Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NJ Governor not a friend of #publictransit

The Village Green: ">The state of NJ Transit is so troubling that it is now under federal investigation, suffering the most accidents among the nation’s major commuter railroads. As our Assemblyman John McKeon has stated, “The Governor needs to assume responsibility. He inherited one of the best rail systems in the country and is leaving us with one of the worst.” Commuters, taxpayers, and New Jersey’s economy all deserve better."

Friday, April 7, 2017

People in Newark suffer under car culture

Brick City Live : "In Newark, the problem is grave. While the median income hovers at $30,966, eight percent of residents trek to work on “super-commutes” (exceeding 90 minutes), compared with the national average of 2.8 percent."

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."