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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.

Raritan Township Committeeman Sworn in as Newest Hunterdon County Commissioner NJTPA Mention, 6/10/22 - Following the retirement of longtime Hunterdon County commissioner Matt Holt on May 1, the board of county commissioners rounded out its dais with a fifth member June 7.
NYC congestion pricing plan roll out hits a 400 question federal speed bump, 6/12/22 - New York City’s proposed congestion pricing program to charge a toll for people driving south of 60th Street in Manhattan has hit a speed bump.
N.J. bill banning dreaded license plate frame tickets closer to approval, 6/11/22 - Jersey drivers who screw on a license plate frame to display their love for their favorite team or preferred pet, or those who got one put on by a car dealer seeking free advertising, are one step closer to being spared a summons if the frame partly covers the words “New Jersey” or “Garden State.”
A face-lift for Penn Station? Govs. Murphy, Hochul make request for proposals, 6/10/2022 - New York Penn Station — arguably the most notorious transit hub in the region and once the busiest in North America — is on the path to getting a face-lift.
More public input sought in Sinatra Drive redesign project, 6/10/22 - Hoboken residents are being asked by city officials to weigh in on the preliminary design concepts for the Sinatra Drive Redesign Project.
Jersey City aims to purchase Port Liberte ferry terminal, expand service and customer base, 6/10/2022 - Calling it another step in providing residents with improved transit options, Jersey City officials announced plans to purchase Port Liberte ferry terminal and provide discounts for commuters.
NJ, NY announce major step toward Penn Station modernization, 6/9/22 - At announcement June 9 in New York City, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the next step in transforming Penn Station.
George Washington Bridge closing tollbooths to go cashless, ending carpool discount, 6/9/2022 - 

Starting July 10, cars will pay tolls by driving under overhead gantries equipped with devices to scan an E-ZPass transponder or capture a picture of the license plate and send a bill in the mail to the address associated with the car.

New Jersey to spend millions on bridge maintenance, 6/8/2022 - he New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced 32 Local Bridges Fund grants totaling more than $47 million to help counties maintain local bridges in a state of good repair.
Meadowlands monorail? Study that recommends a convention center says a people mover is needed, 6/8/2022 - Super Bowl XLVIII and two Wrestlemanias were signature main events held at MetLife stadium in the last decade, but when it came to other events associated with them, fans had to go to New York City because of a lack of event space around the stadium.
How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla’s Autopilot? No One Knows., 6/8/2022 - Every three months, Tesla publishes a safety report that provides the number of miles between crashes when drivers use the company’s driver-assistance system, Autopilot, and the number of miles between crashes when they do not.
Morris County MAPS Driver & Commissioner Honored by Business Group NJTPA Mention, 6/6/2022 - Morris County MAPS Driver & Commissioner Honored by Business Group
New Jersey bridge projects awarded $47.3M for improvements, replacements, 6/6/2022 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently awarded $47.3 million to 32 local governments through the Local Bridges Fund.
Federal grant will bankroll NJ Transit’s next big bus route makeover, 6/3/2022 - Two of NJ Transits ongoing bus route redesigns currently underway are about to be joined by a third, after Federal Transit Administration officials awarded a $514,045 grant to NJ Transit.
Central Jersey towns get federal money for school safety projects NJTPA Mention, 6/3/2022 - Central Jersey towns get federal money for school safety projects. 
New Jersey announces funding for Safe Routes to School Program NJTPA Mention, 6/1/2022 - $19.6 million in federal grants aimed at helping municipalities make pedestrian safety improvements
Hurricane evacuation exercises to be done on NJ highways Thursday, 6/1/22 - Following the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on Wednesday, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority have announced that annual hurricane preparedness drills will take place Thursday along six roads that serve as coastal evacuation routes.
Pleasantville gets nearly $2 million in Safe Routes to School funding NJTPA Mention
Press of Atlantic, 5/31/2022 - Of the 31 grants, 22 totaling $13.8 million are in the area covered by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority...
South Amboy ferries to NYC could start running this fall, making a 30-year dream a reality, 5/31/22 - Ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt were thrown Tuesday on the site of the future Raritan River ferry terminal that has been the dream of South Amboy and Middlesex County officials for 30 years.
Crumbling, cracked wall supporting I-80 wall needs emergency $56M fix, 5/31/22 - Drivers traveling along the scenic I-80 section that hugs the Delaware River to and from the Poconos this Memorial Day are riding on a section of highway supported by a deteriorated 70-year-old retaining wall that is getting an emergency $56 million fix.
NJDOT Announces $19.6 Million in Federal Grants for the Safe Routes to School Program NJTPA Mention, 5/31/2022 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced $19.6 million for 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This represents the largest amount ever awarded for the program.
Bad Route 206 intersection is poster child for how $1T infrastructure law can help rural N.J., 5/30/22 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s final stop on his two-day swing through New Jersey was at a Route 206 intersection, site of a future improvement project funded by the $1 trillion federal infrastructure law’s programs for rural highways.
Bad Route 206 intersection is poster child for how $1T infrastructure law can help rural N.J., 5/30/22 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s final stop on his two-day swing through New Jersey was at a Route 206 intersection, site of a future improvement project funded by the $1 trillion federal infrastructure law’s programs for rural highways.
These foldable shipping containers could help solve the supply-chain crisis Business Insider, 5/29/22 - A startup out of New Jersey has designed shipping containers that can fold like an accordion.
Buttigieg in NJ: 'Human capital' a key to infrastructure, supply-chain solutions Daily Record, 5/27/22 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spent a long day in New Jersey, talking up the benefits of President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package as he toured the Port of Newark...
$25M state fund would reimburse towns for abandoned boat removals under new bill, 5/26/22 - Two months after NJ Advanced Media's report outlined the issue of abandoned boats in New Jersey, Sen. Michael Testa says he will introduce a bill Thursday that dedicates at least $25 million in state funds to help reimburse towns for removal.
N.J.’s expressways, tunnels, ports, transit will benefit from trillion dollar spending plan, feds say, 5/26/22 - It’s been six months since the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden.
NJ license plate frame law about to be changed, 5/25/2022 - Right now in New Jersey if the frame that surrounds the license plate on your car covers any part of any lettering on the plate it’s technically illegal and you can get a $100 ticket, even if the letters and numbers on the plate are still clearly visible.
I-78 To Close In Both Directions For Rockfall Project In Hunterdon Co., 5/25/22 - Interstate 78 will temporarily close in both directions on Thursday for a $29.8 million federally-funded rockfall mitigation project in Bethlehem, Hunterdon County, said New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials.
NJ Transit paid more in overtime in 2021. Here are the reasons why that happened., 5/25/22 - A structures supervisor was NJ Transit’s second-highest paid employee last year, coming within $16,342 of the agency’s CEO and president.
Transit Tech Lab: Regional transportation agencies pilot innovative tech to restore confidence in public transit, meet clean energy goals, 5/25/22 - Ten finalists for the COVID-19 Recovery and Environmental Sustainability challenges, a global competition calling for technologies to improve public transit safety and meet clean energy objectives, were announced by the Transit Tech Lab.
$1M in grants to add EV chargers at NJ communities, 5/25/22 - A number of communities across the state will receive funds for the purchase of electric vehicle chargers and to prep charging sites at the properties.
Harvey Cedars Police Stepping Up Holiday Weekend Patrols The, 5/25/22 - Law enforcement officers from the Harvey Cedars Police Department will be conducting a high visibility traffic safety initiative over Memorial Day weekend. 
How NJ Transit dodged those record high fuel costs NJ Spotlight, 5/25/22 - Gas prices hit record highs in New Jersey this month, but not for New Jersey Transit, the statewide mass-transit agency and a major fuel consumer.
Regional transportation agencies pilot innovative tech to restore confidence in public transit, meet clean energy goals, 5/25/2022 - Ten finalists for the COVID-19 Recovery and Environmental Sustainability challenges, a global competition calling for technologies to improve public transit safety and meet clean energy objectives, were announced by the Transit Tech Lab.  
