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151112Flanagan

Gateway Project Gains Steam as Federal Government Agrees To Pay Half

11-12-15
The federal government will split the projected $20 billion cost for two new commuter tunnels under the Hudson River 50-50 with New York and New Jersey. The tunnels would help avert a commuter catastrophe if one of the existing tunnels needs to be closed for repairs.
151112Robins

Martin Robins: Gateway Project is Too Important to Let Flounder

11-12-15
Martin Robins, former Port Authority Director of Planning and Development, weighs in on the Gateway Tunnel project and the odds that it will continue to move forward.
151112Hill

Lawmakers Renew Their Quest for a Bergen Light Rail

11-12-15
Lawmakers and transportation advocates say 20,000 a day would ride the Bergen light rail, property values would increase by 20 percent in a short time , businesses would boom and highways such as Route 4 would have less traffic.
151111Cruz

Federal Transportation Bill Amendment Threatens Elizabeth Station Rehab

11-11-15
NJ Transit was hoping to receive $50 million from a federal transportation bill that would provide funding to improve train stations, such as Elizabeth. However, a House version of the bill includes an amendment that kills transit programs and would affect future projects.
151030Cruz

North Jersey Pols Call for More Light Rail Service in Passaic, Bergen Counties

10-30-15
Today, a group of elected officials from Passaic, Bergen and Hudson counties announced the formation of the North Jersey Rail Coalition, which will advocate for the creation of service through Passaic and Bergen counties, ultimately connecting to Hudson.
151028Cruz

Port Authority Chairman Has Easy Time at Committee Hearing, But Disagreements Remain

10-28-15
While it wasn't as openly combative as the Port Authority chairman's confirmation hearing last summer, Degnan still had to answer some pointed questions, mostly about the Bus Terminal, which, while now a part of the much-discussed 10-year capital plan, is not really on a set timetable.
151028Vannozzi

Where Does Your Toll Money Go?

10-28-15
Nearly $1.5 billion dollars was collected in revenue from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in 2014 and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey brought in nearly as much in tolls. The two authorities collect almost 20 percent of all tolls in the United States.
151026Delmore

Automobile Technology Collects Data, Locks Out Independent Shops

10-26-15
Vehicles equipped with advanced computer systems have a "little black box" of sorts that collects a variety of data, including driver habits. These systems are controlled by code housed or sold by car manufacturers, which can make repair work done at independent car shops costly and cumbersome.
151026Lewis

AAA: Drivers Remain Unfocused for 27 Seconds After Ending Distracting Activities

10-26-15
AAA utilized a five-point scale for their study on hands-free technology, with one being the least distracting and five being the most, to gauge the effectiveness of voice-activated systems. Lewis said most of them went from somewhere around a 2.4, which was the Chevy Equinox, and the way up to 4.6.
151016Delmore2

Late Night NJ Transit Train Service Vanishes Into the Night

10-16-15
NJ Transit’s canceled the last trains on three lines; The last Dover-bound train from Penn used to leave at 1:19 a.m., now it’s 12:34 a.m. The train that used to leave at that time for Gladstone now pulls out at 11:49 p.m. If you’re south of Long Branch the 1 a.m. train now leaves at 11:18 p.m.