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United Airlines to add direct flights from Newark to Tokyo, 8/16/19 - United Airlines announced Friday it will begin nonstop flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, beginning March 28, 2020, subject to government approval.
North Bergen poised to ban digital billboard trucks, 8/15/19 - At the most recent Board of Commissioners meeting in North Bergen, officials introduced an ordinance that would ban “mobile video billboards and audio sound trucks” from streets and highways within the township.
NJT Accelerating TOD Railway Age, 8/15/19 - New Jersey Transit (NJT) is ramping up its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) efforts, reaching out to local communities that have expressed interest in new development to learn more about TOD opportunities with the agency
PANYNJ seeks input for Journal Square Transportation Center redevelopment, 8/14/19 - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey issued a request for information on Wednesday for the redevelopment of the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.
Rutherford NJ sting operation stops 11 motorist for failure to yield  Bergen Record, 8/14/19 - RUTHERFORD — A traffic officer donned a bright orange shirt and attempted multiple times to cross a busy street to show how often drivers fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Morristown and Morris County Park Police Join Statewide Crackdown on Impaired Driving TapIntolnet, 8/13/19 - “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by educational activities including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners, and mobile video display signs.
Google enhances Lime scooter program in Hoboken, 8/13/19 - Looking for a quick way to find your way through Hoboken? Google Maps will begin to display available Lime scooters on Tuesday in over 100 cities, and Hoboken is one of them.
Op-Ed: NJ Needs to Break Gridlock on Autonomous-Car Legislation 8/13/19, - ..."The arrival of self-driving cars can bring relief to our state’s traffic-weary drivers. We just need to get to that point."
Essex County Freeholders Approve $1M Funding for Irvington Avenue Streetscape Improvement, 8/13/19 8/13/19 - The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved two resolutions that will allocate $1,062,266.95 for the completion of the Irvington Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project. 
Lines at Newark Airport broke two records. One is impressive and the other is annoying, 8/12/19 - The increasing passenger volume at Newark Liberty International Airport is manifesting itself in another way for airline passengers — in their favorite place, the security line.
Poll shows support for Gateway, rail projects is strong as feds stall, 8/12/19 - Modernizing the railroad system in New York and New Jersey, including initiating the Gateway program, is the biggest transportation priority in the region, according to a recent poll.
Pascrell, Sherrill, NJ Leaders Coordinate Efforts to Replace Kingsland Avenue Bridge NJTPA Mention, 8/9/19 - PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr., and local officials met today to tour the Kingsland Avenue Bridge. The local, state, and federal leaders discussed their joint efforts to obtain full funding to fix or replace the bridge.

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The Dutch Reach: A No-Tech Way to Save Bicyclists’ Lives New York Times, Oct. 5, 2018 — This simple change in the way you get out of your car can save lives — of cyclists, drivers and passengers. Here’s how to do it, and why it’s so effective....He calls the maneuver the “Dutch Reach,” and it works like this: When you are about to exit the car, you reach across your body for the door handle with your far or opposite hand. This action forces you to turn toward the side view mirror, out and then back over your shoulder to be sure a bicyclist is not coming from behind. Only then do you slowly open the door.
Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate a Tech Startup From Newark NextCity, July 23, 2019 - When it came to the idea of Newark, New Jersey, being a tech hub, the first people Kayla Jackson and Chisa Egbelu needed to convince was themselves. Then they had to convince their families. Three years into building Pedul, an online scholarship marketplace for college students, they’ve gone on to convince a growing community of peers and followers who now see in them a future they’d never before imagined for New Jersey’s largest city.
'Why not fly over it?’ Uber picks New Jersey firms in ambitious bid to beat traffic congestion Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 2019 -    Two local companies are in the vanguard of building Uber’s latest venture of dominating cities’ skies through air taxis, a project called Uber Elevate. Jaunt Air Mobility, an aerospace vehicle start-up in Pennsauken, and Price Systems, a cost estimation company in Mount Laurel, are working with Uber to design, build, and estimate the cost of making modern-looking electronic helicopters the future of urban transportation.
Driverless Cars Are Taking Longer Than We Expected. Here’s Why. New York Times, July 14, 2019 - As things stand, partially autonomous vehicles are already on American roads, rigged out with features like automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warnings. But a lot of work remains to be done to make fully self-operating cars a fact of everyday life, and Retro Report explores some of the remaining obstacles: Streets and highways need to be mapped, down to a few centimeters.