Those who live in shadow of Turnpike extension speak out against $4.7 billion widening project, 5/24/22 - Hudson County residents who live in the shadow of the elevated highway that serves the Holland Tunnel brought their concerns Tuesday morning to the decision-makers who could OK a $4.7 billion widening of the New Jersey Turnpike extension.
When Jersey City creates innovative program or plan, this employee is usually the one behind it, 5/23/2022 - When it comes to many of Jersey City’s cutting-edge programs, whether it be bike lanes, outdoor dining or the city’s VIA vehicle service, Barkha R. Patel is involved in one way or another.
We went aboard Amtrak’s new Acela for a sneak peek. Here’s what might impress you., 5/23/2022 - High speed rail in the U.S. gets a bad rap when compared to the ultra-aerodynamic trains that zip across Europe and Asia in triple digit speeds. Maybe it’s because there’s only one true high speed train in the country - Amtrak’s Acela.

Route 202 bridge between Bedminster, Far Hills to be replaced, 5/7/2022 — A public information meeting will be held Tuesday, May 10 on the state's plan to replace the century-old Route 202 bridge over the North Branch of the Raritan River between the township and Far Hills.
Former N.J. DOT chief to to head agency building the $12.3B Gateway tunnel, 5/6/2022 — Former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri, who ran the DOT and NJ Transit during the planning and design of the ill-fated Access to the Region’s Core Tunnel, will be nominated by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to lead the agency building the Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson River.
Bill would give car owners tax rebates of up to $800 to offset gas prices, 5/6/2022 - Car owners would get tax rebates under a new bill intended to provide relief for motorists struggling with gas prices pushed upward by supply-chain constraints and conflict in Eastern Europe.
As a new deadline approaches, TSA warns fliers to get Real ID, 5/4/2022 - Tick tock. After two extensions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the clock is now running on the date when only a drivers license that meets federal Real ID requirements will be accepted at airport checkpoints.
Camden Port Among Winners of New Jersey Freight Grants Transport Topics, 5/4/2022 - The Port of Camden is among the winning projects chosen by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for $30 million in freight impact grants to improve traffic safety for large trucks.
Rail service to Monmouth Park kicks off on May 7, 5/4/2022 - NJ TRANSIT is headed to Monmouth Park Racetrack this season with a discount package. Rail service for the 2022 season begins with the return of live racing on Saturday, May 7. NJ TRANSIT customers can take North Jersey Coast Line trains to Monmouth Park Station when the track is open for live racing.
Morris County To Hold Info Session On Route 24 Interchange Project, 5/3/2022 - Morris County will host a public information session on the Route 24/Columbia Turnpike/Park Avenue Interchange Project. The virtual event will take place at 7 p.m. May 17.
New Jersey awards $30.1 million in freight grants, 5/2/2022 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently awarded $30.1 million in grants to 25 counties and municipalities through the Local Freight Impact Fund.
Gas tax talks start this summer, wih NJ needing TTF plan by 2024, 5/2/2022 - It’s now been nearly six years since the state last passed a law reauthorizing its Transportation Fund, including a hike in the gas tax – which makes it about two years until that plan expires.
Speed kills, data shows. Federal officials just resumed efforts to limit how fast truckers can go., 5/2/2022 - Federal regulators are taking a new look at whether to require automatic systems that limit a truck’s speed, one of the National Transportation Safety Board’s most wanted safety imporovements.
Gas prices rise again in NJ, around nation, 4/30/2022 - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $4.17, up eight cents from last week. Drivers were paying $2.91 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.
N.J.’s own Anthony Coscia renominated to third term on Amtrak board of directors, 5/1/2022 - Once called the “most influential person in transportation you’ve never heard” of, former Port Authority chairman Anthony Coscia has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a third term on Amtrak’s board of directors.
Commuters will get direct NJ Transit buses to Philly back in June. Here’s how they’re doing it., 4/29/2022 - NJ Transit commuters who travel to and from Philadelphia and lost their one seat ride February will get direct bus service back in June, agency officials said Friday.
NJ TRANSIT says no to having trains with a mask-only section, 4/28/2022 - Pending the reversal of a federal court ruling masks will remain optional but not mandatory on NJ Transit.
Turnpike Authority eyes fixing 11 bridges that take commuters to, from the Holland Tunnel, 4/28/2022 - There are 11 bridges on the aging New Jersey Turnpike Hudson County extension to and from the Holland Tunnel that can’t wait for a larger widening project to be fixed.
NJ Transit riders petition for a mask-only car after federal mandate overturned, 4/27/2022 - After a federal judge in Florida overturned requirements that passengers wear masks onboard trains bus and planes, an NJ Transit commuter is petitioning the agency to give passengers concerned about coronavirus exposure one "mask only" car per train to ride.
Is a New PATH Station Coming to Jersey City? TAPinto, 4/24/22 - JERSEY CITY, NJ - For most passengers taking the PATH train heading west in the direction of Newark, the next station after Journal Square has always been Harrison.
NJDOT awards grants for heavy truck route upgrades, 4/25/2022 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced $30.1 million in Local Freight Impact Fund grants to help counties and municipalities fund improvements to heavy truck routes on local roads.
Officials tour Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge construction NJTPA Mention, 4/22/2022 - Thanks to efforts from Passaic and Bergen Counties, as well as state and federal support, construction on this $15 million renovation provided to the NJTPA from the federal Department of Transportation began on March 4, 2021...
NJ Transit breaks ground on Perth Amboy station renovation project, 4/22/2022 - New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) has broken ground on a $45.5m project for the renovation of the Perth Amboy Train Station in the US.
Take a Ride on the Vintage 20th Century Limited Train, 4/22/2022 - This summer and fall, join the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ and get a ride on a vintage New York Central Railroad 20th Century Limited train through the society’s Hudson River Rail Excursions.
N.J. air quality among worst in U.S. But efforts to cut diesel emissions paying off, report says., 4/21/2022 - A new report on air quality in the U.S. ranked the New York metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey, as one of the worst in the country for ozone pollution, despite improvements over previous years.
7 NJ Transit buses destroyed in blaze at North Bergen lot, 4/21/2022 - Seven out-of-service NJ Transit buses were destroyed Wednesday afternoon in a fire at a storage lot on the west side of Route 1&9 in North Bergen, officials said. The fire at the lot, which is between the Route 495 ramp and Secaucus Road, was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Murphy administration announces $1.4 million in Highway Safety Fund Program grants, 4/20/2022 - The Murphy administration recently announced the award of $1.4 million in Highway Safety Fund Program grants to 54 municipalities to promote safety along designated Safe Corridor highway segments.
Live updates: Mask mandate changes on planes, trains, cabs and more, 4/20/2022 - So what does that mean for mass transit in our area?
Where do you still have to wear a mask in New Jersey?, 4/20/2022 - With the lifting of federal mask requirement on public transit vehicles and aircraft by a federal judge on Monday, the question remains where people are still required to wear masks?
Port Authority has different mask rules for N.Y., N.J. Here’s where you still need to wear it., 4/19/2022 - Travelers using Port Authority facilities will face different mask-on or mask-off guidelines depending on what state they in — New York or New Jersey.
Route 22 bridge project to finish ahead of schedule, 4/19/2022 - For drivers using a busy section of Route 22 through Hillside, it might seem that a state Department of Transportation project to replace the Bloy Street bridge has been taking a while.
Murphy ends mask mandate on NJ Transit following federal judge’s ruling, 4/19/2022 - Gov. Phil Murphy has ended the rule requiring face coverings on NJ Transit, a day after a federal judge voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation.
Parkway ramps heading to NJ shore to close for nine months, 4/18/2022 - Two ramps at Garden State Parkway Exit 105 for Route 36 will really close Tuesday night for a nine-month road project.
Some New Jersey Transit train cars could remain ‘Mask Only’, 4/18/2022 - New Jersey Transit is looking at keeping the mask mandate in place on portions of all NJT trains, even when the federal mask mandate is lifted. The mask mandate for trains, busses and airplanes was due to expire today, April 18, but the Biden administration announced it was extending mask rules until May 3.
