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March 12, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ridership on buses, trains, and subways in 2013 was the highest in 57 years, the American Public Transportation Association said Monday. The growth in transit ridership continued a 20-year trend attributed to higher gasoline prices, a shift by young adults away from automobiles, increased use of mobile technology, and the increasing allure of urban areas. "There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities," said APTA president Michael Melaniphy. In 2013, riders made 10.7 billion trips on U.S. public transit systems, up 1.1 percent from 2012.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to have SEPTA or NJ Transit take over operations of the troubled PATCO commuter rail line won't win support from the New Jersey leadership of the bistate agency that runs PATCO. "That will never happen," said Jeffrey L. Nash, the Camden County freeholder who also is vice chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority, owner of PATCO. "PATCO is one of the most successful transit systems in the nation, with an extraordinary record of customer satisfaction," Nash said Tuesday.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The first Seahawks fan hadn't yet boarded NJ Transit for Secaucus on Sunday when Don Smolenski reminded everyone just how much Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles want to host a Super Bowl. The Eagles president, Smolenski was on the phone a few days before Super Bowl XLVIII, making it clear that he and Lurie were keeping a close eye on how New York and New Jersey handled the run-up to the big game. That way, they'd be better prepared to make their bid for a Super Bowl in Philadelphia and at Lincoln Financial Field.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ron Katz has visited six of the last 13 Super Bowl host cities, traveling to the home stadiums for teams in Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, San Diego and New Orleans - twice. He was excited to add New York and East Rutherford, N.J., to the list, but came away fatigued and disheartened. "They should never, ever have another Super Bowl here," said Katz, 50, of Denver. "The area is one of the most, if not the most, amazing places in the country, but based on the logistics that I saw - and the disregard for fan comfort and safety - never again.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
YOU PROBABLY know about the best Super Bowl commercials so we decided to offer up the best tweets: * Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (@mcuban) wrote that he got off to a better start than either team: "I HAD SAFETY ON THE FIRST PLAY IN VEGAS !!!!!!!!!! 1mm to 1. $20mm BABY. #Unbelievable" * Speaking of rich guys, Microsoft's Bill Gates (@BillGates), a Seattle native, posted a geeky photo of himself dressed in a Seahawks cap and jersey along with the words: "Good luck to my hometown.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - By the time the fifth train from Secaucus rolled into MetLife Stadium with another thousand fans Sunday, both sides of this very Jersey Super Bowl were already defeated. By Secaucus. They slumped off the train silently, overheated, claustrophobic, transformed from upbeat football fans from out West into huddled masses of East Coast commuters, bitter and sarcastic about their long commute on NJ Transit. "Jersey sucks!" they had shouted in unison while stuck for 90 minutes in a Secaucus stairwell, some with only their Seattle Skittles to sustain them, dour demeanors in contrast to the bright sherbet colors of Bronco orange and Seahawk lime.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Should SEPTA and PATCO combine their commuter rail operations? Would North Jersey commuters be better served if PATH trains were run by NJ Transit or New York City's MTA? A plan to consider such mergers cleared a New Jersey Senate panel this week. The proposal, by two North Jersey Republican lawmakers, would create a six-member passenger rail study commission to find ways to save money and expand rail service "through the unification, consolidation, merging, sharing, and coordination of transit services among the various transportation agencies in the region.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could someone else do a better job of running PATCO? The 14-mile-long railroad that shuttles commuters between Center City and South Jersey has not had a good year. PATCO's continuing inability to keep escalators operating at its stations has triggered a cascade of customer complaints about other issues: Late trains, dirty stations, uncommunicative staff. PATCO trains are frequently overcrowded these days because PATCO is gradually sending its entire 120-car fleet to a factory in Hornell, N.Y., to be refurbished.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY Train service on the Atlantic City Line should be increased to one train an hour, and a station near the Atlantic City airport would boost ridership, a study for NJ Transit says. The cost of operating 20 round-trips daily between Atlantic City and Philadelphia was estimated at $29.4 million a year, with passenger fares expected to cover 38 percent of the cost. Currently, there are 12 trains in each direction daily, with passengers required to wait as long as 21/2 hours between trains at midday.
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