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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.
 
NJ Transit line’s new eco-friendly engines will mean fewer delays, agency says NJ.com, 1/10/20 - All 20 trains on the 34-mile long River Line -- which runs between Trenton and Camden -- are scheduled to receive new diesel engines that meet higher environmental standards and are more fuel efficient, said Nathan Rudy, an NJ Transit spokesman.
Route 18 Signs Now Point To Paul Robeson Boulevard Tapinto.net, 1/10/20 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has replaced signage along Route 18 to reflect the city's renaming of Commercial Avenue in honor of actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson.
NY Waterway rents boats to bring ferry service back to normal NJ.com, 1/10/20 - NY Waterway officials said they have enough vessels operating to run regularly scheduled ferry service after a week’s work of mechanical problems and other issues that resulted in fewer boats to provide regularly scheduled service.
Bridge linking 2 Jersey Shore towns to close for emergency repairs NJ.com, 1/8/2020 — A bridge that links Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar will soon close for several months of emergency repairs, officials said.
NJDOT commissioner elected to IBTTA board NJBIZ, 1/8/2020 — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association elected New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as its second vice president, the organization announced Wednesday.
Port Authority hires general manager for New Jersey airports NJBIZ, 1/8/20 — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hired James Gill to be general manager of New Jersey airports, covering Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport.
NJ May Require High-Hazard Trains to Disclose Routes, Contents NJ 101.5, 1/8/20 - Legislation imposing new requirements on high-hazard trains traveling through New Jersey, including online disclosure of their routes and contents and consequences of a possible spill, is scheduled for final approval in a Monday vote.
Amtrak, NJ Transit invest $7.2M to upgrade NY Penn Station NJBiz.com, 1/7/20 - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are investing $7.2 million in a project that began Jan. 7 with a refresh of the Amtrak Concourse ticketed waiting area at New York Penn Station on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side
What would Penn Station expansion mean for New Jersey commuters? The Record, 1/7/2020 — During Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s more than 5,200-word address Monday announcing plans to expand Penn Station a block south, New Jersey was sparsely mentioned.
Key Day for Jump-Starting NJ’s Transition to Electric Vehicles NJ Spotlight, 1/6/20 - Following intense negotiations over legislation to electrify state’s transportation sector, members of three legislative committees get to vote today on a revised bill
Penn Station expansion plan to include eight new tracks, increase capacity by 40 percent The Record, 1/6/2020 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans Monday to add eight new tracks and a new entrance to New York Penn Station, as part of an expansive overhaul to the embattled train station.
Lawmakers drive ahead bill expanding NJ electric vehicle access NJBiz.com, 1/6/20 - State lawmakers are rushing a long-stalled bill before the lame duck session ends next week that would dramatically ramp up the New Jersey’s electric vehicle market over the next decade.
Route 206 Bypass Project on Schedule for Completion in 2020 TapInto.net, 1/5/20 - HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Doug Tomson, township residents and motorists who have to wrestle with chronic the congestion on Route 206 are looking forward to the end of the year, by which time the long-awaited 4-mile Route 206 Bypass is expected to open...
Here’s how N.J. gas prices could rise because of conflict in Iran NJ.com, 1/4/20 - Gas prices may have a turbulent January after U.S. air strikes killed Iran’s top general on Friday, but experts don’t expect it to change forecasts for slightly lower gas prices in later 2020.
Tolls going up on bridges, tunnels to NYC starting Sunday NJ.com, 1/4/20 - The first Monday of 2020 brings more than just the dreary start of another work week for commuters using Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels
Tolls going up on bridges, tunnels to NYC starting Sunday NJ.com, 1/4/20 - The first Monday of 2020 brings more than just the dreary start of another work week for commuters using Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels.
Coalition calls for federal action to spur $14B Hudson River tunnel replacement NJBiz.com, 1/3/20 - Build Gateway Now is comprised of more than 40 civic, labor, business and elected groups who know Gateway is a critical priority for the region and the nation’s economy. 
Port Authority breaks passenger, cargo records in November 2019 NJBiz.com, 1/3/20 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, and bridges and tunnels in both states, broke records on the number of passengers and cargo shipments it saw in November 2019.
Gateway Program Development Corp. names NY trustee Cohen chairman NJBiz.com, 1/2/20 - The Gateway Program Development Corp. said Thursday it named Steven Cohen, the trustee for the State of New York, chairman for 2020.
State of NJ Transit, Port Authority in 2019 — and what you can expect for 2020 The Record, 1/1/2020 - You'll often hear transit officials and politicians say that even though the embattled agency is making improvement, even one cancelled train is not good.
Opinion: Distracted driving: Automakers need to get back in touch with haptic controls NJ.com, 12/31/19 - It’s New Year’s Eve. That means we can expect the usual slew of warnings concerning drunken driving. But these days you’re more likely to be done in – or do yourself in – as a result of distracted driving.