'Significant hardship': Sussex County unhappy with NJDOT's detour plan for Rt. 206 closure, 4/18/2022 -  Shutting down Route 206 for almost a year at the southern end of Andover Borough will send trucks and additional traffic to rural local roads,...
NJ Transit looking, but finding few solutions to return 5 bus routes to Philly, 4/17/2022 - Almost two months after NJ Transit pulled five bus routes out of Greyhound’s Philadelphia bus terminal over safety concerns, commuters are pressing the agency to find a way to return them to Center City.
When mask mandates end, advocate asks NJ Transit to have a face covering only car, 4/17/2022 - A commuter advocate and passenger asked NJ Transit officials to consider designating one car on each train where face coverings or masks would be required to be worn,...
New Jersey awards $1.4M in Highway Safety Fund grants, 4/14/2022 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently awarded 54 municipalities $1.4 million in Highway Safety Fund Program grants to promote safety along designated Safe Corridor state highway segments.
Power plant demonstrators greet NJ Transit board members at first in-person meeting, 4/14/2022 - Two NJ Transit board members and employees going to work in the agency’s Newark headquarters were met Wednesday by a half dozen demonstrators protesting plans to build a natural gas-fired backup power plant in Kearny.
NJ Transit awards first construction contract on major resiliency project, 4/14/2022 - On April 13, the NJ Transit board of directors approved the first construction contract for early action work on the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility project in New Brunswick, which will create a safe-haven for rail cars and locomotives in case of a severe weather event. 
New Jersey transit ridership grows as workers return to the office American Journal of Transportation, 4/13/22  - New Jersey Transit said rail and bus ridership is continuing to rebound as Covid-19 protocols relax across the state and people return to their offices.
NJ Transit to move ahead on Lackawanna project, expanding service to Sussex County, 4/13/22 - NJ Transit's board of directors signed off on a $32 million contract to move ahead with construction on the long-awaited Lackawanna Cutoff project to expand train service into Sussex County.
NJ Transit advances fare modernization program Mass Transit, 4/14/22 - The program will create an NJ Transit fare card to provide more customers with faster and improved experience. 
NJ Transit green lights tunnel reconstruction so trains can roll to northwest N.J., Scranton, Pa., 4/13/2022 - NJ Transit’s board of directors approved a $32 million contract to rebuild a tunnel that will provide rail service to northwest Jersey and could pave the way for Amtrak trains to run to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Restrictions on turns at Montclair's Watchung Plaza advance (Video) NJTPA Mention
MontclairLocal.News - 4/13/2022 - Montclair will soon be asking Essex County to approve a change in traffic flow at the intersections of Watchung Plaza road, Watchung Avenue and Park Street. 
Region's transit agencies step up security after Brooklyn shooting, 4/12/2022 - New York and New Jersey's multiple agencies say they are planning to increase security after the subway shooting.
Veteran Hunterdon County Commissioner Matt Holt resigns. NJTPA Mention, 4/12/2022 - ...For most of his time on the governing body, Holt also served on the executive board of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and served as the chairman in 2012 and 2013.
Almost a decade after Sandy, NJ Transit begins building a dry place to park trains, 4/12/2022 - Almost 10 years after Superstorm Sandy rolled over the Garden State, and sent flood waters surging into NJ Transit’s Meadowlands Maintenance Complex, damaging 343 trains and causing $400 million in damage, construction is starting on a dry “safe haven” place to park its equipment.
Old trains are affecting NJ Transit performance. Help’s on the way, but is it soon enough?, 4/12/2022 - When a train breaks down, statistics don’t matter if you’re the one waiting in the rain. In the past 19 months, NJ Transit trains have steadily been traveling a shorter distance between breakdowns— a sign the fleet is aging and not as reliable. 
New York metropolitan region's transit agencies step up security after Brooklyn shooting, 4/12/2022 - The region's vast and interconnected network of transit agencies is on high alert after a gunman, who remains on the loose, opened fire in a Brooklyn subway during the Tuesday morning rush hour.
Cameras on cars study caught distracted driving all over N.J. Here’s what’s in your hands, drivers, 4/11/2022 - A study by Rowan University experts found that New Jersey is among five states with the highest traffic deaths caused by distracted driving- and it broke down what distracts drivers the most, when and on that type of roadway.
Poll finds many New Jerseyans want both full-service and self-service gas station options, 4/11/2022 - A new Monmouth University poll found that Garden State residents are more split on introducing self-service gas than a previous poll suggested, but most do not want to completely eliminate full service.
Lots of new truckers are on the road, and many are from N.J., 4/11/2022 - The demand for truckers has been great as the economy reopened from the coronavirus pandemic, and few states are filling the ranks as much as New Jersey.
Newark airport sees improved customer scores in latest survey, 4/10/2022 - Before the coronavirus pandemic gutted air travel, record-breaking numbers of travelers jammed Newark Liberty International Airport and along with the crowds came survey’s that ranked the airport among the worst in 2018 and 2017.
Gas prices decline again in NJ, around nation, 4/9/2022 - Gas prices declined again in New Jersey and around the nation amid plans for the release of more oil from the federal Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Union City embraces bike lanes, other North Hudson municipalities remain opposed NJTPA mention, 4/8/2022 - Bike lanes have been a hot topic of discussion across North Hudson recently, and while Union City is embracing the idea, neighboring towns are rejecting a proposal for a protected bike lane on Boulevard East.
At long last, Portal Bridge construction gets green light, 4/8/2022 - In a long-awaited piece of news for New Jersey Transit riders, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Transit announced the issuance of a “Notice to Proceed” on the $1.5 billion Portal North Bridge project.
N.J. gets $834.5M from ‘historic’ $20B in federal transit funding, 4/7/2022 - Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a “historic” $20 billion federal investment in transit, funded by the Biden administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, calling it the “largest ever” which provides 58% more funding than in past years.
A Cuomo-era plan to dramatically alter Manhattan meets resistance Politico 04/10/2022 - Gov. Kathy Hochul is moving forward with a controversial plan from her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, to fund improvements to Penn Station and its surroundings by giving major tax breaks to real estate developer Vornado.
NJ Aims To Improve Transit For People With Disabilities, 4/7/2022 - The pandemic exacerbated disability inequities throughout, according to researchers and advocates. But state lawmakers hope to close some of the gaps with two bills relating to disability access in New Jersey's mass transit.
NJ TRANSIT says Greyhound ignored their concerns about new terminal reconfiguration, 4/5/2022 - Greyhound is defending changes it made to its Philadelphia terminal, which prompted NJ Transit to reroute several buses from Philadelphia to Camden.
The Impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act New Jersey Business Magazine, 4/4/2022 —  New Jersey will be receiving $12 billion over the next five years through the IIJA to upgrade and expand its roads, bridges, ports, mass transit, water, energy and broadband systems and networks.
Why You Can’t Pump Your Own Gas in New Jersey, 4/4/2022 - You can pump your own soft-serve ice cream at trendy yogurt shoppes. But you still can’t pump your own gasoline in New Jersey. Why?
Cops across N.J. to start month-long crackdown on texting while driving, 4/1/2022 — The UText. UDrive. UPay campaign begins statewide as police in both marked and unmarked vehicles look for drivers who are texting or talking on hand-held phones, according to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
NJ Transit removes buses from Philadelphia Greyhound terminal over safety concerns, 4/1/2022 - Five NJ Transit Philadelphia bus routes that used to use the Greyhound bus terminal have been rerouted to Camden after changes to that Center City terminal resulted in safety concerns for passengers and workers, officials said.
How NJ’s $13B in Federal Infrastructure Money Will Be Disbursed New Jersey Business Magazine, 3/31/2022 - Leaders of four state government agencies yesterday outlined plans for monies coming to New Jersey from the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Bridge commission backs one-way free bridge from Phillipsburg to Easton, 3/31/2022 - The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said Thursday it supports Phillipsburg's proposal to make the free bridge one-way toward Easton, in hopes of alleviating traffic backups on the New Jersey side during an ongoing rehabilitation project.
