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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS ‘EARLY GETAWAY’ SERVICE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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Kids Ride NJ TRANSIT Free All Weekend with Family SuperSaver Fare

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with “early getaway” rail and bus service on Friday, May 24 to accommodate customers escaping early for the holiday weekend. 

NJ TRANSIT is making it easy and affordable to have fun in the sun, with a variety of discounted summer savings packages. Memorial Day weekend is a great time for customers to take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags Great Adventure and Monmouth Park.

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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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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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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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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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Governor Phil Murphy announces $1 million in Transit Village grants to revitalize areas around transit facilities

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Trenton NJ, on April 10th ,Governor Phil Murphy announced $1 million in Transit Village grants to revitalize areas around transit facilities. Five municipalities will receive grants for quality of life improvements.

Under this multi-agency smart growth initiative, municipalities that have transit facilities within their borders can seek to be designated as a Transit Village by developing plans for dense, mixed-use redevelopment that includes housing near their transit facility. The initiative creates incentives to revitalize areas around transit stations to create attractive, vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods where people can live, shop, work and play without relying on automobiles. https://bit.ly/2VIY9l3

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Reader asks,”Is N.J. Transit airing racist commercials?”

“So. This photo is from the second N.J. Transit “If You See Something, Say Something” Commercial. They both depict three different suspicions “people” leaving things behind and / or taking photos of surveillance cameras. All three suspicious people? You guessed it. White males. Nice message N.J. Transit!!! Personally, I’m appalled. “

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Reader asks Will the Village Prorate Parking Fees for Tag Holders

” Purchasers of premium parking hang tags allowing for parking in the train station lot should be refunded a portion of their purchase price. I paid for 12 months of parking. Not 8-9 months. This project was surely known about when the tags went on sale in December 2018. Nothing was said to purchasers about this 1/4 year project which materially diminishes the value of a station parking tag (whose purchase price which went from $1000 to $1300 in the space of a year). “

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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 , “To claim that Ridgewood has a bad commute relative to other nice / safe / high quality of life suburban towns around NYC is simply not true”

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“To claim that Ridgewood has a bad commute relative to other nice / safe / high quality of life suburban towns around NYC is simply not true. I have been commuting since 1986. When I commuted from Hoboken / Manhattan it was shorter but who wants to raise a family in Hoboken or Manhattan? And who can afford a neighborhood you would raise children in Manhattan other than Russian oligarchs and billionaires? The Ridgewood train is served by Main and Bergen lines making it uniquely more convenient than other train lines. Prior to the midtown connection some opted for the bus to PA so that new connection is yet another option making Ridgewood better than most other NYC commuter suburbs. I would be curious to what town(s) have such excellent train/bus service to NYC that it is cheaper and better than Ridgewood? Certainly not the LIRR or Metro North to Connecticut. I suppose Greenwich CT is OK but not noticeably better than Ridgewood and they have to switch to the 4-5-6 to get downtown so really that whole train service is heavily preferenced to midtown. Garden City LI for example is OK too I suppose but they have no choice but one line into Penn and then subway downtown which I guess is not as bad as coming down from Grand Central. At least we have about the same convenience to both midtown and downtown. And please tell me the suburban town that is so much cheaper and nicer with a fast convenient commute and high quality of life? Not near NYC, that is for sure. This is just another one of these things that the town-complainer posts stupid uninformed comments about in his or her eternal dislike of Ridgewood. I wish I had a dollar for every time this same person leaves a comment saying they are moving out. I think they do it 10 or 20 times a week. “