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NJT EXPANDS ‘QUIET COMMUTE’ TO OFF-PEAK ON MAINLINE AND BERGEN LINE TRAINS

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NJT EXPANDS ‘QUIET COMMUTE’ TO OFF-PEAK ON MAINLINE AND BERGEN LINE TRAINS

Pilot program to launch May 5 on rail lines serving Hoboken Terminal
April 8, 2014

Ridgewood NJ,  In direct response to recommendations from customers seeking an improved on-board experience, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim today announced the expansion of the agency’s Quiet Commute program to off-peak trains that serve Hoboken Terminal, through a pilot program starting Monday, May 5.

“We heard from our customers that they want to enjoy the benefits of Quiet Commute cars on trains during off-peak hours in addition to peak periods, and we are taking action based directly on their recommendations,” said Executive Director Hakim.   “We want our customers to know that their feedback will continue to be the driving force behind NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing efforts to improve their overall experience on our system.”

Starting May 5, NJ TRANSIT will add Quiet Commute cars to all off-peak trains arriving and departing Hoboken Terminal between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays only.  This includes trains on the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Pascack Valley, Main, Bergen County and Port Jervis lines, along with the 2300-series trains on the North Jersey Coast Line.

The designated Quiet Commute car will be the first car on trains traveling into Hoboken, and the last car on trains departing Hoboken, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Quiet Commute cars are intended to provide a subdued environment for customers who wish to refrain from using cell phones and are willing to disable the sound feature on pagers, games, computers and other electronic devices.  Conversations should be conducted in quiet voices, and headphones should be used at a volume that cannot be heard by other passengers.

NJ TRANSIT will closely monitor and evaluate the off-peak Quiet Commute pilot program, with feedback received from customers and employees guiding any possible future plans for further expansion across the rail system.

As a reminder, customers may currently take advantage of the Quiet Commute amenity on all peak-period, peak-direction trains, as follows:

On all Northeast Corridor “3900-series” express trains.  The designated Quiet Commute cars are the first and last cars of each train.
On Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Midtown Direct and Raritan Valley line trains that arrive in Newark or New York between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and trains that depart Newark or New York between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The designated Quiet Commute cars are the first and last cars of each train.
On Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Pascack Valley, Main, Bergen County and Port Jervis line trains that arrive in Hoboken Terminal between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and depart Hoboken Terminal between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The designated Quiet Commute car is the first car on trains traveling into Hoboken, and the last car on trains departing Hoboken.

NJ TRANSIT first launched the peak period Quiet Commute program in September 2010 as a pilot on its busiest trains—“3900-series” Northeast Corridor express trains—to test the feasibility of offering the amenity on its rail system.  After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers, NJ TRANSIT expanded the program in January 2011 to include all peak-period, peak-direction trains that begin or end their trips at New York Penn Station or Newark Penn Station.  In June 2011, NJ TRANSIT completed a systemwide rollout to peak-period trains with the expansion of Quiet Commute to include all rail lines that serve Hoboken Terminal.

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Readers debate Urbanization of the Village

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Readers debate Urbanization of the Village

Editors note : History has shown us the problem is the Village simply has “ZERO” credibility in its ability to plan ,manage and implement large projects and too many seem to have their vision clouded by personal gain. 

No one wants to see empty lots in the CBD , nor do most want to live in the “next, next ” Hoboken .

Like the Train Station renovation before , there is a way for everyone to get something positive, add housing , improve infrastructure ,  take into account schools and of coarse parking.  

Whats lacking is a vision for the future of the Village. A vision uniquely by Ridewood ,for Ridgewood. Not about people getting elected or speculators getting rich off government connections . 

This Vision must include Valley Hospital, CBD housing ,retail and parking , traffic and the Ridgewood School district.

The Village with its excellent schools , parks ,CBD, cultural institutions and easy access to transportation  offers a very unique opportunity .

If we chose to destroy the character of the town , the very character that has attracted so many to the Village over the years , we will lose the very thing that makes us who we are….

 

The people advocating for high density buildings (and for Valley Hospital over expansion for that matter) do not care about our town. They care about making money. Once they make their money, if they don’t like what the town is like they will be able to leave. There is no middle ground we can get to right now because they want maximum $$. They will first try for maximum $$ via high density, and only if we defeat them will they come down a notch and try for slightly less (see Valley Hospital). Maybe after several defeats we might get to a middle ground, but even that will be temporary. People like this do not give up. 10 years after we reach a middle ground solution (if we do) they will be right back at it (or their children will take the helm) seeking to make $$ by ruining our Village…..

