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NJ Transit Gets Federal Grant to Use A.I. to Study Crowds, Mask Wearing on RiverLINE, 1/23/21 -NJ TRANSIT is the recipient of a federal grant that will use artificial intelligence and video analytics to study customer flow on the River LINE light rail system in response to COVID-19. 
Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation Associated Press, 1/21/2021 -  President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
At long last, a new Port Authority Bus Terminal proposal is unveiled. Here are the details, 1/21/21 - After nearly a decade of reviewing plans, scratching them and then drawing up more, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has finally zeroed in on a single design for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal.
New Ferry Services Considered for Hudson County NJTPA Mention, 1/19/2021 - If you’d love to be able to take a ferry from Hudson County to the Jersey Shore, you’re not alone. So would lots of other ferry-friendly folks who attended a Jan. 14 virtual meeting of the Hudson County Division of Planning.
NJ grant pegged for South Amboy train station. Here's what it will bring, 1/19/2021 - SOUTH AMBOY – The city has been awarded a state grant which will used to enhance pedestrian safety in the areas surrounding the NJ Transit train station. 
Gas tax hike part of House Democrats’ transportation plan Associated Press, 1/19/2021 - Democratic leaders in the Washington state House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions.
'I hope not months': NJ Transit ready for COVID vaccine, but workers not yet eligible, 1/19/2021 - The agency was having trouble in November finding and purchasing coolers about twice the size of a typical household freezer that could get cold enough to store the then-soon-to-be approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, said Brian Lapp, chief safety officer at NJ Transit.
State OKs $16M program to replace dirty diesel trucks with electric vehicles, 1/18/21 - Pilot program’s first phase provides 300 vouchers to businesses, other institutions in Newark and Camden to help ease pollution in environmental-justice communities
Hoboken Hopes To Bring Housing, Light Rail Stop To North Border, 1/18/21 - The city of Hoboken last week released a proposed North End Redevelopment Plan to revitalize 30 acres of land in the historically industrial northwest area of Hoboken. Residents may offer questions and comments after a public presentation at the Jan. 27 City Council meeting.
MVC Trenton agency closed Wednesday in case of Inauguration Day unrest, 1/18/2020 - The state Motor Vehicle Commission’s agency in the state capital are not immune from potential Inauguration Day unrest that could take place on Wednesday.
The new bridge: At last, a portal to progress | Editorial, 1/18/2021 - They have finally secured the funds needed to replace that swiveling, creaking disaster from the Taft Administration known as the Portal Bridge, the 110-year-old old rail link that is neither portal nor bridge when it gets stuck in the open position – which, as 200,000 daily riders on NJ Transit know, happens often enough to make their Manhattan commute a soul-crushing experience.

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Car buying has changed forever Axios, January 3, 2021 -  It took a pandemic to drag the car-buying process into the 21st century — and consumers are never going back. After COVID-19, consumers can now buy cars online as they do almost everything else, with the ability to complete the entire transaction digitally and take delivery without ever setting foot in a showroom.
Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.

New York Times, January 11, 2021- A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has given the city a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

Make Way for the ‘One-Minute City’ CityLab, Jan. 5, 2021 - While the “15-minute city” model promotes neighborhood-level urban planning, Sweden is pursuing a hyper-local twist: a scheme to redesign every street in the nation.  
The Gospel of Hydrogen Power New York Times - Dec. 28, 2020 - Mike Strizki powers his house and cars with hydrogen he home-brews. He is using his retirement to evangelize for the planet-saving advantages of hydrogen batteries.
How New Yorkers Want to Change the Streetscape for Good, 12/18/20 - Of all the ways the pandemic reshaped New York City’s streetscape, the most profound example might have been found on Vanderbilt Avenue as it cut through brownstone Brooklyn. On weekends jazz bands played on the corners. Friends reunited on the median. Children zigged and zagged on their bikes as diners sat at bistro tables atop asphalt. The faint sound of cars could be heard in the distance.