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New Jersey Program Will Electrify School Buses Across the State, 2/23/2024 - Love them or hate them, there are quite a few use cases in which an EV is the ideal vehicle. Public transportation, route deliveries, and school buses are great examples of vehicle types that would benefit from electrification, and New Jersey is putting money behind that thought to send electric school buses to 18 school districts.
'Sleeping giant': NJ Transit eyes affordable housing, sidewalks for Route 9 bus commuters, 2/23/2024 - Could the next round of affordable housing be built along Route 9 in Monmouth County? NJ Transit is looking into ways to transform Route 9 so that it is becomes a more commuter- and pedestrian-friendly corridor. The ideas, which vary from town to town, could include creating better pedestrian access to bus stops, filling vacant retail spaces with commuter-oriented stores and allowing for more housing along Route 9.
Feds deliver $19M for electric school buses in NJ NJ Spotlight News, 2/23/2024 -  The Biden administration is sending $19 million to some of New Jersey’s largest districts to put more electric school buses on the road. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday touted the funds going toward new busses in five districts: Union City, Elizabeth, Newark, Bloomfield and Lakewood. The grant was awarded to Van-Con, Inc., which serves those districts and will use the money to purchase 42 new electric school buses and 28 bus chargers.
Newly renovated PATH station opens today in Harrison News12 New Jersey, 2/21/2024 - A new station house in Harrison opens to the public today, replacing a nearly century-old structure. At its peak in 2019, 2.6 million customers used Harrison Station, according to PATH officials.
Public chimes in on planned replacement for Port Authority Bus Terminal NJ Spotlight News, 2/21/2024 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday held the only in-person public hearing about the project. It’s just one way the public can give feedback on the plan. The agency is accepting public comment until March 18.
Hoboken councilman takes to the streets as e-delivery rider, 2/20/2024 - Hoboken City Councilman Paul Presinzano is keeping true to a promise to try keep pedestrians safe from the surge of e-bikes that have been zipping up and down sidewalks of the city. His latest effort: Presinzano took a part-time job as an e-delivery rider with UberEats to understand challenges that delivery riders face.
Majority of N.J. residents not on board with state electric vehicle mandate, poll shows, 2/19/2024 - A new poll shows more than half of New Jersey residents say they probably won’t buy an electric car, despite a new Murphy administration rule requiring all new cars sold by 2035 to be electric.
E-bikes will have to be registered with the N.J. MVC under proposed law, 2/19/2024 - A bill that would require owners of low-speed electric bikes and scooters to register and insure them like cars is being sent back to its author for changes after concerns were expressed on Thursday from opponents ranging from insurance industry, to bike companies and advocates.
Vehicle been recalled? New bill will make it easier to find out, 2/19/2024 -Vehicle owners, especially those who bought one used, could have an extra way to learn if the manufacturer recalled the vehicle for a safety defect under a proposed bill that would require that information be included with the annual registration notice.
Remember NJ's retro blue license plates? There's a new effort to bring them back, 2/19/2024 - New Jersey's throwback blue license plates have the potential to end up back in circulation on vehicles around the state, just over two years since the idea was last considered by New Jersey legislators.

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London Bike Boom Risks Becoming a Victim of Its Own Success CityLab Perspective, Feb. 23, 2024 - London’s recent cycling growth is rapid: An estimated 1.26 million biking trips are now made every day in the capital — a 6.2% increase on 2022 and up 20% since 2019 — and unlike the rest of England, the pandemic-fueled boom has kept on growing.
American drivers are now even more distracted by their phones. Pedestrian deaths are soaring., Feb. 22, 2024 - Until relatively recently, good data on the problem of distracted driving has been hard to find. The government estimates that 3,522 people died because of it in 2021, but experts say the official number probably majorly undercounts the number of deaths, in part because police are rarely able to definitively prove that a driver was distracted right before a crash.
No fare! Free bus rides raise questions of fairness, viability Stateline, Feb. 21, 2024 - The largest of the cities that fully recovered ridership all offered free rides at least part of the year: Tucson, Arizona; Albany, New York; Birmingham, Alabama; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Shreveport, Louisiana, with 2023 ridership ranging from 17.5 million in Tucson to 3.3 million in Shreveport.
Dublin to Ban Driving Through Its City Center CityLab Transportation, Feb. 17, 2024 - By displacing vehicles merely passing through on their way to somewhere else to beltways further out, the plan promises to both ease current traffic congestion and allow for the creation of new pedestrian streets and plazas. The plan set a goal of a 60% traffic reduction in the urban center.
NYC plans 6 new waterfront shipping hubs to replace truck freight with barges Gothamist, Feb. 15, 2024 - New York City officials plan to turn six waterfront locations into maritime shipping hubs as a way to handle the booming number of e-commerce deliveries across the five boroughs.