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s up from 28.6 minutes a year earlier.
Lower toll credits, nighttime discounts. Board debates congestion pricing fees to enter NYC., 10/03/2023 (Paywall) - The board that will ultimately recommend the toll rates, credits and exemptions for New York City’s congestion pricing program debated four fee schedule ideas, including providing bigger nighttime discounts, but smaller toll credits toward a proposed fee to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street.
Extend NYC subway to New Jersey? NJ Spotlight News, 10/3/23 - Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th) and Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8th) sent a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Traffic Mobility Review Board last week urging the agency to couple congestion pricing with the extension of the 7 train line to Secaucus via a new subway tunnel under the Hudson River.
Kenilworth Resident Presents Rails-to-Trails Project at Board of County Commissioners Meeting, 10/2/2023 - At a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, a presentation was made by Kenilworth resident Stephen Dunn Secretary/Treasurer of Union County Connects (UCC) and Tom Sexton, Regional Director of the National Rails-to-Trails Conservancy relative to their efforts in the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
New on-demand shuttle services are popping up in NJ. What's microtransit all about? NJTPA Mention, 10/2/2023 - A new microtransit pilot project launched last week in Trenton that will offer shuttle services on-demand through an app could eventually be expanded to Newark, Paterson and other locations in New Jersey.
All aboard the ‘bike bus.’ N.J. kids are caravanning to school on their bicycles., 10/2/2023 - In Montclair, there’s a new, old way for kids way for kids to get to school, one that organizers say is more fun and eco-friendlier that that big yellow school bus.
Manhattan congestion pricing scenarios would give credits for tunnels, but not GW Bridge, 10/2/2023 - Four scenarios of how toll credits and exemptions would work under a Manhattan congestion pricing program were presented to the Traffic Mobility Review Board on Monday. None of the scenarios presented included a credit for those taking the George Washington Bridge, which is a point of contention for New Jersey drivers, especially those in and around Bergen County who don't have direct train access to Manhattan.
Maplewood NJ Transit Bus Garage Getting $68M Upgrade for EV Buses, 10/1/2023 - In case you missed it: Earlier this month (Sept. 6 ,2023), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the Federal Highway Administration awarded an additional $425 million in federal transportation dollars to the New Jersey Department of Transportation....
NJ Transit survey finds riders mostly commute midweek. And they gave the agency its highest ranking ever., 10/1/2023 - Commuters who still are splitting their work weeks between home and the office apparently don’t like Fridays. NJ Transit’s latest customer survey, which also continues to document post coronavirus pandemic travel trends, found that Fridays, not Mondays are the days that the fewest commuters travel to their office or place of work.
Maplewood NJ Transit Bus Garage Getting $68M Upgrade for EV Buses, 10/1/2023 - In case you missed it: Earlier this month (Sept. 6 ,2023), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the Federal Highway Administration awarded an additional $425 million in federal transportation dollars to the New Jersey Department of Transportation....
NJ Transit survey finds riders mostly commute midweek. And they gave the agency its highest ranking ever., 10/1/2023 - Commuters who still are splitting their work weeks between home and the office apparently don’t like Fridays. NJ Transit’s latest customer survey, which also continues to document post coronavirus pandemic travel trends, found that Fridays, not Mondays are the days that the fewest commuters travel to their office or place of work.
With $1M From State, Union County Plans New Bikeway, 9/30/2023 - Construction on a new bikeway to give riders and pedestrians more access to the East Coast Greenway is expected within the next two years, thanks to funding awarded to the county this month by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 
NJ Transit to replace canceled bus routes in Hudson, Essex counties, 9/29/2023 - NJ Transit has come to the rescue of riders who use seven A&C and Coach USA ONE Bus routes in Hudson and Essex counties when those private carriers discontinue those lines in October.
Struggling private bus companies are abandoning commuter service. Can NJ Transit step in?, 9/28/2023 - The decision by the owners of A&C Bus Company to close shop and end service next month on four Jersey City bus routes marks the end of several eras. 
N.J.’s first electric shuttles roll in Trenton. People can’t stop asking about them., 9/28/2023 - The six-seat blue and white Go Trenton shuttle immediately attracted attention as it hit the streets Wednesday for the first time New Jersey’s capital city.
N.J.’s gas tax will increase Sunday. Here’s how we’ll rank compared to other states., 9/28/2023 - (Paywall) New Jersey’s gasoline tax will increase by nearly a penny per gallon this weekend, making it the seventh highest rate in the nation.
N.J. should use corporate taxes to avert NJ Transit fare hikes, group says, 9/27/2023 (Paywall) - New Jersey should extend a soon-to-sunset tax on corporate profits and use the proceeds to avert an approaching fiscal cliff for NJ Transit that could mean fare hikes and service cuts for commuters, New Jersey Policy Perspective proposed on Wednesday.
Newark airport ranks dead last for customer satisfaction (again). But there’s hope., 9/26/2023 - Newark Liberty International Airport, which completed opening of a new $2.7 billion Terminal A in August, still got poor ratings from travelers in the latest J.D Power North America Airport Satisfaction Study.
Federal agency seeks public input on plans for old railroad tracks in Jersey City, 9/26/2023 - Railroad tracks crisscross the city and connect neighborhoods. But some of them aren’t being used anymore, and there are debates about their future uses.
$60M for rail bridge project over Passaic will cut train delays. Here's how much, 9/25/2023 - Conrail was awarded a federal grant of nearly $60 million to fund the second phase of a replacement drawbridge that will dramatically reduce train wait times.
Murphy picks N.J. transportation leader as his new chief of staff, 9/25/2023 - State Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti will become third person to hold the job under Murphy, replacing outgoing chief of staff George Helmy, who is departing at the end of the month after four and a half years.
Feds’ decision to delay to light rail project is a ‘middle finger’ to N.J., lawmakers say, 9/16/2023 (Paywall) - Calling a federal decision that could delay extending a light rail line to Bergen County “a middle finger to New Jersey,” U.S. Rep Josh Gottheimer and other lawmakers gathered Friday to vow to fight the roadblock.
Opinion: NJ Transit gets a bad rap. We don’t know how good we have it., 9/15/2023 (Paywall) - Like so many disgruntled New Jerseyans, I was a longtime, card-carrying NJ Transit detractor. Be it the weathered trains or cramped buses, NJ Transit had always been a part of my life; a necessary evil striped in orange, blue and magenta. 
County deploys electric transit vehicles — a 1st in N.J., 9/15/2023 (Paywall) - Passengers who use Somerset County’s paratransit system are riding on the first electric vehicles in the state to be in regular service on a county transit system.
NJ Gov. Murphy hints at financial lifeline, 'public good operator' as bus companies falter Gothamist, 9/14/2023 - Gov. Phil Murphy hinted Wednesday night his administration could consider cash infusions to help beleaguered bus companies avoid shutting down commuter routes in North Jersey — and that the bus routes may be better served by a public entity in the long term.
Robotic Shuttle Van Drives Itself Around Newark Airport (VIDEOS), 9/14/2023 - At first glance, it almost reads like the setup to a joke: “Let’s put a robot in charge of driving a shuttle bus around Newark Airport.” But according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the experiment that’s been taking place at the airport for the past month is no laughing matter – in fact, it could be a glimpse into the future of the travel industry.
Roselle Park Station to Receive an Additional $9 Million in Improvements, 9/13/2023 - NJ Transit has announced that Roselle Park will be receiving $9 million in federal funding to modernize Roselle Park train station; they will provide new platforms, canopies, ramps, and elevators to improve station accessibility. 
Lyft's new feature allows women, nonbinary riders and drivers to match in app, 9/12/2023 - For many women and people of different gender identities in the U.S., getting home safe is an almost daily consideration.
NJ Transit rolls out three safety initiatives for students as part of Safety Education Program, 9/12/2023 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is rolling out three innovative initiatives for students of all ages as part of its Safety Education Program for the new school year.
Newark Riders Riled by Planned Elimination of Coach USA Bus Routes, 9/12/2023 - The 24 Coach USA bus line is Abdul Salaam's main mode of transportation. So, the news that Coach USA will discontinue the O.N.E. Bus routes 24, 31, and 44, beginning Oct. 8 did not sit well with Salaam, who was on his way home from a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, and said he’d been waiting two hours for his ride.
South Amboy ferry to Manhattan could begin in 30-60 days: mayor, 9/11/23 - The new facility, located adjacent to the Station Bay apartment complex, will be anchored by a two-story ferry terminal and will provide 750 parking spaces for commuters. 
First construction contract for $16B Gateway Hudson River tunnel project approved, 9/11/2023 (Paywall) - The Gateway Development Commission made good on promises to start construction of the massive multi-phase Hudson River Tunnel project by approving the first contract on Monday, beating earlier estimates that work would start in 2024.
NJ Transit locomotive engineers launch billboard campaign over stalled contract talks, 9/9/23 -, 9/9/23 - NJ Transit’s locomotive engineers have started a public awareness campaign over stalled contract talks, buying billboard space near train stations and the state capital in Trenton and passing out fliers to commuters at train stations.
With fewer customers and rising costs, Coach USA will end 3 N.J. commuter bus routes, 9/9/2023 (Paywall) -  Coach USA is leaving the commuter bus business in New Jersey, announcing Friday it would discontinue three bus routes linking Newark and surrounding areas next month due to rising costs and a lack of public subsidies.
Watsessing Avenue Train Station Nabs Federal Funding for Improvements, 9/8/2023 - One of Bloomfield’s two New Jersey Transit train stations is set to benefit from a tranche of additional federal funding intended to improve transportation infrastructure around the country.
Cost to replace Newark airport’s aging monorail predicted to cost over $2 billion, 9/7/2023 (Paywall) -  Replacing Newark Airports small and aging monorail system was never a cheap proposition, but now it is predicted to cost more than the original estimates of $2 billion, according to Port Authority documents.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announces new safety, security leadership hires, 9/7/2023 - On Tuesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced new leadership hires in the Office of the Chief Security (OCSO), as well as the creation of a new security technology and programs department.
NJ gets $425M windfall for transportation projects. Are any of them in your town?, 9/6/2023 -, 9/6/23 - The $425 million in FHWA money New Jersey is receiving is from an annual process called "August redistribution," when states return to the agency money they were not able to use. 
New Jersey releases plan for walking, biking network NJTPA Mention
TransportationTodayNews, 9/6/2023 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) recently released its plan for creating a walking and biking network in northern and central New Jersey.
PATH riders will need to wait longer for high-tech payment options, 9/5/2023 (Paywall) - Summer has come and gone without an anticipated announcement by PATH officials about when riders will see a new fare system that would let them pay by tapping a credit, debit card or Smartphone on a reader.
Raising the stakes. N.J. using drones to find labor violations., 9/5/2023 (Paywall) - New Jersey is the first state in the nation to use drones as “eyes in the sky” to help investigate construction sites where it suspects employers are violating state labor laws, according to the state Labor Department.)
New Jersey’s gas tax is set to rise, but not by much NJ Spotlight News, 9/1/23 - The 0.9-cent increase announced by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration Friday morning will push the per-gallon tax on gasoline that motorists pay to 42.3 cents, and the per-gallon rate for diesel fuel to 49.3 cents. It’s the first increase in three years, and New Jersey’s gas tax will remain the seventh-highest in the country once the adjustment goes into effect.
New Jersey gas tax to increase by about a penny per gallon starting, 9/1/2023 - New Jersey will raise its gasoline tax by about a penny per gallon next month, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration said Friday.
NJ Transit Takes Over DeCamp Bus Routes to NYC, Easing Commuter Worries, 9/1/2023 - Commuters from New Jersey facing return-to-office mandates who once relied on DeCamp Bus Lines, which ended its service earlier this year, no longer have to worry about their routes being discontinued.
NJ Transit train engineers authorize strike in nearly unanimous vote, 8/31/2023 - NJ Transit's locomotive engineers voted in favor of striking if negotiations over a three-year-expired contract aren't resolved, union officials announced Thursday.
