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Port Authority Airports, PATH System, Bus Terminal, Bus Station, and Oculus Will See Intensified Sanitization

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced enhanced facility-wide cleaning and sanitizing protocols being implemented in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Port Authority will increase cleanings of restrooms and surfaces frequently touched by passengers at the region’s airports, at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, at the Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and in the PATH train system. All areas will be disinfected on a regular basis using EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants. The Port Authority continues to consult with New York State Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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NJ Transit Preps for Coronavirus ,cleans and disinfects Trains,Buses and Stations

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Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT today issued an update on the precautionary measures taken by the agency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ensuring the agency is taking all appropriate precautions to protect employees and customers and that the system of Rail, Bus, Light Rail and Access Link vehicles remain safe to use.

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NJ Transit Police: Never Try to Retrieve a Dropped Item off the Tracks

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Ridgewood NJ,NJ Transit Police remind you that if you drop an item on the tracks, NEVER go after it! Let us know and we’ll be glad to help. ⁣ Your valued items (no matter how big or how small) are important to you. Your safety is important to us! Don’t hesitate to call us. We’re ready to help no matter how big or how small your need may be.⁣

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Summer Toll Hikes On the Way For New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway Commuters

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Ridgewood NJ, a possible toll hike could be in the making for New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway commuters. The details are still vague but it looks like the writing is on the wall .
NJ.com is reporting a toll hike for an unknown amount was proposed for both the turnpike and the parkway.

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Pedestrian Struck by Pascack Valley Line Train in Westwood

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Westwood NJ, according to NJ Transit officials a  man was struck and injured Tuesday afternoon by an NJ Transit train in Westwood.

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Glen Rock Rolls Out New Virtual Parking Permit System for Resident Commuter Parking

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Glen Rock NJ, The new virtual parking permit system for Resident Commuter Parking is now up and running. Please visit glenrocknj.t2hosted.com to request a commuter parking permit. You will have until 3/15/2020 to purchase your permit before enforcement begins.

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Union County Property Owner Wins Major Victory vs. NJDOT in Eminent Domain Case

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Hillside NJ, The law firm of Stark & Stark announced that it has obtained a verdict of $750,000 for property owner 399 Route 22, LLC, in Hillside, NJ, whose land was condemned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The NJDOT initially argued that the amount required to justly compensate the owner was only $40,000, but increased the offer to $90,000 shortly before trial.

The property owner was represented by Timothy P. Duggan, Esq., a shareholder with Stark & Stark, headquartered in Lawrenceville, who is a leading authority in eminent domain law in New Jersey. Mr. Duggan offered the testimony of an expert engineer and planner, along with an appraiser, in defending the property owner’s rights and demanded $1,080,000 in just compensation.

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N.J. Chamber of Commerce President Blasts Senate President Sweeney’s Proposed Tax Surcharge on Business To Fund NJ Transit

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Trenton NJ, N.J. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken’s Statement on Senate President Sweeney’s Proposed Tax Surcharge on Business To Fund NJ Transit:

“I am very disappointed that Senate President Steve Sweeney is reneging on his commitment to phase out the corporation business tax surcharge by advocating a new tax on businesses to fund NJ Transit.

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America’s Most Congested Road is in Bergen County !

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Fort Lee NJ, The American Transportation Research Institute released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The 2020 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-involved congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  ATRI’s truck GPS data is also used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative.  The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.

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NJ TRANSIT Major Advancement in Positive Train Control Train Safety Project

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Ridgewood NJ,  The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has given NJ TRANSIT approval to begin Revenue Service Demonstration (RSD) of its Positive Train Control (PTC) system, moving NJ TRANSIT one-step closer to meeting the federally mandated deadline of PTC certification by December 31, 2020.

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Raising the Global Travel Security Bar: DHS Announces New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries

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WASHINGTON DC,  Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced that President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation, which places new, tailored visa restrictions on six countries that failed to meet a series of security criteria, demonstrating that they could be a risk to the homeland. Acting Secretary Wolf also announced that the Department has updated the methodology it uses to assess compliance with the security criteria established under Executive Order 13780 in 2017. This enhanced review process raises the bar for global security by requiring nations to meet the Department’s stronger security standards and by making it clear to countries what they must do to meet those standards. The updated criteria enhance our screening and vetting capabilities and allow DHS to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States.

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Department of Homeland Security Issues Restrictions On Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China

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WASHINGTON DC,  In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of spreading within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China. In accordance with the President’s Proclamation and at the direction of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, the restrictions will begin for flights commencing after 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2nd, and will direct the arrival of U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival to one of seven designated airports, where the United States Government has enhanced public health resources in order to implement enhanced screening procedures. The administration is taking these actions to protect the American people.

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NJDOT: Route 17 Lane Closures Starting Monday in Ramsey

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Ramsey  NJ, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a shoulder closure on Route 17 with daytime lane closures as a concrete repair project begins in Ramsey, Bergen County. Beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, February 3, NJDOT’s contractor, IEW Construction Group, will close the shoulder on Route 17 in both directions for concrete pier cap repairs to the Spring Street overpass near the Ramsey/Route 17 NJTRANSIT station.

This closure is anticipated to remain in place for approximately one month. The left lane will be closed in both directions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Two lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction during these daytime closures. Motorists are advised to use caution and slow down in the work area. The work is part of a larger $19 million state-funded maintenance project to repair and upgrade roadways in various locations in North Jersey. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Washington DC, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus.

“While this virus poses a serious public health threat, the risk to the American public remains low at this time, and we are working to keep this risk low,” Secretary Azar said. “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of all Americans, and this public health emergency declaration is the latest in the series of steps the Trump Administration has taken to protect our country.”

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NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT UNDERGOING MAJOR RESTROOM UPGRADES

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Newark NJ, As part of a larger effort across all Port Authority facilities to improve the customer experience, the agency is teaming with United Airlines to bring new and modernized restroom facilities to Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, and is investing $19 million in restroom upgrades at the airport’s Terminal B.

The rollout of brand-new restrooms, redesign of existing restrooms and more rigorous cleaning schedules at Port Authority terminals, including Newark Liberty, is part of a broad array of specific initiatives the agency has introduced to improve the customer experience across all of its facilities.

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