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MAJOR BRIDGE, TUNNEL AND RAIL ADVISORY THIS WEEKEND

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Lane closings planned at the Bayonne Bridge,
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Lanes will be closed this weekend and/or next week at the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel and Bayonne Bridge for ongoing construction and repair projects.

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Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Continue Partnership with $31 Million Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Investment

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Ridgewod NJ, Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT today announced a joint $31 million investment to improve railroad infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Jersey and to conduct renewal work throughout spring and summer 2019 as part of their ongoing partnership. The work, which will lead to improved conditions for travelers, will be conducted throughout the state from the north end with projects at Newark Penn Station and Portal Bridge to the southern portion of the state with projects in Trenton. This extensive work and significant financial investment serve as the latest example of the cooperative relationship between NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak to enhance the customer experience for both commuter and intercity rail customers.

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New Jersey Gas Tax Now 10th Highest in the Nation and Road rank 4th worst.

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Ridgewooed NJ, USA Today reports that New Jersey now has the 10th high gas tax , and we now know that gas tax increases are all but guaranteed, New Jersey will work its way to the top. 

Currently the State gas tax: 37.1 cents per gallon, Gas price, this is a bit old we’d guess more like $2.90 but USA Today reports $2.61 per gallon (13th highest) .The total take for state and federal taxes as percent of gas price: 14.2 percent (10th highest) and here is the big one ,wait for it the percent of roadway in sub-optimal condition: 29.4 percent (fourth highest). 

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EXPECT DELAYS BUT NO SERVICE CHANGES FOR MAIN/BERGEN LINE DURING AMTRAK PENN STATION SUMMER WORK

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Ridgewood NJ, Beginning June 17, 2019, NJ TRANSIT will be temporarily diverting select Midtown Direct rail service on the Montclair-Boonton Line and one North Jersey Coast Line train to Hoboken, in order to accommodate vital Amtrak repair work that will take two tracks at Penn Station New York (PSNY) out of service. Other temporary service adjustments will include Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct trains no longer stopping at Newark Broad Street station during the morning and evening peak periods, and a limited number of Midtown Direct reverse-peak trains will operate from Hoboken. Please see below for impacts to specific trains and suggested alternates.

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NJ Transit Police Capture Armed Man At Newark Penn Station

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Newark NJ, NJ Transit Police officers located and captured a man armed with a handgun, stun gun and knife.

The New Jersey Transit Police have arrested Qudamah Hamilton, 34, of Brooklyn NY for charges including possession of a stolen firearm and resisting arrest.

On Thursday April 18th, at approximately 1200 p.m. New Jersey Transit Police Officer David Osterhoudt relayed radio information from Newark PD describing Hamilton being wanted for aggravated assault, domestic violence. Hamilton was reported to be armed and heading towards Newark Penn Station via light rail vehicle. NJTPD Officer Todd Hardifer managed to spot Hamilton on board a moving light rail vehicle headed to Penn Station. Officer Hardifer radioed ahead, providing Hamilton’s description and car number.

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CHAIR OF THE PATH RIDERS COUNCIL NAMED FIRST CUSTOMER ADVOCATE & CHIEF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE OFFICER BY NJT

Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is delivering on its commitment to improving the customer experience across its rail, bus and light rail systems with the creation of the first Customer Advocate & Chief Customer Experience Officer in the agency’s 40-year history.

NJ TRANSIT has named transportation advocate and customer experience leader Stewart Mader to fill the role.  The position is dedicated to monitoring and improving the customer experience statewide at every customer touchpoint.

“As NJ TRANSIT continues to rebuild itself as a world-class mass transit agency, restoring safety and reliability to the thousands of commuters who use its service daily, the voices of its riders must be heard,” said Governor Philip Murphy. “I applaud NJ TRANSIT’s leadership for prioritizing those voices, and putting customer service at the forefront of its operations by selecting Stewart Mader as the agency’s first Customer Advocate and Chief Customer Experience Officer, who will use his deep experience advocating for mass-transit in our region to monitor customer experience and feedback, and integrate the unique needs of commuters into the agency’s decision making process.”

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Rooney Writes Prescription for NJ Commuters’ ‘Congestion’ Symptoms

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Ridgewood NJ, New York City will begin charging drivers for entering lower Manhattan next year. Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has drafted legislation to mitigate the impact of so-called congestion pricing on New Jersey commuters who travel to the city every day. Rooney’s bill creates a commission to study the feasibility of reimbursing state residents and businesses impacted by the plan and make recommendations to the Legislature. Rooney will introduce the measure when the Assembly reconvenes on May 16.

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El Al Flight attendant in coma after contracting measles in NYC

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New York NY, according to the NY Post a flight attendant for Israel’s national airline is in a coma after contracting measles, which she may have picked up in the Big Apple.

Israeli health officials told CNN that the 43-year-old El Al flight attendant now has encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and complication of the potentially fatal virus — which she may have contracted in New York, Israel or on a flight between the two locations.

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NJ State Police Deploy Troopers to Transportation and Religious Centers

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Trenton NJ, State Police Office of Target Hardening to Deploy Troopers to Transportation and Religious Centers

Beginning this week, troopers from the Office of Target Hardening will conduct security operations as well as public awareness contacts at transportation locations and religious facilities throughout the state in preparation of religious holiday gatherings. So, what does this mean?

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