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‘Engaged’ Christie Won’t ‘Give away Store’ at New Jersey Transit Strike Talks
John Reitmeyer | March 4, 2016 | Transportation
Meanwhile, new report indicates overextended NJT is using capital budget to meet operating expenses.
Uncertain Funding, Looming Strike Could Mean Rough Road for New Jersey Transit
John Reitmeyer | February 26, 2016 | Transportation
Run the numbers and -- despite a sizable subsidy in the budget plan -- NJT could be facing a $60M deficit
Beyond the Crisis: Exploring the Future of the State's Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2016 | Transportation
NJ Spotlight roundtable brings together experts and advocates to discuss long-term concerns about New Jersey’s transportation system
Is Christie Making Plans Behind the Scenes to Fix Transportation Fund?
John Reitmeyer | February 19, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Search for firm to handle financing may signal willingness to reach a bipartisan deal on source of needed revenues
Clock Ticks in Negotiations Over New Contract for NJ Transit Rail Worker Unions
WNYC | February 18, 2016 | Transportation
Strike deadline is March 13; share of health-insurance costs are main sticking point
Back in NJ, Will Christie Cut Deal on Transportation Trust Fund, Gas Tax?
John Reitmeyer | February 11, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Governor’s recent remarks on campaign trail indicate he won’t raise gas tax, but lawmakers think the topic is on the table
NJ Congressional Delegation Wants More Federal Funds for Transit-System Repairs
Tom Johnson | February 10, 2016 | Transportation
Request to Department of Transportation indicates that NJ Transit needs almost $470 million to fix damage from Hurricane Sandy
Depleted Transportation Trust Fund Creates Fiscal Crisis for Municipalities
John Reitmeyer | February 4, 2016 | Budget, Politics, Transportation
While lawmakers and administration bicker, mayors don't know how much to budget for road maintenance -- or where the money will come from
Tougher New Law for Cleaning Up Port Authority on Way from NJ Democrats
John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Legislation for overseeing troubled agency already signed by Govs. Christie and Cuomo, but sponsors of new measure argue more is needed
Prieto, Sweeney Split Over Revenue Sources for Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | January 6, 2016 | Budget, Politics, Transportation
Democratic leaders disagree over how much money should come from borrowing, how much from 'pay-go' sources like higher taxes at the pump
GOP Lawmaker Proposes Alternate Way to Replenish Transportation Fund
John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2015 | Budget, Politics, Transportation
But key component – 3 percent annual hike in state’s revenues -- is uncertain, based on past decade’s average growth of under 1 percent
Bill Lowering Sales Tax on Boat Purchases Awaits Governor’s Signature
John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2015 | Budget, More Issues, Transportation
While supporters contend lower rates in other states have hurt state’s boat industry, foes argue tax break benefits only the wealthy
Proposal to Hike Gas Tax and Lower ‘Death Taxes’ May Be Unveiled by Lawmakers Soon
John Reitmeyer | December 3, 2015 | More Issues, Transportation
Advocates for working families cry foul, arguing deal would mostly benefit wealthier Garden State residents while hurting those with lower incomes
How Will Cash-Strapped NJ Pay Its Share of Gateway Rail-Tunnel Project?
John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2015 | Transportation
Sobering report on state’s finances by credit-rating agency nevertheless suggests possible financing scenario down the road
After Bond-Sale Earnings Are Spent, Transportation Trust Fund Will Be Broke
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
Finding fixes took back seat to elections, voters oppose hiking gas tax, aging infrastructure is in sad shape, yet no clear solution has emerged
Feds Agree to Pony Up $10B for Trans-Hudson Tunnel -- Can NJ Cover Its Share?
John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2015 | Transportation
$20B Gateway Project calls for beleaguered Port Authority to play key role in shepherding massive, decade-long undertaking to completion
Investing in Mass Transit Called Path to Prosperity in the Garden State
John Reitmeyer | November 10, 2015 | Transportation
Forum participants cite economic benefits, cleaner environment, less congestion, higher property values
Bipartisan Gas-Tax Hike Could Help Tank Up Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2015 | Transportation
Democrats and Republicans appear to be open to serious discussions during lame-duck session
Changes Come to Port Authority -- But Slowly and Not Without a Struggle
John Reitmeyer | October 29, 2015 | Transportation
New rules could put a CEO in place, but they also mean current board chairman, widely liked and regarded as effective, would have to step down
Gas-Tax Hike Just One Way to Fund Infrastructure Upgrades, Think Tank Says
John Reitmeyer | October 27, 2015 | Transportation
Privatization, borrowing and "general fiscal discipline" also recommended by conservative Manhattan Institute
New Midtown Bus Terminal Gets Go-Ahead from Port Authority Commissioners
Lilo H. Stainton | October 23, 2015 | Transportation
It’s not yet clear how finding funds for $10B facility will impact $20B plan for new Hudson River rail tunnels
Amid Signs of Consensus, Reform of Port Authority Slowly Moves Ahead
John Reitmeyer | October 21, 2015 | Transportation
Bipartisan panel agrees new bus terminal needed, but progress on legislation to bring new oversight to agency still proves elusive
NJ Legislators Get First-Hand Look at Crowded, Outdated Bus Terminal
John Reitmeyer | October 14, 2015 | Transportation
Tour of Port Authority depot underscores urgent need to agree on plan to replace aging facility, address other transit issues
Would Lowering Tax on Boat Sales in NJ Turn Tide for Struggling Industry?
John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2015 | Budget, Politics, Transportation
Critics say it would mostly benefit the affluent while advocates say it would boost marinas, repair shops and other maritime-related businesses
NJ Transit Fare Hikes In Effect Today, More Increases Could Be Coming Down Pike
John Reitmeyer | October 1, 2015 | Transportation
Given state’s seemingly intractable transportation-funding problems, no easy answers for agency or commuters that rely on its trains and buses
Talks Accelerate Over Hiking Gasoline Tax in Tradeoff for Cutting Other Taxes
John Reitmeyer | September 29, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
Deal would eliminate or reduce estate, inheritance levies in exchange for raising revenue to fund transportation projects
Port Authority Reform: Dems Say, ‘Take It Slow,’ GOP Argues ‘Pick up the Pace’
John Reitmeyer | September 25, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
Legislators must decide whether to craft a comprehensive bill or push ahead with something that will be agreeable to Christie and Cuomo
Summit Hears Call for Action on Transportation Woes, Gasoline-Tax Increase
Meir Rinde | September 18, 2015 | More Issues, Transportation
Other panels at state Chamber of Commerce gathering explore workforce development, regulation, corporate and individual taxes
Christie-Cuomo Endorsement Could Put Gateway Rail Tunnel Back on Track
Meir Rinde | September 16, 2015 | Transportation
Governors agree to split half of project’s $20 billion price tag, looking to feds to pick up rest of tab
Lawmakers Scrutinize Port Authority Projects, Especially PATH Extension
John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2015 | Politics, Transportation
Following hearing, several senators say PATH link to Newark Liberty International should be put on ice until United Airlines probe wraps up
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