In The News:
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.
NJ Transit seeks ideas to fix MetLife transportation
NorthJersey.com, 2/18/2021 -- Is your pandemic hobby developing a solution to shuttle 20,000 people an hour by train over a swamp, surrounded by three major highways, over a bridge and at an affordable price tag?
$100M Investment in Green Transportation Projects
NJBmagazine.cjom, 2/16/2021 - Gov. Phil Murphy today announced a more than $100 million investment into clean transportation projects, which he said will prioritize job creation and economic development with a specific focus on environmental justice communities.
NJ Transit Partners with Edge4Vets to Connect Veterans to Jobs
capemaycountyherald.com - 2/16/2021 - New Jersey Transit is leading an effort to address veteran unemployment during the Covid crisis by partnering with the nationally successful Edge4Vets jobs preparation program to prepare and connect New Jersey veterans, National Guard members, transitioning military service personnel, and their spouses to careers in transportation.
NJ Transit Board approves purchase of new minibuses for local transportation programs
Mass Transit Magazine, 2/12/21 - New Jersey Transit has been authorized by the board of directors to purchase 19 new low floor extended minibuses with accessibility ramps, with the option to purchase 16 additional vehicles, for local transportation programs providing critical transportation services for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other transit-dependent residents.
Why a Hudson Rail Tunnel Is Getting a Washington Reset
The Washington Post, 2/8/21 - A New York City passenger rail tunnel, widely considered among the most vital U.S. infrastructure projects, was canceled once and revived, only to be stuck in limbo during President Donald Trump’s term.
Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary
AssociatedPress, 2/2/2021 - WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg won Senate approval Tuesday as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post. He’ll be tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change.
Hoboken to add new bike lane along scenic Sinatra Drive
NJ.com, 2/1/2021 - The city was awarded a $325,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to build a protected bike lane along scenic Sinatra Drive — a project that will link the city’s South Waterfront Bikeway with a similar path along the northern waterfront.
How Should Transportation Improve In Monmouth?
JerseyShoreOnline.com, 1/29/2021 - MONMOUTH COUNTY – The Monmouth County Department of Planning in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) have created a study for residents to input their opinion on the best way to manage the travel demand in the county.
Warehouse ‘sprawl’ spreads in NJ as pandemic accelerates e-commerce surge
NJSpotlight.com, 1/27/2021 - In Jackson, a developer is poised to clear 72 acres of forest to make room for more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space. In White Township, officials are weighing whether to allow construction of 2.8 million square feet of warehouse on farmland.
Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation
Associated Press, 1/21/2021 - President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
Gas tax hike part of House Democrats’ transportation plan
Associated Press, 1/19/2021 - Democratic leaders in the Washington state House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions.
New Ferry Services Considered for Hudson County NJTPA Mention
JCityTimes.com, 1/19/2021 - If you’d love to be able to take a ferry from Hudson County to the Jersey Shore, you’re not alone. So would lots of other ferry-friendly folks who attended a Jan. 14 virtual meeting of the Hudson County Division of Planning.
Hoboken Hopes To Bring Housing, Light Rail Stop To North Border
Patch.com, 1/18/21 - The city of Hoboken last week released a proposed North End Redevelopment Plan to revitalize 30 acres of land in the historically industrial northwest area of Hoboken. Residents may offer questions and comments after a public presentation at the Jan. 27 City Council meeting.
The new bridge: At last, a portal to progress | Editorial
NJ.com, 1/18/2021 - They have finally secured the funds needed to replace that swiveling, creaking disaster from the Taft Administration known as the Portal Bridge, the 110-year-old old rail link that is neither portal nor bridge when it gets stuck in the open position – which, as 200,000 daily riders on NJ Transit know, happens often enough to make their Manhattan commute a soul-crushing experience.
Senator: NJ Transit’s progress - despite COVID - is undeniable | Opinion
NJ.com, 1/16/2021 - Last week, when I was standing with Gov. Phil Murphy at the graduation ceremony for 17 new train engineers, I thought to myself that it was high time to call attention to the progress achieved under the leadership of state Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett.