NJ Transit partners with New Jersey Institute of Technology for PMP training course, 3/30/2022 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has prepped its first class of candidates through its new Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification exam prep course. 
A NJ gas tax holiday could actually force prices to rise, 3/29/2022 - However, some industry analysts are warning temporarily cutting the gas tax will ultimately have the opposite effect on prices as demand for gasoline increases.
Rules to reduce truck crashes get boost in proposed Biden budget, 3/29/22 - The federal agency responsible for setting new rules to reduce truck crashes would see an increase in funding and staffing under President Joe Biden’s proposed budget.
US DOT commits $100m to Hudson Tunnel rail project in budget, 3/29/22 - The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has recommended $100m in funding for the Hudson Tunnel commuter rail project under President Joe Biden’s budget for the fiscal year 2023.
First round of federal funding for Gateway earmarked in Biden's budget recommendations, 3/28/2022 - The first installment of federal money, $100 million, for the Gateway program was recommended in the coming federal budget.
N.J.’s transportation boss continues phone-in comments at meetings. Expert says towns should too., 3/27/2022 - The ability for motorists, transit riders and advocates to voice their opinion by phone to boards that run NJ Transit and the states three major toll roads - which became standard procedure during the coronavirus pandemic - will continue.
Gas prices dip in NJ, around nation amid drop in demand, 3/26/2022 - Gas prices dipped again in New Jersey and around the country amid a drop in demand despite the season’s warmer weather and longer days.
Gov. Murphy’s nominations to NJ Transit’s board of directors will fill it out to 13 for first time, 3/26/2022 - For the first time since signing the law reforming NJ Transit and expanding its board of directors to 13 members, Gov. Phil Murphy has finally nominated and appointed enough people to fill it.
Bridge repair will change schedules on pair of NJ Transit rail lines starting Saturday, 3/25/2022 - Starting this Saturday, NJ Transit riders on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines will see schedule disruptions for the next six to eight weeks to repair a bridge that was damaged by a truck.
NJ Transit hears ideas to make it greener, starting with more service in underserved areas, 3/24/2022 - NJ Transit took its first crack at how to write a long-term sustainability plan to guide efforts for a “clean, resilient, and equitable future” that started by asking the public for suggestions and ideas Wednesday night.
N.J. is considering self-serve gas — and we’re not alone. One other state is, too., 3/23/2022 - New Jersey and Oregon, the two last states in the union that ban drivers from pumping their own gas, could be in a race to see which one is the first to allow 100% self-service.
NJ TRANSIT gives a sneak peek at what will make electric buses go - starting with Camden, 3/22/2022 - NJ Transit officials provided a preview of how a future fleet of electric buses will be refueled at the Newton Bus garage in Camden, where installation of the state’s first electric bus charging equipment has been completed.
Bound Brook gets $2.2 million for Hamilton Street pedestrian plaza NJTPA mention, 3/22/2022 - The vision of the borough turning a block of Hamilton Street into a pedestrian plaza has come more into focus with the announcement that the federal government has awarded a $2.2 million grant for the project.
Franklin Township: Million Dollar Traffic Study Could Benefit Easton Avenue Commuters NJTPA Mention, 3/21/2022 - The study will kick off in September 2022 and is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) who approved the project last week, according to a news release. 
NJ TRANSIT advances zero emissions bus conversion at Maplewood garage, 3/21/2022 - On March 14, the NJ Transit board of directors took another step in the transition to a zero-emissions bus fleet with the awarding of a contract to design the infrastructure required for a limited deployment of battery electric buses at Hilton Garage in Maplewood and conduct a survey of current conditions at all 16 NJ Transit bus garages statewide. 
NJ TRANSIT launches development of first sustainability plan, 3/21/2022 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is creating its first ever sustainability plan, as highlighted in NJT2030: A 10-Year Strategic Plan. 
As Gas Prices Rise, Towns Add Electric Car Charging Stations, 3/21/2022 - On March 21, New Jersey officials awarded $1 million in grants to install electric vehicle charging stations in 24 tourist areas around the state. 
NJTPA funds four road safety studies for $3.8M NJTPA Mention, 3/21/2022 - Road safety improvements in four towns will be explored with the help of $3.8 million in grants approved by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority board of trustees on March 14.
Bridges, tunnels, ports made more money in 2021. But COVID losses will still hit $3B., 3/20/2022 - he Port Authority’s revenue improved last year, with $1 billion more earned compared to 2020. But it wasn’t enough to prevent an overall loss that’s on target to meet a pandemic-spurred $3 billion drop projected for the period between 2020 and the first quarter of 2022.
Save on gas, save on time. The Gateway Hudson Tunnel would do both. | Opinion, 3/20/2022 - When we talk about why the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project must be built, there is a myriad of reasons we focus on: finally providing 21st-century rail infrastructure to our region, ending the interminable delays in the current tunnel...
PATH’s $1B improvement plan, set to deliver longer trains, new cars, tap and go fare payment, 3/20/2022 - Before the pandemic turned commuting upside down, PATH embarked on a $1 billion improvement program in June 2019. This year, riders will start to see the results, starting with longer platforms to ease overcrowding by allowing use of longer nine-car trains..
Have ideas for NJ Transit's sustainable future? Here's how to weigh in, 3/18/2022 - Want to weigh in on electric buses, renewable energy and other sustainability issues at NJ Transit? The agency announced Friday it is developing its first-ever sustainability plan and wants the public to participate in its creation.
Somerset County gets $1 million for Easton Avenue traffic safety study, 3/18/ 2022 - Somerset County has been awarded a $1 million grant for a traffic safety study of Easton Avenue, one of the most-heavily driven roads in Central Jersey.
Protesters oppose Newark Airport Amazon air hub deal at Port Authority’s first in-person meeting, 3/17/2022 - Protesters greeted the Port Authority’s first in-person board meeting since the pandemic on Thursday to oppose an August 2021 agreement to build an Amazon Air hub at Newark Airport and asking the authority to revisit the deal.
Amazon Mega-Hub Deal At Newark Airport Still Seeing Pushback, 3/17/2022 - The plan to build a new Amazon air cargo mega-hub at Newark Liberty International Airport seems to be a good deal for the retail giant and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Powerful N.J. congressman wants oil companies to justify the high cost of gas, 3/17/2022 - With gas prices at or near record highs, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has asked oil company executives to explain why fuel costs so much.
NJ TRANSIT Rejects Multi-Million Dollar Contracts With Academy For Hudson County Bus Service, 3/17/2022 -NJ Transit's board of directors has rejected two multi-million dollar contracts with Academy Express, LLC to run local bus service in Hudson County.
NJ firefighter to walk around 13 miles today to promote development of trails and ‘Active Transportation’ News 12 New Jersey, 3/16/2022 — An Elizabeth firefighter is walking more than a dozen miles today to promote the development of walking trails and what he calls “Active Transportation.” His name is Stephen Dunn. He lives in Kenilworth and is the chair of Kenilworth's Rail Trail Committee and Kenilworth's representative to the Union County Transportation Advisory Board.
See new looks for the massive mixed-use ‘transit-oriented’ project headed to the Hoboken waterfront, 3/16/2022 - After 16 years of deliberation, plans to revitalize Hoboken’s waterfront are moving forward. New Jersey Transit, the City of Hoboken, and developer LCOR on Wednesday released new renderings of Hoboken Connect, a mixed-use transit project that aims to bring major investments to the city.
NJ TRANSIT Advances Zero Emissions Bus Conversion NJBMagazine, 3/15/2022 - The NJ TRANSIT board of directors took another step in the transition to a zero-emissions bus fleet with the awarding of a $4 million contract to AECOM to design the infrastructure required for a limited deployment of battery electric buses at Hilton Garage in Maplewood and conduct a survey of current conditions at all 16 NJ TRANSIT bus garages statewide. 