By the numbers: Morristown’s 2019 ‘Street Smart’ pedestrian safety program NJTPA Mention
Morristowngreen.com, 12/31/19 - The Town of Morristown has seen improvement in pedestrian safety following the Morristown Bureau of Police’s participation in its third Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, according to a new report from TransOptions.
Bayonne Bridge toll increases in 2020 Hudson Reporter.com, 12/31/19 - Commuters who use the Bayonne Bridge as well as other bridges and tunnels from New Jersey to New York will experience an increase in toll rates starting Jan. 5, 2020.
Only in Jersey: Traffic safety served up with a side of attitude, humor NJ.com, 12/30/19 - Would drivers really slow down to read a flashing sign about safety? They might if it mixed Jersey humor with an in-laws joke.
Town of Morristown Improves Pedestrian Safety Through Street Smart Campaign TAPinto, 12/28/19 - MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Town of Morristown has seen improvement in pedestrian safety following the Morristown Bureau of Police’s participation in the Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, according to a new report from TransOptions.
Making a call, texting, and drinking coffee killed the most drivers last year in N.J. NJ.com, 12/28/19 - Motorists talking on phones, texting or engrossed by complicated infotainment systems while driving are more than an annoyance – they can be downright deadly.
​Murphy said commuters would see NJ Transit improve in 2019. Did it?  NJ.com, 12/28/19 - This was the year commuters were supposed to see their NJ Transit train and bus ride get better. Gov. Phil Murphy said so, as early as December 2018.
N.J’.s ferry fleet is getting greener and younger NJ.com, 12/27/19 - SeaStreak ferries that ply the water between Monmouth County and New York are getting newer and cleaner.
More MVC agencies issuing Real ID licenses, but you can’t get it before St. Patrick’s Day NJ.com, 12/27/19 - More than 50% of state motor vehicle agencies are now issuing the more secure Real ID drivers license, required for domestic air travel, but if you haven’t made an appointment to get one, you’re out of luck until St. Patrick’s Day.
511NJ information now available with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NJBiz.com, 12/23/19 - New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced Dec. 20 that NJDOT is the first department in the country to provide hands-free, real-time, statewide, traffic and traveler information using both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
511NJ information now available with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NJBiz.com, 12/23/19 - New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced Dec. 20 that NJDOT is the first department in the country to provide hands-free, real-time, statewide, traffic and traveler information using both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
Sunday Bus Service to Manhattan Comes to Bayonne Tapinto.net, 12/22/19 - BAYONNE, NJ - An experiment by NJ Transit to expand bus service between Bayonne, Jersey City, and Midtown Manhattan to seven days a week has been made permanent, Mayor Jimmy Davis recently announced.
$17M Federal Transportation Grant for to Bring New Buses to NJ Transit Tapinto.net - 12/22/19 - MAPLEWOOD, NJ — US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ 11) announced the award of $17,275,000 in federal transportation funding to New Jersey earlier this month.
 
Federal budget package includes $700M for Hudson River tunnel project NJBiz.com, 12/20/19 - The U.S. Senate approved legislation Dec. 19 that includes $700 million in the fiscal year 2020 budget toward the replacement of Hudson River railroad tunnels that connect New Jersey and Manhattan.
https://njbiz.com/federal-budget-package-includes-700m-hudson-river-tunnel-project/\
Red Bank: Sun to rise again on street NJTPA Mention
Red Bank Green, 12/20/19 — The sun won’t go down on a “tactical urbanist” experiment undertaken to improve traffic safety at a tricky Red Bank intersection earlier this year, redbankgreen has learned.
Podcast: What's next with electric vehicles? NJ Spotlight, 12/20/19 — There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
NYC subway gives N.J. commuters a peek of how they could pay fare in the future NJ.com, 12/19/19 - New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority expanded the OMNY pilot program that allows commuters to tap a contactless debit or credit card or a smart device to pay fares in Penn Station New York. That tap-and-go system puts riders a step closer to the end of buying fare cards and replenishing them with money.
NY-NJ state of freight: better warehouses and roads needed NJTPA Mention
FreightWaves, 12/19/19 — After becoming the No. 2 gateway for seaborne containers in the U.S., New York and New Jersey need to pay more attention to landside issues that impact freight movements, including more innovative warehouse designs and locations and much-needed improvements to aging roadways and a major air cargo hub. 
New parking tax for six NJ municipalities awaits Governor’s signature NJ Spotlight, 12/18/19 — New Jersey’s largest municipalities could soon have the authority to levy a new tax on parking to help raise money for pedestrian-access improvements at mass-transit stations.
Plan to fund transit, fight climate change could mean higher gas prices in N.J. NJ.com, 12/18/19 - Is it worth a 5 to 17 cent per gallon increase in gas prices to fight climate change, reduce air pollution and plow the money into better public transit and electric vehicles?
