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Rockland/Coach bus service blasted at Woodcliff Lake Meeting

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Woodcliff Lake NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi  relays her thoughts on improving Rockland/Coach bus service. I have used the service in the past and while the drivers are professional the company demonstrates a complete lack of interest in servicing North Jersey commuters and as a long time commuter I would rate the service as TERRIBLE at best . It is often incomprehensible how poor the service actually is. Its odd because Coach that runs the service from the Ridgewood Park and Ride does a far better job than Rockland and Rockland is  just a division of the same company COACH USA.

Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi :

Last night, I, Carlos A. Rendo Mayor-Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Councilwoman Jacquie Gadaleta, Catherine Best from Congressman Gottheimer’s office, Borough Administrator Tom Padilla, Woodcliff Lake resident commuters and representatives from Rockland/Coach USA met to discuss ways to improve bus service for our residents. Over the past several months we have received numerous complaints regarding the reliability of bus service from our area into the Port Authority as well as the failure of Rockland/Coach USA to properly communicate with commuters regarding interruptions in service.

During last evening’s meeting, Rockland’s new general manager and Executive Vice President acknowledged these issues and discussed immediate action plans to remedy the service and communication problems. 30 new longer buses have been acquired by the Company, increasing the number of seats on these buses to 59 passengers from the previous 47. This should help with the issues of no seats for last pick up areas such as Woodcliff Lake. 5 “gap” buses are currently in training to fill in if a bus becomes disabled or a driver doesn’t show up to work. In January the Company is planning to start a new bus originating in Woodcliff Lake during the height of the rush hour to ensure adequate seating for its customers.

With respect to lack of communication, Rockland is exploring new apps which could provide real time alerts to commuters in the event of a delay or change in bus schedule. Dispatchers are being trained specifically to address customer service issues and a full time manager is now on site at the Westwood bus depot to oversee operations.

While we all acknowledge these problems will not be fixed overnight, the steps being taken by the Company appear to be a step in a positive direction. We have agreed to meet as a group again at the end of January beginning of February to evaluate the changes made between now and then. Should you encounter any commuter difficulties over the next 6 weeks while on Rockland buses please reach out and let us know so that we may bring it to the Company’s attention.

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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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NJ TRANSIT TO HOST PUBLIC HEARINGS ON FUNDING FOR LOCAL SENIOR/DISABLED TRANSPORTATION

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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT will hold a series of public hearings to gather information and feedback on the Senior Citizen and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP). SCDRTAP funds capital, operating, and/or administrative expenses for locally coordinated paratransit services for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The public is invited to the December hearings below at which time they will have a full opportunity to express their views regarding NJ TRANSIT’S 2019 SCDRTAP funding.

Three hearings will take place in different geographic regions of the state. The locations are Freehold, Westampton and Newark.  Each hearing will have an afternoon and evening session. In order to ensure that all members of the public are given an opportunity to be heard, comments will be limited to five minutes.

SENIOR CITIZEN & DISABLED RESIDENTS TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HEARINGS

Central                       PLACE:          Monmouth Agricultural Building

Region                                                Conference Room, #1

                                                            4000 Kozloski Road

                                                            Freehold, NJ 07728

DATE:            Wednesday, December 12, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.                  

Southern                    PLACE:          Burlington County Human Services Facility

Region                                                Lecture Hall A

                                                            795 Woodlane Road

                                                            Westampton, NJ 08060

DATE:            Monday, December 17, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Northern                    PLACE:          NJ TRANSIT Headquarters

Region                                                Conference Room 10 A

                                                            Two Penn Plaza East

                                                            Newark, NJ 07105-2246

                                    DATE:             Wednesday, December 19, 2018

                                    TIME:              2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

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Transit Police Security Tower at Ridgewood Train Station

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ Transit police have erected a scissor tower at the Ridgewood Train Station parking lot . Some commuters  have suggested a set up for political press conference or perhaps a routine holiday security check ?