NJ Transit awards contract for design and modernization of Hilton Garage, 3/15/2022 - The contract awarded to AECOM authorizes design work to prepare the garage in Maplewood for electric buses and calls for a systemwide survey of conditions at all bus garages.
Big truck parking shortage at center stage of New Jersey’s transportation plans, 3/14/2022 — New Jersey officials want to make their highways safer, and part of accomplishing that is creating more parking for truck drivers. The state’s transportation officials said recently that providing adequate facilities along big highways for truckers is one of the state’s most severe challenges.
NY asks Supreme Court to stop NJ from leaving port watchdog, 3/14/2022 -  The state of New York has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to block New Jersey from withdrawing from the commission formed by the two states in the 1950s to monitor corruption at the New York area’s ports.
How much is gas in your N.J. county? Check the map here. (March 14, 2022), 3/14/2022 - It’s no secret that gas prices are up— way up. But some counties are better than others when it comes to filling up, including 10 that are below the state average.
Another fallen tree prevents NJ Transit rail line from returning to full service, 3/13/2022 — Full service on the Morris & Essex lines and the Gladstone Branch will not return Monday as NJ Transit officials had hoped after bad weekend weather dropped another tree on the storm battered rail line, this one near Mountain Station in South Orange.
Daylight Savings 2022: Spring ahead Sunday could make for a dangerous ride Monday. Here are some tips., 3/13/2022 —  That change, where we traded an hours sleep for more evening daylight comes with two dangers for drivers and pedestrians on Monday morning’s commute: feeling sleepy and less alert behind the wheel, and traveling in the dark, when children and pedestrians are walking to school and work, safety officials said.
Gas is over $6 a gallon at this N.J. station. How do you know when it’s price gouging?, 3/11/2022 — New Jersey broke a record for the highest gas prices ever on Sunday at $4.09 for a gallon of regular and prices continued increasing daily since then. But there are gas prices in the state that are much higher, leading drivers to wonder if they’re being gouged.
State senator proposes tax credit to help ease the pain of gas prices, 3/11/2022 - The latest idea of several designed to provide relief from high gas prices, was proposed Thursday by a South Jersey legislator to give taxpayers an immediate $250 to $500 tax credit.
Bill that spares drivers with E-ZPass from toll violation is a vote away from gov’s desk, 3/11/2022 - Legislation to require the state’s major toll road authorities to check if a vehicle has an E-ZPass account before issuing a toll violation is one vote away from possibly going to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.
'People are in a hurry': Can Red bank plans save pedestrian lives on Shrewsbury Avenue?, 3/10/2022 - Heading north into red bank, the four lanes bottleneck into two lanes...
'Jersey girls don't pump gas' bears out in latest Rutgers poll, 3/10/2022 - Almost three-quarters of respondents said they prefer to have their gas pumped for them, while 22% said they preferred to do it themselves.
Poll: NJ residents don’t want to pump their own gas NJ BIZ, 3/10/2022 — Most New Jerseyans don’t want to pump their own gas, according to results from a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
Gas prices are so high and keep climbing. Here are 9 tips to save money., 3/9/2022 - The bad old days of high gas prices not seen since 2008, are back for drivers who are seeing the cost to fill up their vehicle inflicting severe pain on the family budget.
Guide to Help Municipalities Prepare for More Electric Vehicles NJTPA Mention, 3/8/2022 - A new guidebook released today will give municipalities a blueprint to become Electric Vehicle Ready, from implementing the statewide Electric Vehicle Supply/Service Equipment (EVSE) ordinance to streamlining the permitting process and installing charging stations for fleet or public use.
Drivers to get a break on license fees and see other MVC benefits in Murphy’s budget, 3/8/2022 - New Jersey drivers whose licenses are up for renewal between this October and September 2023 will have the $24 renewal fee waived in Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed fiscal year 2023 state budget as one of several fees to be put on a “holiday” in the spending plan.
NJ Transit to get a promised $75M in COVID relief from deal with MTA, 3/8/2022 - NJ Transit will be receiving federal coronavirus funding from an unlikely source, another transit agency.
FTA: $2.2B in ARP Additional Assistance Grants to 35 Agencies Railway Age, 3/8/2022 — The Additional Assistance Grant Program funding—made available by the ARP Act of 2021, which President Biden signed on March 11, 2021—is being provided to transit agencies that have demonstrated a need for additional support to cover expenses related to day-to-day operations, cleaning and ... 
NJ Transit train line suspended due to wire, pole damage from fierce storms, 3/8/2022 - New Jersey Transit train service on the Morris and Essex Line and Gladstone Branch remains suspended until further notice due to “extensive weather-related damage” to a catenary pole and overhead wires in the Maplewood area.
Senate Committee Advances Bills to Make Transportation Services More Accessible -  In an effort to make transportation services more accessible for all residents, the Senate Transportation Committee advanced two bills today sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan that would support the needs of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other intellectual disabilities
Gas prices hit record highs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 3/6/2022 - Gas prices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania hit all-time highs over the weekend amid tight worldwide oil supplies and increased demand as the industry feels the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, analysts said.
Weehawken weighs protected bike lane versus parking spaces NJTPA Mention, 3/5/2022 - Bike advocates continue their quest for a protected bike lane on Boulevard East from the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken, through West New York and Guttenberg, culminating at Braddock Park in North Bergen. 
'A lifetime in NJ left me unprepared': Garden State residents spill on gas gaffes, 3/5/2022 - New Jerseyans enjoy a luxury that exists nowhere else in the United States.
NJ Transit study of ‘Princeton Dinky’ future narrows to two options, 3/4/2022 - The nation’s shortest scheduled commuter rail line now has a 50-50 chance of remaining as it is. The Daily Princetonian reports that a study of possible options to replace “Princeton Dinky,” the 2.7-mile electrified NJ Transit line connecting the Princeton University campus to the Northeast Corridor, has reduced four potential options to two — one of which is keeping the line as it is.
Gas prices hit $4 in N.J., now the highest since 2008, 3/4/2022 - Gas prices hit their highest levels since 2008 Thursday and at some stations in New Jersey, the dreaded price of $4 a gallon for regular has already been reached.
N.J. could get more spots for weary truckers to pull over and rest along highways, 3/3/2022 - New Jersey transportation officials plan to look at expanding parking along big highways for truckers who need to rest in a state reporting the “most severe challenges” in providing adequate facilities.
Raising Crosswalks to Make Deadly Intersections Safer in New York New York Times, 3/3/22 -City officials want to install 100 raised crosswalks every year as part of a larger effort to redesign dangerous intersections.
If your E-ZPass transponder is old, you might be among nearly 1M drivers needing a new one, 3/2/2022 - Close to 1 million drivers who have accounts with the New Jersey E-ZPass consortium will get a new transponder in the mail this year to replace old tags that are nearing the end of their useful life.
NJ MVC went from dreaded visit to 'easy' online services after COVID. Here's what's next, 3/2/2022 - When the pandemic hit New Jersey, it hit the Motor Vehicle Commission hard. Locations shuttered for months. Transactions backlogged in the hundreds of thousands. And when agencies reopened, lines formed well before dawn with customers hoping to get the golden ticket to see an agent and get their paperwork in order.
New driving law quietly debuts Tuesday. Here are the new passing rules for N.J. drivers., 3/1/2022 - Drivers passing people riding bikes, scooters, skateboards or pedestrians walking on the side of the road, have a new law to follow starting Tuesday that changes how they should safely pass other road users.
New Jersey Gov. Murphy announces fifth consecutive year without NJ Transit fare hike, 3/1/2022 - It was also announced that Wi-Fi will be installed on all NJ Transit buses through Gov. Murphy’s FY2023 budget. 
Pump your own gas? NJ ban on self-service fuel might be going away 2/28/2022 - New Jersey's holdout as the sole U.S. state that still requires an attendant to pump gas could be in jeopardy – again.
Phil Murphy announces no NJ Transit fare hikes until at least 2023, free Wi-Fi on buses, 2/28/2022 - "We maintain our belief that commuters shouldn’t pay a penny more until the job of turning NJ Transit fully around is done," said Murphy...
