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Shipping terminal planned in New Brunswick. Here's what we know, 3/25/2023 - A shipping terminal, which would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, may be coming to Jersey Avenue.
NJ Transit to revitalize Mahwah train station Mass Transit, 3/24/23 - New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) is moving forward with plans to revitalize the Mahwah train station to enhance the customer experience. Phase One of the project will include critical state of good repair work to the station’s roof, replacement of retaining walls and electrical and lighting upgrades.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to expand PATH service, 3/24/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will expand the PATH service along the Newark-World Trade Center line.
New Newark, LaGuardia terminals receive high honors at airport awards, 3/23/2023 - After billions were spent building new terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, both were honored at the World Airport Awards, marking radical transformations for the oft-maligned travel hubs.
Another major project proposed for Main Street in Bound Brook NJTPA Mention, 3/23/2023 - Somerset County has been awarded a $7.69 million grant for safety improvements along Talmage Avenue, Columbus Place and Main Street from Tea Street to the Queens Bridge, the stretch of road which has seen hundreds of apartments built in recent years. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) voted to approve the road improvement project that will be funded by federal money.
Bills aimed at trucker safety advance, over outcry from trucking industry New Jersey Monitor, 3/23/23 - Legislators advanced a bill Thursday that would hike fines against truckers who travel in the left passing lanes of New Jersey roadways, despite objections from industry lobbyists who called the bill “stupid.”
Bloomfield announces shuttle to Park & Ride after DeCamp detours from NYC bus service, 3/23/2023 - Bloomfield officials announced a third shuttle bus route that will ferry commuters to and from the Allwood Avenue Park & Ride in Clifton after DeCamp Bus LInes ends its long-running midtown direct commuter service to New York City.
Port Authority picks 3 finalists to replace Newark Airport monorail, 3/23/2023 - After rebooting the process in December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is getting plans to replace Newark Airport's aging monorail back on track with the announcement Thursday of three finalists for the project..
54 Essex County Intersections Will Get Traffic Upgrades (Here's Where) NJTPA Mention, 3/23/2023 - Essex County will be putting a landmark $46 million grant award to work upgrading intersections at 54 busy roads throughout the region.
Public officials scramble to fill gaps in bus service left by DeCamp's impending departure, 3/22/2023 - Elected officials are scurrying following the announcement from DeCamp Bus Lines that the company will permanently halt its longtime commuter service into New York City on April 7, ending a faltering but still advantageous alternative for riders in remote neighborhoods underserved by NJ Transit.
State weighing options to keep DeCamp commuter buses on the road, gov says, 3/22/2023 - Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Transit officials say they are looking at options to help commuters who will be displaced when the state's oldest bus company is scheduled to end commuter service on April 7.
Commuters get relief as 9-car PATH trains debut on the Newark-World Trade Center line, 3/22/2023 - The first nine-car train in the PATH's 100-year history will start rolling on the busy Newark-World Trade Center line Thursday morning, Gov. Phil Murphy and Port Authority officials announced Wednesday.
Truckers must stay right or pay big, under bill Assembly panel to mull Thursday New Jersey Monitor, 3/22/23 - Big rig drivers who defy state law and loiter in the left lane on New Jersey’s roadways would face heftier fines under a bill legislators will consider Thursday. Fines would double for operators of trucks weighing five tons or more who drive in the leftmost lane of roadways with two or more lanes under a bill introduced in September by Assemblymen Joseph Egan (D-Middlesex) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer).
Brush fire halts service on NJ Transit, Amtrak lines, officials say, 3/22/2023 - A brush fire in Edison has affected NJ Transit and Amtrak Northeast Corridor service just before the evening commute, officials said.
Hoboken receives $150K grant for fast EV chargers, 3/21/2023 - Hoboken has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to install two publicly accessible DC fast chargers, which enable electric vehicle owners to fully charge their batteries in less than an hour.
Please move this N.J. Turnpike exit, locals implore, as tractor-trailers flood local highway, 3/21/2023 - The historic Black Horse Pike can be thought of as the five pound bag that’s being crammed with 10 pounds of stuff. The road, with origins in the 18th century, is a main through route for traffic shuttling between the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295 and Route 42 and it is far from modern enough to keep up with the load.
Bill that could spare drivers from thousands of tickets heads to gov’s desk, 3/21/2023 - A bill that could spare Jersey drivers from hundreds of thousands of summonses for displaying a license plate frame that partly covers the words “New Jersey” or “Garden State” passed the state Senate on Monday and now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for a final decision.
Public officials scramble to fill gaps in bus service left by DeCamp's impending departure, 3/21/2023 - Elected officials are scurrying following the announcement from DeCamp Bus Lines that the company will permanently halt its longtime commuter service into New York City on April 7, ending a faltering but still advantageous alternative for riders in remote neighborhoods underserved by NJ Transit.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorizes $12M airport project at Newark Liberty International, 3/20/2023 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners recently authorized $12 million for the planning and preliminary design of the Newark Liberty International Airport Station Access Project.
N.J.’s oldest bus company to end commuter bus service, 3/20/23 -  One of New Jersey’s legacy bus companies, that started as a stagecoach line in 1870, is ceasing commuter bus service on April 7. DeCamp Bus Lines, which will continue to operate charter and Atlantic City service, will stop operating its seven commuter routes due to ridership that never returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
Jersey City awarded $8.1M for traffic safety improvements along Summit Avenue, 3/20/23 - Over $8.1 million in federal funds has been approved for safety improvements in Jersey City, specifically involving 33 intersections along Summit Avenue from Route 139 to Secaucus Road.

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Amtrak study reveals proposed schedule, ridership for Scranton-NYC route Pocono Record, 3/23/23 - Nearly half a million people could be traveling by train between Scranton and New York City annually by 2030, according to Amtrak’s newly-released study of the proposed route.
NYC plans new waterfront path in the Bronx along Harlem River Gothamist, 3/22/23 - A new 7-mile pedestrian and bike path is planned for the Bronx waterfront. New York City aims to expand the Harlem River Greenway — which is currently only built out in Manhattan — on the Bronx side of the river from Randall's Island up to Van Cortlandt Park.
Atlanta Regional Planners Adopt ‘Safe System’ Approach to Transportation Planetizen, 3/22/23 - The Atlanta Regional Commission adopted a new Road Safety Strategy to establish a new path toward Vision Zero goals for the 11-county Atlanta Region.
BMW’s new factory doesn’t exist in real life, but it will still change the car industry, 3/21/2023 - Building a car factory is one of the most complex and expensive design projects imaginable. The factory itself is a giant machine where thousands of human workers, robots, and thingamajigs must move in a perfectly choreographed ballet to turn 30,000 individual parts into one automobile, at a rate of one car per minute. Before construction on the factory begins, thousands of engineers draw millions of CAD drawings and meet for thousands of hours.
Austin's light-rail plans have shrunk. Here are 5 new options. KUT 90.5, 3/21/23 - Each of the five new light-rail options is less than half the length of the original 28-mile vision. Gone are plans for a 4-mile downtown subway with underground shopping. Only one of the five proposals goes to the airport. Early designs pitched to voters cost more than expected. Last year, the base estimate grew from $4.58 billion to $10.3 billion. So now, the plan is to build the system much more slowly.