 

I think that is what has to be discussed. But to right away jump to conclusion and think over night or even years Ridgewood would turn into any of your examples is foolish and not forward thinking.

You think modernization and growth and you assume that means higher crime, noise, traffic and every negative thing you can imagine… But it doesn’t have to be that way if you develop a sustainable plan for growth through a thoughtful process.

The contextual makeup of Ridgewood is not sustainable. Look every town around us…. Minus glen rock… We are a old folks home… And it’s sad because we have an opportunity to be an example of a modern town that still remains true to its roots.

It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal. What i am really saying is that we are going to expand… No way around it it will happen eventually, just being honest. I rather the people that do care about this towns and it’s history be the ones making the plans and not the (as number one stated) money Hungary investors that can up and leave if it fails.

What rather you have?…..

We don’t want to follow the path of Hoboken, Paterson, Hackensack or NYC. Is there a suitable model out there?….

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New NJ Transit chief may be looking to shake up agency’s leadership

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New NJ Transit chief may be looking to shake up agency’s leadership

TUESDAY MARCH 4, 2014, 8:53 PM
BY  KAREN RO– USE
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

Just days into her new job, NJ Transit’s new executive director may be shaking up the agency’s leadership, even while inviting rank-and-file employees to share their ideas for making the troubled organization work better.

“There are no ‘sacred cows,’” Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim said in a special message that went out to employees on Monday, her first full week into the job. “I want to know what works and what doesn’t – and in a constructive fashion, we can build a better, more efficient and more results-driven organization.”

Sources close to the agency said that employees welcomed her greeting, and that Hakim was already taking steps to change the organization, including asking Kevin O’Connor, vice president of the agency’s rail division, and Joyce Gallagher, the head of the bus division, to step down.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. did not return a phone call seeking comment. Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson on Monday said he could not comment on any leadership changes, but that Gallagher and O’Connor were still working at the agency.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/New_NJ_Transit_chief_may_be_looking_to_shake_up_agencys_leadership.html#sthash.G0gQuwUs.dpuf

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NJ TRANSIT TO CROSS-HONOR TICKETS AND PASSES ON MONDAY, MARCH 3

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LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 6 AM.

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
326 AM EST MON MAR 3 2014

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LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 6 AM. VISIBILITY MAY
OCCASIONALLY DROP TO AROUND ONE MILE IN HEAVIER POCKETS.
ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO A HALF INCH CAN BE EXPECTED.

 

NJ TRANSIT TO CROSS-HONOR TICKETS AND PASSES ON MONDAY, MARCH 3

February 28, 2014

NEWARK, NJ —NJ TRANSIT is mobilizing its operations, customer service and police personnel to ensure a ready response to the impending winter storm. For up-to-the-minute service information, all customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before starting their trip.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect on Monday, March 3:  To give customers additional travel options during the anticipated winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring on Monday, March 3 enabling customers to use their NJ TRANSIT ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail or bus—including private bus carriers.

For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their NJ TRANSIT bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  Customers using their NJ TRANSIT tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.

Access Link Paratransit Service:  On Monday, March 3, Access Link service is suspended statewide except for Region 3 (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and So. Ocean Counties) as well as all transfer trips.   Access Link Customers can call 800-955-2321 for periodic updates.

Customers are advised that possible storm-related delays and/or service disruptions may result from the impending weather system, particularly for the Monday morning commute.  NJ TRANSIT strongly encourages customers to afford themselves ample time to get to their final destinations throughout the course of this winter weather event.

The corporation is preparing to minimize storm-related disruptions and delays to the extent possible.    Bus, rail and light rail crews have begun inspections of equipment and critical infrastructure.  These inspections and further storm-related preparations will continue over the course of the weekend.

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NJT : Systemwide Cross-Honoring still in Effect on Friday, February 14

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NJT : Systemwide Cross-Honoring still in Effect on Friday, February 14

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14:  To give customers additional travel options during winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, enabling customers to use their NJ TRANSIT ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail or bus—including private bus carriers.

For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.  Customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.

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NJT Winter Weather Service Information

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NJT Winter Weather Service Information

The following service advisories are in effect for Thursday, February 13, due to weather conditions:

Rail Service:  On Thursday, February 13, NJ TRANSIT will operate on a regular weekday rail schedule.  All rail service is subject to potential delays, adjustments and cancellations due to the winter weather conditions.  Customers are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels.

