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Reader says changes in parking are to the detriment of Commuters

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Reader responds to , ” overpriced Commuter parking is a Ridgewood quality of life Issue ”

“Amazing that this blog actually is from a year . . . and another $300 hike in the yearly fee ago . . . and nothing has changed. Actually, there HAVE been changes, but they have all been to the detriment of commuters. The new passes are $1300 per year. Want a pass for the Hudson Street lot? That will get you a parking spot until the construction begins, and the pleasure of depending on Uber to get to the station to catch your morning ride to work after construction starts. Oh, and forget about parking anywhere on the weekend, because, of course, who works on Saturday or Sunday?

Want a pass for other lots? Well, don’t count on parking in the train station unless you have a compact car. The planned renovations add spots, but they are only for compact vehicles. Because, after all, almost everyone in Ridgewood drives a compact. Unable to find a spot at the station, maybe because you aren’t there before 6:30 in the morning? Enjoy a healthy hike from across town. Hopefully, the snow and rain won’t be a problem this winter.

This is just PATHETIC. This is a real problem for anyone trying to sell their home – NO ONE in their right mind would consider moving here who works in NYC. I know we certainly would not have moved here, even without knowing the truth about the fraud underlying the reputation enjoyed by Ridgewood’s school system. The only thing worse than the stress of uncertainty about finding a parking spot is the sanctimonious disingenuousness of residents and council members who insist that protecting the access of “diners and shoppers” to parking is key to Ridgewood’s welfare.”

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Railroad Crossing Safety

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Ridgewood NJ, The Borough of Glen Rock and Glen Rock Police Department would like to remind Residents and Visitors to safely cross Railroad Tracks, by following the recommendations below from NJ Transit:
•Cross Tracks Only at Designated Locations!
•Never go around crossing gates that are down, on foot or in a car!
•Stay alert, don’t rush.
•Trespassing: It’s Not Worth the Risk!
•Trains Can’t Stop Quickly!
•Trains Can’t Swerve!
•Stay Alert Near Tracks!
•Stay Away from Overhead Electrical Wires!
•Never Throw Items at Trains or onto Tracks!
•Watch the Gap between the train & the platforms

Residents with concerns regarding railroad crossing safety can contact NJ TRANSIT Police Department at (973) 378-6565 or, Tip line at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or, by text message to NJTPD (65873).

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Ridgewood NJ,NJ TRANSIT today marked 100-percent completion of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) 2018 year-end milestone for Positive Train Control (PTC).  Criteria for this requirement included installation of equipment on locomotives and cab control cars, installation of 326 miles of wayside equipment including radios, transponders and poles, as well as initiating PTC testing and employee training.  The achievement means NJ TRANSIT can apply for an alternative schedule to have PTC fully operational by the end of 2020.

“It’s a new day at NJ TRANSIT,” said Governor Phil Murphy.  “We promised the people of New Jersey that we would start making it right at
NJ TRANSIT and this achievement shows we are doing just that.  Make no mistake.  There’s still a lot of work left to do on PTC, but this is a major step forward as we continue to rebuild our mass transit system.”

“After years of being behind schedule, meeting the federal deadline for installing Positive Train Control technology along NJ TRANSIT rail lines shows transit passengers that safety is priority number one,” said Congressman Bill Pascrell, who worked to secure a federal grant for PTC installation in 2017. “I expect PTC can help prevent future accidents and start restoring New Jerseyans’ trust in our public transit. While there are miles to go to repair the damage from years of neglect, Governor Murphy deserves commendation for his focus on improving NJ TRANSIT. We must again have a mass transit system New Jerseyans deserve.”

“I want to congratulate Governor Murphy on meeting this important Positive Train Control (PTC) milestone and making this effort one of his highest priorities. This will enhance the safety of all rail commuters and prevent tragic train accidents such as train-to-train collisions and high-speed derailments from happening in the future,” said Congressman Albio Sires.

“On behalf of the board, I extend our thanks to the Governor for his unwavering commitment, and to the staff, for meeting such a critical deadline necessary to ensure continued service for our customers,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

“Accomplishing this goal would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of the men and women at NJ TRANSIT assigned to this project, along with our contractors, who completed four years of work in less than a year.” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “As our customers are at the heart of what we do, I also want to thank them for their patience and understanding in helping us reach this milestone.  This achievement is certainly something I’m proud of, but we still have another four years’ worth of work to accomplish in the next two years. While there is still much work to be done, I’m confident that our team will have PTC fully operational by December 31, 2020.”

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Ridgewood NJ, The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a contract with Bombardier for 113 new rail cars, which includes the first self-propelled multilevel rail cars in the United States.

“This historic purchase is the perfect example of how NJ TRANSIT is reclaiming its position as a national leader in transportation,’’ said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “The new self-propelled multilevel cars break new ground in railroad technology and we’re proud that NJ TRANSIT is leading the way.  With this investment, we’ll be able to retire the oldest rail cars in our fleet, while increasing reliability, efficiency and customer comfort.’’

