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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.
 
Healthier Somerset: County identifying trail, path improvements NJTPA Mention
MyCentralJersey.com, 8/3/19 - ...The Walk, Bike, Hike Framework Strategy has the potential to transform how Somerset County, its municipalities and other planning partners plan, design and build their roads, communities, parks and recreational facilities in the years to come.  
Lyft expands Wheels for All Grants in NJ Lyft expands Wheels for All Grants in NJ
NJBiz.com, 8/1/19 - Starting in September, over 40 cities nationally, including in New Jersey, will award Lyft ride grants to nonprofits to bridge transportation gaps for individuals and families as part of the company’s Wheels for All Grants program..
Undercover Crossers: That Pedestrian You Don’t Stop For In Rochelle Park Could Be Police Daily Voice, 7/31/19 - Rochelle Park police aim to reduce the number of pedestrians struck by vehicles by crossing busy streets themselves – in plain clothes.
Metuchen officials discuss traffic light synchronization CentralJersey.com, 7/31/19 - METUCHEN – In an effort to keep traffic flow in and around the borough moving, the Traffic and Transportation Committee is calling on traffic light synchronization at high volume intersections in the borough.
Rolling Stones fans might get no satisfaction. Expect a 2-hour wait at concert, NJ Transit warns. NJ.com, 7/30/19 - NJ Transit scored a win, getting teens and tweens to and from this spring’s MetLife stadium concert by K-Pop superstars BTS without a problem. Will the agency have the same success later this week with getting their parents and grandparents to and from the Rolling Stones concert?
New Brunswick: Livingston Avenue construction project greenlighted MyCentralJersey.com, 7/30/19 - The Livingston Avenue Traffic Calming (Complete Streets) Project, a Middlesex County project organized in collaboration with the city, is a comprehensive redesign of the roadway between New and Elizabeth streets.
NJ State Police: Wearing a seat belt protects more than just yourself NJSpotlight, 7/30/19 - At 94.5%, New Jersey has one of the best seat belt usage rates in the nation. But in a congested state like New Jersey, that other 5.5% represents tens of thousands of residents who are willing to gamble with their lives and the lives of others behind the wheel.
New York Waterway lawsuit against Hoboken dismissed HudsonReporter.com, 7/30/19 - ...NY Waterway filed the suit on Friday, June, 7 in Hudson County Superior Court requesting the judge to order Hoboken to allow it to use and conduct marine work to prepare the Union Dry Dock site as it’s new ferry homeport for maintenance and refueling.
Traffic at Meadowlands Mall a Concern for Emergency Responders NJSpotlight, 7/29/19 - Eighty-two thousand football fans jammed MetLife Stadium for the 2014 Super Bowl — a game that ended in a transit debacle, overwhelming NJ Transit’s train service on the Meadowlands spur. American Dream Meadowlands expects to draw almost twice that many people, with most patrons coming by bus and car along Route 3 in Secaucus. Emergency response officials there worry.
New Law Aims for Speedier Road Improvements in New Jersey NJSpotlight, 7/29/19 - Many New Jersey motorists say they have yet to feel the benefits of recent gas-tax hikes that are bringing in more revenue than ever for road improvements, but a new state law could change that by making transportation projects run more expeditiously. 
Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge project wins Federal Environmental Excellence Award NJBiz, 7/26/19 - The Federal Highway Administration has selected the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Cedar Bonnet Island Habitat Restoration and Management Plan Project as a recipient of the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards.
Lawmakers move to shield commuters from fees to fund Gateway tunnel NJBIZ, 7/23/2019 — New Jersey lawmakers want to ensure that New Jersey Transit and Amtrak riders, as well as other commuters, do not bear the brunt of financing the ambitious Gateway program through fare increases and other usage fees.
New law to improve costs of Transportation Trust Fund projects NJBIZ, 7/24/2019 — Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (Senate Bill 876/Assembly Bill 607) to improve the efficiency and costs of Transportation Trust Fund projects and to create a research center in the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 
Southwest Airlines to cease flights from Newark airport NJ.com, 7/25/2019 — Southwest Airlines will stop flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport this fall, the company announced Thursday citing poor financial results at New Jersey’s largest airport.
Concepts for Chadwick Island Bridge to be presented Monday NJTPA MENTION
Shorebeat.com, 7/25/2019 — The state and county will host a joint meeting and information session on the replacement of the timber-planked Chadwick Island Bridge on Monday.