 

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Ridgewood Looking to restore and Preserve Iconic Bus station

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood ‘s Historic Preservation Commission has “identified the Ridgewood bus station building as having historic significance to the village. The bus station designed by architect J. Robert Gilchrist, is of the 1950s mid-century modern school of design .

Gilchrist, who died in 2008, was a prominent Bergen County architect, whose projects include Continental Plaza in Hackensack and International Crossroads in Mahwah.

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Reader says , “If not for the jobs in NYC the majority of NJ residents would be on the unemployment Line”

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If not for the jobs in NYC the majority of NJ residents would be on the unemployment Line.
Corporate employers have left the state, knowing full well competent employees are willing to move along with them.
The only reason others have not left is due to state corporate welfare tax deals to keep them here.
Businesses will NEVER move here.
As the Internet connects us together for telecommuting, there will be no need to live close to NYC and work.
The only people left here will be the public employees whose unions have killed the golden goose…the same people who leave the state after retiring hand have their NJ taxpayer paid over generous Cadillac health care benefits while collecting the check in North Carolina.
The way to solve the state budget problem is to tax any public pension checks that get sent out of state

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HUDSON STREET PARKING GARAGE SCHEDULED TO START JUNE 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council approved the funding and the proposal from Epic Management, Inc., to move forward with the Hudson Street parking garage. This will provide additional parking in the Central Business District for shoppers, diners, commuters, and employees.

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Assemblyman Rooney Bills Move to Stem Excessive E-ZPass fees

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August 11,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney moves to stem excessive fees on E-ZPass users.

Rooney commented on Facebook , “Recently, the news has highlighted the excessive and outrageous administrative fees the Turnpike Authority is charging drivers for missing an E-ZPass toll. If the system malfunctions, then drivers shouldn’t be penalized. One of the primary reasons E-ZPass was created was to offer discounted rates. Charging these fees completely contradicts this purpose.

Last year I introduced three pieces of legislation – A1002, AR34, and AR35 – to address a different “discount deception” that New Jersey E-ZPass users suffer. If you use your toll transponder out of state, you’ll often be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. My legislation moves to fix that. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”

In an email Rooney went on, “If you use your NJ-issued toll transponder out of state, you’ll may be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. Especially in New York. For example, NJ drivers using the Queens-Midtown Tunnel are charged $8.50 instead of the discounted rate of $5.76. My legislation moves to fix that.

Commuters and New Jersey drivers do not deserve the outrageous fees being charged against them. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”

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Some Help for Bergen County’s Terrible Roads ,Nearly $4.5M Grant for Local Road Work

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March 26, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Lawmakers representing New Jersey’s 40th legislative district announced nearly $4.5 million to fund 15 transportation projects in each of the towns they represent.

$4.5 million in TTF funding will support 15 road and bridge projects (SenateNJ.com)“Our local municipalities will receive over $4 million from the TTF to improve critical road and bridge projects,” said Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40). “Funding for safe and reliable transportation will be an investment in our economy.”

Bergen County will receive more than $1.3 million to fund seven projects, including improvements to the West Allendale Avenue Streetscape in downtown Allendale Borough and roads near schools and parks in Franklin Lakes and Ho-Ho-Kus.

Passaic County will receive $2,185,000 for five projects, including Webster Drive in Wayne Township.

Two projects in Morris County will be funded with more than $547,000, including improvements to Hillview Road in Pequannock Township, a commercial area. A $402,000 grant was awarded to Essex County for Cedar Grove Township.

“This is welcome news for our region,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Fixing roads in residential neighborhoods makes them safer for commuters and families while protecting the value of homes in the area. Road improvements also enhance safety for children who walk to school and enjoy our parks.”

“Commuters, businesses, and families will all reap the benefits of this funding,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “Well paved and maintained streets are vital to our local economy. This investment in our infrastructure will pay dividends for years to come.”