Pothole season is here and N.J. has already patched more than it did this time last year, 2/28/2022 - The rasping noise of shovels and snow plows is quickly being replaced by the thudding noise of cars hitting potholes and a string of NSFW comments from drivers, envisioning the auto repair bills to follow.
A lot of us expect to return to workplaces by March, riders tell NJ Transit, 2/25/2022 - NJ Transit officials are anticipating what they’ve been waiting for since the coronavirus pandemic started -- more people returning to work places and riding transit to get there.
Wall may get 2.1M square feet of warehouses over 10 buildings Asbury Park Press, 2/25/2022 - The warehouse boom in New Jersey has been focused along the New Jersey...
NJ drivers from these 20 ZIP codes will see adjusted tolls due to Turnpike reconfiguration, 2/24/2022 - The Turnpike Authority board approved a resolution Tuesday so drivers whose New Jersey E-ZPass is registered in 20 ZIP codes in ...
With aviation developments on the horizon, some believe Atlantic County economy is looking up Press of Atlantic City, 2/22/22 - Eyeing new developments by the airport, government and business leaders are hoping to see new industries lift off in Atlantic County. 
Pair of Parkway service areas to be rebuilt under $10M contract, 2/22/2022 - New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials approved a $10 million agreement to rebuild two Garden State Parkway service areas...
Warehouses in your neighborhood: Where more are coming to Monmouth and Ocean, and why NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 2/22/2022 -  About 12,000 packages a day are sorted through Amazon's new delivery station, located in the old Sears building at Seaview Square shopping center, the last stop before a gray van drops your order off at your home.
Transformed Route 9 would prioritize buses and add development. What it could look like NJTPA Mention, 2/22/2022 - Maria Benaloca often finds herself making a dangerous dash across six lanes to catch the 139 bus on Route 9 to avoid walking long distances to the nearest crosswalk.
Once again, advocates say give transit stable funding NJ Spotlight News, 2/22/2022 — New Jersey Transit is getting through the coronavirus pandemic and the declines in ridership it triggered with the help of federal aid that currently covers about a third of its annual budget.
Transforming Route 9 into NJ's first real bus rapid transit route (subscribers only), 2/22/2022 - Giving buses more priority on the road and making it easier for people to navigate the bus system will become some of the isues studied by NJ TRANSIT.
Gas prices continue to rise in NJ amid crude oil price hikes, 2/19/2022 -  Gas prices continue to rise in New Jersey as crude oil prices remain high amid ongoing global tensions related to uncertainty over Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine.
Port Authority isn’t waiting for N.J. to sign off on study to widen the Outerbridge Crossing, 2/18/2022 - Port Authority officials are proceeding with the last part of a study about how to widen the elderly and narrow Outerbridge Crossing between New Jersey and Staten Island that was required by a law signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul last year.
NJDOT awards $8.6 million to boost pedestrian safety to and from transit facilities,  2/18/22 - Nine New Jersey counties will deliver 19 projects aimed at improving safe pedestrians access to transit facilities with the awarding of $8.6 million through the state’s Safe Streets to Transit Program (SSTT).
NJ Transit advancing agency’s largest infrastructure programs, 2/18/22 - NJ Transit is progressing with some of the largest infrastructure programs in its history, including a series of projects aimed at helping avoid a disruption related to extreme weather on par with the one following 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
NJ downtowns explore new technology to serve residents, visitors, 2/17/22  - As New Jersey municipalities pushed their residents to support local businesses as much as possible when COVID-19 shut many of them down almost two years ago, some stores and shops were forced to establish a digital presence, including online ordering, for the first time.
Carteret ferry service to Manhattan gets $6 million boost from feds, 2/16/2022 - The terminal is part of the borough's efforts to run a ferry service to downtown Manhattan.
Springfield Motor Vehicle Commission building to close ahead of relocation in town, 2/15/2022 - This will be the last week to complete transactions at the 34 Center St. vehicle center before the doors close permanently on Saturday. This is so that when the new location at 271 Route 22 east opens on Monday, Feb. 28, it is fully equipped.
Pedestrian Deaths Spike in U.S. as Reckless Driving Surges New York Times, 2/14/2022 —  New Jersey had its highest number of pedestrian fatalities in more than 30 years. Last year was also the deadliest on Utah’s roads since the start of the century, as pedestrian deaths rose 22 percent. Washington State ended 2021 with a 15-year high in traffic fatalities. 
Here's what New Jersey's transportation leaders say tops the list of urgent issues in 2022, 2/14/2022 — The region's transportation leaders, tasked with improving and modernizing agencies that oversee the most critical components of a vast transportation network, will see an influx of federal funding this year from the recently signed $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.
NJ to receive $15M in federal money to build electric vehicle charging stations, 2/11/2022 - This is the Garden State's sliver of the $5 billion announced for the country this week as part of a push by President Joe Biden to shift car purchases to electric, with a goal being 50% by 2030.
The Biden administration outlines a plan to build a network of electric vehicle chargers., 2/10/2021 - The Biden administration said on Thursday that it would require states to submit proposals to line highways with electric vehicle chargers, part of a $5 billion plan to fill a gap in the infrastructure needed to support booming sales of battery-powered cars.
NJ Transit to buy 25 more new multi-level rail cars for $74M, courtesy of the Portal Bridge project, 2/10/2022 - NJ Transit will add 25 new multi-level rail cars to its fleet, purchased for $74 million — money that came from the $1.5 billion Portal Bridge project.
Route 287 overpass is being considered for a $30M redo in Mahwah on the NY border Route 287 overpass is being considered for a $30M redo in Mahwah on the NY border
2/10/2021 - Video - Route 287 overpass is being considered for a $30M redo in Mahwah on the NY border.
Biden administration seeks equity in guidance for electric vehicle charging network The Hill, 2/10/2022 — A new guidance from the Biden administration as it prepares to disburse funds to states to build out an electric vehicle charging network seeks to do so with equity in mind. 
Bound Brook approves 143-unit apartment building next to Brook Arts Center NJTPA Mention, 2/10/2022 - The revitalization of the borough's downtown has taken another leap forward with the approval of a 143-unit apartment building next to the Brook Arts Center on Hamilton Street.
Freehold Borough officials plan to relocate firehouse NJTPA Mention, 2/10/2022 -  Officials are planning to appropriate $3.5 million to fund the relocation of Freehold Borough’s firehouse and to assist in the development of a modern bus station.
All-electric, self-driving mini buses coming to N.J. capital thanks to $5M grant, 2/9/2022 - Trenton officials were awarded a $5 million grant Wednesday to advance the start of the state’s first all-electric powered, micro-transit system with self-driving mini-buses.
Amtrak has no master plan for $30B Gateway Program, new Hudson River tunnels: report, 2/8/2022 - Amtrak has no comprehensive plan to coordinate the program’s variety of projects, which include construction of two new Hudson River train tunnels — and there’s no master schedule to everything done by the railroad’s purported goal of 2035, the report said.
Amtrak OIG report warns officials to improve program management ahead of Gateway, 2/8/2022 - Ahead of its biggest — and most urgent — infrastructure project, Amtrak needs to improve its management practices to avoid delays and cost overruns, the Office of Inspector General warned in a report issued Tuesday.
NJ Transit seeks industry feedback on Northern Bus Garage, 2/8/2022 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) will hold an industry forum on March 14 as it continues to develop plans for its Northern Bus Garage and is seeking feedback from qualified professionals.
Lawmakers want to end automatic toll hikes on Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, 2/7/2022 - Two toll increases that seemed to happen back-to-back on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway proved to be the goose that laid the golden egg, delivering higher toll revenues and a higher bond rating from a financial rating service to the authority that operates the two roadways.
NJ awards Transit Village grant to South Amboy. Here's what planned with the money, 2/7/2022 - The city received a $180,000 Transit Village grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to create a public space at the train station, 140 North Broadway.