New Jersey DOT awards more than $30 million to improve freight routes Transport Topics, 7/24/19 — The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced $30.1 million in grant funding dedicated to improving local roads that serve as freight conduits.
Hoboken rebooting e-scooter deals with Lime, Ojo amid complaints Patch, 7/24/2019 —  Hoboken is rebooting its deals with the two e-scooter companies involved in the city's pilot program due to "safety concerns," officials say.
Cranbury receives a $1 million grant for work on Brick Yard Road CentralJersey.com, 7/24/19 - The reconstruction of Brick Yard Road received a boast this week when Cranbury Township officials were awarded a $1 million grant for the project from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT).
 
The Last Toll Collectors New York Times, 7/23/2019 — Cashless tolling technology reduces traffic and idling, but it is also replacing the sentries of the country’s roads.
What’s the transportation plan for American dream megamall NJ Spotlight, 7/22/2019 — With its Oct. 25 opening date approaching fast, American Dream Meadowlands still has no posted public transportation plan for moving an estimated 100,000 daily visitors and 16,000 employees through a venue that’s already infamous for local traffic logjams and unreliable trains.
How Port Newark Moves the World NJTPA Mention
NJMonthly.com, 7/18/19 - Megaships and mammoth machines keep Jersey’s Port of Newark and Elizabeth at the center of the regional economy.
Ports Master Plan charts path to keep up record growth despite climate challenges The Record, 7/12/19 — Sparkling new cars on the lots, Amazon purchases and other goods bought in the Greater New York region are coming into the ports at record levels — prompting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to figure out how to keep pace
Pascack Valley Line (almost) entirely replaced by buses this summer NorthJersey.com, 7/12/19 — During July and August, the NJ Transit line will have train service only during peak hours in the morning and evening on weekdays. Bus service will be provided in the midday on weekdays and all weekend.
Jersey City plans for transit system where riders can request buses NJTV News, 7/12/19 —  Imagine never waiting for a bus again. Instead, you call it to come to you when you need it. That’s the premise of a new transportation system coming to Jersey City, says Mayor Steve Fulop.
Three Years of PATH Upgrades Will Increase Capacity, Reduce Delays JerseyDiggs.com, 7/11/19 — Just months after unveiling upgrades that included real-time train arrival screens and cell phone service in stations, the Port Authority is set to begin work on the heavily traveled PATH system in hopes of easing congestion that commuters and residents regularly face.
Despite gas tax increase, poll finds roads aren’t any better for NJ drivers NJBiz, 7/10/19 — Sixteen percent of respondents said the roads were getting better, 35 percent the roads were getting worse and 47 percent of respondents said that road conditions remained the same, according to the joint FDU-International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 poll.
Three Years of PATH Upgrades Will Increase Capacity, Reduce Delays JerseyDiggs.com, 7/11/19 — Just months after unveiling upgrades that included real-time train arrival screens and cell phone service in stations, the Port Authority is set to begin work on the heavily traveled PATH system in hopes of easing congestion that commuters and residents regularly face.
Despite gas tax increase, poll finds roads aren’t any better for NJ drivers NJBiz, 7/10/19 — Sixteen percent of respondents said the roads were getting better, 35 percent the roads were getting worse and 47 percent of respondents said that road conditions remained the same, according to the joint FDU-International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 poll.
PANYNJ outlines 30-year port improvement blueprint NJBiz.com, 7/9/19 — With cargo volumes rising to record levels, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is outlining plans to ensure that its shipping facilities will be able to handle the traffic securely, efficiently and with minimal environmental effects over the next 30 years.
If it fits (under the bridge) it ships. Why our port is now number 2 in the USA. NJ.com, 7/8/19 — Officials revealed the region is seeing the payback for $4 billion in investments to raise the bridge, improve waterfront railroad facilities and modernize Port Newark and the Port of Elizabeth. The region’s port is now the nation’s second busiest port, said Rick Cotton, Port Authority executive director.
Abandoned NJ rail line one step closer to becoming a hiking and cycling trail NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 7/7/19 - ...The long-dormant New York & Greenwood Lake Railway rail bed that runs parallel to Ringwood Avenue could have a contractor as soon as fall, said Passaic County Freeholder Director John Bartlett.
Hours at the MVC are changing as N.J.'s new Real ID license goes for a test drive NJ.com, 7/6/19 - State Motor Vehicle Commission agency hours will change, starting Saturday July 6, as the MVC prepares to issue the new federally mandated Real ID driver’s licenses statewide to meet a looming October 2020 deadline.
