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New Jersey DOT offers truckers new traffic-warning service The Press of Atlantic City, 1/11/2022

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NJ Transit gets $1.6B in aid as ridership drops during omicron surge, feds say NJ.com, 1/12/2022 - NJ Transit will receive $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus transit aid, which comes as the agency reports a sudden drop in ridership due to the statewide surge of positive tests for the omicron variant of COVID-19.
 
Warren County Commissioner Director Jason Sarnoski named regional transportation planning board officer NJTPA Mention
WRNJ Radio, 1/10/2022 - Warren County Commissioner Director Jason J. Sarnoski was named Third Vice Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at its January 10 Board of Trustees meeting.
Diegnan Bill to Improve Public Transportation Services for the Disabled Community Passes Senate InsiderNJ.com, 1/10/2022 - The bill, S-3442, co-sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, would require the DOT, the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to conduct a review of current infrastructure design practices for public highways and public transportation projects.
Passaic County Commissioner John Bartlett Appointed to Key North Jersey Transportation Planning Role TapInto.net, 1/10/2022 - NEWARK, NJ - Just days after being sworn in to a new three-year term to the Passaic County Board of Commissioners, John W. Bartlett has been elected to a two-year term as Chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).
 
Rail historians raising $25K for space to restore trains, eventually become N.J. museum NJ.com, 1/9/22 - The historic trains of New Jersey’s past are getting a place to be slowly restored to their former glory. But first, that place needs some work.
Transit village designation in motion at Route 9 bus terminal in Old Bridge; officials hope designation will revive area CentralJersey.com, 1/5/22 -  Township officials hope a transit village designation at the bus terminal on Route 9 north will help revive the Old Bridge Shopping Plaza.
About 700 NJ Transit workers test positive for COVID. How is it impacting service? NorthJersey.com, 1/5/2022 - About 700 of NJ Transit's 12,000-person workforce are unable to work after testing positive for COVID-19 as the agency maintains greater than 90% service levels on rail and bus. 
These are the 10 biggest projects on N.J. highways in 2022 NJ.com, 1/4/2022 - Of the 10 largest road and bridge projects on the state transportation department’s $2.47 billion docket in 2022, seven are ongoing mega projects that are joined by three new projects on busy local highways.
Do police actually issue tickets to drivers in N.J. who don’t clean snow off their cars? NJ.com, 1/4/2022 - A law has been around for 10 years to convince inconsiderate drivers to clean off winter’s frosty deposits from their vehicles before hitting the road. 
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey facilities recovering from pandemic TransportationTodayNews.com, 1/3/2022 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s airports and PATH system passenger volumes are slowly recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but November figures remain below 2019 levels.

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The latest data on US climate pollution is very bad: Freight and coal drive emissions Vox, Jan 12, 2022 - In 2021, Americans got back on the road, crowded onto airplanes again, and ordered even more goods online. And now greenhouse gas emissions are fast approaching pre-pandemic levels.US emissions appear to be rising slightly faster than the economy is growing
Shipping Expenses in the US Go Through the Roof  Wolf street, Jan 13, 2022 - Shippers in the US – from manufacturers to mom-and-pop online retailers – have been wailing about it all year in 2021, and it got worse as the year went on: Surging shipping costs. Freight companies, facing numerous obstacles, jacked up prices amid strong demand. And the result is a historic spike in the amount that shippers paid to transportation companies.
 
No, Really, Flying Taxis Are Getting Close to Takeoff Bloomberg, Jan. 13, 2022 - Startups around the globe are in the final stage of developing and refining the technology behind what the industry calls eVTOLs, or electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. These flying taxis are battery-powered and, the companies say, destined to fly without a pilot—once regulations allow.
Six Solutions to Watch for 2022 Next City, Jan 3, 2022 - How and when we will completely emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic is still a question mark — but that uncertainty won’t stop Next City from looking around the corner for the next solution to amplify. Community organizers, policy experts and advocates for a more equitable world continue to address pressing challenges and find ways to improve our cities. Here are six ideas we’ll keep reporting on in the coming year.
 
The Problem With Electric Trucks CityLab, Oct. 7 2021 - The problem is, while these trucks are reducing the ecological destruction of motor vehicles, they are exacerbating another public health crisis: traffic violence. The auto industry is greening itself by building vehicles that will make our streets run red.  

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