Gas prices rise in NJ, around nation amid crude price hike, 2/5/2022 - Gas prices shot up across the nation and also rose again in New Jersey as crude oil prices increased amid what analysts called uncertainty over Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine.
Bike lanes? Blinking crosswalk lights? Jersey City and county focus on West Side Avenue, Kennedy Boulevard NJTPA Mention, 2/3/2022 - Jersey City residents, city planners, and municipal, county, and state authorities this week are debating how to improve two of the city’s most-traveled thoroughfares: West Side Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard in Journal Square.
New Jersey awards $3.8 million in Transit Village grants, 2/3/2022 - The state of New Jersey has awarded $3.8 million in FY2022 Transit Village grants to 14 municipalities in nine counties.
NJ Explores Cash-Free Tolls, Starting With AC Expressway, 2/3/2022 - A south Jersey toll highway could soon be cash-free, with other Garden State roads poised to follow. The South Jersey Transportation Authority is collecting proposals from companies that can supply an All Electronic Toll (AET) system, such as the commonly used E-Z Pass.
Delivery of NJ Transit’s first electric buses will be delayed until later this year, 2/1/2022 - NJ Transit’s first electric buses will be delivered later than expected, raising some questions about the agency’s plan to meet Gov. Murphy’s 2032 goal for all new buses purchased to be zero emission.
COVID surge sidelined 125 NJ Transit trains last month, 1/31/22 - The recent surge in COVID-19 cases took a double toll on NJ Transit service and ridership last month when the agency was forced to cancel 125 trains as more front-line employees tested positive and ridership plummeted an average of 20% on buses and trains.
Transit Tech Lab launches recovery, sustainability challenges to bolster regional transportation, 1/31/2022 - The region’s transportation agencies are once again calling on the private sector to provide innovative solutions for their most pressing issues.
Hoboken Cited By Transportation Secretary For Road Safety, 1/31/2022 - Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last week cited Hoboken as a national model for eliminating traffic-related deaths, as he released a national plan to create safer streets.
Governor Murphy and Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti Announces $3.8 Million in FY 2022 Transit Village Grants, 1/31/2022 - Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez Scaccetti today announced $3.8 million in FY 2022 Transit Village grants to help municipalities advance transit-oriented development projects that reduce reliance on vehicles and encourage usage of mass transportation.
N.J. DOT Latest to Offer Truckers Real-Time Traffic Alerts, 1/31/2022 - New Jersey has launched a traffic-alert system using Drivewyze to warn commercial truckers about potential safety issues along 600 miles of state highways.
Middletown Begins Safe Route to River Plaza Elementary School Project, 1/30/2022 - Middletown Township today announced that the preliminary engineering phase for its Safe Route to School project for River Plaza Elementary School students has begun.
NJTRANSIT Student Discount Program Rolls On, 1/30/2022 - College students who ride NJ TRANSIT’s bus, rail or light rail systems can save some money commuting back-and-forth thanks to the agency's student discount program. 
Why you really should wash that salt and brine off your car, 1/30/2022 - Those white lines of brine that the state Department of Transportation and other agencies apply to highways to fight snow and ice are costing drivers billions of dollars to repair rust that the chemicals are causing on their vehicles.
After shoveling snow out of an on-street parking spot, is it yours to save?, 1/30/2022 - For drivers who live in apartments and in cities without the luxury of off-street parking, one of the more frustrating sights can be looking in the rear view mirror to see another vehicle glide into the parking space you spent so much time laboriously shoveling snow out of.
Gas prices rise in NJ, around nation amid high oil prices, 1/29/2022 - Gas prices rose again in New Jersey and around the nation at large amid tight global oil supplies and despite low demand typical of the season.
NJ TRANSIT awarded federal funding to promote transit-oriented development along Route 9 bus corridor ROI-NJ, 1/28/2022 — NJ TRANSIT, in partnership with Old Bridge, received a $470,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to develop a transit-oriented development study in Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
U.S. House panel to hold hearing on autonomous vehicles Reuters, 1/27/2022 — A U.S. House panel will hold a hearing next week on self-driving vehicles, even as a push in Congress to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles has stalled.
NJ Turnpike bridge in Middlesex County will get $172 million makeover, 1/27/2022  — A project to rebuild the New Jersey Turnpike bridge over the Raritan River will begin this spring, according to the Turnpike Authority.
Does warming up your car actually make it run better?, 1/27/2022 - As temperatures dip down to below freezing, drivers may be inclined to warm up their cars before they head out—something that can trigger a fine in this state.
Somerset County names recipients of 2021 Land Development and Planning Awards NJTPA mention
TAP into Basking Ridge, 1/26/2022 - Somerset County’s Office of Planning, Policy, and Economic Development has announced the winners of the Somerset County Planning Board’s 2021 Land Development and Planning Awards for exceptionally well planned and designed projects.
Transportation Department to tackle rising traffic deaths, 1/27/2022 — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is vowing to help stem rising traffic fatalities, releasing a broad-based strategy aimed at reducing speed, redesigning roads and boosting car safety features such as automatic emergency braking.
Permanent cashless tolls are finally coming to N.J., starting with this highway, 1/27/2022 — Cash could be no good for paying tolls on New Jersey toll roads, this time for good, starting with the state’s smallest toll highway.
NJ Transit’s first bus route redesign is delayed, but 2nd is started in South Jersey, 1/26/22 - One year after NJ Transit launched its first major bus route redesign in decades, officials said revealing final changes for routes serving Newark will be delayed until the spring. But the agency has already started a second bus route redesign in three South Jersey counties.                           
Just fix N.J. Turnpike extension to Holland Tunnel, don’t spend $4.7B to widen it, opponents say, 1/26/22 - Opponents of a $4.7 billion plan to replace the aging bridge over Newark Bay and add lanes to the Hudson County New Jersey Turnpike extension told officials that repairing and rehabilitating the roadway would be a better option than adding lanes.
N.J. leaders say bridge funding is a ‘big deal’ for both the state and the country, 1/26/2022 - Some of New Jersey’s highest-ranking leaders gathered along the Hackensack River on Tuesday to announce the first infusion of federal funding to upgrade hundreds of bridges across the state under the new national infrastructure law.
DePhillips, Corrado named to Legislature’s transportation committees, 1/26/2022 -  Assemblyman Christopher P. DePhillips, who is starting his third term serving New Jersey’s 40th Legislative District, has been appointed to sit on the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee. Sen. Kristin Corrado, who also serves the same district, was named to the Senate Transportation Committee.
The Gateway project got a new rating. Now what? Here's what's happening behind the scenes, 1/25/2022  — The project’s new “medium-high” priority ranking, announced last week by the Federal Transit Administration, makes the project eligible for the federal Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. But first, a lot of housekeeping must take place.
Route 3 Bridge, one of the most dilapidated in NJ, will get $143M replacement,  1/25/22 — Before announcing a plan to rebuild one of New Jersey's most dilapidated bridges, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez first led his peers in singing happy birthday to fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.
New Jersey Pioneers Transportation Solutions For Mobility-Marginalized Communities Forbes,  1/25/22  - The NJ Department of Transportation recently announced the “Trenton MOVES” project. MOVES stands for “Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System” - and is designed to eliminate transportation inefficiencies that exist in various under-served communities in the state.
Turnpike bridge over Raritan River to get $172 million makeover, 1/24/2022 - A bridge that is one of the largest on the New Jersey Turnpike and dates back to the early 1950's is scheduled for a rebuilding.
Sussex County Announces New Bus for Skylands Rides TAP into Sparta, 1/21/2022 — The County of Sussex is proud to announce that a new bus has been added to the current Skylands Ride fleet to serve Sussex County residents in need of community transportation.
How Remote Work is Crippling New York City’s Commuter Rails New York Times, 1/21/2022  — Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than a million workers commuted into New York City every weekday.
5G wireless networks worry airlines. An N.J. engineering professor explains why. 1/20/2022, — On Wednesday, the switch was flipped to turn on 5G wireless networks that promised customers faster, better service and downloads, everywhere, except around 50 major airports.
