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NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - This down-on-its-luck stepsister town to neighboring Atlantic City has struggled economically for decades, languishing without a redevelopment plan or the ability to attract private investment. But a $38 million project that includes two apartment buildings and retail space on a vacant Main Street block is expected to set the cornerstone for economic growth and expanded development in the Atlantic County city, according to Jacqueline Amado-Belton, economic development director for the City of Pleasantville.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Storm damage to Amtrak passenger-rail tunnels to New York City will cost more than $700 million to repair and force year-long closures of busy rail lines beneath the Hudson and East Rivers, according to an engineering report released Thursday. Repair work could force delays in passenger service along the entire Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington. Water and salt damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 will require massive overhauls of the 104-year-old New York City tunnels, the report said.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are several ways to increase ridership and revenue on the Atlantic City Rail Line, according to a study commissioned by NJ Transit, but the agency doesn't plan to do any of them. With NJ Transit strapped for money and Atlantic City losing casinos, visitors, and employees, the transit agency has shelved the recommendations of a study that was authorized in 2009 by the Corzine administration. "NJ Transit does not have any immediate plans to begin action on any of the proposals in the analysis," spokesman William J. Smith said in an e-mail.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Henry C. McGettigan's mother died when he was 9, he would spend some of his summer days with his maternal grandmother in North Philadelphia. "She would pack a lunch for him" and send him off to Shibe Park at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue, the home of both the Athletics and the Phillies, daughter Theresa Miller said in a phone interview. "He would go and sit outside and listen to the game," through the roars of the crowds, in the days before portable radios, because he didn't have enough money to buy a ticket.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN NJ Transit is spending $300,000 this year to study possible expansion of the Walter Rand Transportation Center in downtown Camden, the new executive director of the transit agency said Tuesday. The new study comes more than four years after NJ Transit approved - but did not build - a new $3 million bus-loading center at the site. Plans for revamping the transit center, which connects South Jersey bus routes, the River Line light-rail line, and the PATCO commuter rail line, have been on hold while business and civic leaders debate what needs to be done in the central Camden location.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
When New Jersey Turnpike officials complete a massive widening project stretching from South Jersey to New Brunswick, there will be plenty of additional elbow room for motorists. In fact, the now heavily used expressway might get downright lonely at times. The same could be true of a new Delaware River bridge near Trenton, as well as additional interchanges on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While the region's engineers once predicted substantial increases in traffic in coming years - for the Jersey artery, projections called for southbound traffic to nearly double in less than three decades - real-time reports show volumes are flat or even falling.
BUSINESS
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.
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