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.
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.