Future of N.J. offshore wind power projects in question as contractor faces money crunch, 8/31/2023 (PAYWALL) - New Jersey’s controversial wind power projects could be in jeopardy as Danish renewal energy developer Ørsted reported it is facing huge financial losses.
Old bridges, new funds advance Route 17 bottleneck improvement plan NJTPA Mention, 8/31/2023 (Paywall) - Plans to improve the gridlocked Route 17 bottleneck that borders Paramus, Rochelle Park and Maywood are progressing to the next phase with more funding on the way.
No more deaths on Hudson County roads is task force’s mission NJ Spotlight News, 8/31/23 - After being credited with reducing traffic-related fatalities in Jersey City and Hoboken, the Vision Zero initiative is being expanding to examine every road in Hudson County to make drivers and pedestrians safer.
Flight crews appeal to travelers at Newark Airport for sanity in the skies, 8/30/2023 - With stories about breaking up fights, hiding behind carts and having had luggage thrown at them, flight crews appealed to travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday for sanity in the skies and support for a law that would ground the most violent passengers.
Lawmakers 'furious' after feds tell NJ Transit to start over on Bergen light rail project, 8/30/2023 - A proposed extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into Bergen County has hit another hurdle that will delay planning on the project for at least two more years, outraging local politicians who have spent three decades fighting to expand the service north.
These 3 New York City toll plazas will soon be a thing of the past, 8/30/2023 (PAYWALL) - The disliked toll booths at the George Washington Bridge are almost no more as ongoing demolition marks the final phase of the transition from paying cash to a toll taker to all-electronic toll collection at all Port Authority crossings.
To save costs, NJ Transit looks to make solar power deals, 8/29/2023 - NJ Transit is nearing a deal to sign its first power purchase agreement to install a solar canopy at its Egg Harbor bus garage near Atlantic City.
NJ Transit should take over private bus lines statewide, candidate says, 8/28/2023 - As public officials implored NJ Transit leaders for help to prevent the shutdown of A&C bus service by Halloween, Jersey City riders and residents are waging their own grassroots campaigns to save their routes.
Here's how DOT plans to fix gridlock at Route 202, First Avenue jughandle in Raritan, 8/28/23 - The DOT has unveiled the long-awaited plan to improve the intersection in a $7.5 million project that is tentatively scheduled to be completed by summer 2026 with construction beginning in spring 2025. The DOT is holding a public meeting on the project Aug. 31.
NJ Transit's 'most outstanding' award surprises some frustrated riders, despite successes, 8/28/2023 - For riders who weather the irritation of routine delays and cancellations, it may come as a striking irony that NJ Transit has received the “most outstanding public transportation agency” award for its achievements from 2020 through 2022.
Your next new car might have to be electric, or at least a hybrid under new N.J. rules, 8/26/2023 (Paywall) - If you find yourself at a New Jersey dealership in a few years looking for a new car, chances are you’ll not only have to consider your favorite color, the cup holder size or sound system. Just how exactly that vehicle gets from point A to B will be additionally important.
Penn Station overhaul sparks feud between MTA and Amtrak Gothamist, 8/25/23 - MTA officials have said they want to complete the overhaul to the existing station by 2027, when work is slated to finish on the agency’s Penn Access project that will allow Metro-North trains to run into Penn Station. The work will affect areas used by Amtrak and NJ Transit.
Port Authority approves revised leases for key terminals, 8/25/2023 (Paywall) - The action follows French shipping company CMA CGM's December move to purchase the New Jersey and New York assets of Glogal Container Terminals.
Hoboken creating roadway ‘school zone’ for every school -- and 15-mph restrictions to go with them The Jersey Journal, 8/24/23 - Streets around all K-12 schools in the city will soon have a 15-mph school zone speed limit, a decrease from the current citywide 20-mph rule that currently applies to most schools.
Heading to Newark Liberty? All 33 gates are now open at the new Terminal A, 8/23/2023 - The $2.7 billion terminal opened to the public in January with 21 of the 33 gates operational for United, JetBlue, Air Canada and American Airlines customers.
Road extension will ruin this quiet N.J. neighborhood, residents fear, 8/22/2023 (Paywall) - Controversy over a 700-foot road extension through a quiet garden apartment complex has pitted residents of the 190-unit Meriden Square apartments against Carteret Borough officials who said the road concept has been around for decades.
New Jersey seeks public comment on plan to ban sale of gas-powered cars NJ Monitor, 8/22/23 - The proposal, which mirrors regulations adopted in California, would require zero-emission vehicles to account for 43% of vehicle manufacturers’ light-duty vehicle sales for 2027 cars, phasing up to 100% by 2035. 
Fencing in the Northeast Corridor can help stop people from being hit by trains, expert says, 8/21/2023 (Paywall) - A rail expert said Amtrak’s entire Northeast Corridor Line needs to be fenced off so pedestrians don’t stray on the high speed rail line and get hit by a train.
NJ Transit fare hikes: Only a matter of time? NJ Spotlight News, 8/21/23 - New Jersey Transit’s latest annual budget once again holds bus and train fares flat, but the big question now is for how long.
Murphy’s request for toll credits could make congestion pricing fee higher, NYC board warns, 8/18/2023 (Paywall) - While a six-member board debated various exemptions and credit requests on Thursday from a congestion pricing fee drivers could pay to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street next spring, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made recommendations of his own in a letter to the board.
NJ TRANSIT Awarded Highest Honor From the American Public Transportation Association Among North America’s Largest Transit Systems NJ TRANSIT has been awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) highest honor by being named the 2023 winner of the Outstanding Transportation System award. 
Residents want more state aid to keep NJ Transit trains and buses running, Rutgers poll shows, 8/14/2023 - As NJ Transit approaches the first year of a growing fiscal cliff predicted to start in mid-2025, residents surveyed said they want the state to step up with more funding for the agency, instead of cutting service or raising fares, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
New funding for NJ Transit? Here are Fulop's transportation plans as he eyes governor race, 8/14/2023 - Steven Fulop’s message to straphangers of the state wondering how he would fix New Jersey’s transportation problems as governor is this: “I’ve lived it.”
Latest ferry between N.J. and N.Y.C. makes its debut, 8/11/2023 (Paywall) - Seastreak Ferries' newest addition, the 406 passenger Millennium, has been placed in commuter service after a bow to stern rebuild that started in April.
NJ Transit engineers face long road to strike, 8/11/2023 - NJ Transit engineers are due to vote this month whether to strike amid a yearslong collective bargaining standstill, but federal law that imposes strict procedures on rail worker strikes could delay any job action for months.
Latest ferry between N.J. and N.Y.C. makes its debut, 8/11/2023 - Seastreak Ferries' newest addition, the 406 passenger Millennium, has been placed in commuter service after a bow to stern rebuild that started in April.
NJ Transit engineers face long road to strike, 8/11/2023 - NJ Transit engineers are due to vote this month whether to strike amid a yearslong collective bargaining standstill, but federal law that imposes strict procedures on rail worker strikes could delay any job action for months.
Work underway to expand NJ Transit service in Sussex County NJ Spotlight News, 8/8/23 - The push to expand commuter rail service to Sussex County is still on. Work is under way in Andover to build a new train station that will be served by NJ Transit's restoration of the Lackawanna Cutoff, a rail line buidling in the early 1900s, part of a main line between Hoboken and Buffalo, New York.
New front opening in battles against warehouse sprawl NJ Spotlight News, 8/8/23 - On a rural road just south of Interstate 195 in Monmouth County, residents waved handmade signs protesting plans to build two giant warehouses on farmland. The event was the first of what organizers hope will be a series of protests against the warehouse projects. It represents another front in a fight against warehouse sprawl being waged by communities in New Jersey.
Republican lawmakers want to talk with NJ Transit rail union amid strike vote, 8/8/2023 - New Jersey's Republican leaders are calling on the union that represents NJ Transit's locomotive engineers to meet with them in advance of a vote expected to take place later this month that could authorize a strike.
NJ Transit rail union calls for a strike vote after 3-year deadlock, 8/7/2023 (Paywall) - NJ Transit locomotive engineers who operate the agency’s commuter trains will vote on whether to strike as contract talks have not moved forward since 2019.
Port Authority doubles down on technology and innovation, 8/7/2023 (Paywall) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is employing a strategy of embracing technology and innovation, as part of its plan to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world that is emerging from the throes of the pandemic.
New Jersey Transit receive funding redesign Paterson-Passaic bus service, 8/2/2023 - New Jersey Transit will receive funding to conduct a study and network redesign of bus service between Paterson and Passaic, as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s award of $20 million to 47 communities to help improve public transportation options in areas that are experiencing what the agency calls, “long-term economic distress.”
NJ Transit can’t let A&C bus routes die | Jersey Journal editorial, 7/31/2023 - With four privately run bus routes in Jersey City reaching the end of the line in three months, it is imperative that NJ Transit step in and replace – preferably even enhance -- the service.
New York, New Jersey port authority’s airports reach record number of travelers, 7/31/2023 - John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports surpassed 2019 record by nearly 1 million.
New Jersey announces nearly $50M in local bridge fund grants, 7/31/2023 - On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced it had awarded more than 40 Local Bridges Fund grants to help counties throughout the state maintain local bridges.
Scotch Plains Mayor Voices Ongoing Support for a One-Seat Ride on the Raritan Valley Line, 7/30/2023 - Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo has submitted a support letter to Rep. Tom Kean, who represents Scotch Plains in the U.S. Congress. Kean is pushing for the bipartisan One-Seat Ride Act (H.R. 1547), presented to the federal House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, July 27.
Scotch Plains Mayor Voices Ongoing Support for a One-Seat Ride on the Raritan Valley Line, 7/30/2023 - Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo has submitted a support letter to Rep. Tom Kean, who represents Scotch Plains in the U.S. Congress. Kean is pushing for the bipartisan One-Seat Ride Act (H.R. 1547), presented to the federal House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, July 27.
Route 46 reopening after flood fix required new mile-long access road, N.J. officials say, 7/29/2023 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation said it expects Route 46 in Warren County to reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday following extensive repairs due to major damage caused by flash flooding earlier this month.
More construction, closed lanes planned for I-78 near busy Delaware River bridge, 7/28/2023 (Paywall) - Over the past five years, repeated rounds of construction on I-78 near the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border has led to closed lanes and at times traffic backups.
Route 202 in Somerset, Hunterdon to be studied, 7/27/23 (Paywall) - The state Department of Transportation will be studying ways of improving traffic flow and safety on Route 202 from Old York Road at the municipal building to the Readington border and beyond.
New Jersey Transit Awarded $600,000 Federal Funding for Paterson-Passaic Bus Line Improvement, 7/26/2023 - The cities of Paterson and Passaic are set to see significant enhancements in their bus service, thanks to the allocation of $600,000 in federal funding to New Jersey Transit. The funding is aimed at improving accessibility and reducing wait times for commuters traveling between the two densely populated cities.
N.J. Turnpike Authority gets a new boss who’s spent his entire career on Jersey highways, 7/26/2023 (Paywall) - James Carone, who spent his entire 46-year career in New Jersey, starting on the Garden State Parkway, will be the boss of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority that runs the state’s two largest toll roads.
End of the line: Nearly century-old Jersey City bus company shutting down, 7/25/2023 - A nearly century-old bus company that has served the southern half of Jersey City is running on empty. The A&C Bus Corp., based on Danforth Avenue, will be shutting down the operation of its Jersey City bus routes, according to NJ Transit, leaving residents on the West Side with few options of getting around.
Toll cheats stiffed N.J. for $117M last year and the bill keeps growing, 7/25/2023 - The five largest toll agencies serving New Jersey lost $117.66 million last year to drivers who drove through toll lanes without paying or blew off bills they received, according to agency records.