This order for 113 Multilevel III Passenger Vehicles, the largest order for rail cars in recent years by NJ TRANSIT, will allow the agency to replace the oldest rail cars in its fleet.

The cost for the contract will not exceed $670 million plus contingencies.

The purchase, which consists of 58 “power cars” with electric propulsion capability and 55 non-powered trailer cars, was approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. A Request for Proposals (RFP) went out in October 2017.

The Multilevel III Power Cars are Electric Multiple Units (EMU’s), a multiple-unit train consisting of self-propelled cars using electricity as the motive power. An EMU requires no separate locomotive, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the vehicles on the train.

The vehicles are scheduled to begin testing in the third quarter of 2022 and are expected to enter revenue service during the second quarter of 2023.

The Multilevel III Passenger Vehicles will replace the aging Arrow III EMUs, which are over 40 years old. The new cars increase seating capacity from 1,380 seats on a 12-car Arrow III train to 1,552 seats on a new 12-car Multilevel III train. The new cars will feature roomier two-by-two seating as opposed to the three-person bench seats that are currently on the Arrow III cars. Other customer amenities include USB charging ports for customers and new, onboard information displays.

The base order is for 58 multilevel power cars, 33 cab cars, 16 trailer cars and 6 trailer cars with restrooms. There are also options for an additional 636 cars to replace the remaining single-level cars and accommodate future growth

This purchase is allowing NJ TRANSIT to take a step toward the goal of having the overall average age of all rail vehicles under 30 years old, making for a more modern fleet that supports enhanced comfort, reliability and efficiency.

The benefits of the Multilevel III Passenger Vehicles include reduced operating costs, higher acceleration and an 11 percent increase in seating capacity. The Multilevels also have a higher Mean Distance Between Failure (MDBF); 370,575 miles, compared to 40,046 miles for the Arrow IIIs based on October 2018 data.

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New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey State Police remind you to leave a little extra time and a little extra space. 

Although winter is still a little over a week away, cold temperatures and winter weather are upon us nevertheless. Parts of North Jersey are expected to get some light snow tomorrow morning and into the afternoon, which could create hazardous road conditions.

Now, meteorologists aren’t predicting a blizzard, but light snow can still create dangerous driving conditions. The best thing you can do to help us and crews tasked with treating and clearing the roads is to avoid driving during inclement weather if you can. Less traffic creates a safer environment for the men and women working on the roadways during inclement weather.

But we do know that many of you will have no choice but to drive to work. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to keep yourself and others safe when driving on snow-covered roads. First, you can #SlowYourRoll! Driving at speeds too fast for the road conditions is often a contributing factor in snow-related crashes and spinouts. These types of crashes not only put our Troopers in danger, they also put you, your occupants and other emergency personnel (like tow-truck drivers and first responders) in danger as well. Other cars spinning out of control are deadly to pedestrians at a scene.

The next best thing you can do is to leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you should you have to brake unexpectedly. Even anti-lock brakes are not enough to stop a slowing or stopping car sliding on slick, snowy roads. Oh, and plan to leave for work a little earlier. Because you’ll be rolling slower, right?

Troopers will be on patrol to assist you if you need us. Hopefully, you won’t require our services. Snow is expected to start in the morning. Snow totals will vary depending on where you live with some areas getting a wintry mix. For more in-depth updates, go to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

Be safe, people!

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Village  Manager Heather A. Mailander

Ridgewood NJ,The 2019 Annual Commuter (Ridgewood Parking Permits – RPP) will go on sale on Monday, December 17,2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Reception Desk in the lobby of Village Hall, and will continue to be sold Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to4:30 p.m., except holidays.  All applicants must bring their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) for car(s) they wish tolist on their permits, as the RPPs allow up to 3 cars on each hang tag.  The RPPs allow commuters to park in designated Ridgewoodparking lots without having to pay the parking meters.  The following is a summary of the Ridgewood Parking Permits (RPPs) and their prices:

Premium RPP – $1,300 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in the Train Station lot, Prospect Street lot, and allRidgewood lots, including Route 17 Park and Ride lot.  A Premium RPP may not be used in the Hudson parking lot.  A maximumof 155 Premium RPPs will be sold, on a first come, first served basis. 

Hudson Lot – $1,300 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in the Hudson parking lot only, with a guaranteedparking space.  When the Hudson parking lot is closed, due to the construction of the parking garage, those residents with a Hudson parking lotpermit will participate in a ride share program, through December 31, 2019.  Residents who purchase Hudson parking lot permits must purchase apremium Ridgewood parking permit at the end of 2019 in order to continue to participate in the ride share program until the parking garage opens in2020. 

Non-Premium RPP – $975 annual fee – allows Ridgewood residents to park in Chestnut Street lot, North Walnut Street lot, CottagePlace lot, and Route 17 Park and Ride lot. 

