July 24, 2012 |
NJ Transit will get $2.6 million to move ahead with plans for a "bus rapid-transit" route to link South Jersey and Philadelphia, and SEPTA will receive $5 million to upgrade its 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, Obama administration transportation officials said Monday. In addition, NJ Transit is getting $76 million to upgrade its statewide bus fleet and buy new buses that run on compressed natural gas. The South Jersey rapid-bus system along Routes 55, 42, and Interstate 676 would allow rush-hour buses to travel on highway shoulder lanes and medians for part of the trip to Philadelphia and would provide 1,800 new parking spaces for commuters in Winslow and Deptford Townships.
July 17, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - NJ Transit on Monday revealed a newly designed ticket, part of an effort to combat the counterfeiting that officials say is costing the agency as much as $3 million a year. More than 200 people, a small percentage of them employees but mostly riders, were arrested for ticket fraud in the last 18 months, NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo said. "These are not victimless crimes," Trucillo said. "These criminal acts financially penalize the hundreds of thousands of NJ Transit customers who lawfully utilize our system every weekday.
June 12, 2012 |
A proposed bus "rapid-transit" route designed to reduce traffic and ease commutes on the heavily traveled South Jersey corridor that includes Routes 55 and 42 and I-676 was approved Monday by the NJ Transit board. The NJ Transit rapid-bus system between South Jersey and Philadelphia would allow rush-hour buses to travel on highway shoulder lanes and medians for part of the trip and would provide 1,800 new parking spaces for commuters in Winslow and Deptford Townships. NJ Transit planners now will ask the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to include the proposed $46 million project in its long-range plan at the commission's June 28 meeting, which would clear the way for seeking federal funds.
June 10, 2012 |
NJ Transit presented two rather blunt public service announcements Friday with a simple plea: "Stay off the tracks. " The goal is to reduce railroad fatalities. Titled "You Don't Win" and "You're Dead," the ads that will begin running this weekend on broadcast and cable networks in Philadelphia and New York give dramatic, firsthand accounts from police and transit workers involved in recent fatalities and from the families of people who were killed. Three deaths last fall were apparently part of a widespread problem on railroads in the region — people trespassing on tracks who are accidentally killed and those who enter the danger zone to commit suicide.
May 25, 2012 |
Grenloch Lake in Washington Township, which was contaminated by 26,000 gallons of diesel fuel in January, is set to reopen for fishing on Saturday. More than 9,000 gallons of fuel were pulled from the Gloucester County lake during a four-month cleanup, and additional fuel was removed from the surrounding soil or evaporated, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection said. "There would be some slight residual trace, but as time goes by, that will completely disappear," said spokesman Larry Ragonese.
April 17, 2012 |
High gas prices and the changing habits of young people are driving a shift toward mass transit that could influence budget battles in Washington and state capitals. Nationwide last year, buses, subways, and trains had their second-highest ridership since 1957 - behind only 2008, when the price of gas topped $4 a gallon. Locally, SEPTA, NJ Transit, and PATCO all report increased ridership. Amtrak, which last week said it carried 3.7 percent more passengers in the six months that ended in March than in the same period a year earlier, appears headed for its ninth national ridership record in 10 years.
March 7, 2012 |
To reduce traffic congestion and ease commutes from South Jersey to Philadelphia, transit planners want a $46 million "bus rapid transit" system on the heavily traveled corridor that includes Routes 55 and 42, and I-676. The proposed NJ Transit system would allow buses to travel on shoulder lanes and in the median for part of the trip and would provide 1,800 new parking spaces for commuters in Winslow and Deptford Townships. NJ Transit officials said Tuesday that they would send a letter this week to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission asking that the proposed bus system be added to the commission's long-range plan, which would pave the way for possible federal funding.
February 28, 2012
A train headed from Philadelphia to Atlantic City struck an unoccupied vehicle Tuesday evening in Berlin, N.J., an NJ Transit spokeswoman said. The accident occurred at the Washington Avenue crossing around 6:30 p.m., said Courtney Carroll. No one was injured on the train, which was carrying 130 passengers. A preliminary report said the car got stuck on the track and at least one occupant was able to get out before the train hit, Carroll said. The No. 4635 train left Philadelphia at 5:48 p.m. The passengers were to be transferred to buses.
February 27, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Bicycle riders from across the state have called on NJ Transit to change its policy covering bikes on trains, which the cyclists say leaves most of them stranded at stations. The policy - which allows bikers to take their wheels onto trains only at stations with high-level platforms - is particularly distressing to bikers in Bergen and Passaic Counties because most stations have low-level platforms, said Andrew Besold, one of 150 biking enthusiasts who participated in the New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit held Saturday at the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University.
February 16, 2012 |
An $8.1 million study of a proposed commuter rail line between Glassboro and Camden was approved by the Delaware River Port Authority board on Wednesday, ending a two-year delay. South Jersey political and business leaders turned out in force to champion the 18-mile light-rail line as an engine of economic development and a way to link the campuses of Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden. "This is the commitment that is going to move this project forward," State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)