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The Gateway Project: Transforming Rail Travel Between New York and New Jersey

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Jersey City NJ, the Gateway Project is a monumental initiative designed to enhance rail travel between New York and New Jersey. This ambitious $16 billion plan includes constructing a new two-track rail tunnel under the Hudson River and repairing the existing North River tunnel, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Tentative Tax Agreement Reached to Fund NJ Transit

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey has reached a tentative agreement with its most profitable companies to temporarily increase taxes in order to fund NJ Transit. Under this plan, the 600 corporations in the state that earn at least $10 million annually will pay a 2.5% tax on all earnings for the next five years.

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New Amtrak Acela Fleet to Travel at Speeds of 160 mph

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Newark NJ, Amtrak has entered into a contract with Alstom to manufacture 28 cutting-edge high-speed trains, slated to replace the existing fleet serving Amtrak’s premium Acela service.

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New York City is experiencing its first Christmas season without Airbnb

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New York NY, New York City is experiencing its first Christmas season without Airbnb, and the cost of accommodations is on the rise. In September, the city implemented a stringent short-term rental policy that essentially excluded Airbnb, providing benefits to renters but limiting choices for tourists. Expedia Group reports a 25% year-over-year increase in hotel searches this month, with average nightly rates reaching $477, compared to last year’s still-high $416.

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NJ Transit Police Provides Protection during the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hudson Tunnel Project

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Union City NJ, on Thursday, November 30th, NJ Transit Police provided protection during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hudson Tunnel Project. Announced by Governor Murphy, this historic event marked the start of work for the most important infrastructure project in America.⁣

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Thursday Rush Hour Commute Out of NY Penn Station Disrupted Over Signal Problems on Portal Bridge

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New York NY, commuting nightmare hits NY Penn Station on Thursday evenings rush hour when authorities  temporarily suspended NJ Transit rail service to and from Penn Station in Manhattan, New York, New York, May 11 due to a signal issue at the Portal Bridge that spans the Hackensack River in Hudson County, New Jersey. Officials did not immediately provide an estimate as to when service would resume. NJ Transit authorities have said that NJ Transit rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by NJ Transit buses and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) transit system at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken, and 33rd Street, New York. Amtrak train services have also experienced delays due to “signal issues and rail congestion” in the New York metropolitan area.

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UPDATE: Amtrak Canceling all long-distance trains

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 In the Northeast, between Boston, New York and Washington there will be no impact to Acela

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Ridgewood NJ, Amtrak will cancel all long-distance trains beginning on Thursday to avoid disruptions in advance of a potential rail worker strike later this week. An Amtrak spokesperson said the changes will ensure trains can reach their destinations before the strike, which could begin as early as Friday, and the adjustments could soon extend to other routes. Amtrak is not involved in the contract negotiations between rail workers and freight companies, but many of its trains run on railroads owned by third parties that would shut down if a strike takes place.

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Governor Hochul and Governor Murphy Announce Major Step Toward Modernization of Penn Station

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New York NY, NY Penn Station has been the bane of commuters for as long as we can remember  . Since the original Penn Stations  destruction in the 1960s, the station has become something mythic, a sacrificial lamb to the cause of historic preservation. Unfortunately for commuters the current Penn Station leaves much to be desired it is and had been a dump for generations . New York Governor Kathy Hochul with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy are not the first politicians to step in and attempt to fix the current mess but hopefully the time is right and commuters could see some relief .

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Amtrak Employee Gets 18 Months for Defrauding Amtrak of More Than $76,000 Worth of Chainsaws and Chainsaw Parts

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TRENTON NJ, an Ocean County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining chainsaws and chainsaw parts from his employer Amtrak and then selling this equipment for personal profit, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Amtrak Employee Charged with Stealing and Selling Company Equipment

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Newark NJ,  an Amtrak employee was arrested last night for stealing chainsaws and chainsaw parts valued at over $50,000 from Amtrak and reselling them, primarily through an online auction service, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

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Amtrak Moves Into the Historic Farley Post Office Building on January 1st

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New York NY, Amtrak is getting a new home,  moving its Penn Station operations across Eighth Avenue to the historic Farley Post Office Building on Jan. 1st.

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Travelling Security Products: Protect Your Valuables from Thieves

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Do you plan to go on a business trip or just enjoy your vacation? In any case, you should be careful. Travelers should prepare for the trip if they want to enjoy the trip. Think of the travel gear you need to take with you depending on where you go and how long you’ll be far away from home. Of course, among must-have items for both men and women are such as the spacious suitcase for your luggage, flight equipment like air pillow and blanket, cute beach travel accessories, and other stuff for comfortable traveling. However, the checklist doesn’t end here.

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AMTRAK REQUIRES FACIAL COVERINGS AS ADDED MEASURE OF PROTECTION

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Newark NJ, As part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to protect customers and front-line employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning on May 11 Amtrak is requiring that all customers in stations, on trains and thruway buses wear facial coverings.

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NJ TRANSIT will close Newark Penn Station overnight from 11:00 p.m. until 4:30 a.m for Cleaning and Disinfection

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Newark NJ,  To protect NJ TRANSIT customers and employees, the hours of operation at Newark Penn Station will be modified overnight to allow for a daily deeper cleaning and disinfection. Starting Sunday, May 3 until further notice, NJ TRANSIT will close Newark Penn Station overnight from 11:00 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. The station will reopen daily at 4:30 a.m.

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Newark Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking by train between Newark Penn Station and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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NEWARK NJ, A Newark man today admitted possessing heroin that was seized from him at Newark Penn Station, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jeremy Lorenzo, 30, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 200 grams of heroin. 

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