New Tax on Gas Proposed to Fix NJ Transit and Save the Planet NJ101.5, 12/18/19 - The Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of several states including, is pushing a plan to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and expand the use of clean energy in transportation.
Bill studying Raritan Valley-NYC peak, direct service advances in Assembly NJBiz.com, 12/18/19 - The New Jersey Assembly advanced a measure that would require New Jersey Transit to conduct a feasibility study on restoring direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line to Manhattan.
Governor to decide on ‘parking tax’ for NJ’s largest cities NJBiz.com, 12/17/19 - The state Legislature sent the governor a bill allowing New Jersey’s six largest cities to enact a so-called “parking tax” in order to finance pedestrian-access to mass transit projects.
Middlesex County announces updated pedestrian safety program for Milltown, South Amboy CentralJersey.com/ 12/17/19 - The Slow Down in Our Town pedestrian safety program began 15 years ago through an initiative of the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program (CTSP).
NJ Transit trains are the nation’s worst again, feds say NJ.com, 12/16/19 - NJ Transit trains are the worst in the nation, racking up the most breakdowns of any transit system during 2018.
Jersey City survey seeks residents’ opinion on parking issues NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 12/17/19 — As part of Jersey City’s effort to create a citywide parking management plan, it is asking residents to fill out a survey to understand the priorities and challenges of parking across the city.
Time for State to Get Moving on Electric Vehicles: NJ Spotlight Roundtable NJ Spotlight, 12/16/19 - The state needs to accelerate its efforts to electrify the transportation sector, but who should pay for it and how big a role utilities should play in making that happen sparked a lot of debate at an NJ Spotlight roundtable this past Friday in Hamilton Township.
Red Bank: Sun to rise again on street NJTPA Mention
Red Bank Green, 12/20/19 — The sun won’t go down on a “tactical urbanist” experiment undertaken to improve traffic safety at a tricky Red Bank intersection earlier this year, redbankgreen has learned.
Podcast: What's next with electric vehicles? NJ Spotlight, 12/20/19 — There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
NYC subway gives N.J. commuters a peek of how they could pay fare in the future NJ.com, 12/19/19 - New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority expanded the OMNY pilot program that allows commuters to tap a contactless debit or credit card or a smart device to pay fares in Penn Station New York. That tap-and-go system puts riders a step closer to the end of buying fare cards and replenishing them with money.
NY-NJ state of freight: better warehouses and roads needed NJTPA Mention
FreightWaves, 12/19/19 — After becoming the No. 2 gateway for seaborne containers in the U.S., New York and New Jersey need to pay more attention to landside issues that impact freight movements, including more innovative warehouse designs and locations and much-needed improvements to aging roadways and a major air cargo hub. 
Bill studying Raritan Valley-NYC peak, direct service advances in Assembly NJBiz.com, 12/18/19 - The New Jersey Assembly advanced a measure that would require New Jersey Transit to conduct a feasibility study on restoring direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line to Manhattan.
New parking tax for six NJ municipalities awaits Governor’s signature NJ Spotlight, 12/18/19 — New Jersey’s largest municipalities could soon have the authority to levy a new tax on parking to help raise money for pedestrian-access improvements at mass-transit stations.
Plan to fund transit, fight climate change could mean higher gas prices in N.J. NJ.com, 12/18/19 - Is it worth a 5 to 17 cent per gallon increase in gas prices to fight climate change, reduce air pollution and plow the money into better public transit and electric vehicles?
New Tax on Gas Proposed to Fix NJ Transit and Save the Planet NJ101.5, 12/18/19 - The Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of several states including, is pushing a plan to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and expand the use of clean energy in transportation.
Governor to decide on ‘parking tax’ for NJ’s largest cities NJBiz.com, 12/17/19 - The state Legislature sent the governor a bill allowing New Jersey’s six largest cities to enact a so-called “parking tax” in order to finance pedestrian-access to mass transit projects.
Middlesex County announces updated pedestrian safety program for Milltown, South Amboy CentralJersey.com/ 12/17/19 - The Slow Down in Our Town pedestrian safety program began 15 years ago through an initiative of the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program (CTSP).
NJ Transit trains are the nation’s worst again, feds say NJ.com, 12/16/19 - NJ Transit trains are the worst in the nation, racking up the most breakdowns of any transit system during 2018.
Jersey City survey seeks residents’ opinion on parking issues NJTPA Mention
NJ.com, 12/17/19 — As part of Jersey City’s effort to create a citywide parking management plan, it is asking residents to fill out a survey to understand the priorities and challenges of parking across the city.
Time for State to Get Moving on Electric Vehicles: NJ Spotlight Roundtable NJ Spotlight, 12/16/19 - The state needs to accelerate its efforts to electrify the transportation sector, but who should pay for it and how big a role utilities should play in making that happen sparked a lot of debate at an NJ Spotlight roundtable this past Friday in Hamilton Township.
NJ Transit launches online service dashboard New Jersey Business Magazine, 11/26/19