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REAL_ESTATE
October 28, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Even as an increasing number of home sales head to the settlement table, the luxury-rental market in the eight-county Philadelphia region grows stronger and more sustainable. The latest example, Rivergate, is rising on eight-plus acres of industrial land in Burlington County, along Bordentown's Delaware River waterfront - one piece of the estimated $300 million, 98-acre rehabilitation of what was, until the early 1980s, the site of North American Ship Salvage Co. Rivergate is a 159-unit, four-building luxury-rental venture developed by Sterling Properties of Livingston, N.J., which builds for-sale and rental housing and owns and manages apartment communities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis Maiuro and Helen Anderson met in kindergarten in an elementary school in Elm Township in the 1920s and were classmates until their eighth-grade graduation. Then they went their separate ways. But in 1994, after raising their families and seeing their spouses die, they happened to meet up again, wed, and had a second life together, Mrs. Maiuro said. Louis Maiuro, 91, a long-distance bus driver for four decades, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, at his home in Winslow Township.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
MAPLE SHADE Three people were injured when a NJ Transit minibus nearly flipped over a guardrail Wednesday evening, authorities said. The accident, reported at 6:17 p.m., occurred on East Kings Highway near Route 38. At least two of the injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said. The cause of the accident was under investigation. William Smith, a spokesman for NJ Transit, said the bus was an Access Link vehicle that provides paratransit service and is similar to a minibus.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amtrak is seeking redevelopment plans for 30th Street Station and the surrounding area, including the potentially lucrative air rights above the rail yards adjacent to the station. After several years of preparation, Amtrak announced Monday that it wants proposals for a master development plan delivered by Nov. 18. Amtrak is working with Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust to redevelop the 80-year-old station and its University City neighborhood. A coordinating committee of significant players, such as the University of Pennsylvania, SEPTA, and the city, also will be involved, Amtrak said.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In December 2009, NJ Transit announced four major advancements in transportation for South Jersey, with an initial cost of $13.5 million. Nearly four years later, none of the projects has moved beyond the study phase:   Planners have spent the four years and $735,000 studying how to improve rail service on the Atlantic City Line, with nothing to show for their efforts yet. By contrast, it took only 90 days to build the Philadelphia &...
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013
In the Region   WiFi to ride N.J. Transit   New Jersey Transit 's board approved a proposal that will give rail travelers wireless Internet access in stations, on platforms, and on board trains by the end of 2016. The contract with Cablevision Systems Corp. is for 20 years and will not cost NJ Transit anything. Cablevision will install fiber optic cabling, wireless access points, antennas, and related equipment in stations, along the right-of-way, and on vehicles, the agency said in a news release.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Transit agencies and other entities will be looking to hire military veterans and their spouses at a Philadelphia job fair Tuesday. SEPTA assistant conductor Jordan Ranalli, an Army and Marine Corps veteran who hopes to become a locomotive engineer, said veterans make good hires for transit authorities. "You know pretty much what you're going to get . . . someone who's had intense training and has thick skin, who is trainable and teachable and able to rise to management," said Ranalli, 31, of Wilmington.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Passenger trains could be running again between Camden and Glassboro by 2019, if someone comes up with $1.6 billion and the current construction schedule doesn't slip. Those are big ifs. South Jersey residents got an update Monday evening on the latest plans for a long-discussed 18-mile light-rail line that would restore passenger service to a corridor now used only for freight trains. At a show-and-tell session at Woodbury High School, about 100 area residents talked to officials of STV Inc., the engineering firm conducting an $8.1 million environmental-impact study for the Delaware River Port Authority.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA supports nearly 26,000 jobs, contributes $3.21 billion in economic output, and generates $62.5 million in state tax revenue, according to a study released Monday. The study, commissioned by SEPTA, comes as the financially strapped transit authority seeks a fare increase and lobbies state officials for more funding. SEPTA provides more bang for the buck than other transit agencies in Pennsylvania and gets less than its share of state funding based on ridership, the study found.
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