Shore towns focus on pedestrian safety, especially in summer NJTPA Mention, 7/25/2023 - ...New Jersey is among the states with the most pedestrian fatalities, reaching a 30-year high in 2021 with about 220 people dying on the state’s roads, according to a study that year by Smart Growth America.
NJ Transit OKs $4.7M For Bloomfield Train Station Upgrades, 7/24/2023 - A major renovation project at Bloomfield Station is moving full speed ahead, officials say. Last week, NJ Transit’s board of directors gave a green light to a $4.73 million work contract for design and construction support – with five percent for contingencies – that will fuel several upgrades at the Bloomfield train station.
N.J. plans to sue the Federal Highway Administration over N.Y.C. toll approval, 7/22/2023 (Paywall)- New Jersey plans to sue the Federal Highway Administration over its approval of New York’s controversial congestion pricing plan to charge a toll to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street and will demand a more comprehensive environmental study be conducted, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.
Governor launches lawsuit against feds over NY congestion pricing, rebuking review process, 7/21/2023 - Gov. Phil Murphy sued the federal government in U.S. District Court for giving New York the green light to move ahead with a contentious congestion pricing program for drivers entering midtown and lower Manhattan.
New Jersey sues to block New York City’s congestion pricing plan New Jersey Monitor, 7/21/23 - New Jersey sued the federal government Friday to block New York’s plan to add tolls on Manhattan’s busiest roads, calling it a “misguided scheme” that will reap billions for the city while spiking congestion and air pollution in New Jersey.
Why were hundreds of NJ trains canceled or delayed the week of July 3? Amtrak explains, 7/20/23 - The three days of disruptions impacted more than 100 Amtrak trains, with some delays lasting several hours, including one as long as 5 hours and 34 minutes. 
NJ Transit racing to build Transitway in time for World Cup 2026, 7/20/2023 - NJ Transit racing to build Transitway in time for World Cup 2026
Slice of $20M federal bus grant is coming to densely populated N.J. cities, 7/20/2023 - With three bus route makeovers underway, NJ Transit received another federal grant to redesign bus routes, some which haven’t changed since trolley cars ran on them.
No fare hikes in NJ Transit’s $2.9B budget, but fiscal cliff still looms New Jersey Monitor, 7/20/23 - NJ Transit’s board approved roughly $2.9 billion in spending for the 2024 fiscal year Wednesday night that comes with no fare hikes, but it remains unclear how the long-struggling agency will meet the $1 billion-plus funding shortfall it faces in the coming years.
How to get fans to MetLife for World Cup? NJ Transit will spend $35M to design bus lane, 7/20/23 - NJ Transit officials are racing to get a new transit route up and running from Secaucus to MetLife Stadium ahead of the fast-approaching 2026 FIFA World Cup, and the board unanimously voted to approve $35 million for HNTB Corp. to fully design this new corridor at Wednesday’s board meeting.
Jersey City’s Port Liberté ferry service gets commuters to Manhattan for cheap News12 New Jersey, 7/18/23 - Riders can catch the ferry at Port Liberté and be at Pier 11 in Manhattan in under 15 minutes. Jersey City officials have also announced that they are going a step further. Those who do not have a vehicle can get a ride to the ferry for free. 
Jersey City offering free rides to and from Port Liberte ferry, 7/18/2023 - (Paywall) In another effort to make the renewed ferry service at Port Liberte more enticing to residents in southern end of the city, Jersey City is offering free rides to and from the terminal, city officials announced.
NJ Transit officially signs lease on new headquarters NJSpotlight, 7/18/2023 - The lease agreement was finally released for New Jersey Transit’s new headquarters at Two Gateway in Newark. The transit agency will spend more than $440 million over 25 years to rent eight floors of Two Gateway Center – moving its operations from the building it owns just down the street. 
Hunterdon County Looking to Connect Parks, Preserved Spaces NJTPA Mention, 7/17/2023 - Hunterdon County has applied for $160,000 to create a greenway trail plan aimed at linking the county’s sprawling parks and preserved spaces through a connected pathway.
NJ Transit to Study Potential for Development at Pennsauken Transit Center, 7/17/2023 - A new planning study will explore the feasibility of transit oriented development (TOD) at the Pennsauken Transit Center.
Governor Murphy announces rule requiring electric car sales New Jersey Monitor, 7/17/23 - Gov. Phil Murphy announced the filing of an administrative rule that would require car manufacturers to ramp up sales of electric vehicles before barring them from producing fossil fuel vehicles altogether in 2035. The rule, which Murphy said he expects will be published on Aug. 21, mirrors regulations adopted in California and would require electric vehicles to account for a growing share of car manufacturers’ sales, reaching 100% in 2035.
NJ Transit has had many fiscal crises. Here's why the one that's looming will be worse, 7/17/2023 - The classic go-to formula in New Jersey to fix its statewide transit agency’s deficits over the years is usually the same: Fare increases. Service cuts. Layoffs. Taking money from the budget intended for capital projects.
Landslide closes Rt. 46 in Warren County until further notice, other roads flooded, 7/17/2023 - A landslide from Sunday’s severe storms has closed part of Route 46 in Warren County until further notice in Knowlton Township, the New Jersey Department of Transportation said.
Camden Loop officially launches app-based ‘micro-transit’ service, 7/14/2023 - During a press conference in Camden July 13, Camden County Partnership and Via announced the launch of the Camden Loop — an innovative, on-demand, app-based public transit service designed at filling transportation access gaps in the city.
Commissioner John Bartlett Brings NJTPA to Passaic County NJTPA Mention, 7/14/2023 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) held its Summer Board of Trustees meeting at the Great Falls Center earlier this week. After the meeting, the Board, staff, and attendees were treated to a tour of the Great Falls National Historical Park. 
Why the overhead wires powering NJ Transit, Amtrak trains keep breaking, 7/13/2023 - The summer heat that makes the Jersey Shore a delight made rail commuters physically, and perhaps mentally, broil last week after causing overhead wire problems that stopped trains, stranded and delayed thousands of NJ Transit and Amtrak riders.
Upcoming Coach USA bus service cuts concern Jersey Gardens workers, city official, 7/12/23 - Another private bus company in New Jersey is citing financial losses for scaling back local bus service on two routes that serve Newark and East Orange, including the busy Jersey Gardens mall, and Newark officials are trying to find ways to keep them running.
The man who created the modern commuter ferry is honored with a vessel that bears his name, 7/10/2023 - Arthur Imperatore would have been proud of the new NY Waterway ferry that bears his name, honoring the founder of the ferry service that sparked development of Hudson County’s other Gold Coast, north of Hoboken.
How work on PATCO rail lines will impact commuters this summer, 7/7/2023 - PATCO rail schedules between New Jersey and Philadelphia will be adjusted starting July 8, coinciding with the start of an eight week rail replacement project, officials said.
Penn Station Is a Perpetual Mess. Change May Be at Hand., 7/7/2023 - If the latest flurry of news around two dueling plans to fix New York’s Pennsylvania Station has left you scratching your head, you’re not alone. Various officials I have spoken with are also fuzzy on details.
Hudson Tunnel Project gets billions from feds to move Gateway project forward, 7/6/2023 - The Gateway Project to build two new Hudson River rail tunnels and rehabilitate the old ones took a major step forward Thursday that puts the bi-state project on a path to ultimately receive a $6.88 billion federal grant, officials said.
Port Authority Bus Terminal replacement gets $65M infusion of cash, 7/5/2023 - It may not look like it to people using the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan, but significant work is happening to ultimately replace it. Really.
Bayonne to Jersey City bus route ridership jumped when service improved, NJ Transit says, 7/5/2023 - One of the primary bus routes between Bayonne and Jersey City boomed in popularity once NJ Transit took over operations and it started running more consistently.
Here’s when the next wing of Newark Airport’s $2.7B Terminal A opens, 7/3/2023 - The remaining wing of Newark Liberty Airport’s new $2.7 billion Terminal A will be opened over the course of three months this summer, marking the completion of the massive project
NJ Transit responds to customers with 346 more bus trips on popular, summer routes, 7/3/2023 - NJ Transit added 346 weekday bus trips last month that increased summer seasonal service, extended routes and increased frequency on corridors with growing ridership — a sign of flexibility and responsiveness to customer needs.
Abandoned Rahway Railroad Tracks To Become Hiking, Biking Trail, 7/2/2023 - A long-abandoned railroad track that runs through Union County will soon be transformed into a hiking and biking trail, thanks to a $1.5 federal grant.
NJ Transit launches "RIDE KIND" campaign to improve relations between riders and employees, 6/28/2023 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is encouraging all its customers and employees to treat each other with kindness and respect with the “RIDE KIND” campaign. 
With federal approval, NYC now must decide how much congestion pricing toll will be, 6/28/2023 - After news of its approval broke this week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul made it official Tuesday — New York City’s first-in-the-nation congestion pricing plan to reduce traffic, pollution and crashes by charging a fee to enter Manhattan has recieved the federal nod needed to go to the next step.
Gateway tunnel project gets $25M to kick-start construction on NJ side, 6/28/2023 - New Jersey was awarded three federal grants to the tune of $25 million to kick-start construction on the New Jersey side for the Gateway rail tunnels.
Architects proceed with designs for overhaul of NYC Penn Station, 6/28/2023 - Renowned architects and engineers are clamoring to land the prized job to design the long-overdue reconstruction of New York Penn Station, and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced her own revisions to the state’s approach to the busiest transportation hub in North America.
Plan calls for $6B Penn Station makeover that could make the worst train station into a gem, 6/28/2023 - Architects unveiled a sweeping design for a Penn Station makeover that surrounds Madison Square Garden with a granite and limestone facade and brings light and more space in to the current station that is known by commuters as a subterranean catacomb of despair.
NJ TRANSIT says riders have lost 'basic civility', 6/27/2023 - Transit workers often get the brunt of rider discontent, for issues ranging from delays to dirt on the floor.
New York Penn Station Reconstruction Project begins preliminary design, 6/27/2023 - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its railroad partners have issued a Notice to Proceed to begin preliminary design on the New York Penn Station Reconstruction Project, which will transform the western hemisphere’s busiest rail station into a world-class transit hub.
NJ Transit gets federal grant to modernize garage to handle electric buses. It's a start, 6/26/2023 - NJ Transit has been awarded a $47 million federal grant to modernize its Hilton bus garage in Maplewood to handle zero-emission electric buses in the future.
Congestion Pricing Plan in New York City Clears Final Federal Hurdle New York Times, 6/26/23 - Final approval was granted by the Federal Highway Administration, a spokeswoman said Monday, and a local panel appointed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can now decide on final toll rates, including any discounts, exemptions and other allowances.
NY-NJ port industry powers up region’s economy NJTPA Mention
PortCalls, 6/26/23 - The New York-New Jersey port industry powered up the region’s economy in 2022, accounting for nearly $15.7 billion in tax revenue, supporting more than 563,700 jobs, and generated $47.2 billion in personal and $135.3 billion in business income, says a new economic impact study released on June 22 by the Shipping Association of New York and New Jersey.
Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge Re-Opened for Traffic Today, Months Ahead of Schedule NJYPA Mention
TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock, 6/27/23 - The Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge officially reopened today, June 26, to traffic in both directions after more than two years of being in reconstruction.
Feds give $25M to build N.J. highway bridge that was started and canceled in 2010, 6/24/2023 - In October of 2010, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cancled the controversial Hudson River Tunnel Project, then known as “ARC,” leaving unfinished the beginnings of a highway that was to carry routes 1 & 9 over the mouth of the new tunnel. Now, more than a dozen years later the highway is going to be finished.
State should give NJ Transit more money to avoid fare hikes, residents say in poll, 6/24/2023 - A majority of New Jersey residents surveyed oppose NJ Transit fare hikes and service cuts and instead want the state to increase direct funding to the statewide transit system that is approaching a fiscal cliff, starting next year, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
Study: Port industry responsible for $108B in 2022 NJ business activity, 6/23/2023 (Paywall) - An economic impact study released this week finds that in 2022 the Port of New York and New Jersey was the both the largest operation on the East Coast and – for several months – the largest container port in the United States.