NJ Transit electric bus pilot in Camden delayed as other agencies see battery tech snags, 1/20/2022  — The agency planned to put eight zero-emissions buses on the road in Camden by mid-2021. Then it was pushed to late-2021. Now, the first "prototype" electric bus is expected to be deployed in quarter two of this year and the remaining seven buses in the fourth quarter of the year.
Feds clear the way for Gateway Tunnel project to get billions in funding, 1/20/2022  - The final hurdle needed to qualify for federal funding to start building the $12.3 billion Gateway rail Tunnel was cleared Thursday when the Federal Transit Administration raised its rating of the project.
N.J. Turnpike negotiates paying $81M a year for new rail tunnel loan, 1/19/2022  — New Jersey Turnpike and state treasury officials are negotiating details of a plan to have the toll road authority make an annual $81 million payment on loans to fund the state’s share of the Gateway Tunnel project.
N.J. Transportation Commissioner now also leads national toll road group, 1/18/2022 - The boss of New Jersey’s Transportation Department can add a new title to her resume - president of the International International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Local Leaders Hail $1.1 Billion Investment in New Jersey Bridges  TAP into Plainfield, 1/16/2022 - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today announced the Biden administration is investing $1.1 Billion to replace or rehabilitate aging bridges in New Jersey. 
N.J. to get $1.1B for bridges under Biden infrastructure law. Here’s what it means. NJTPA Mention, 1/16/2020 - New funding under President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law will give New Jersey $1.1 billion over the next five years to tackle its hundreds of deficient bridges.
$50 fee for toll violators is fair, judge rules in suit arguing it should be lower, 1/15/2022 - A judge’s opinion upheld the N.J. Turnpike Authority’s $50 administrative fee charged to toll violators after two drivers sued to have it rolled back.
Gas prices dip in NJ, unchanged around nation at large, 1/15/2022 - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.37, down a penny from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.51 a gallon a year ago at this time.
Senate votes to confirm Amit Bose as FRA administrator Mass Transit Magazine, 1/13/2022 — The U.S. Senate voted 61-29, with 10 senators not voting, to confirm Amit Bose to be the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Transit village, with 4,200 apartments, to replace Newark Bears Stadium, 1/13/2022 — The Newark skyline will get a whole lot taller, now that the Central Planning Board has approved a massive redevelopment plan for construction of 11 high-rise towers and 4,200 apartments at the Newark Bears stadium site.
Opposition mounts to $4.7B plan to widen the highway to the Holland Tunnel, 1/13/2022 — Jersey City officials and a coalition of Hudson County bike groups have opposed the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plans to widen the Hudson County extension through Bayonne and Jersey City to the Holland Tunnel and replace the aging Newark Bay bridge.
New school transportation safety office bill waits for Murphy signature in bus overhaul Asbury Park Press, 1/12/2022 — A new school bus safety office designed to oversee and coordinate the protection of hundreds of thousands of students bused to schools awaits the governor's signature.
NJ TRANSIT gets $1.6B in aid as ridership drops during omicron surge, feds say, 1/12/2022  —   NJ Transit will receive $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus transit aid, which comes as the agency reports a sudden drop in ridership due to the statewide surge of positive tests for the omicron variant of COVID-19.
Legislation to Improve Public Transportation Services for Disabled Community Heads to Governor’s Desk The Press of Atlantic City, 1/12/2022 — Commercial truckers in New Jersey will have a chance to slow down for traffic sooner as a result of a new service by the Department of Transportation.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $1.6 Billion Grant Award to NJ TRANSIT for COVID-19 Response Under the American Rescue Plan, 1/12/2022 - oday, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a $1.6 billion award of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to NJ TRANSIT (NJT). 
Passaic County Commissioner John Bartlett Appointed to Key North Jersey Transportation Planning Role NJTPA Mention
TAP into Paterson, 1/10/2022 - Just days after being sworn in to a new three-year term to the Passaic County Board of Commissioners, John W. Bartlett has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).
New Jersey DOT offers truckers new traffic-warning service The Press of Atlantic City, 1/11/2022 — Commercial truckers in New Jersey will have a chance to slow down for traffic sooner as a result of a new service by the Department of Transportation.
NJ TRANSIT Plans to Sell Retired Train Cars Jersey Digs, 1/11/2022 — Dozens of train cars that are no longer used by NJ TRANSIT commuters could soon end up in private hands.
NJ TRANSIT OKs $11M for work on 2 transit stations. It’s a perfect chance to go green, advocates say, 1/11/2022 — Before NJ Transit’s directors approved contracts Monday to design plans for the restoration of Newark Penn Station and rehabilitation of Trenton Transit Centers platforms and access, environmentalists said they want those plans to include solar power and use of green energy sources as much as possible.
Newark Penn Station, Trenton Transit Centers progress with contract awards, 1/11/2022 - New Jersey Transit’s (NJ Transit) Board of Directors moved two facility projects forward with the awarding of separate contracts.
Kean Measure to Ease Transportation Access for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Clears Senate, 1/10/2022 - Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would make it easier to travel independently for state residents with autism or developmental disabilities gained Senate approval today.
Freiman, Lopez & Murphy Bill Allowing Residents to Use Disability Benefits to Pay for Transportation Heads to Governor, 1/10/2022 - Recognizing the importance of equal access to transportation for residents with disabilities, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman, Yvonne Lopez and Carol Murphy would allow the use of disability benefits to pay for certain transportation expenses.
NJ TRANSIT awards contracts to modernize Newark Penn Station, Trenton Transit Center ROI-nj-com, 1/10/2022 - The plan to update and renovate Newark Penn Station — for too long an outdated transportation facility — in August saw New Jersey Transit put out a Request for Proposals for master planning, conceptual, preliminary and final design and construction assistance services for the $190 million project.
New law ups fines, jail time for assaulting N.J. bus drivers, rail workers, 1/10/2022 - Now, those who assault a transit worker in New Jersey will face higher fines and the threat of more jail time under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday.
Warren County Commissioner Director Jason Sarnoski named regional transportation planning board officer NJTPA Mention
WRNJ Radio, 1/10/2022 - Warren County Commissioner Director Jason J. Sarnoski was named Third Vice Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at its January 10 Board of Trustees meeting.
Diegnan Bill to Improve Public Transportation Services for the Disabled Community Passes Senate, 1/10/2022 - The bill, S-3442, co-sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, would require the DOT, the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to conduct a review of current infrastructure design practices for public highways and public transportation projects.
Passaic County Commissioner John Bartlett Appointed to Key North Jersey Transportation Planning Role, 1/10/2022 - NEWARK, NJ - Just days after being sworn in to a new three-year term to the Passaic County Board of Commissioners, John W. Bartlett has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).
Rail historians raising $25K for space to restore trains, eventually become N.J. museum, 1/9/22 - The historic trains of New Jersey’s past are getting a place to be slowly restored to their former glory. But first, that place needs some work.
Transit village designation in motion at Route 9 bus terminal in Old Bridge; officials hope designation will revive area, 1/5/22 -  Township officials hope a transit village designation at the bus terminal on Route 9 north will help revive the Old Bridge Shopping Plaza.
About 700 NJ Transit workers test positive for COVID. How is it impacting service?, 1/5/2022 - About 700 of NJ Transit's 12,000-person workforce are unable to work after testing positive for COVID-19 as the agency maintains greater than 90% service levels on rail and bus. 
These are the 10 biggest projects on N.J. highways in 2022, 1/4/2022 - Of the 10 largest road and bridge projects on the state transportation department’s $2.47 billion docket in 2022, seven are ongoing mega projects that are joined by three new projects on busy local highways.
Do police actually issue tickets to drivers in N.J. who don’t clean snow off their cars?, 1/4/2022 - A law has been around for 10 years to convince inconsiderate drivers to clean off winter’s frosty deposits from their vehicles before hitting the road. 
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey facilities recovering from pandemic, 1/3/2022 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s airports and PATH system passenger volumes are slowly recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but November figures remain below 2019 levels.