October 1, 2002
In reference to the criticism by state Transportation Commissioner James Fox ("Transit chief says he tried to kill light rail," Sept. 25), it was due to political pressure from towns such as Merchantville that the South Jersey light-rail line was routed around and not through populated areas. The idea that someone might actually want to walk to the train never came into play. The 409 bus is routed so that it takes almost two hours to get to Trenton from Pennsauken. They should have buses run through the light-rail stops after 10 p.m. to avoid the obvious lack-of-service problems.
March 18, 2010 |
A waterfront rail line in Philadelphia moved closer to reality yesterday as the Delaware River Port Authority approved a $6.5 million contract for environmental studies and preliminary design. The work, expected to take about two years, is to prepare the way for a proposed $500 million light-rail line in the middle of Columbus Boulevard between Pier 70 and Girard Avenue. The line, which could be operated by SEPTA or PATCO, would be designed to improve transportation and spur development on the Philadelphia waterfront.
February 3, 1998 |
In a surprise move, the Township Committee last night voted, 2-1, to rescind its opposition to the proposed commuter light-rail line less than a month after a survey of town voters showed that a majority opposed the project. "I think the committee should take a neutral position on light rail," Committeeman Victor Vittorino said. ". . . Our role should be to facilitate information. " Rail opponent Len Candy, who convinced the committee in November to conduct the survey, expressed disbelief.
August 10, 1993 |
Down the middle of State Street in Media ambles a big vehicle, stopping at every block, towering over Toyotas and Chevrolets on either side and picking up passengers near Borough Hall and the vintage 1938 Media Hardware store. It's not quite a trolley, not quite a train car, and definitely not a bus. It's a light-rail car, a modern version of the trolley that looks like a mixed breed of all three. And even with its contemporary surroundings, the aura around the Route 101 light-rail tracks on State Street is reminiscent of those days when the hardware store first sprang to life - and when trolleys still looked like trolleys.
February 15, 1997
Ever have a billion-dollar present you wanted to give somebody, only to have him shout, "Go away?" No? Then it may take some explaining to convey what Frank Russo's been going through for the last 15 months in South Jersey. Mr. Russo is in charge of building things for NJ Transit. And NJ Transit had wanted to spend something like $1 billion on new light-rail lines running from Trenton to Camden, and eventually on to Glassboro. Unfortunately, not-in-my-backyard foes of the lines have won the ear of Camden and Gloucester County politicians, so the Camden-Glassboro line is pretty much on the shelf.
May 11, 2000
Earlier this year, Camden's ship came in. Now a train is headed to town. Gov. Whitman hopped aboard a backhoe Monday not far from where the USS New Jersey will be docked to initiate construction of the long-awaited, hotly debated Southern New Jersey Light-Rail Transit System. With a $604 million price tag, it's the largest public transit investment ever in South Jersey. When it opens in 2003, the 34-mile line will carry an estimated 4,500 commuters a day. Besides giving a needed boost to the cities on each end, this line is essential to promising plans to revive the moribund Route 130 corridor in Burlington County.
August 2, 2002 |
The project to connect Camden and Trenton via light rail - already three months behind schedule - has hit another obstacle with the builders suing the state this week for more than $100 million for additional costs. Southern New Jersey Rail Group L.L.C., a consortium of international companies selected to construct the 34-mile line, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Newark. "We take this action reluctantly, and we don't take it lightly," Howard Menaker, a spokesman for Bechtel Infrastructure, one of the principal companies, said yesterday.
August 1, 2000 |
"Doors are closing," says a friendly female voice. "Welcome aboard," it continues. "Eating, smoking and use of foul language is prohibited. Thank you for choosing MetroLink. " That MetroLink is so polite. MetroLink is a 7-year-old, 171/2-mile-long light rail system in St. Louis that has a lot in common with "The Little Engine That Could. " Dissed and dismissed when first proposed, MetroLink - like the storybook train - has proved it can do everything it sets out to do. It attracts 40,000 passengers a day, 10,000 more than projected.
August 30, 1997 |
I am dismayed by all the recent misinformation concerning light rail, misinformation from various newspapers and from Citizens for Alternative Rail (CFAR), the Gloucester County group that so far has blocked a planned light-rail line along the River Road Conrail Corridor through that county. Examples of these falsehoods follow, countered by the truth. Falsehood: This train is going to bring undesirables who will pillage our small towns. It will lower our property values and damage our business communities.
April 9, 2001 |
Those who thought light rail would never happen in South Jersey are being proved wrong by torn-up streets in Camden and the commotion around a bridge lying on its side at the edge of the Rancocas Creek. More than 350 workers dot the rail lines from Camden to Trenton, repairing and replacing 34 miles of track that will be shared by Conrail and passengers on the Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System. Twenty-five bridges - 17 of them over water - will also be rehabbed or replaced, including the historic Rancocas Creek bridge.