Is Route 9 going to be safer? Old Bridge hopes so, 6/22/23 - Earlier this month, the DOT began installing guardrails along a 1.2 mile stretch of Route 9 between Throckmorton Lane/Ticetown Road to near Jake Brown Road due to safety concerns of vehicle crossovers.The work is expected to be completed by the end of June. The cost of the project is approximately $700,000,
Traffic deaths in the U.S., N.J. dropped in the first part of 2023, 6/21/2023 - After several years of increasing traffic fatalities in New Jersey and across the nation starting in 2020, safety officials reported the number of people killed in crashes dropped during the first part of 2023.
Begrimed jewel gets $191M makeover: Restoring Newark Penn as 'front door of the city', 6/20/2023 - The long-overdue work at the 88-year-old station is covered in large part by a $191 million state grant awarded from the debt defeasance fund and puts a dent in the roughly $500 million list of projects the agency would like to complete at the station.
NJ Transit settles with train engineers union over 'illegal job action', 6/18/2023 - A year after nearly 500 of NJ Transit's locomotive engineers no-showed on the holiday weekend of Juneteenth, the national union that represents them has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle the matter with the agency.
Parking at Newark Airport is more expensive again, after summer surcharge, 6/18/2023 - Travelers who drive to the three metro area Port Authority airports this summer and expect to wheel into a convenient, inexpensive parking spot may find neither of either.
NJ Transit to spend $19M on system that can help prevent train wrecks, 6/17/2023 - NJ Transit is spending another $19 million on Positive Train Control, a federally-mandated safety system that stops trains that speed or ignore signals. The work will keep the system current with changes made by other railroads NJ Transit uses, and to keep current with new federal requirements.
NJ's fund to fix roads gets money from a gas tax. How should electric vehicle owners pay?, 6/16/2023 - There could be major potholes ahead for the state’s source of money to fix roads and bridges and support public transportation projects.
East Brunswick: Electric School Buses are Ready to Roll as Legislation, Funding Move Forward, 6/15/2023 - Just when you thought it was time to pull the plug on this school year, electric school buses have come to New Jersey. Advocates, educators, and legislators gathered at Memorial Elementary School in East Brunswick today to support funding in the New Jersey 2024 budget for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Electric School Bus Program to jumpstart a three-year pilot program signed into law last summer.
NJ Transit is facing a $957M budget shortfall, but will still move into leased offices, 6/15/2023 - While NJ Transit’s cost cutting moves are still being formulated to avoid a forecasted shortfall of $957 million by fiscal year 2027, one controversial thing will not be on the chopping block — the $400 million move to a new headquarters at Two Gateway Center in Newark, from a building it owns.
Recycled glass will temporarily fill the hole on I-95, 6/15/2023 - A section of I-95 that collapsed earlier this week after a tanker truck fire damaged overpasses in North Philadelphia will be filled in with glass aggregate to support a temporary roadway until permanent structures can be built, officials announced Wednesday.
North Jersey residents complain about frequent helicopter noise. Can Congress help?, 6/14/2023 (Paywall) - A bill to track complaints about helicopter noise and to increase transparency among operators was introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. this month.
Port Authority of New York, New Jersey strengthens concrete mix requirements, 6/14/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently strengthened its requirements to use sustainable concrete mixes in future construction, part of its goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
NJ TRANSIT Launches 'Know Your ABCs' Campaign, 6/14/2023 - NJ TRANSIT is launching a campaign entitled “Know Your ABCs,” which encourages customers to be familiar with their “alternates, backups and contingencies” should there be a disruption to their usual mode of travel.
Scathing Murphy letter says ‘flawed’ congestion pricing will cause NJ Transit fare hike, pollution spike, 6/14/2023 - A scathing 15-page letter from Gov. Phil Murphy called an environmental assessment about New York’s proposed congestion pricing fee to enter Manhattan’s central business district “fundamentally flawed” for discounting increased pollution and other harmful effects on New Jersey.
NJ Transit wants to help you learn the ABCs, 6/14/2023 - If you don’t know your ABCs, NJ Transit wants to help. The nation’s largest statewide public transportation system is launching a campaign called "Know Your ABCs,” which encourages customers to be familiar with their “alternates, backups and contingencies” in case of a disruption during their normal route.
Gottheimer, Senator Menendez Urge Department of Transportation to Further Investigate the Negative Environmental Impacts of the Congestion Tax, 6/12/2023 - Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT), urging them to further investigate the environmental impact of the MTA’s Congestion Tax with a full Environmental Impact Statement.
Why so many N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission transactions can now be done online, 6/12/2023 (Paywall) — Changes made since the coronavirus pandemic, away from drivers lining up at state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies to more motorists using the commission’s website for routine transactions, were made permanent and will be expanded under the agencies’ new business model.
Students can be a commuter’s hero by designing a rescue robot for the Holland, Lincoln tunnels, 6/11/2023 - Now, the Port Authority is asking engineers of the future to design a better way to patrol and respond to emergencies than stuffing an adult human something the size of a shopping cart or sending a full-sized police vehicle there.
This train is the last of its kind. Historians want to bring it back to life., 6/11/2023 - A train that did for commuters what the iPhone did for cell phones has been sleeping for years in Boonton.
Driving south on I-95? Here's how to avoid collapsed section in Philadelphia, 6/11/2023 — The collapse of an elevated section of I-95 in Philadelphia on Sunday caused by a vehicle fire is expected to clog road travel for months along the heavily used interstate, authorities said.
With congestion pricing clock ticking down, Jersey asks feds for a time out, 6/10/2023 - With a 30-day review period ending Monday on New York’s congestion pricing plan to charge up to a $23 fee to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is asking federal officials to tap the brakes.
Autonomous shuttles could be coming to a JFK Airport parking lot. Here's how they work, 6/8/2023 — Navigating an airport parking lot, like one on the sprawling campus of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, while hauling luggage and corralling family members to any of their five terminals can be a daunting and tiring task.
Bound Brook's Latin American community inspires train station mural, 6/7/2023 - Vibrant colors and detailed designs now greet commuters as they walk through the NJ Transit station, thanks to the work of college students. 
More electric vehicles could prevent deaths, generate $36B in benefits in N.J., report says, 6/7/2023 - New Jersey could avoid 3,290 deaths and generate $36 billion in public health benefits by transitioning to electric vehicles by 2050, according to a report by the American Lung Association.
N.J. will keep $81M in COVID stimulus money that debt ceiling deal put in jeopardy, 6/7/2023 - New Jersey was spared losing $81 million in COVID-19 funding that would have been returned to the federal government, that will now be used to fund several NJ Transit bus programs under negotiations brokered by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and U.S. Rep Bill Pascrell Jr., the two Democrat lawmakers announced.
Rails-to-Trails Project from Roselle Park to Kenilworth to Get $1.5 Million for Improvements, 6/6/2023 - The Rahway Valley Rails-to-Trails Project will receive $1.5 million in funding to improve the trails for pedestrians and bicyclists. The money was awarded to Union County from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Amtrak wants $7B in federal grants for N.J. projects, other Northeast Corridor work, 6/5/2023 - Amtrak officials applied for almost $7.3 billion in federal grants to advance the next phase of the larger Gateway Program and to clear up a backlog of Northeast Corridor line projects.
Leasing a new headquarters could cost NJ Transit almost $400M over 25 years, 6/5/2023 (Paywall) - NJ Transit’s plan to move into new offices at 2 Gateway Plaza in Newark could cost a total of almost $400 million over the life of a 25 year lease, an expense questioned by state legislators as the agency faces a predicted $957 million shortfall by 2027.
Rail operators’ report calls Madison Square Garden ‘not compatible’ with Penn Station, 6/5/2023 - Madison Square Garden’s location and boundaries are no longer compatible with the operation of Penn Station, the station’s three passenger operators say — a statement likely to complicate the effort by the arena’s owners to extend their permit to operate the structure.
New Jersey Department of Transportation Announces $1.5 Million Funding for the County of Union’s Rahway Valley Rails-to-Trails Project NJTPA Mention, 6/5/2023 - The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has awarded the County of Union $1,500,000 in funding from the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program for the Rahway Valley Rails-to-Trails Project.
NJ Transit, other railroads want Madison Square Garden to move, new report says, 6/5/2023 - NJ Transit and two other railroads that use the Penn Station, the subterranean rail stop under Madison Square Garden, said the sports and music arena and train station are not compatible uses and the Garden interferes with plans to improve the station.
NJ TRANSIT begins website ticketing pilot programme for ACRL, 6/2/2023 - NJ TRANSIT has announced that it has introduced a pilot programme enabling customers to buy tickets for the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) online through its website. The programme had officially launched on 31 May 2023.
Delaware River bridges between N.J. and Philly will not go 100% E-ZPass, 6/2/2023 (Paywall) - In a departure from other toll authorities in the Tri-State area, the Delaware River Port Authority will not go cashless and switch to all-electronic toll collection on its bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
NJ Transit moved 80K to Taylor Swift concerts at MetLife on Memorial Day weekend, 6/2/2023 - NJ Transit’s effort to move the 80,000 fans to the shows over Memorial Day weekend were deemed a “tremendous success” Kevin Corbett, NJ Transit CEO, said on Wednesday.
This could be the year NJ Transit finally finds a new customer advocate, 6/1/2023 (Paywall) - NJ Transit’s riders have been without a customer advocate for the past for two years and seven months, longer than the time the first advocate worked in the position.
Latest apartment building 'will set a new standard for luxury living in Bound Brook' NJTPA Mention, 5/31/2023 (Paywall) - The borough received a $1 million federal grant administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to undertake the pedestrian plaza project.
RFQs issued for two major parts of Hudson Tunnel Project, 5/31/2023 (Paywall) - The long-anticipated Hudson Tunnel Project marked another major step forward May 31, as the Gateway Development Commission announced it has issued a Request for Qualifications for two major components of the work.
An old, small bridge that’s a big problem for N.J. town got $800K toward its replacement, 5/30/2023 (Paywall) - The Broad Street bridge in Norwood isn’t as iconic or large as the George Washington Bridge to the south, but it’s just as problematic for local traffic when it has a problem.
Could tiny Rhode Island give NJ the slingshot to defeat NY’s congestion pricing plan? Could tiny Rhode Island give NJ the slingshot to defeat NY’s congestion pricing plan?, 5/30/2023 (Paywall) - New Jersey lawmakers seem to be throwing everything at the wall to see what will stick in their ramped-up fight against New York over the MTA's congestion pricing proposal for lower Manhattan.
What will Carteret's ferry terminal look like? 'Think Grand Central Station', 5/30/2023 - A contract is expected to be awarded in June and work to begin this summer on the construction of a 700-space parking lot for the ferry terminal and Carteret Intermodal Transportation Building on the remediated 7-acre site that formerly housed DuPont Chemical.
Monmouth County Receives Two Types of Project Funding from NJTPA to Improve County Roads NJTPA Mention, 5/29/2023 - The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that the County has been awarded two types of project funding through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) to improve County roads.
NJ Transit links with Uber and Lyft, 5/25/2023 - NJ Transit is piloting ride-hail on its paratransit service Access Link. The New Jersey transportation agency is allowing users to opt in - on a voluntary basis - to taking trips with Uber and Lyft "to reduce wait and trip times while maintaining Access Link prices and the reservation process to which customers are accustomed".
Hudson County announces $760K grant for Hackensack River walkway The Jersey Journal, 5/25/23 - Hudson County plans to use the funding, from the DOT’s “Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TAP),” to connect Lincoln Park West behind the Department of Roads & Public Property building to Duncan Avenue along the Hackensack River.
Murphy wants NJ Transit to switch to electric buses. But there's a speed bump ahead, 5/24/2023 - Yet another NJ Transit initiative that could be delayed or put at risk because the agency doesn't have constitutionally dedicated sources of money is the effort to transition its fleet to zero-emission buses.
