Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cheap oil has peaked. Now being replaced with cheap labor.

Woman Found Dead in SUV Parked Outside New Jersey Wawa Was Trying to Rest: Police | NBC 10 Philadelphia: "A New Jersey woman struggling to make ends meet died in a sports utility vehicle parked outside a New Jersey Wawa store.
Police said it appeared Maria Fernandes of Newark was trying to nap in her SUV parked at a Wawa convenience store parking lot on Spring Street in Elizabeth."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Get Real on Climate Change | Steven Fulop - Jersey City Mayor

huffington post: "What's more, we must develop our cities around transit and invest in more and enhanced public transportation. In Jersey City, we are focusing our next wave of residential and commercial development on our city center in Journal Square, which is a hub for both bus and PATH train service. We are also advocating at the state and federal level for funding to increase service to accommodate the thousands of new residents expected in the coming years.

All of these initiatives are achievable and cities must lead the way as Congress will not be acting in the near term. Quite literally, acting locally is the start to achieving global protection. Climate change is real. We must act or suffer the horrible consequences if we don't."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Drop in traffic on area highways forces review of plans " "By 2032 northbound traffic volume is expected to increase by nearly 68 percent [above 2005 levels]; southbound traffic is forecasted to increase by 92 percent."

Now, one-third of the way through that 27-year forecast, turnpike traffic is actually about 10 percent lower than it was in 2005."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Congress favoring cars over #publictransit

 Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

Editorial: Restore tax incentives for mass transit commuters | "What gives? And why are federal lawmakers sending out the implicit message that it’s better to add to that slow motion-snarl of traffic every morning and evening than climb aboard public transit?

...Remember, the benefit extends far beyond those commuters. Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that employs nearly 400,000 people, according to the American Public Transportation Association. The nonprofit organization has found that every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, while every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates or supports 36,000 jobs. And home values performed 42 percent better when located near high-frequency public transit. Just a single commuter switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds, in a year."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

People love #freetransit in Cape May County New Jersey "If it weren't for Cape May County's Fare Free Transportation program, Villas resident Gert Nicklas doesn't know what she would do. Nicklas is a frequent patron of the free public transit service, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last week. She has used it to get to and from doctor appointments and the Lower Cape Senior Center for the past seven years, during which time she's been more than satisfied.
"It's wonderful," she said. "The best thing that could have happened.""

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The road to quality health care lies in N.J.'s transit "According to the Federal Transit Administration, about 3.6 million Americans skip or delay nonemergency medical care every year because of issues with transportation. Their doctor’s office may not be conveniently reachable by public transit, or they might have trouble transporting their entire family when child care is unavailable.

Prevention is key to a successful health care system. These missed appointments can lead to the deterioration of a person’s medical condition — and even greater health costs."

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

How Can Sustainable Transportation Practices Mitigate Climate Change?

Mobilizing the Region: "The panel conclusively shows that warming since the 1950s — when suburban development and transportation policy became much more auto-centric — has been unprecedented. In the United States, the automobile’s greenhouse gas emissions is the second-largest contributor to global warming from the transportation sector, which as a whole accounts for 28 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. Car emissions are also the fastest growing source of U.S. GHG, with a 48 percent net increase in total emissions since 1990. And, transportation is the largest end-source of CO2 emissions, the most prevalent of greenhouse gases."

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