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State’s Failure to Directly Fund NJT Could Keep It From Taking Critical Safety Steps
Tara Nurin | December 7, 2016 | Transportation
Experts warn that NJ Transit’s reliance on ticket sales rather than dedicated funding is stymying its efforts to deploy federally required speed-control technology
Bipartisan Group of NJ Lawmakers Blasts NY Pols Over Bus Terminal
Joe Tyrrell | December 1, 2016 | Transportation
Democrats and Republicans present united front, insisting that a replacement for the current “Third-World” terminal will be built as planned
Unlikely Allies Worked Hard for Transportation Trust Fund Fix
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2016 | Transportation
Forward NJ, a coalition of business, labor and others, set out in 2014 to save the TTF from going bankrupt. Is cooperation on other big issues on the cards?
Ballot Questions: Voters Reject Casinos Outside AC, Approve Fuel-Tax Dedication
John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2016 | Transportation, Elections 2016
The results of the two ballot questions before voters yesterday might ‘speak to how much voters dislike Trenton’
NJ Transit: Short of Cash, Short of Staff, and Coming up Short on Safety
Chase Brush | November 7, 2016 | Transportation
Joint legislative panel blasts state’s largest mass-transportation agency, grills its new chief on transparency and operations
American Dream Deferred: Developer Postpones $1.15 Billion Bond Issue
John Reitmeyer | November 4, 2016 | Transportation
State officials say it’s only a minor glitch in getting financing for the planned megamall and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands
NJ Spotlight Writer Takes to Airwaves to Explain Gas Tax, Ballot Question
NJ Spotlight Staff | November 4, 2016 | Transportation
John Reitmeyer visited WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to help dispel public confusion, especially about Public Question #2
Backers of Public Question #2 Say It’s Only Way to Make Sure Gas Tax Goes to TTF
John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2016 | Transportation, Elections 2016
Opponents say voting it down will send strong message to Trenton, impact plans to borrow billions to complete transportation projects
State Offers $2.8B in Bonds to Help Top off Depleted Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | October 26, 2016 | Transportation
Financial offering — and $500 million private bank loan — bring home the fact that TTF renewal involves significant amount of new debt
TTF Legislation Hits Small Pothole on Way to Final Approval
Chase Brush | October 6, 2016 | Transportation
Lawmakers delay vote, arguing that process lacks transparency, hits residents who can least afford it hardest at the gas pump
New York Governor Announces Plan to Offload Penn Station
WNYC News | October 5, 2016 | Transportation
City says it will build train hall in General Post Office while renovating platforms at Penn
Despite TTF Deal, It’s Still Unclear When Roadwork Will Resume in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2016 | Transportation
Christie’s executive order idled some 3,000 construction workers during the warm weather. Can it be lifted in time to make a dent in outstanding projects?
Summit Offers Subsidized Uber Rides to Station for 100 Commuters
NJTV News Online | October 4, 2016 | Transportation
Officials say pilot program is first of its kind in the country and is expected to free up space in city garages without building new ones
Christie, Democratic Leaders Finally Agree On Plan for Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2016 | Transportation
Deal balances 23-cent gas-tax hike with cut in sales tax to 6.625 percent, elimination of estate tax, and breaks for working poor, senior citizens, veterans
NJ Transit Train Wreck at Hoboken Terminal Kills 1
NPR National Public Radio | September 30, 2016 | Transportation
Some passengers said train was traveling too fast. More than 100 injured in crash
With Infrastructure Projects Sidelined, Who Pays for Broken Contracts?
Chase Brush | September 23, 2016 | Transportation
Counties and municipalities are coming under the gun for road and bridge projects Christie has shut down until cash is found for Transportation Trust Fund
Too Soon to Talk TTF Compromise, but if Christie Budges Will Sweeney Follow?
John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | September 20, 2016 | Budget, Transportation
Meanwhile, several alternative have emerged, including a hybrid solution that incorporates cuts to estate and sales taxes
Why Does It Cost So Much to Maintain New Jersey’s Roads?
NJTV News Online | September 8, 2016 | Transportation
Heavy trucks, heavy traffic, and aging infrastructure all play a part in driving up costs
NJ Legislative Leaders Can’t Even Agree to a Sit-Down on Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2016 | Transportation
Prieto has called for a summit, but Sweeney remains hopeful of bypassing Gov. Christie
Could Lack of Neighborhood Input Stall Progress on New Port Authority Terminal?
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2016 | Transportation
Port Authority officials pledge to listen to neighborhood representatives, but unsympathetic to calls to move site to Jersey side of Hudson
Bridges On New Jersey Rail Freight Lines in Need of Safety Upgrades
NJTV News Online | August 3, 2016 | Transportation
But repairs or replacement are delayed by lack of funds due to Transportation Trust Fund stalemate
Senate Fails To Vote On Transportation Trust Fund, Pension Amendment
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Steve Sweeney, still short of votes to override an expected Christie veto, accuses the governor of ‘auditioning for Donald Trump’s cabinet’
Piscataway Mayor Tells DOT What It Can Do with TTF Work Stoppage
NJTV News Online | July 21, 2016 | Transportation
Brian Wahler got a shutdown order about a Piscataway project, and then he got mad
Split Over Transportation Funding in New Jersey Appears To Be Growing
John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Some say short-term fix based on borrowing may be the only way to restart road repairs
Acting DOT Commissioner Gets Grilling, Bipartisan Support in Senate Hearing
John Reitmeyer | July 15, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Richard Hammer appears to be on track for confirmation in spite of transportation funding impasse
Eight Hundred Workers Idled by Transportation Trust Fund Stalemate
WNYC Public Radio | July 13, 2016 | Transportation
Number could more than double by end of week, during what should be peak employment period for construction workers
Sweeney Willing to Bend if Christie Will Compromise on Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Senate president warns that if agreement on TTF can’t be reached before national political conventions begin, deadlock will extend through summer
NJ Transit’s Infrastructure -- Especially Its Hudson Tunnel -- Shows Its Age
WNYC Public Radio | July 8, 2016 | Transportation
An agency beset by budget gaps, major stoppages, low morale, and a crumbling tunnel
With TTF Tapped Out, Christie Issues List of Transportation Projects to Be Put on Hold
John Reitmeyer | July 7, 2016 | Transportation
Shutdowns expected in all 21 counties. Administration restricts funds for projects that protect ‘health, safety, and welfare’
Reforming the Port Authority: The ‘Other’ Problem That Won’t Go Away
John Reitmeyer | July 6, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Almost three years after Bridgegate, NJ and NY lawmakers still have no direct oversight of agency that’s about to embark on multibillion dollar projects
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