Nearly $28M Awarded Monmouth County For Local, Rural Road Fixes, 5/24/2023 - NJTPA MENTION - Monmouth County has been awarded two types of funding for five projects through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) to improve county roads, officials announced Wednesday.
New Jersey awards $35.8M in transportation alternatives grants, 5/24/2023 - NJTPA MENTION - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), recently awarded 32 grants totaling $35.8 million under the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) program.
Bill restricting trucks to the right lane would create a ‘wall of trucks’ on N.J. highways, opponents say, 5/24/2023 (Paywall) - A bill that would limit trucks to the right lane of New Jersey highways that are two or more lanes wide is up for a vote in the state Assembly on Thursday and is being opposed by trucking groups.
Phillipsburg’s Riverfront Heritage Trail will get $1.3M to start Phase I of construction Lehigh Valley Live, 5/24/2023 - NJTPA MENTION The decade-long wait is over, and construction of the Phillipsburg Riverfront Heritage Trail can now begin — almost. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Association and New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Phillipsburg will receive $1.36 million to begin Phase I construction on the state border-crossing trail system. It’s the beginning of a massive endeavor.
Shortlist Released for $16B NY-NJ Hudson River Tunnel, 5/23/2023- Gateway Development Commission has shortlisted three teams in its search for a project delivery partner to help it deliver a $16-billion rail tunnelproject connecting New York and New Jersey under the Hudson River.
Who's testing the latest autonomous vehicle tech? The Port Authority. Here's how, 5/23/2023  - When Angel L. Rios started working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1987, the agency was beginning to introduce PCs to employees. Now, 36 years later, it's testing an autonomous vehicle in his department.
Rolling With Times, Newark to Make E-Scooter, Bike Program Permanent, 5/23/2023  - Patrick McCann hops on one of the city’s shared e-scooters or bikes about twice a week.
These 134 NJ towns will participate in 'Click It or Ticket' campaigns, 5/23/2023 - If you’re out on the roads during the next couple of weeks, be sure to buckle up!
NJ Transit at 40, 5/22/2023 - ...New Jersey Transit was created in 1979, primarily to operate the state’s bus lines. Its role in commuter rail operation slowly expanded, with timetables as early as 1980 bearing the NJT logo, even though those services were still being operated by Conrail. The new branding was a sign of things to come.
N.J. seat belt ticket blitz starts today. These 132 towns got grants for crackdowns., 5/22/23 -  N.J. seat belt ticket blitz starts today. These 132 towns got grants for crackdowns.
Newark says e-bike and scooter rental program surpassed 1M trips, 5/22/23  - An electric bike and scooter sharing program launched by Newark two years ago notched its millionth ride, city officials said Monday.
Deadly Traffic in Suburbia Points to Deep-Seated Structural Problems The New York Times, 5/20/23 - Without the benefit of enforcement cameras, the transportation engineers of Jersey City have turned to engineering and design techniques to slow drivers.imes, 5/20/23
No will needed. New law makes it easier to leave your car to loved ones., 5/18/2023, Paywall  - The state Motor Vehicle Commission made it easier for the registered owners of a motor vehicle to give the vehicle to their heirs when they die.
New N.J. law will make stolen catalytic convertors harder to sell, gov says, 5/17/2023 - That unappreciated part of your car’s emissions system that’s become an attractive target for thieves — the catalytic converter — just got some more protection from the state in a new law signed by the governor.
A.C. Expressway takes the first step to ending cash toll collection in N.J., 5/17/2023 - Your cash will be no good here in roughly one year. Moving to cashless all electronic toll collection on the state’s three toll roads took a major step forward Wednesday when the South Jersey Transportation Authority awarded a $30.59 million contract to begin construction of an all-electronic toll collection system on the Atlantic City Expressway, a design that could be used on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
N.J. school district may restore busing for 3K students, but parents would pay fee, 5/17/2023 - A regional high school district for eight Monmouth County towns that announced the end of bus service for more than 3,000 students who live closest its schools is considering restoring the rides, but parents would have to pay for it.
Mayor Fulop Reduces Transit Fares & Expands Ferry Services for Low- and Moderate-income Households, Closing Transportation Gaps in Areas Most in Need, 5/17/2023 - Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins Councilwoman Denise Ridley and the Department of Infrastructure to announce a resolution awarding a contract for services out of the Port Liberte Ferry Terminal, which the City of Jersey City recently acquired to restore the only ferry service outside of downtown, promote ridership, and ensure residents in low- and moderate-income communities have greater access to affordable and efficient transportation options.
Jersey City announces return of Port Liberte ferry service, with discounted rate The Jersey Journal, 5/17/23 - City council will consider a resolution next week to award a contract for five-days-a-week service to New York Waterway, the company that handles ferry service between Hudson County and Manhattan. Officials are hopeful that ferry service there could start as soon as this summer.
People with autism can now have it noted on their driver’s license, thanks to N.J. law, 5/16/2023 - Autism advocates said it is needed to avoid complications and misunderstandings when a driver with autism is stopped by police.
Let's Talk Transportation - Share Your Ride, 5/16/2023 (Paywall), NJTPA Mention - North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is the federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for the 13-county northern New Jersey region.
Could GW Bridge traffic increase from congestion pricing? Here's what one report said, 5/15/2023 (Paywall) - Traffic on the George Washington Bridge and the eastern spur of the New Jersey Turnpike in North Jersey could increase under some Manhattan congestion pricing scenarios studied, but such tolling would have a minimal impact on mass transit options from New Jersey into Manhattan, according to the latest report on the potential impact of the policy.
Congestion pricing is close to approval. Here’s what it could cost N.J. drivers., 5/15/2023 (Paywall) - Supporters of New York’s congestion pricing plan were doing a victory lap earlier this month over a decision by federal officials to accept an environmental assessment and not require a more in-depth study, moving the plan to toll traffic driving south of 60th street in Manhattan closer to implementation.
Work has started on $92M project to replace collapsed I-295 retaining wall, 5/15/2023 - Work started Monday to replace the massive I-295 retaining wall in Bellmawr that partially collapsed during construction in March 2021.
Menendez proposes federal legislation to require N.J. has a voice in N.Y.C. congestion pricing plan, 5/15/2023 (Paywall) - U.S Sen. Robert Menendez joined New Jersey’s fight against congestion pricing Monday, vowing to introduce legislation that would impose sanctions on New York state and require consent and cooperation with neighboring states in future congestion pricing proposals in the nation.
NJ Transit pioneers new Uber-Lyft ride program for senior, disabled users, 5/10/2023 (Paywall) - In a move that could change how transportation is provided to New Jerseys senior and disabled residents, NJ Transit and two leading rideshare companies are pioneering a program to get them Acess Link rides faster and possibly deliver cost savings for the agency.
Toll Increase Coming To NJ Turnpike—Again, 5/10/2023 - Expect tolls to increase on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike beginning next year, transportation officials said.
N.J. Turnpike, Parkway tolls will go up — again — next year, 5/10/2023 (Paywall) - Drivers got an early warning form the state’s transportation boss — they can expect tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway to increasse in 2024, again.
NJ senators irked over turnpike project costs, motor vehicle call centers, 5/10/2023 - Though neither as fiery nor as long as the Assembly version of the budget hearings on transportation, the Senate's on Tuesday touched on E-ZPass, the turnpike widening, NJ Transit’s anticipated headquarters move and challenges with hiring.
Congressmen vow to continue congestion pricing fight, say it will increase N.J. pollution, 5/9/2023 (Paywall) - With the clock running on a 30-day comment period about New York City's controversial congestion pricing plan to charge a toll to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street, U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Rob Menendez said they found evidence the plan will worsen air pollution in Bergen County as drivers try to skirt the congestion zone.
What is congestion pricing? Answering all your questions about toll program for NJ drivers, 5/9/23 - The idea of congestion pricing dates back at least to 1976, when it was adopted in Singapore to cut down on vehicle traffic and pollution and improve public transportation into its busiest region — all of which was achieved. These are the same principles that guided congestion tolling programs in Sweden, London and now New York City.
New Jersey warehouse opponents create a new coalition, 5/9/2023 - To take a drive along the narrow two-lane roads of Franklin Township in Warren County, N.J., is to take a windshield tour of undeveloped rolling meadows and farm fields. 
State rejects thousands of lewd, crude vanity license plates., 5/9/2023 (Paywall) - The reasons for getting a vanity license plate rejected can be simple...
Opinion: To save lives, New Jersey must transition away from vehicles with dirty, dangerous exhausts, 5/8/2023 - All across New Jersey, people are breathing in dangerous amounts of exhaust pollution known to lead to a myriad of severe health problems, including increased risk of asthma, lung disease, and cancer. 
Trucks, noise, odors: Here’s what it’s really like to live next to N.J. warehouses, residents say, 5/7/2023 - When James Kolpack started looking for a new home in New Jersey last year, he said he was searching for an area surrounded by farmland and “open space, where I would be able to relax a little.”
Experts, advocates weigh in on how NJ Transit could close predicted $957M budget shortfall, 5/6/2023 - ...forecasts prompted state Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to announce a realignment plan. NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett has said “everything is on the table,” cost cutting, realigning bus and train service and possible fare increases to allow the agency to live in its means before asking for more money.
NYC’s congestion pricing plan gets big win from feds. It’s ‘unfair’ to N.J., gov says., 5/6/2023 - Federal Highway Administration officials gave New York City’s congestion pricing proposal a victory Friday, saying it did not have to perform a more time-consuming environmental impact study that New Jersey officials had wanted.
Murphy joins N.Y., Ct. governors to accept award for Gateway and other work together, 5/5/2023 - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his peers from New York and Connecticut were given the John Zuccotti public service award by the Regional Plan Association on Friday, not for individual accomplishments, but for work they did together for the tri-state region.
$23 to enter Manhattan? Murphy seeks legal options after 'unfair' congestion pricing OK'd Asbury Park Press, 5/5/23 - The Federal Highway Administration approved the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to add a controversial toll around Manhattan’s central business district, just hours after Gov. Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy rubbed shoulders at a Regional Plan Association event where they discussed their partnership on transportation issues.
NJ gets grant money to promote rail safety, 5/5/2023 - Earlier this week NJ Transit suspended service on the Northeast Corridor line for hours because of a report of children playing on railroad tracks. Service suspensions take place more frequently than you might imagine because New Jersey is so densely populated and many rail lines throughout the state are close to residential areas.
NJDOT and NJMVC to get more in Murphy's proposed budget. Here's how they want to spend it, 5/4/23 - In Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget for New Jersey's 2024 fiscal year, the state Department of Transportation would get $1.919 billion, an increase of about $11.8 million or half a percent. That doesn’t include the MVC. That agency would receive $27.5 million, a drop of more than 43% from last year’s $48.7 million.
N.J. congressional delegation asks N.Y. governor to stop N.Y.C.’s planned $23 commuter fee, 5/4/2023 - Members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation has sent a letter to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul asking her to scuttle a proposed congestion pricing plan that could charge a toll for driving south of 60th Street in Manhattan.
NJ Transit faces fire from Assembly: Why move HQ to more expensive digs amid budget woes Daily Record, 5/4/2023 - Members of the Assembly budget committee directed pointed questions at NJ Transit’s leadership — along with a healthy dose of praise — during a nearly four-hour hearing Wednesday that focused on how the agency will handle a changing commuter landscape amid grim budget forecasting in the coming years.
Gateway project moves to 'doing phase' with deal to pay for rail tunnel's NY entrance Daily Record, 5/3/23 - The agency overseeing the massive new Gateway train tunnel project under the Hudson River to improve service between New Jersey and Manhattan signed off on a deal Tuesday to cover the nearly $700 million cost of building the tunnel's entrance on the Manhattan side.
What would steer more people to e-bikes? High Tech High students won $10K to look into it, 5/2/2023 - ...This year’s prompt asked students to model the growth the sale of electric bikes, or e-bikes, which have battery powered motors that assist with peddling. 
