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County to Look Toward Traffic Flow Improvements at Brick-Toms River Border Brick.Shorebeat.com, 8/19/19 — NJTPA MENTION
NJT Accelerating TOD Railway Age, 8/15/19

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New Jersey developer charts course for urban resilience at historic shipyard GreenBiz.com, 8/8/19 — Once upon a time, along the Hackensack River in Kearny, New Jersey, there was a thriving shipyard that broke worldwide records for its manufacturing capabilities — at its production peak in World War II, it was building a vessel every five days, employing 30,000 people and even boasting its own hospital and train station. 
Radical Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street New York Times, 8/8/19 - The city takes its war on cars to 14th Street, a crosstown route for 21,000 vehicles a day, which will be virtually off limits.
Route 18 Roadwork Will Affect Motorists Tapinto.net, 8/7/19 - According to the advisory, Route 18 will undergo a pavement preservation project beginning on Monday, Aug. 12, weather permitting.
After decades of talk, road project connecting Downtown to Liberty State Park, Bergen-Laf is underway NJ.com, 8/7/19 - A long-planned road project that will connect Downtown Jersey City with Liberty State Park and the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood is finally underway.
Five months after nomination, new NJ Transit board members' confirmation expected in fall The Record, 8/7/19 - Decision-making at NJ Transit right now comes down to the three voting members of the board, while the vast majority of seats remain vacant. Without the additional expertise and ridership experience at the board table, efforts to improve the long-troubled agency will continue to fall short, some say.
New Jersey now one of only four states not yet offering REAL ID cards, as deadline approaches Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/6/19 - New Jersey is now one of only four states that does not yet offer the more-secure identification cards that residents will need next year to board domestic flights and enter secure federal buildings, but the state says it will meet the Oct. 10 deadline.
County to begin comprehensive upgrade to road curve warning signs TAP into Randolph, 8/6/19 — Morris County is embarking on a countywide upgrade to curve warning signs along county roads that are located within all of the county’s 39 municipalities to meet federal
government standards.
NJ sues over federal plan to cut penalty for fuel-economy violations NJ Spotlight, 8/5/19 — New Jersey joins other states seeking to stop National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from more than halving penalty on automakers that don’t meet national standards

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The Dutch Reach: A No-Tech Way to Save Bicyclists’ Lives New York Times, Oct. 5, 2018 — This simple change in the way you get out of your car can save lives — of cyclists, drivers and passengers. Here’s how to do it, and why it’s so effective....He calls the maneuver the “Dutch Reach,” and it works like this: When you are about to exit the car, you reach across your body for the door handle with your far or opposite hand. This action forces you to turn toward the side view mirror, out and then back over your shoulder to be sure a bicyclist is not coming from behind. Only then do you slowly open the door.
Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate a Tech Startup From Newark NextCity, July 23, 2019 - When it came to the idea of Newark, New Jersey, being a tech hub, the first people Kayla Jackson and Chisa Egbelu needed to convince was themselves. Then they had to convince their families. Three years into building Pedul, an online scholarship marketplace for college students, they’ve gone on to convince a growing community of peers and followers who now see in them a future they’d never before imagined for New Jersey’s largest city.
'Why not fly over it?’ Uber picks New Jersey firms in ambitious bid to beat traffic congestion Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 2019 -    Two local companies are in the vanguard of building Uber’s latest venture of dominating cities’ skies through air taxis, a project called Uber Elevate. Jaunt Air Mobility, an aerospace vehicle start-up in Pennsauken, and Price Systems, a cost estimation company in Mount Laurel, are working with Uber to design, build, and estimate the cost of making modern-looking electronic helicopters the future of urban transportation.
Driverless Cars Are Taking Longer Than We Expected. Here’s Why. New York Times, July 14, 2019 - As things stand, partially autonomous vehicles are already on American roads, rigged out with features like automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warnings. But a lot of work remains to be done to make fully self-operating cars a fact of everyday life, and Retro Report explores some of the remaining obstacles: Streets and highways need to be mapped, down to a few centimeters. 

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