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Somerset County to Host Virtual Public Meeting on Bound Brook Rail Crossing NJTPA Mention, 9/9/2021 -  Join the Somerset County Planning Division on  Monday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for a virtual public meeting to discuss the "Freight Concept Development Study," which will explore potential options to eliminate the Port Reading railroad crossing in Bound Brook 
NJ Offers Uber, Lyft Rides To The Carless After Storm Ida, 9/8/21 - Residents across the Garden State are still assessing the damage done by Tropical storm Ida last week, but there's a bit of good news for those who lost cars to the floodwaters. New Jersey will pay for all or discount your Uber or Lyft ride.
NJ Transit Reopens Rail Passenger Wait Rooms, 9/7/21 - New Jersey Transit rail riders will be happy to know that they can once again use the indoor waiting rooms at rail stations that are not staffed with ticket agents, starting on Sept. 7.
Biden directs federal aid to NY, NJ after deadly flooding, 9/6/21 - President Joe Biden approved major disaster declarations Monday greenlighting federal aid for people in six New Jersey counties and five New York counties affected by devastating flooding last week from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

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Self-Driving Car Company to Test a Second Autonomous Vehicle in NYC Streetsblog, Aug. 13, 2021 - A tech firm that has been quietly testing a single self-driving car on the streets of New York City — which prompted the Department of Transportation to initiate a process to further regulate the testing of such driverless vehicles — is about to deploy a second “look-ma-no-hands” car in Gotham this month, with plans for five more by the end of the year, Streetsblog has learned.
How Car Insurance Impacts Cost of Living Across the U.S. Streetsblog, Aug. 19, 2021 - There’s another important component to differing living costs across the nation that we think deserves additional attention: insurance costs. Nearly all drivers and the majority of homeowners carry insurance on their cars and homes. Insurance premiums vary widely across the US, based on differences in crash rates, losses to natural disasters, and state-to-state variations in legal standards (as well as other factors).
Jane Jacobs’s afterlife: Revisiting The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 60 years later Toronto Globe and Mail, August 8, 2021 - The biggest neighbourhood-level challenges facing mayors today involve challenges -- and parts of town -- that weren’t envisioned in her book. Cozy central-city neighbourhoods are no longer jeopardized by mega-freeways and huge inhuman housing projects; if anything, they suffer too much intimacy, too little population and too little change. And the suburbanization of immigration and poverty mean the districts that most need to shift and evolve are the ones least able to do it on their own, without large-scale rescues. The book’s ideas remain compelling, but today’s mayors need a few new chapters.
The Power of Getting Paid Not to Park at Work Bloomberg CityLab, July 14, 2021 -Repealing the tax exemption for a popular fringe benefit is unlikely, but the discussion doesn’t end there. In a bid to reduce driving and increase fairness, the District of Columbia enacted its Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment in 2020. If an employer with 20 or more employees subsidizes parking at work, the law requires the employer to offer an equal benefit to employees who do not drive.
The Sunbelt’s Transportation Priorities Are Going the Wrong Way Bloomberg CityLab, June 21, 2021 - Many completed and planned Sunbelt light rail investments are poorly designed and are not likely to get much ridership. Highway expansions, for their part, are often geared toward serving new exurban developments...The common thread in these problems is a neglect of market principles. The best indicator of how much transit improvements are needed is how much people are willing to pay for them