Carteret waterfront walkway boosted by $1.4M state grant, 5/2/23 - The state has awarded a $1.4 million Green Acres grant to the borough for the one-mile Northern Riverwalk which is under construction from Waterfront Park to Noes Creek.
Price tag of Gateway Tunnel’s concrete box under Hudson Yards is $692M, 5/2/2023 - President Joe Biden came to New York in January to announce a $292 million grant to build the remaining piece of a concrete structure to carry the proposed Gateway Tunnel under the massive Hudson Yards complex in west Manhattan.
Port Authority police crack down on toll cheats, issue almost 4,700 tickets, 5/2/2023 - Port Authority police have stepped up the offensive against drivers who use fake temporary tags and obscure their license plates with high tech devices to beat tolls at the bi-state agency’s six bridges and tunnels between New Jersey and New York.
Hoboken Celebrates Cycling Safely During National Bicycle Safety Month, May 1, 2023 - This May, the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Public Safety Department have announced they are joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to encourage more people to bike, ride safely, and wear helmets during National Bicycle Safety Month, according to Public Safety Spokesperson Marci Rubin.
There's more to Gateway than tunnels. Here's why the smaller projects need to get funded, 5/1/23 - Here's why the smaller projects need to get funded.
More than 200 additional electric car chargers coming to Turnpike, Parkway in $25M deal, 4/26/2023 - The opportunity to charge up an electric vehicle while stopping for food or taking a bathroom break at New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway service areas will increase under a $25.7 million deal approved Tuesday.
NJ council sets first regional curbs on warehouses NJ Spotlight News, 4/25/2023 - The Highlands Council voted late Thursday to accept new policy standards that ban new warehouses in some areas, and set a series of new requirements including proximity to major roads and limits to impervious surface for any warehouse development in other parts of the region.
Kids Ride Free On New Jersey Transit Trains On Take Your Child To Work Day, 4/24/2023 -  NJ Transit is offering free rides for kids under 18 on “Take Your Children to Work Day,” which is set to take place on Thursday, April 27th. Up to two children can ride for free with a paying adult, and no ticket is needed for the kids. The initiative is part of the company’s efforts to encourage future generations to pursue careers in transportation.
NJ Transit passes the mic to mark Autism Acceptance Month, 4/23/2023 - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, some station announcements on NJ Transit lines feature special guest voices. The agency worked with Happy Hour 4 Kids Station Announcements Program to record local children with autism warning passengers that train doors are closing, among other announcements.
For the 1st time, NJ Transit surveying pedestrian, bike and scooter commuters, 4/22/2023 - One of the biggest barriers to using public transit is what experts call the “last mile” — that distance between the start or destination of a passenger’s trip from home or the workplace and the train station or bus stop.
NJ Transit passes the mic to mark Autism Acceptance Month, 4/23/2023 - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, some station announcements on NJ Transit lines feature special guest voices. The agency worked with Happy Hour 4 Kids Station Announcements Program to record local children with autism warning passengers that train doors are closing, among other announcements.
For the 1st time, NJ Transit surveying pedestrian, bike and scooter commuters, 4/22/2023 - One of the biggest barriers to using public transit is what experts call the “last mile” — that distance between the start or destination of a passenger’s trip from home or the workplace and the train station or bus stop.
At 6 football fields long, this solar-powered N.J. airport building is the biggest in the U.S., 4/22/2023 - The largest solar-powered building at any airport in the United States is at Newark Liberty International Airport. The six-story parking garage at the new Terminal A will soon also contain all the airport’s rental car facilities.
Wait, we’re not the worst? Ranking says Jersey highways aren’t as bad as they used to be., 4/21/2023 - New Jersey roads and bridges take a beating, not just from traffic, but also from criticism about their condition, from car jarring potholes to the thump-thump of cracks in the pavement.
Operation Garbage launched in New Jersey, 4/21/2023 - Now that spring has sprung the New Jersey Department of Transportation has launched a garbage cleanup blitz.
Long-Awaited NYC Gateway Tunnel Project Split Into Four Parts to Speed Work, 4/18/2023 - The long-delayed Gateway project is making yet another change to the multibillion dollar program for a new rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey in a bid to keep costs in check and speed up work. 
New Jersey halts electric vehicle rebates, demand too high, 4/18/2023 - New Jersey residents looking to buy or lease an electric vehicle won’t be able to get a government rebate — at least temporarily — because the state program is so popular that it’s already running out of money, officials said.
New Jersey wins Supreme Court dispute against New York, 4/18/2023 - The Supreme Court says New Jersey can withdraw from a commission the state created decades ago with New York to combat the mob’s influence at their joint port.
Gateway to put bids out this year to start early tunnel work in 2024, 4/18/2023 - The agency tasked with building the $16 billion Gateway Tunnel project under the Hudson River has divided it into four construction projects with a goal of putting shovels in the ground next year.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to roll out first of 72 new rail cars, 4/17/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced last week that it will roll out the first 72 new rail cars starting April 17.
Woodbridge unveils plan to bring more parking to Main Street, 4/17/2023 - Shoppers and diners headed to Main Street could soon have more places to park.
NJ Transit's customer advocate role remains empty. Could this bill give it new life?, 4/17/2023 - The elephant in NJ Transit’s room is the continuing lack of a customer advocate. Members of the public have spent years inquiring almost every month at the agency’s board meetings about when the position...
Petition to Build a Bike and Pedestrian Bridge Over Route 22 In Union NJ, 4/14/2023 - Please see the following message from Kenilworth resident and Secretary/Treasurer of Union County Connects Stephen Dunn. US Route 22 is a deadly road.  If you live in Union County or drive on Route 22 through Union, you have seen people regularly risking their lives to cross the highway.  
Academy Bus Expands Commuter Service, 4/14/2023 - Academy Bus announced it has expanded service on eight of its 17 commuter routes between New Jersey and New York City.
Public Meeting to be Held for the Southern Middlesex County Freight Movement Study at the Cranbury School NJTPA Mention, 4/14/2023 - Middlesex County in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) will hold an in-person public meeting on Monday, April 17 from 6 to 8 pm at the Cranbury School to present draft study recommendations for the Southern Middlesex County Freight Movement Study. 
Chatham Township Awarded $375K Grant For Pedestrian Safety Work, 4/14/2023 - Chatham Township has been awarded $375K in state funds from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) as part of the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund.
Longer trains to address overcrowding ready to debut on PATH commuter rail line, 4/13/2023 - The first cars of a 72-car fleet of new PATH PA-5 rail cars made its debut Thursday and customers will be able to start riding them next week. The new cars, ordered from Kawasaki in 2017 and 2018, will make their debut on trains next week, O’Toole said.
Blink Charging Awarded $7 Million to Implement New Ride Share Service in New Jersey for Underserved Communities, 4/13/2023 - Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) ("Blink" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, and parent company to Blink Mobility LLC, an all-electric car-sharing service company, today announced the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)...
New Jersey awards $30M to encourage movement of freight by truck, 4/13/2023 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently awarded $30.1 million in fiscal year 2023 Local Freight Impact Fund grants to 13 municipalities and three counties to promote the safe movement of large truck traffic.
N.J. airport needs new terminal, lawmakers tell feds, 4/13/2023 - U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist., is no stranger to Trenton-Mercer airport. As a frequent flier, she and Mercer County officials gave the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg an insider’s tour Wednesday to make the case for federal funding to relocate an air traffic control tower and replace the small and aging terminal.
Traffic Mural, Improvements Near Belleville School; More May Follow NJTPA Mention, 4/13/2023 - There’s no doubt that the cherry blossom mural that now graces the intersection of Holmes and High streets in Belleville simply looks cool. But it may also help to make the busy roadway near Belleville Middle School safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders, too.
NJ Transit all in for Autism Acceptance Month, 4/13/2023 - NJ Transit is recognizing Autism Acceptance Month with station announcements recorded by local autistic children and buses wrapped in messaging to promote acceptance.
New trains hit PATH tracks with plans to boost commutes Gothamist, 4/13/2023 - The Port Authority on Thursday unveiled new PATH train cars, which officials said are key to boosting service on the cross-Hudson subway. Three of the cars made their debut at Hoboken Terminal, and are the first of 72 the Port Authority ordered for the system from Japan-based manufacturer Kawasaki.
Camden Council to Urge State to Examine Rail Transport Precautions, 4/11/2023 - Expressing concern about trains carrying hazardous materials in or near Camden, City Council members on Tuesday are scheduled to vote on a resolution urging state agencies to consider the safety of city residents when examining transport precautions.
Tell The County About The Impact Of Truck Traffic In South Brunswick NJTPA Mention, 4/11/2023 - It’s time to make your voice heard and tell Middlesex County how truck traffic impacts South Brunswick.
NJ TRANSIT Schedule for DeCamp Bus Routes Altered to Include Belleville, North Arlington, Newark, 4/10/2023 - There’s good news for Belleville and North Arlington commuters who would have otherwise been stranded as DeCamp Bus Lines halts its NYC commuter bus services on Friday, April 7.
Court sides with contractor on N.J. toll bridge commission decision it said cost $69M, 4/10/2023 - A panel of appellate judges ruled a construction company shouldn’t have been barred from bidding on a contract to build the massive Scudder’s Fall bridge replacement that carries I-295 over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which could have saved an estimated $69 million on the project.
Legislation to allow people with autism to note it on their N.J. driver’s license heads to governor’s desk, 4/3/2023 - Autism advocates said the legislation is needed to avoid complications and misunderstandings when a driver with autism is stopped by police.
N.J. gas prices are finally below the national average. How long will it last?, 4/2/2023 - Spring has sprung. Does that mean gas prices will follow? In one sense, yes, because this is the time of year when refiners and gas stations make the switch to reformulated “summer” blend gas, which comes with a price increase.
NY Waterways new ferry will include tours of New York harbor, 3/31/2023 - In addition to providing regular ferry service, the 500-plus seat vessel will be used for curated tours of New York harbor through Big City Tourism from Pier 78 off the Hudson River.
$70M in RGGI proceeds to fund NJ’s electric public transportation initiatives, 3/31/2023 - The state announced March 30 that $70 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds will fund public transportation initiatives, helping to reduce the upfront costs of electric trucks, buses and equipment in overburdened communities.
3 plans proposed to help riders after private N.J. bus company ends commuter service, 3/31/2023 - Three efforts are underway to help commuters, who could be left without a ride next month when DeCamp bus plans to end commuter service due to low ridership, including NJ Transit’s plans to extend four existing routes in Essex County.
The beginning of the end of cash toll collection in N.J. kicks off next month, 3/30/2023 - Next month will be the start of the end of paying tolls with cash on the first of the state’s three major toll highways that are switching to all-electronic toll collection.
All N.J. Turnpike and Parkway service areas could soon have electric vehicle charging stations, 3/28/2023 - Drivers of electric vehicles that need a charge on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway could soon have access to charging stations at all service areas under an agreement being negotiated with the operator of those facilities.
Safety Improvements Planned For Downtown Bound Brook NJTPA Mention, 3/28/2023 -  Somerset County secured $7.7 million in federal funds to upgrade and improve intersections along highly traveled Talmage Avenue, Columbus Place, and Main Street through the full length of Bound Brook from Tea Street to the Queen’s Bridge.
N.J. Turnpike, Parkway authority director announces retirement, 3/28/2023 - New Jersey Turnpike Authority Executive Director John Keller, who managed the Turnpike's largest widening project, surprised his colleagues Tuesday morning, announcing he plans to retire in June after a 25-year long career at the agency.
N.J. drivers now can show police a digital vehicle registration, 3/27/2023 - New Jersey drivers now no longer have to search their vehicle to find their paper motor vehicle registration during traffic stops. The state Motor Vehicle Commission started issuing electronic registrations on Friday that can be displayed on a smartphone or other electronic device.
