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City's Economy May Get Boost from Glassboro-Camden Light Rail Tapinto.net, 11/25/22 - While the main role of the planned light-rail line between the city and Rowan University would be to move people, the 18-mile route also would grow the economies of communities along the way, including Camden, according to its proponents.
10-Minute 'Flying Taxi' Route Between Newark, NYC Is In The Works Patch.com, 11/25/22 - Need to get from downtown Manhattan to Newark Airport in a hurry? Soon, you may be able to skip the drive and take an “electric flying taxi” instead, according to United Airlines and Archer Aviation.
Seastreak Belford ferry routes, fares, opening set, NY Waterway pushed out of Bayshore App.com, 11/23/2022 - Seastreak will begin operating out of the Belford Terminal in Middletown on Dec. 5, Monmouth County and company officials said Tuesday, in a move that allows the ferry provider to expand its reach both in Monmouth County and New York City.
Senate approves Diegnan bill requiring signage honoring historic sites at NJ TRANSIT stations Tapinto.net, 11/22/22 - The Senate Monday unanimously approved legislationrequiring NJ TRANSIT to identify and display markers of New Jersey historic sites and memorials in or around its rail stations and bus terminals.
Monmouth, Seastreak plan to go full steam head with N.Y.C. ferry service change starting Dec. 5 NJ.com, 11/22/2022 - Ferry commuters who travel from Monmouth County’s Belford ferry terminal could be riding a different ferry on Dec. 5 when Seastreak officially takes over the New York-Middletown service.
N.J. lawmakers demand feds explain order to boot funny highway signs NJ.com, 11/22/2022 - While many issues divide Republicans and Democrats, they united in a message to federal highway officials Tuesday demanding answers about why New Jersey had to end its humorous highway safety messages.
Pleasantville launches "Street Smart NJ" campaign to prevent pedestrian deaths NJTPA Mention
Pressofatlanticcity.com, 11/22/22 - City officials are hoping an education campaign can put residents on a safer path and avoid pedestrian traffic deaths.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey releases 2023 budget TransportationTodayNews.com, 11/22/2022 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently released its proposed $8.3 billion 2023 budget.
Feds Order NJ to Take Down Funny and Snarky Road Signs NBC News, 11/21/22 - Some new digital signs on New Jersey roads and highways were designed to grab attention, but the snarky messages got the wrong kind of attention: from the federal government.
Cost to widen N.J. Turnpike extension to Holland tunnel balloons to $10.6B NJ.com, 11/21/22 - The price tag for the controversial project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike's Hudson County extension to and from the Holland Tunnel has increased to $10.6 billion, more than double the original $4.7 billion estimate.

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MTA plans 5.5% fare hike next year, needs $600M more to plug deficit Gothamist, 11/30/22 - The MTA plans to raise fares and tolls by 5.5% next June to help plug a major budget deficit caused by dwindling ridership since the start of the pandemic. The hike is larger than the 4% fare and toll increases the MTA put in place every two years from 2009 to 2019.
Railroads to settle years-long dispute over Gulf Coast passenger service The Washington Post, 11/23/22 - An agreement between Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern offers a path to the return of passenger trains along a 140-mile route from New Orleans to Mobile, Ala., 17 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the region’s rail infrastructure.
Cobb County votes to begin planning on transit tax referendum Marietta Daily Journal, 11/22/22 - Cobb County commissioners took another step toward a 2024 vote on a sales tax increase to expand mass transit. The county will pursue a broader, transit-focused referendum as opposed to a more limited referendum focused on trails and road improvements.
These Cities Have the Best Public Transit Systems Bloomberg CityLab, 11/21/22 - A new report ranks post-pandemic transportation — and who’s best prepared for getting residents around town in the future.
Doomsday scenario for sinking Bay Area transit: No weekend BART, bus lines cancelled or a taxpayer bailout. The Mercury News, 11/20/22 - At the heart of these transit planning scenarios is a clarion call from the region’s transportation planners: They need more money – a lot of it – not to build shiny new stations, or fashion a second tunnel under the bay, but just to keep their systems running.

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