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Coronavirus: New Jersey's MVC will remain closed into April, 3/27/2020 -, 3/27/2020 - Though officials originally announced that the Motor Vehicle Commission would be closed through March 30, that was extended into April on Friday in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Senate coronavirus bill includes the money NJ Transit asked for, Booker says, 3/25/2020 — The $2 trillion stimulus package making its way through Congress includes more than $1 billion for New Jersey Transit, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said Wednesday.
Deadline to get Real ID license will be pushed back, Trump says, 3/25/2020 — President Donald Trump has stopped the clock due to coronavirus concerns on a looming deadline for drivers to get a Real ID driver’s license needed by Oct. 1 for use as identification for domestic air travel.
Parkway, Turnpike ban cash tolls to stem coronavirus spread, 3/24/2020 —  The N.J. Turnpike Authority joined sister agencies in three neighboring states by suspending cash toll payment to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Bus companies suspend commuter service due to the coronavirus, 3/24/2020 — Some private commuter bus carriers have temporarily closed up, suspending service to and from New York after coronavirus travel restrictions sapped ridership.
NY Waterway ferry service dialed back, buses halted, 3/24/2020 — NY Waterway has reduced its ferry service and eliminated its bus system for now as ridership has plummeted with work-from-home orders in place in New York and New Jersey.
Coronavirus: NJ Transit among agencies requesting $25 billion bailout from Congress, 3/24/2020 -, 3/24/2020 - The nation's largest statewide transit agency, NJ Transit, joined nine others from around the country to request a $25 billion federal bailout.
Funds to aid New Jersey rail transportation network, 3/24/2020 - The 13 grants via the agency’s FY2020 Rail Freight Assistance Program aid in supporting economic activity by preserving and improving the existing freight transportation system while making freight rail service more widely available for businesses throughout the state.
Metro-area airports see service worker layoffs as COVID-19 decimates travel, union says, 3/23/2020 - More than 1,500 service workers contracted at the metro area’s three largest airports have found themselves without work as the COVID-19 outbreak leads to steep drops in travel and brings commerce to a standstill.
Hudson River crossings temporarily turn to electronic toll collection NJBiz, 3/23/2020 — As of Sunday, tolls at the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln and Holland Tunnels will suspend cash collection and exclusively collect tolls electronically.
NJ Transit cuts back on light rail, changes bus rules to help with social distancing, 3/23/2020 -, 3/23/2020 - Riders on two of NJ Transit’s three light rail lines will be the next NJ Transit passengers to see service reductions due to coronavirus concerns and Gov.Phil Murphy’s orders for non-essential employees to work from home.
Traffic and Pollution Plummet as U.S. Cities Shut Down for Coronavirus The New York Times, 3/22/20 - In cities across the United States, traffic on roads and highways has fallen dramatically over the past week as the coronavirus outbreak forces people to stay at home and everyday life grinds to a halt.

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UK connected vehicle project could end motorway ‘pile-ups Traffic Technology Today, March 26, 2020 - A pioneering UK project has developed technology that could radically reduce the number of multi-vehicle collisions on the country’s motorways and in situations where a crash cannot be avoided, the system will attempt to minimise its consequences.
Push to zero emissions might be opening a door for propane engines FreightWaves, 3/31/2020 — Nearly 500,000 United States Postal Service (USPS) employees are entrusted with delivering mail to every residential and business address in the U.S. each day. Much of that mail, though, first moves on contractor vehicles that transport it from distribution center to distribution center, and then to local post offices.
COVID-19 shines a spotlight on flexible, digital freight Transport Weekly, 3/24/2020 — The dramatic and rolling emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in countries across the globe is not just a health and financial crisis. It's a logistics stutter step of roaring surges and cratering drops in both the demand and supply of certain goods at certain times — affecting grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants, manufacturers, retailers and, ultimately, consumers.
Big Rigs Begin to Trade Diesel for Electric Motors New York Times, 3/17/2020 — Tractor-trailer fleets will take time to electrify, and start-ups and established truck makers are racing to get their models on the road.
New Jersey Remembers “The Seashore’s Finest Train” Railway Age, 3/17/2020 — On Saturday, Feb. 22, history buffs and railfans from around New Jersey gathered in a repurposed and still-beautiful former railroad terminal to celebrate a train that, during its short life, was an iconic and luxurious one that the Garden State could call its own. That train was the Blue Comet on the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ). ...Few of the people who actually rode that train are alive today, ​