Piscataway police targeting speeders on these township roads, 3/27/23 - The Piscataway Police Department has kicked off a campaign to cut down speeding on streets with 25 mph speed limits.
Truck Parking a Priority for Administration, Buttigieg Says, 3/27/2023 - Improving access to parking for the country’s truck drivers remains a priority for the Biden administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said recently.
Safe or ‘stupid?’ N.J. may expand law banning trucks in the left lane of highways., 3/27/2023 - There could soon be no left lane on New Jersey highways welcome to big trucks if a new proposal becomes law. And several people aren’t happy about that.
A new Amtrak train ride from NYC to Scranton could hit 110 mph, 3/27/2023 - New Amtrak train service that could whisk riders at speeds hitting up to 110 mph between New York City and Scranton in Pennsylvania could move almost a half a million riders annually by 2030, but it’s estimated to cost between $169 million to $266 million to start up, according to a study of the proposed rail line.
Shipping terminal planned in New Brunswick. Here's what we know, 3/25/2023 - A shipping terminal, which would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, may be coming to Jersey Avenue.
NJ Transit to revitalize Mahwah train station Mass Transit, 3/24/23 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is moving forward with plans to revitalize the Mahwah train station to enhance the customer experience. Phase One of the project will include critical state of good repair work to the station’s roof, replacement of retaining walls and electrical and lighting upgrades.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to expand PATH service, 3/24/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will expand the PATH service along the Newark-World Trade Center line.
New Newark, LaGuardia terminals receive high honors at airport awards, 3/23/2023 - After billions were spent building new terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, both were honored at the World Airport Awards, marking radical transformations for the oft-maligned travel hubs.
Another major project proposed for Main Street in Bound Brook NJTPA Mention, 3/23/2023 - Somerset County has been awarded a $7.69 million grant for safety improvements along Talmage Avenue, Columbus Place and Main Street from Tea Street to the Queens Bridge, the stretch of road which has seen hundreds of apartments built in recent years. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) voted to approve the road improvement project that will be funded by federal money.
Bills aimed at trucker safety advance, over outcry from trucking industry New Jersey Monitor, 3/23/23 - Legislators advanced a bill Thursday that would hike fines against truckers who travel in the left passing lanes of New Jersey roadways, despite objections from industry lobbyists who called the bill “stupid.”
Bloomfield announces shuttle to Park & Ride after DeCamp detours from NYC bus service, 3/23/2023 - Bloomfield officials announced a third shuttle bus route that will ferry commuters to and from the Allwood Avenue Park & Ride in Clifton after DeCamp Bus LInes ends its long-running midtown direct commuter service to New York City.
Port Authority picks 3 finalists to replace Newark Airport monorail, 3/23/2023 - After rebooting the process in December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is getting plans to replace Newark Airport's aging monorail back on track with the announcement Thursday of three finalists for the project..
54 Essex County Intersections Will Get Traffic Upgrades (Here's Where) NJTPA Mention, 3/23/2023 - Essex County will be putting a landmark $46 million grant award to work upgrading intersections at 54 busy roads throughout the region.
Public officials scramble to fill gaps in bus service left by DeCamp's impending departure, 3/22/2023 - Elected officials are scurrying following the announcement from DeCamp Bus Lines that the company will permanently halt its longtime commuter service into New York City on April 7, ending a faltering but still advantageous alternative for riders in remote neighborhoods underserved by NJ Transit.
State weighing options to keep DeCamp commuter buses on the road, gov says, 3/22/2023 - Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Transit officials say they are looking at options to help commuters who will be displaced when the state's oldest bus company is scheduled to end commuter service on April 7.
Commuters get relief as 9-car PATH trains debut on the Newark-World Trade Center line, 3/22/2023 - The first nine-car train in the PATH's 100-year history will start rolling on the busy Newark-World Trade Center line Thursday morning, Gov. Phil Murphy and Port Authority officials announced Wednesday.
Truckers must stay right or pay big, under bill Assembly panel to mull Thursday New Jersey Monitor, 3/22/23 - Big rig drivers who defy state law and loiter in the left lane on New Jersey’s roadways would face heftier fines under a bill legislators will consider Thursday. Fines would double for operators of trucks weighing five tons or more who drive in the leftmost lane of roadways with two or more lanes under a bill introduced in September by Assemblymen Joseph Egan (D-Middlesex) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer).
Brush fire halts service on NJ Transit, Amtrak lines, officials say, 3/22/2023 - A brush fire in Edison has affected NJ Transit and Amtrak Northeast Corridor service just before the evening commute, officials said.
Hoboken receives $150K grant for fast EV chargers, 3/21/2023 - Hoboken has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to install two publicly accessible DC fast chargers, which enable electric vehicle owners to fully charge their batteries in less than an hour.
Please move this N.J. Turnpike exit, locals implore, as tractor-trailers flood local highway, 3/21/2023 - The historic Black Horse Pike can be thought of as the five pound bag that’s being crammed with 10 pounds of stuff. The road, with origins in the 18th century, is a main through route for traffic shuttling between the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295 and Route 42 and it is far from modern enough to keep up with the load.
Bill that could spare drivers from thousands of tickets heads to gov’s desk, 3/21/2023 - A bill that could spare Jersey drivers from hundreds of thousands of summonses for displaying a license plate frame that partly covers the words “New Jersey” or “Garden State” passed the state Senate on Monday and now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for a final decision.
Public officials scramble to fill gaps in bus service left by DeCamp's impending departure, 3/21/2023 - Elected officials are scurrying following the announcement from DeCamp Bus Lines that the company will permanently halt its longtime commuter service into New York City on April 7, ending a faltering but still advantageous alternative for riders in remote neighborhoods underserved by NJ Transit.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorizes $12M airport project at Newark Liberty International, 3/20/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners recently authorized $12 million for the planning and preliminary design of the Newark Liberty International Airport Station Access Project.
N.J.’s oldest bus company to end commuter bus service, 3/20/23 -  One of New Jersey’s legacy bus companies, that started as a stagecoach line in 1870, is ceasing commuter bus service on April 7. DeCamp Bus Lines, which will continue to operate charter and Atlantic City service, will stop operating its seven commuter routes due to ridership that never returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
Jersey City awarded $8.1M for traffic safety improvements along Summit Avenue, 3/20/23 - Over $8.1 million in federal funds has been approved for safety improvements in Jersey City, specifically involving 33 intersections along Summit Avenue from Route 139 to Secaucus Road.
Freshman Congressman Kean’s first bill tackles an issue that frustrates N.J. commuters, 3/18/2023 - It’s been 25 years since NJ Transit proclaimed 1998 as the Year of the Raritan Valley Line and ushered in various improvements. But the Holy Grail for commuters remains a one-seat ride in and out of Manhattan during rush hour.
$12M project to open bridge from Newark wards to the airport train station gets green light, 3/17/2023 - For the past 23 years, Newark south ward residents could see a walking bridge from their neighborhood to a train station at Newark Liberty International Airport. On Thursday, Port Authority commissioners committed $12 million to a project that will finally open access to the bridge.
NJ TRANSIT to Establish Regional Training Center, 3/17/2023 - NJ TRANSIT CEO Kevin S. Corbett, along with International Association of Public Transport (UITP) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani, and Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) director Dr. Ali Maher, announced that NJ TRANSIT, UITP, and CAIT at Rutgers University will partner to establish UITP’s first North American Regional Training Center (RTC).
Port Authority advances plan to improve EWR access for Newark, Elizabeth, 3/17/2023 - The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized $12 million for the planning and preliminary design of the EWR Station Access Project during its March 16 meeting, which will increase public transit access and connectivity for underserved communities in Newark and Elizabeth.
New rail station to be built ahead of delayed PATH Newark Airport extension, 3/14/23 - Port Authority commissioners are scheduled to vote Thursday on authorizing $12 million for preliminary design and planning work for a new South Ward multi-modal station on the Northeast Corridor Line to serve south Newark and Elizabeth, dubbed the EWR Station Access Project.
N.J.’s most populous county needs promised light rail extension, lawmaker says, 3/14/23 - More than 20 years ago, the first NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains began running in Hudson County, with a promise to extend north beyond the line’s current terminus in North Bergen. Tuesday night, a Bergen County legislator reminded NJ Transit officials that the line still has yet to reach one of its namesake counties.
$53.3M awarded for roadway projects in Hudson, including deadly section of Paterson Plank Road NJTPA Mention
The Jersey Journal, 3/14/2023 - A stretch of Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City where five people were killed in crashes over a seven-year span will receive a safety overhaul that includes the installation of a center median.
NJ Transit approves a $19M annual funding for agency building Gateway rail tunnel NJ Transit’s board of directors voted to begin sending $19 million payments to the Gateway Development Commission, which is overseeing design and construction of two new Hudson River rail tunnels between New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey researchers deliver life-changing advances, 3/13/2023 - From new roadways that will last longer to biomedical devices that address health care challenges, New Jersey-based researchers are finding new answers to old problems.
E-ZPass users will know what they can expect to pay in other states, thanks to N.J. law, 3/13/2023 - E-ZPass users will know what they can expect to pay in other states, thanks to N.J. law
As traffic deaths continue to rise in N.J., fewer tickets are being written, 3/13/2023 - For the second straight year, police in New Jersey wrote fewer traffic summons, from parking tickets to driving while intoxicated offenses, and safety experts are concerned it may be a reason for the steady increase in traffic deaths since 2019.
Here's how Passaic County will use a $15 million grant to fix Valley Road in Wayne NJTPA Mention, 3/13/2023 - A group of transportation planners on Monday awarded a $15 million grant to Passaic County to fund safety improvements along Valley Road.
Mayor: 'You don't have to look at the signs' to know the speed limit in Somerville, 3/9/23 - The state Department of Transportation has signed off on reducing the speed limit on Route 28 within Somerville starting at Adamsville Road on the eastern border of the borough to Cornell Boulevard on the western border. 
$700M allocated for Gateway rail tunnel in 2024 federal budget, 3/9/23 - Top Biden administration officials wetted the appetites of transit commuters Thursday by outlining $4.45 billion in the proposed 2024 federal budget for 18 “community transforming” projects in 11 states, including $700 million for the Gateway rail tunnel project between New Jersey and New York.
NJ Transit expands mobile app to include riders without bank accounts, 3/7/2023 - One of the joys of the NJ Transit app is no more fumbling with bills and coins or constantly making sure you have exact change for fare on buses.
Plans Revealed for NJ Transit’s North Brunswick Train Station, 3/6/2023 - A major endeavor that will bring a new transit stop to a growing community in Middlesex County is moving forwards as the firm behind NJ Transit’s North Brunswick train stop has unveiled the hub’s initial design.
If you have to go into the office, these 2 days are preferred most by N.J. and N.Y. commuters, 3/6/2023 - The middle of the week is prime commuting time in New Jersey and it reflects what the Partnership for New York City and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce called the new workplace normal of hybrid work schedules, dividing the work week between home and office.
N.J.’s toll roads help support NJ Transit. That’s a permanent funding plan, state says., 3/6/2023 - After almost three years of criticism from the media and transit advocates about not providing a dedicated funding source for NJ Transit operations, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration said a source that doesn’t expire has existed since 2021 in the fine print of an agreement with the NJ Turnpike Authority.
Phil Murphy Unveils $53.1B NJ Budget, Renewing Property Tax Rebates, 2/28/2023 - New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday unveiled a $53.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2024, about 5% more than the spending plan he signed for the current year, proposing more school aid, a renewed property tax rebate program and billions more for public pensions, transportation and other projects.
NJ Transit tried out Sunday service 8 bus routes. Should they be made permanent?, 3/5/2023 - For people who depend on public transportation, Sunday can be the worst day. The frequency of service typically is less robust than weekday service and depending on the route, lighter than Saturday service. Some routes don’t operate on Sundays at all. For riders who depend on the bus to go shopping, to church or to see family, that can be an added ordeal.