Park and Ride RPP – $975 annual fee – this price is for both Ridgewood residents and non-residents, and allows parking in theRoute 17 Park and Ride lot.

Non-resident RPP in Central Business District – $1,950 annual fee – allows non-residents to park in the Cottage Place lot.

Ridgewood Resident Commuter Sticker – Free – All Ridgewood resident commuters who wish to park at the train station must bringin their driver’s license and vehicle registration(s) to obtain a free Ridgewood Resident Commuter sticker.  Free Ridgewood ResidentCommuter stickers will also be issued to all Ridgewood residents purchasing RPPs and the Hudson Lot permit.

The Village will accept checks, cash, or credit cards (with a 3% transaction fee to the user) for payment.

There are also Central Business District (CBD) Employee stickers and hang tags that may be purchased by those who work in the CBD and allows parkingat designated meters in the North Walnut Street and Cottage Place lots.

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As feds equivocate, Hudson tunnel cost grows to $13 billion



07/06/2017 02:06 PM EDT

A plan to build a new passenger rail tunnel — and repair the existing one that’s now falling apart — will cost nearly $13 billion and could, perhaps, be completed in late 2026, according to a draft environmental impact statement released Thursday.

That $13 billion represents an increase over the original estimate of the project, which was routinely pegged by officials as somewhere in the $8 to $10 billion range.

The new estimates might be conceptual too.


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NJT : “Summer of Hell” Starts Monday

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Bergen Line and Main Line and Port Jervis customers can expect delays ,but schedule remains unaffected .

July 8,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is reminding customers that the summer rail service changes due to Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York (PSNY) will go into effect on Monday, July 10th.  This includes the diversion of all M&E Midtown Direct trains scheduled to arrive in PSNY after 7 a.m. to Hoboken Terminal, where alternate bus, ferry and PATH service is available.  Additional busing will be in place at key locations.

“This has been an all-hands-on-deck effort to communicate with our customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steve Santoro.  “If you haven’t done so already, I strongly urge all customers to utilize the next few days to familiarize yourself with all of your travel options.

“This will not be a normal commute for any of us including our customers, so we ask that you; stay connected to social media and our web page for the latest information; stay ahead by building in extra time for your commute; and stay cool and try not to lose patience. On Monday, our customer service ambassadors will be out in force, so if you have questions or need directions, just look for them in their bright yellow vests,” Santoro said.

For the past several weeks, NJ TRANSIT has been preparing its customers for these upcoming service changes.  NJ TRANSIT has been engaging with customers through “We Are Listening” forums in Hoboken and PSNY, customer service ambassadors answering questions at key stations, senior and executive management staff riding M&E trains into PSNY during the morning rush hour in addition to informational flyers, newsletters, service alerts, internet advertising and a new section of the website devoted entirely to this effort at  New paper rail schedules were printed reflecting the service changes and are available throughout the system.  Electronic printable versions of the schedules can be found at

To accommodate Amtrak’s track repairs in July and August at PSNY, NJ TRANSIT must implement service changes weekdays only between Monday, July 10th and Friday, September 1st.  NJ TRANSIT is strongly advising customers on all modes of transportation to remain aware of the status of the system by signing up for My Transit alerts, monitoring Twitter (@NJTRANSIT) and the website

NJ TRANSIT Service Plan July 10th- September 1st . The summer service plan will be in place weekdays from July 10th through September 1st and primary effect Morris & Essex Lines (M&E) customers. Bergen Line and Main Line and Port Jervis customers can expect delays ,but schedule remains unaffected .

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June 30, 2017

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Ridgewood NJ, In the event of a state government shutdown, NJ TRANSIT’s rail, bus and light rail services will not be impacted and will operate on their regular schedules. In addition, Access Link, NJTRANSIT’s paratransit service will maintain normal operations.

All NJ TRANSIT’s offices, terminals and stations will be open on their regular hours of operations to assist customers as they travel through the NJ TRANSIT system.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 255 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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Solution to NYC’s commuter hell could ruin real estate developers

By John Crudele

June 28, 2017 | 10:48pm

Commuters coming into New York City from the north, south, east and west are irate.

The Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak and Metro North — not to mention the New York City subway, which moves 5.7 million people every weekday — have all been plagued by dramatic breakdowns and crashes over the past few months.

And as angry as all those commuters are, there is another group of people who should be even more livid — only they don’t know it yet.

That group consists of real estate developers and New York City building owners. And I will give you my prediction of what will happen if the commuting nightmare isn’t straightened out very soon.

As I type this column on Wednesday afternoon, there are 387 new buildings under construction in Manhattan. According to the New York City Department of Buildings, that will add 95.7 million square feet of new space to Manhattan’s already massive real estate inventory.

When you include construction in the Bronx (380 buildings), Brooklyn (1,625 buildings), Queens (1,251 buildings) and Staten Island (713 buildings), the city as a whole will add 225.6 million square feet of new space.

So how is this real estate boom connected with the problems commuters are having? Easy, the attractiveness of telecommuting is going to increase.