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Gas prices dip in NJ, rise a bit across nation at large, 6/18/2022 - Gas prices dipped a bit in New Jersey but rose a bit across the nation at large as crude oil prices dropped after the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike and amid demand concerns.
Ferries, Fireworks, and Firearms Dominate City Council Meetings this Week NJTPA Mention, 6/18/2022 - It was ferries, fireworks and firearms at this week’s caucus and full meeting of the Jersey City Municipal Council.
Hoboken hasn't had a traffic death in four years.  What's it doing right? Curbed, 6/17/22 - Few drivers park next to crosswalks in Hoboken, because they can’t. Those spots are blocked off with bike racks or planters or storm drains or extra sidewalk space for pedestrians or vertical plastic pylons that deter all but the boldest delivery-truck drivers. 
Amtrak completes New Jersey improvements, 6/16/2022 - Amtrak recently completed infrastructure improvements along a 16-mile segment of track between New Brunswick and South Brunswick, N.J.
Congressman Kim Helps Stafford Township Receive $992,000 For Safe Routes to School Program NJTPA Mention, 6/16/2022 - Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced that Stafford Township will be receiving $992,000 to provide safe and active methods of transportation to school – like walking or biking – through the Federal Highways Administration’s Safe Routes to School Program.
Meeting Will Address Upgrades To Valley Street In Maplewood NJTPA Mention, 6/16/2022 - The project will improve safety and overall operations at 11 intersections throughout Maplewood and South Orange townships.
Amtrak's NEC Acela Trains to 150 mph, 6/15/2022 - Amtrak passengers can now travel even faster on Acela as recent infrastructure improvements along a 16-mile segment of track between New Brunswick and South Brunswick can accommodate speeds of up to 150 mph.
NJ Transit conducts its first public forum on accessibility, 6/15/2022 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) hosted its first accessibility form to engage and expand inclusion for customers with disabilities. 
Gateway Tunnel needed as rail ridership will grow even under most conservative predictions, report says, 6/15/2022 - Even under the most conservative scenario, projecting up to 50% of Manhattan office employees working from home and a sluggish job market, rail ridership between New Jersey and New York will still grow, making the Gateway Tunnel a necessity, according to a new report by the Regional Plan Association.
NJ Transit looks to redesign bus routes in Hudson County, agency says, 6/15/2022 - NJ Transit received a sizable federal grant to help it redesign new bus routes in Hudson County, the agency announced Wednesday.
Amtrak trains will move through NJ faster after these upgrades. Here's what's new, 6/14/2022 -  Amtrak trains dashing through New Jersey are about to get a little faster. After $450 million in improvements to the overhead wires, signal cables, substations and high-speed turnouts that allow trains to...
NJ drivers could be protected from some out-of-state tickets under this bill. Here's how, 6/14/2022 - A bill sponsored by Sens. Nicholas Sacco and Declan O’Scanlon and Senate President Nicholas Scutari would prohibit state agencies from sharing a New Jersey driver’s personal information for the purpose of issuing a ticket.
You no longer need your Social Security card to get a license, Real ID in NJ. What to know, 6/13/2022 - The Motor Vehicle Commission said Monday that the requirements for both Real ID and standard state identification, including licenses, had been revised to allow for electronic verification of a Social Security number.
New York, New Jersey partner with Amtrak, seeking designers for Penn Station rebuild, 6/13/2022 - Reconstruction and modernization of Penn Station is underway in a big way, uniting New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey TRANSIT and Amtrak in a hunt for proposals from architecture and engineering firms to guide its design.
Getting a Real ID or any driver’s license in N.J. just got a little easier, 6/13/2022 - The process to get a coveted Real ID driver's license — which can be used as identification for domestic air travel and to gain access to federal buildings after May 3, 2023 — just got a little easier.
Governor Murphy Announces Justin Braz as New Jersey Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner, 6/13/2022 - Governor Phil Murphy today announced that Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs Justin Braz will serve as the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Assistant Commissioner for Transportation Policy and Chief of Staff.

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How New York City Plans to Speed Up its Buses Bloomberg CityLab, May 27, 2022 - Armed with new technology and redesigned routes, New York has restarted a service improvement campaign that aims to lure riders back to a long-beleaguered bus system.
Without commuters, US transit agencies are running out of options Bloomberg, June 16, 2022 - Budgets may need to be adjusted to account for fewer ticket sales — a tough reality for systems already struggling to fund improvements and general upkeep.
Can Electric Scooters Become a Safer Way to Travel? Bloomberg, June 11, 2022 - The “Volvo of scooters” aims to transform the industry’s shaky image by keeping riders safe — and turning a profit.
NY legislature passes law barring new schools near highways in wake of I-81 proposal in Syracuse, June 11, 2022 - The act will require the New York State Department of Transportation to lessen the impact of roadway air pollution by providing insulation, adequate air filters, and air filtration systems in all schools that are within the 600 feet of major roadways.
NYDOT Announces Multi-Agency Study to ‘Reimagine’ the Cross Bronx Expressway StreetsBlog, May 31, 2022 - The agencies claim that starting shortly after July 1, they’ll be “embarking on a study to re-imagine the relationship between the Cross Bronx Expressway and its surrounding communities,” according to the “Current Projects” page on the city DOT website.