April 10, 2013
DESPITE its program of informational "safety blitzes" at stations where rail trespassing is frequent, SEPTA rail deaths are up so far this year from six in the first quarter of 2012 to eight in 2013. Overall, they have climbed from 10 (two confirmed suicides) in 2010 to 14 (six suicides) in 2011 to 15 (two suicides) in 2012. New Jersey Transit, on the other hand, has seen a dramatic decline in accidental rail deaths, from 14 in 2010 to nine in 2011 to one in 2012 and one so far in 2013.
April 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Top New Jersey transportation officials on Wednesday recounted a challenging fiscal year to Senate lawmakers, tallying more than $2 billion in Hurricane Sandy-related expenses, seeing the state's snow-removal budget busted by frequent winter storms, and continuing to rely on borrowing to fund road and bridge repairs. But rail and bus riders will be spared fare increases for the fourth straight year, they said. Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson and executives at NJ Transit and the Motor Vehicle Commission appeared before the Senate Budget Committee, as the panel began its review of Gov. Christie's proposed $32.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Lawmakers must act on the proposal before the current fiscal year ends.
March 30, 2013
NJ Transit and PATH are among four agencies devastated by Hurricane Sandy that will share in more than $1 billion in new federal disaster aid that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday. NJ Transit, PATH, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the New York City Department of Transportation will get the bulk of the $1.4 billion. NJ Transit will receive $86 million to cover repairs, as well as the cost of providing bus and ferry service. The agency has received $231 million to date.
March 30, 2013 |
Back in 2010, Gov. Christie shocked transportation experts when he canceled construction of a new rail tunnel to Manhattan, one of the nation's busiest routes. The project would have doubled capacity, relieving the terrible rush-hour delays that force NJ Transit and Amtrak trains to queue up to snake through two century-old, single-track tunnels. But Christie argued that the state couldn't afford its part of the tab, $3 billion to $5 billion, for relieving the rail congestion. Price wasn't an issue earlier this month when South Jersey officials boisterously celebrated the start of another project aimed at reducing congestion.
March 27, 2013
Consider the unappreciated trash truck that ambles along the streets of the city day after day. It probably can't get any uglier, but it may get a little flashier under City Council President Darrell L. Clarke's creative plan to turn city property into revenue by selling advertising space. Other cities and local transit agencies have used public property, including garbage trucks and other vehicles, to drum up advertising revenue. SEPTA is expected to make about $14 million this year from advertising for Tropicana orange juice, Baileys Irish Cream, Honda, AT&T, and others.
March 6, 2013 |
A Mount Ephraim man with a suspended license was arrested Monday in the hit-and-run death of a 67-year-old woman as she crossed the Black Horse Pike in Haddon Township with a shopping cart Sunday evening. Timothy Polijczuk, 50, owner of a crab stand in Camden, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, causing death while driving with a suspended license, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. As he was being taken from the Haddon Township police station for processing in Camden, he told an NBC10 reporter that he did not know he had struck someone.
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.