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NJ Transit Reminds Commuters of Regulations on Motorized E-Scooters and E-Bicycles

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Hoboken NJ, As Hoboken prepares to launch its e-scooter program, which NJ TRANSIT fully supports as yet another environmentally-friendly mode of travel in a transit-rich city, we’re reminding customers of the regulations pertaining to motorized wheeled vehicles on our system.  

E-scooters are not permitted on board NJ TRANSIT trains, buses or light rail vehicles.  Designated e-scooter drop off areas will be located near Hoboken Terminal for customer convenience.  NJ TRANSIT strongly encourages customers to utilize the designated drop off /pickup locations for the e-scooters.  E-scooters are not permitted inside the waiting room, concourse or on rail platforms and bus lanes of Hoboken Terminal.  The regulations are in place for the safety of all customers utilizing the transportation system, as well as those riding scooters. 

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NJ TRANSIT TO HOST CUSTOMER FORUMS IN HOBOKEN AND NEW YORK

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Ridgewood NJ, In advance of upcoming Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York this summer and resulting service adjustments, NJ TRANSIT is inviting customers to interact with senior management and operations personnel at the latest “We Are Listening” forums at Hoboken Terminal on Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Penn Station New York Thursday, May 16th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.   

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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Permitting Operation of Low Speed E-Bikes and Motorized Scooters

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TRENTON NJ, As Governor Phil Murphy continues working to bolster New Jersey’s innovation economy, he signed legislation today (S731) that outlines regulations governing the use of low speed electric scooters and e-bikes.

The bill calls for motorized scooters and e-bikes capable of traveling 20 miles per hour or slower to be regulated much the same as ordinary bicycles, allowing their operation on streets, highways, and bicycle paths in this State. An operator of a low-speed electric bicycle or motorized scooter is not required to register the scooter or e-bike, furnish proof of insurance, or have a driver’s license. The bill further provides that all statutes, rules, and regulations that apply to ordinary bicycles will apply to low-speed electric bicycles and motorized scooters.

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NEW JERSEY MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION GEARS UP FOR REAL ID

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Trenton NJ, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton today announced a sweeping set of ambitious initiatives the Commission is rolling out in preparation for the issuance of REAL ID.

“We’ve seen in other states that issuing REAL IDs causes dramatically longer lines, in some cases completely overwhelming Motor Vehicle agencies,” Fulton said. “We want to make sure that we are ready for our customer volume to double, triple, or even quadruple, when REAL ID starts.”

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GOVERNOR MURPHY RECOGNIZES LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER TRAINEES GRADUATING CLASSROOM TRAINING

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Phil Murphy and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett recognized NJ TRANSIT’s latest Locomotive Engineer Training Class for passing and graduating the Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee (NORAC) and physical characteristics exams. The Governor presented each trainee with a certificate of achievement, as the class wraps up its final days of on-the-job training.

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MTA Chairmen Contradicts Governor Murphy’s Assertion of Deal on Congestion Pricing

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Ridgewood NJ, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is denying that New York and New Jersey have reached an agreement about how three Hudson River crossings will be treated under a new plan to toll drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district.

Patrick Foye, the chairman and CEO of the MTA, said in a statement late Wednesday that he was not aware of an agreement announced earlier in the day by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

“With all due respect to Governor Murphy, we have no idea what he is talking about,” Foye said.

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NJ Transit Bus Driver Saves Injured Pedestrian’s Life in Hasbrouck Heights

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Hasbrouck Hts NJ, NJ TRANSIT bus operator Ruben Valle was stopped at a red light in Hasbrouck Heights when he saw a female pedestrian struck by a car making a left turn in front of him. Ruben, a former EMT, quickly put the bus in park, asked his passengers to call 9-11, and ran out to provide assistance. Ruben told the conscious but injured pedestrian to stay still, and after another passerby came to stay with her went back to the bus for traffic cones.

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Construction Starts at Ridgewood Train Station

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Ridgewood NJ, The construction of additional parking spaces has begun at the Ridgewood train station.

Update on train station parking lot construction, work to begin 4/8/19

The train station parking lot construction will begin on April 8, 2019, for the next 3-4 months for renovation and addition of 35 parking spaces.

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Reader says , “the train is still the best way to get to the city”

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“All of this is driven by the ever increasing need for more and more fees to feed the out of control spending“

Another factor is supply and demand. As more people apply for parking permits, price has to rise. It would be against basic rules of market economy to do otherwise. We may not like it, but what’s the alternative?

With all honesty, the train is still the best way to get to the city. For the most part it’s punctual, there are always seats and it’s comfy. Where else can you get a better option? Summit/Millburn have an easier way to get to Penn St direct, but many Ridgewood commuters go to Hoboken stop instead.

Ridgewood is a beautiful, welcoming village. And hey, if the parking is too pricey, why not ride a bicycle during warner season (free) and Uber/Lyft when it’s cooler (~$7 one way)?

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Reader says , “The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell”

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“Right walk or leave early. As a resident who pays ever increasing taxes, over $200 a month to park in a lot for residences some of whom pay $35-55k year in taxes. All to get on a train that cost $300 a month that the commute has increased by at least 30 minutes a day, requires a switch to midtown, and are trouble prone.

The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell. We bought here as the village used to support commuters and accomdate some of their requirements. All of this is driven by the ever increasing need for more and more fees to feed the out of control spending

Ridiculous planning and leadership”