Updates

Lawmaker: Tax hike coming to fund transportation projects

24 Nov 2014 

ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey motorists should prepare themselves for a tax increase down the road to help solve the state’s transportation funding crisis, said a top state lawmaker who wants to raise the gasoline tax.

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Martin Robins is a Trustee of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and this article was in the Sunday Star Ledger

23 Nov 2014 

New Jerseyans have just begun to talk about the need to resuscitate state transportation capital financing, as current funding arrangements are at the cliff’s edge. As the lid has been removed from the boiling pot of frustrated plans, a number of necessary, appealing, but costly public transit projects have emerged.

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NEW COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR TRANSPORTATION TAX, NEW TUNNEL, EXPANDED LIGHT RAIL

13 Nov 2014 

To new Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, the challenge is clear, and so is the solution: After years of “taking a Band-Aid approach to everything,” New Jersey’s transportation system is in crisis. The only way out is to raise taxes to replenish the soon-to-be-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and build a new rail tunnel under the […]

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Construction boom coming to N.J. over next two years, business leaders predict

13 Nov 2014 

Business and industry leaders are predicting a construction boom over the next two years in New Jersey.

Construction across the Garden State is forecast to rocket by 20 percent, according to agencies comparing their predictions at the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s 30th annual construction forecast seminar, held this morning at the Edison Hotel and Conference Center.

The work ranges from new public train stations and overhaul of bridges, down to renovations made by mom-and-pop businesses.

Some $39.8 billion in work is predicted to start in 2015 and 2016. Last year, the leaders of the several dozen public and private agencies estimated $33 billion in projects for 2014 and 2015.

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New Options for Transit-Friendly Development in New Jersey’s Union County

13 Nov 2014 

Eight communities along a busy corridor in New Jersey’s Union County have the potential to accommodate extensive mixed-use redevelopment on more than 1,000 acres of transit-oriented sites, according to a study recently released by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and NJ Transit and led by Regional Plan Association. This type of redevelopment can help attract new businesses and the jobs they create. Mixed-use communities, which blend residential, commercial, retail and cultural development, also are a draw for residents and visitors, helping to expand the tax base and fuel the local and regional economy.

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Build $16B Hudson tunnel project or economy could lose $100M a day, Amtrak says

10 Nov 2014 

Construction of new Amtrak tunnels and several allied projects to New York could cost an estimated $16 billion and under the most optimistic scenario could take up to a decade to build. Read More  

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Raritan Valley After 8pm “One Seat” Ride Back On for Jan 2015

05 Nov 2014 

CRANFORD, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) held an Open House meeting in Cranford on Monday evening to inform commuters and residents about the campaign for an equitable number of ‘one seat’ trains (direct into NYC).

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said RVRC Chairman and Somerset Country Freeholder Peter Palmer. “We were even more pleased with NJ TRANSIT’s announcement that they will find the money somehow to institute after 8 pm ‘one seat’ service as of January 2015. This brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal of ‘one seat’ service during peak hours.”

In an interview with Transportation Radio, RVRC Vice Chairman Tom Jardim said “We need to motivate and rally every single rider along the Raritan Valley Line and beyond. . . because it affects all of us in every community. They need to start pushing legislators and NJ TRANSIT to give us a complete ‘one seat’ ride…it’s a matter of fairness and equity.”

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How much Time?

22 Oct 2014 

If time is one of the major reasons for getting peak hour access to a “one seat” ride into NYC, how much time would this really save? Well, we have had several commuters estimate how much time they would save on a single journey and the estimates were from 15 minutes all the way up […]

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Commuters Comment

22 Oct 2014 

Riders would save so much time with a one seat ride, I really hope it happens! It’s not just what the NJ Transit timetable says, its that transfer not being reliable that adds time to the trip. Especially on the way home.

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More Commuter Comments

22 Oct 2014 

Hi there…standing in Nwk right now waiting for my connection. And I wait. And wait. I am not interested in a webcast. I am interested in attending a meeting, in person, so that NJ Transit can see me and hear the frustration in my voice about this terrible commute.

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It’s a Matter of Time

22 Oct 2014 

A non-commuter asked the question “Why is getting peak hour access to a one-seat ride so important?” Well, there are several answers to that question! However, the most important one is it would save commuters time – no longer would they have to end their commute in Newark, rush up and down stairs to get […]

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How much Time?

22 Oct 2014 

If time is one of the major reasons for getting peak hour access to a “one seat” ride into NYC, how much time would this really save? Well, we have had several commuters estimate how much time they would save on a single journey and the estimates were from 15 minutes all the way up […]

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