Rails to trails projects help us reclaim the American spirit | Lowry (Opinion) NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 7/6/19 - ...Which is why I was so glad to read, by way of Staff Writer David Zimmer of NorthJersey.com and the USA Today Network New Jersey, that plans are going forward for an ambitious hiking and biking trail that will run through 2.15 miles of “pastoral northern Passaic County.”
Uber 911 safety integration rolls out to southern NJ counties NJBiz.com, 7/3/19 - Ride-sharing company Uber is expanding its 911 information sharing program to include southern New Jersey counties, so when a rider or driver uses the in-app emergency button to call 911 key trip details will be automatically sent to 911 dispatchers to use to respond in an emergency.
PANYNJ launches pilot program with new bike parking facility for PATH Journal Square customers, patrons and employees Mass Transit, 7/3/19 - In an effort to expand environmentally friendly cycling initiatives, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has partnered with Brooklyn-based Oonee to place a 20-bike parking facility on PATH property at Journal Square, effective August 1.
Transit village to replace parking lot at 34th Street light rail station Hudson Reporter, 7/3/19 - NJ Transit is looking for a real estate developer to build a 4-12-story mixed-use development on its four-and-a-half-acre, right-triangle-shaped site on the east side of the 34th Street light rail station, currently used as a parking lot.
NJDOT Launches Enhanced 511NJ.org Travel Info Website Capemaycountyherald.com, 7/2/2019 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the launch of an updated and enhanced version of www.511NJ.org, the state’s traveler information website in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
How commuting in N.J. affects your health and what to do about it ... NJ.com, 7/1/19  - Commuting times and distances are statistically getting longer, and commuters pay a higher price, than just lost time and missed family commitments.
Grove Street Gets Jersey City’s First Protected Bike Lane JerseyDigs.com, 7/1/19 - A heavily traveled stretch through a Downtown neighborhood became a lot safer for bikers last week and further changes will be made over the summer as Jersey City revamps their streets.
Union rail trail extension will add to quality of life in Ocean, Monmouth NJTPA Mention
Asbury Park Press, 7/1/19 — Later this summer the first mile of the extension of Monmouth County’s Union Transportation Trail into Ocean County is expected to be complete. When the extension opens and a planned northern extension into Mercer County is finished, this safe path for pedestrians, horseback riders and bicyclists will connect Hightstown and New Egypt.
Rails to trails projects help us reclaim the American spirit | Lowry (Opinion) NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 7/6/19 - ...Which is why I was so glad to read, by way of Staff Writer David Zimmer of NorthJersey.com and the USA Today Network New Jersey, that plans are going forward for an ambitious hiking and biking trail that will run through 2.15 miles of “pastoral northern Passaic County.”
Uber 911 safety integration rolls out to southern NJ counties NJBiz.com, 7/3/19 - Ride-sharing company Uber is expanding its 911 information sharing program to include southern New Jersey counties, so when a rider or driver uses the in-app emergency button to call 911 key trip details will be automatically sent to 911 dispatchers to use to respond in an emergency.
Transit village to replace parking lot at 34th Street light rail station Hudson Reporter, 7/3/19 - NJ Transit is looking for a real estate developer to build a 4-12-story mixed-use development on its four-and-a-half-acre, right-triangle-shaped site on the east side of the 34th Street light rail station, currently used as a parking lot.
NJDOT Launches Enhanced 511NJ.org Travel Info Website Capemaycountyherald.com, 7/2/2019 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the launch of an updated and enhanced version of www.511NJ.org, the state’s traveler information website in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Union rail trail extension will add to quality of life in Ocean, Monmouth NJTPA MENTION
Asbury Park Press, 7/1/19 — Later this summer the first mile of the extension of Monmouth County’s Union Transportation Trail into Ocean County is expected to be complete. When the extension opens and a planned northern extension into Mercer County is finished, this safe path for pedestrians, horseback riders and bicyclists will connect Hightstown and New Egypt.
Grove Street Gets Jersey City’s First Protected Bike Lane JerseyDigs.com, 7/1/19 - A heavily traveled stretch through a Downtown neighborhood became a lot safer for bikers last week and further changes will be made over the summer as Jersey City revamps their streets.
How commuting in N.J. affects your health and what to do about it ... NJ.com, 7/1/19 - - Commuting times and distances are statistically getting longer, and commuters pay a higher price, than just lost time and missed family commitments.