February 4, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - By the time the fifth train from Secaucus rolled into MetLife Stadium with another thousand fans Sunday, both sides of this very Jersey Super Bowl were already defeated. By Secaucus. They slumped off the train silently, overheated, claustrophobic, transformed from upbeat football fans from out West into huddled masses of East Coast commuters, bitter and sarcastic about their long commute on NJ Transit. "Jersey sucks!" they had shouted in unison while stuck for 90 minutes in a Secaucus stairwell, some with only their Seattle Skittles to sustain them, dour demeanors in contrast to the bright sherbet colors of Bronco orange and Seahawk lime.
February 1, 2014 |
Should SEPTA and PATCO combine their commuter rail operations? Would North Jersey commuters be better served if PATH trains were run by NJ Transit or New York City's MTA? A plan to consider such mergers cleared a New Jersey Senate panel this week. The proposal, by two North Jersey Republican lawmakers, would create a six-member passenger rail study commission to find ways to save money and expand rail service "through the unification, consolidation, merging, sharing, and coordination of transit services among the various transportation agencies in the region.
January 4, 2014 |
Could someone else do a better job of running PATCO? The 14-mile-long railroad that shuttles commuters between Center City and South Jersey has not had a good year. PATCO's continuing inability to keep escalators operating at its stations has triggered a cascade of customer complaints about other issues: Late trains, dirty stations, uncommunicative staff. PATCO trains are frequently overcrowded these days because PATCO is gradually sending its entire 120-car fleet to a factory in Hornell, N.Y., to be refurbished.
November 4, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY Train service on the Atlantic City Line should be increased to one train an hour, and a station near the Atlantic City airport would boost ridership, a study for NJ Transit says. The cost of operating 20 round-trips daily between Atlantic City and Philadelphia was estimated at $29.4 million a year, with passenger fares expected to cover 38 percent of the cost. Currently, there are 12 trains in each direction daily, with passengers required to wait as long as 21/2 hours between trains at midday.
October 28, 2013 |
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.
October 22, 2013 |
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.
October 18, 2013 |
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.
October 9, 2013 |
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.
October 3, 2013 |
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 &...