March 1, 2013 |
Motorists and public transit users have little to fear from impending federal budget cuts. Most of the federal money for highways and mass transit operations comes from the Highway Trust Fund, which is exempt from the looming sequester, the mechanism that could require $85 billion in federal spending cuts this year. However, some rail or bus expansion projects could be delayed by cuts to the Federal Transit Administration's "New Starts" program. A 7.8 percent cut would mean about $150 million from a budget of $1.9 billion a year.
February 13, 2013 |
In the next step toward a bus rapid transit link between South Jersey and Philadelphia, NJ Transit is set to spend about $800,000 for an environmental study of the route. The money is from a $2.6 million federal grant received last year to advance a proposed rapid-bus system along Route 55, Route 42, and I-676. NJ Transit's board is expected to approve a contract Wednesday for $839,500 with engineering firm AECOM Technical Services Inc. of Newark, N.J. AECOM will conduct a yearlong assessment of the proposed route.
February 2, 2013
NJ Transit says its trains achieved record on-time performance last year. Trains were on schedule 96.4 percent of the time, according to the agency, breaking the record of 96.2 percent set in 1995, when the transit agency ran 23 percent fewer trains. NJ Transit is the second-largest transit system in the country. It attributed its on-time performance to the Scorecard initiative, in which passengers rate the railroad. - AP
January 10, 2013 |
For Walt Whitman, a train trip to the Jersey Shore was an adventure he relished. In 1878, the Camden bard wrote about it as part of a newspaper travelogue. "As I went to bed, it entered my head all of a sudden, decidedly yet quietly, that if the coming morn was fine, I would take a trip across Jersey by the Camden and Atlantic Railroad through to the sea," Whitman wrote in the Camden Daily Post on Jan. 20, 1879. The poet described rustic towns he saw from the open window of his railcar while musing about the railroad's impact on "modern democratic civilization.
December 20, 2012 |
One man who traveled on the River Line twice shoplifted cans of Red Bull from a convenience store in Palmyra and used the light-rail line for getaways. Others have been arrested for offenses such as disorderly conduct and trespassing. To stem such quality-of-life crimes committed in the river towns in Burlington County served by the eight-year-old line, NJ Transit police and officers from 10 towns have joined forces to patrol platforms and trains. The task force has been in operation since September.
December 5, 2012 |
NJ Transit officials are expected to take tough questioning from state and federal politicians on what steps were taken to protect their train fleet from the storm surge during Sandy. Hearings on the storm's impact on transportation infrastructure - scheduled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday and in the New Jersey Assembly on Dec. 10 - will examine why more than 300 rail cars and locomotives went under water at two yards in North Jersey, suffering damage that included waterlogged electrical systems and passenger compartments.
November 21, 2012 |
Gov. Christie paced the Princetonian Diner on Route 1 in mid-October, imploring patrons to pick his Republican ally and friend Joseph Kyrillos over incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Just two weeks later, Sandy slammed into the East Coast, decimating the Jersey Shore, crippling mass transit, and cutting power to 8.5 million homes and businesses in 21 states. In an instant, Sandy also reshaped New Jersey politics. It prompted Christie to seek help from Menendez - who went on to win an 18 percentage-point victory over Kyrillos - and Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whom the governor had called an "embarrassment to the state" during a two-year feud.
November 7, 2012 |
KEANSBURG, N.J. - And on the seventh day after the storm, President Obama called Gov. Christie from Air Force One and put Bruce Springsteen on the phone. Although the Democratic rocker has a notoriously frosty relationship with the Republican governor, Springsteen apparently appreciated the love Christie displayed last week for their battered home state. Not only did they chat from Obama's campaign trail Monday, according to the governor, but Springsteen gave him a hug at the Sandy benefit telethon Friday night.