Bus Service:  While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service systemwide on a regular weekday schedule on Thursday, February 13, customers may experience delays, detours or service adjustments on certain routes in the event of significant snowfall.  Customers are strongly advised to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels as buses will be subject to local road conditions.

Light Rail Service:  On Thursday, February 13, NJ TRANSIT will operate light rail lines on a regular weekday schedule.  All light rail service is subject to potential delays, adjustments and cancellations due to the winter weather conditions.  Customers are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels.

Access Link Paratransit Service:  On Thursday, February 13, Access Link service will be suspended statewide.  On Friday, February 14, Access Link will resume service at 12 noon should road conditions permit.  In addition, all transfer trips will be cancelled statewide on both Thursday and Friday.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is reminding customers of the following:

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14:  To give customers additional travel options during winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail or bus—including private bus carriers.
Waiting Room Hours Extended on Thursday, February 13:  Due to the impending storm, all NJ TRANSIT rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open for extended hours Thursday evening into Friday morning.

All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip.

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Bus riders frozen out as fight over snow removal leaves many NJ Transit stops packed in ice

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Bus riders frozen out as fight over snow removal leaves many NJ Transit stops packed in ice
Tuesday, February 11, 2014    Last updated: Tuesday February 11, 2014, 11:25 PM
BY  ABBOTT KOLOFF, MINJAE PARK AND MATTHEW MCGRATH
STAFF WRITERS
The Record

Commuters getting on and off NJ Transit buses along highways in Bergen and Passaic counties have been climbing over boulders of ice and snow for the past week because no one seemed to know who was supposed to plow the bus stops.

One woman hung onto an NJ Transit bus stop sign that poked out of a mound of packed snow on Route 3 east at Passaic Avenue in Clifton as she waited for a bus to New York City on Tuesday morning. Others, grumbling about conditions at the bus stop, walked around the ice and onto a shoulder of the road to wait for a bus, with rush-hour traffic passing just inches away.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/clifton/Clifton_bus_riders_to_continue_to_stand_on_snow_jammed_shoulders_along_Route_3.html#sthash.jZq4EfgS.dpuf

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STAN FISCHLER COLUMN: Nothing positive to say about this ‘Stupid Bowl’

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STAN FISCHLER COLUMN: Nothing positive to say about this ‘Stupid Bowl’

With a week’s worth of 20-20 hindsight, we can unequivocally label last Sunday night’s vaudeville show in East Rutherford, New Jersey what it was, The Stupid Bowl.

Except if you are a fanatical Seahawks fan, everything about the event ranked from ill-planned to just plain dumb.

Start with the zany promise that New Jersey Transit could even come close to handling the 33,000 fans leaving MetLife Stadium.

Belated memo to NJ Transit dreamers: this was not a bar mitzvah.

Let’s face it, the idea of tossing what should have been a purely New York City event in a relatively small New Jersey town was as colossal a mistake as the Broncos game plan.

Forget about the fact that New Jersey never should have allowed the Giants and Jets to camp at MetLife Stadium unless the Jints and Jets changed their name to New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets.

How much phony can geography get when a team calls the Garden State its home but puts another state’s name on its logo? Stupid as in Stupid Bowl.

Boy did these promoters sell New Jersey hoteliers, restaurateurs and other businessmen a bill of goods.

They promised sold out hotels, booming eateries and tangential bonanzas that were as fictitious as

Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/sports/20140208/stan-fischler-column-nothing-positive-to-say-about-this-stupid-bowl

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Readers Question Effectiveness of Mayor’s Robocall

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Readers Question Effectiveness of Mayor’s Robocall

Just got the robocall from Village Hall. Could Aronsohn have sounded any less optimisitc? What a doom and gloom message.

No praise for our great police, fire, EMS, and Emergency Services groups and how they are there to help.

Just a very down message about the high chance of losing power and no salt for the roads. I think the Devil himself would have been able to come up with a more upbeat message. Next time let Jeremy or Brian give us the news Mr. Mayor. We’re all tired of hearing your voice anyway.

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New coffee stand will brew at Ridgewood train station

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New coffee stand will brew at Ridgewood train station
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 10:03 AM
BY  DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER
The Ridgewood News

The Village of Ridgewood is now accepting bids from vendors who are interested in leasing and operating a new coffee stand at the Ridgewood train station, which has been without that particular service since 2009.

The deadline to submit proposals is 11 a.m. Feb. 20, when all public bids will be opened.

 

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/243498621_New_coffee_stand_will_brew_at_Ridgewood_train_station.html#sthash.tD20lT5R.dpuf