Portal Bridge funding deal signed, plans for long-awaited project can now move forward
NJ.com, 1/14/2021 - Gov. Phil Murphy and other dignitaries signed an agreement Thursday afternoon with the Federal Transit Administration for the long-awaited $766.5 million in federal funding for the $1.8 billion project. That’s the final step toward hiring construction companies to replace the 110-year old swing bridge that carries Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor line across the Hackensack River in Kearny.
Uber Joins with Jersey City to Provide Rides to Vaccination Sites
Tapinto.net, 1/13/21 - In an effort to alleviate concerns over exposure, costs, and safety to those that might otherwise rely on public transportation, local officials are offering round trip rides to Jersey City senior citizens and frontline workers in order to make certain they can get vaccinated.
Diesel Rises 3¢ to $2.67 a Gallon
TTNews.com, 1/11/2021 - The first full week of 2021 saw the nationwide price of diesel continue as it had for the last weeks of 2020, with trucking’s main fuel notching a 3-cent increase, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly data released Jan. 11.
County Commission Looking to Continue With Economic Recovery Into 2021 NJTPA Mention
Tapinto.net, 1/11/21 -For 2021, most of the county commissioners will retain their designated liaison roles held in 2020, with a few changes made as Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners Director Sue Soloway announced the commissioners’ “major assignments” for this year.
MVC agency coronavirus closures spill into 2021
12/21/2020 - NJ.com, Another state Motor Vehicle Commission agency closed until after the New Year and the shut down of a second was extended on Monday after employees at both locations tested positive for the coronavirus.
Injured hawk rescued from Jersey City PATH train tunnel
NorthJersey.com, 12/21/2020 - When an injured hawk was discovered early Friday morning in a train tunnel near the Exchange Place station in Jersey City, PATH employees and a Port Authority Police officer worked together to rescue the bird, now named Rico.
NJ Transit is conducting its third COVID-19 survey. Here’s why taking it matters.
NJ.com, 12/19/2020 - Since the coronavirus pandemic, NJ Transit commuters have filled out two surveys about their travel patterns. Now, the agency is turning to its travelers for a third time, asking them to take a survey that NJ Transit can use to plan its service. The results of the last two surveys show why taking it matters, experts said.
Middletown Bridge Repair Gets State Funding NJTPA Mention
TheMonmouthJournal.com, 12/14/2020 - At our Nov. 24 Freeholder meeting, my fellow Freeholders and I passed resolutions for two bridge projects; the Reconstruction of Bridge MT-24 on County Route 12A (Navesink River Road) in Middletown Township and the Reconstruction of Bridge R-3 (Broadway) over Chingarora Creek which connects the Boroughs of Keyport and Union Beach.
West Orange to Launch 4-Month Street Smart NJ Campaign to Improve Pedestrian Safety NJTPA Mention
TapInto.net, 12/13/2020 - West Orange will be conducting a Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign aimed at changing unsafe behavior and reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes at the intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue and Harrison Street during the next four months. Councilman Jerry Guarino made the announcement this week.
New Portal Bridge finally on track for final approval
NJ.com, 12/13/2020 - The long-awaited final agreement with the federal government to fund a new Portal Bridge was sent to Congress Friday night for final approval, effectively ending the years-long quest to finance a replacement for the century-old span over the Hackensack River.
Gov. Murphy says state not yet ready to join climate accord
NJ Spotlight, 12/9/20 - More debate on Wednesday over an ambitious plan to tackle transportation pollution. Groups on both sides are pressuring Gov. Phil Murphy to make a decision on the regional Transportation Climate Initiative, a program that uses a tax to curb emissions from cars and trucks and generate more than $700 million in revenue for the state.
NJ Transit: Protecting Riders, Employees with New Tech
Railwayage.com, 12/1/2020 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) will participate in a multi-week test of new technologies—from air purification to antimicrobial light—to help protect employees and riders during the pandemic. It is part of the COVID-19 Response Challenge that launched in July.ith-new-tech/
NJ Transit: Protecting Riders, Employees with New Tech
Railwayage.com, 12/1/2020 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) will participate in a multi-week test of new technologies—from air purification to antimicrobial light—to help protect employees and riders during the pandemic. It is part of the COVID-19 Response Challenge that launched in July.