Thursday, December 29, 2016

NJ Governor sabotages #publictransit for benefit of his masters - #autosprawl profiteers

EDITORIAL: Give public a voice at NJ Transit: "Subsequent hearings, however, have peeled back some of the layers on agency problems, including an unreported $22.5 million operating deficit last year and a tendency to fill high-paid executive posts with Gov. Chris Christie cronies while leaving hundreds of safety-related jobs vacant.

Meanwhile, the Christie administration has slashed direct state subsidies to the agency, from $348 million in 2009 all the way down to $33 million last year. That means safety compromises, among other things, while also driving up commuter fares."

Friday, July 29, 2016

NJ - Fare-free shuttles in Atlantic County

dailyjournal : "Atlantic County has two shuttle initiatives. One is in Egg Harbor Township. The other is the Route 54/40 shuttle, which starts near the Hammonton train station, goes through a portion of Folsom, Collings Lakes, Newtonville, Buena, Landisville, Minotola and Richland. The shuttle’s main task is to transport residents to NJ Transit bus stops and the train depot, with routing timed to coordinate with their schedules.

According to the data of South Jersey Transportation Authority, the shuttle has transported 2,723 people since its January start. Of the 18 stops on the shuttle’s circuit, Richland has the third-highest on/off ridership number, with 338 getting on here and 273 getting off. The MLK Center’s ridership numbers are 745 on, 260 off, and the Hammonton train station’s data is 533 on, 620 off."

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New Jersey Governor: Reduce General Fund Spending to Pay for Roads

Planetizen: "Rather than supporting an increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees like many states are doing to fund transportation spending, Gov. Chris Christie asks the legislature to find funds by making cuts within the general fund."

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sprawl pain in New Jersey, #publictransit is the medicine

Bergen Dispatch: "· Since 2002, New Jersey's annual capital investment in maintaining, repairing and expanding its core public transit assets has dropped by an inflation-adjusted 19 percent, even as ridership has grown by 20 percent. (The drop is even more severe when measured from the high funding point of 2004; the decline in capital funding is 29 percent from 2004 to 2016.)"

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Want business? Got #transit?

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown — Mobility Lab: "The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Government #autosprawl trolls want you back in your car, in a traffic jam.

7 things to know about the NJ Transit fare hike for train and bus riders: "TRENTON – Train and bus riders will be doomed to a 9 percent fare hike if the annual budget state lawmakers will vote on Thursday isn't tweaked. ...Members of New Jersey For Transit, an 18-member coalition calling for more equitable transportation funding, said at a press conference Wednesday commuters were betrayed by lawmakers from both parties when the budget bill was worked on the day before."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Our County Needs a Reliable Public Transportation System

Cape May County Herald: " Highways, bridges, and industry that will most certainly tamper with the unique aspects of Cape May County and redesign the southern-most tip of New Jersey into a mirror reflection of the northern end is not a good idea. Am I the only one who thinks the new overpasses on the parkway are a hideous eyesore? Instead of paving over paradise, the discussion should acknowledge that a critical need exists for a reliable public-transportation system. Our population is largely elderly; our seasonal workers are often too young to drive or sojourning without a vehicle; and many others find that owning a vehicle in New Jersey is cost-prohibitive – ranking right up there with health insurance. Additionally, our mainland is a small peninsula, bordered by tiny barrier islands, composed of natural habitats that must be preserved – such as wetlands and pinelands. Where will highways and bridges, with their snarl of ramps and side roads, be located? Furthermore, building roads will not relieve the congestion that already exists, it will only increase it; therefore, previous suggestions for mitigating traffic gridlock would have required island visitors to park and ride trolleys. Be a true visionary, and imagine the landscape with creative and enterprising inspiration: An easily accessible, county-wide public-transportation system of buses, trolleys, and trains (using roads and reviving rails that already exist) would add to the charm and attraction of our quaint corner, encouraging tourists and locals alike to park and ride. America has a teenager’s obsession with the car culture, and it is time to grow up. An affordable, safe, and regular mass-transit system is the provision we need so we can get to our jobs, classes, doctors’ appointments, etc., and so we can lessen, not exacerbate, our impact on our delicate environment. Mass transit would be good for both our biological and our entrepreneurial ecosystems.


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