The future of airport security is here at Newark Airport’s new $2.7B Terminal A, 3/5/2023 - Travelers using Newark Airport's new $2.7 billion Terminal A are among the first to encounter the future of airport security screening – from barrel-shaped 3-D baggage screening machines that use the same technology in a MRI, to more passenger-friendly open air full body scanners.
Why the New York Area Is Seeing an Explosive Growth in Electric Cars, 3/5/2023 - On weekdays, John Sibley motors down NY-17 from his home north of New York City, eventually crossing the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan and lurching through stop-and-go traffic to his job near Times Square. The 65-mile commute used to cost him a lot in gas.
State of Edison Township address: Land for new school, light transit service on to-do list, 3/3/23 - A shuttle service providing residents transportation to the train station, an alternative to Optimum's internet service and the planned acquisition of land on Talmadge Road for a new school, are part the vision for Edison in 2023.
Public Meeting: Residents Can Learn About Proposed Bike and Pedestrian Routes in Plainfield NJTPA Mention
TAPintoPlainfield, 3/2/23 - The Plainfield community is invited to a public meeting to learn about preliminary recommendations and design for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in both the Third Ward and the Fourth Ward.
NJ Turnpike Authority takes a $168M step toward expanding highway to the Holland Tunnel, 3/1/2023 - New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioners took a preliminary step toward the controversial $10.6 billion rebuilding and widening of the Hudson County extension to and from the Holland Tunnel, approving a $168 million contract to hire a manager to oversee work leading to a final design.
Phil Murphy Unveils $53.1B NJ Budget, Renewing Property Tax Rebates, 2/28/2023 - New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday unveiled a $53.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2024, about 5% more than the spending plan he signed for the current year, proposing more school aid, a renewed property tax rebate program and billions more for public pensions, transportation and other projects.
NJ Paratransit Workers To Get Pay Bump During States Of Emergency, 2/28/2023 - They go above and beyond to provide public transportation for thousands of New Jersey residents with disabilities. But according to advocates, whenever a “state of emergency” has been called during a severe storm, Access Link workers and contractors with NJ Transit have found themselves facing long hours as essential workers – without the pay to back it up.
Public Meeting for Accident-Prone Roxbury Rail Span Fix TAPinto, 2/28/23 - The best way to stop tall trucks from slamming into the railroad bridge over Berkshire Valley Road in Kenvil is to make the span higher, according to Morris County, which also wants to improve the way Dell Avenue intersects with the road nearby. The county, which owns Berkshire Valley Road, plans to publicly announce that proposal at a March 15 virtual meeting.
Murphy staffers, Elizabeth mayor approved to sit on Port Authority board New Jersey Monitor, 2/28/2023 - The state Senate unanimously approved Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominations of two top staffers and Elizabeth’s Democratic mayor to the Port Authority’s commissioner board Monday, giving Murphy more influence over the powerful interstate agency.
Biden-Harris Admin. Announces $13.2 million Grant for Long Branch Station Pedestrian Tunnel Project, 2/28/2023 - One of the busiest train stations in New Jersey is about to get a major upgrade. The United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a $13.2 million grant towards NJ Transit’s Long Branch Station Pedestrian Tunnel Project.
Gov. Murphy Signs New Law Hiking Pay of NJTransit Paratransit Employees, 2/26/2023 - Paratransit workers at NJ Transit, such as Access Link, who work during bad weather and traffic conditions will be paid more under a new law signed by Governor Murphy. 
Saturdays with Bernie: The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority NJTPA Mention, 2/25/2023 - This week, Bernie Wagenblast goes to her broadcast roots and talks transportation. David Behrend serves as the executive director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). Wagenblast's second guest is Ted Ritter, the manager of external affairs for NJTPA.
NJ Transit fares will remain flat for the 6th straight year, gov announces, 2/24/23 - Gov. Phil Murphy made it official on Friday — NJ Transit fares will be held stable for a sixth straight year, the second longest period in the agency’s history.
MVC Mobile Units to Return to East Brunswick in March, 2/24/2023 - The Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) will once again offer mobile services in East Brunswick.  Appointments fill fast, so register as soon as possible.
How will NJ commuters be affected as developer delays plans around Penn Station? Bergen Record, 2/23/2023 - As the primary property owner around Penn Station in Manhattan freezes plans to redevelop the land near what was North America’s busiest transportation hub, it raises questions about the potential impact on the overdue renovation and expansion of the station.
NYC’s congestion pricing could mean N.J. toll hikes, Gottheimer says, 2/23/2023 - The most vocal opponent of New York City's congestion pricing plan to charge a $23 peak period toll to enter south of 60th Street issued a warning that it could put a dozen Port Authority projects in jeopardy and trigger a $2 toll hike on the agency’s bridges and tunnels, if enacted as it’s been proposed.
Passaic County wants infrastructure plan to focus on more than just roads, mass transit NJTPA Mention, 2/22/2023 - Applicants are now being sought to develop a plan that could shape the future of Passaic County. County officials recently agreed to take bids from contractors for an infrastructure investment plan designed to coordinate policies and projects to maximize returns. 
How a $2B Turnpike project in South Jersey could dwarf Direct Connection, 2/22/2023 - The Direct Connection, already a decade-long effort to untangle a cluster of highways in Camden County, won’t end for several years.
Dredging Clears Waterway for Carteret’s Ferry Terminal TapInto 2/21/2023 — The NJ. Department of Transportation has completed a $5 million dredging project on the Arthur Kill to make it more navigable for ferries and increase the depth of boat slips that are in this borough’s future.
Long Branch $12.3M NJ Transit pedestrian tunnel part of big changes for train station APP, 2/21/2023 - Two years ago, the city and its partner NJ Transit spoke publicly about a dramatic idea to build a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks as part of a larger plan to upgrade the aging train station, one of the busiest on the North Jersey Coast Line.
N.J. police methods to determine if motorists are high on weed could face stricter scrutiny under top court ruling, 2/20/2023 - In a highly anticipated opinion on how New Jersey determines who is driving while high on cannabis or other drugs, the state Supreme Court on Friday said the methods used by police must be subject to a stricter standard before it can rule on whether they can be used in court.
From mega-projects to regional highways, these are NJDOT’s top 10 construction projects in 2023, 2/19/2023 - The sometimes frustrating, but necessary, state Department of Transportation construction zones on state highways are back in 2023 in places both familiar and new.
Gas prices drop in NJ, dip slightly around nation at large, 2/18/2023 - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.30, down five cents from last week. Drivers were paying $3.61 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.
Hoboken announces finalized plan for $5.3 million Sinatra Drive makeover, 2/17/2023 - A protected, two-way bike lane, pedestrian, roadway safety upgrades and a reduction in the number of lost parking spaces highlight Hoboken’s finalized $5.3 million makeover of Sinatra Drive along the waterfront.
Gateway tunnel construction prep could begin this year in NJ on Tonnelle Avenue, 2/16/2023 - Building an overpass and moving utilities are the first projects expected later this year on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River to begin early construction on one of the entrances to the new Hudson River rail tunnel.
Murphy pushes green-energy goal posts closer NJ Spotlight News, 2/16/23 - Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday outlined the next big steps for his climate plan, vowing to push a ban on the sale of gasoline-fueled vehicles in 2035 and putting in place zero-emission heating and cooling systems in nearly a half-million homes and businesses by the end of this decade.
NJDOT authorizes 8th Ave. crosswalk upgrades four years after near-fatal accident, 2/16/2023 - The Mayor and Council announced this past Tuesday that the New Jersey Department of Transportation has authorized the borough to make improvements to the crosswalk on Eighth Avenue between the Belmar Housing Authority and Belmar Plaza. 
Hudson Tunnel Project issues call for bids for early construction work, 2/16/2023 - Building the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation will be the first early work here in New Jersey for the new Hudson Tunnel Project, and the first construction contract managed by the GDC.
This Urban Planner Wants to Build a Massive Circular Rail Track Connecting Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, 2/15/23 - An urban planner has an idea to create a massive circular rail track connecting New Jersey’s three largest cities — Newark, Jersey City, and Paterson. Christopher Kok’s plan relies on using the existing Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the Newark City Subway while cobbling together underutilized and abandoned freight lines.
Hello ramp! The 171 steps that led to the George Washington Bridge walkway are no more., 2/14/2023 - Alex Levi of New York is very familiar with shlepping his bike up and down the stairs — all 171 of them — to ride cross the George Washington bridge’s North Walk.
As budget begins, so does push for stronger NJ Transit funding NJ Spotlight News, 2/13/23 - With a new budget season about to get underway in Trenton, another one of the state’s long-standing fiscal issues — the financial stability of New Jersey Transit — may be next in line for Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers.
A first glimpse at what the North Brunswick Train Station will look like, 2/10/2023 - The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), the project manager, has received formal approval from NJ Transit for 10% of the concept design, according to Middlesex County officials.  
After a rough opening at Newark’s new Terminal A, airport officials say things have smoothed out, 2/10/2023 - The opening of Newark Liberty International Airport’s new $2.7 billion Terminal A to passengers close to a month ago had what might be considered a bumpy takeoff.
Commuters get a preview of the Northeast Corridor’s newest NJ Transit train station, 2/10/23 - What could the new North Brunswick train station on the Northeast Corridor line look like? NJ Transit and Amtrak approved a conceptual design, allowing for the release of a drawing to show commuters what the new station would look like and how it would function.
NJ Transit plans to move into new headquarters, but will remain in Newark, 2/9/2023 - NJ Transit officials plan to relocate from the transit agency’s headquarters in Newark to leased space at nearby 2 Gateway Center in the city, saying it would be too costly to retrofit the current offices on Raymond Boulevard near Penn Station.
Longer trains are coming. They’ll reduce crowding on PATH., 2/9/2023 - Commuters riding PATH’s Newark-World Trade Center line will get relief from crowding beginning in March when offices expect to start phasing in the first longer nine-car trains.
Port Authority cops will get body cameras under new labor contract, 2/9/2023 - Port Authority police will soon be wearing body cameras under a new 26-month labor contract approved by the police union and the authority’s board.
Murphy nominates mayor, top staffers to Port Authority board, 2/7/2023 - Gov. Phil Murphy’s nominations to the Port Authority board of commissioners include two of his own staffers and Elizabeth’s mayor.
$20 million Boulevard East pedestrian safety plan heads to county commissioners, 2/7/2023 - A controversial state and county plan to add safety enhancements, but no real bike lane, to one of Hudson County’s most scenic roadways is expected to be presented for endorsement by the county Board of Commissioners when the body meets Thursday.
Lease deal buys NY Waterway time, but can it find long-term solution for maintenance site?, 2/7/2023 - The commuter ferry company that operates between New Jersey and New York, will get some relief in the short term when Hoboken tentatively agreed to a guaranteed three-year, and potentially five-year, lease to use the Union Dry Dock site as a maintenance port.
North Brunswick Train Station Achieves Key Design Milestone, 2/7/2023 - The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) has achieved a significant design milestone with formal approval by NJ TRANSIT of 10% of the concept design. With this announcement of progress, the MCIA is unveiling a North Brunswick Train Station project webpage to inform community stakeholders of the progress and activities around its development.
E-ZPass will have to check customer accounts before issuing violations under new N.J. law, 2/3/2023 - Officials at the states three major toll roads will have to check their records first, to make sure an alleged toll violator has an E-ZPass account that should have been charged, before issuing a toll violation notice.
N.J. Turnpike Authority adds 40 new positions for 2023 N.J. Turnpike Authority adds 40 new positions for 2023, 2/2/2023 - New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioners added 40 new positions to the toll roads on Tuesday with most of them filling holes in the operations and maintenance divisions to respond to incidents on the state’s two biggest toll roads.
New NJ law promises more accessible public transit for all New NJ law promises more accessible public transit for all, 2/2/2023 - For many New Jersey residents, mass transit is a critical piece of their ability to get around. But for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it’s often their only option for travel.