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PATH will spend $1B to ease overcrowding, delays that mess up your commute, 6/21/2019 - PATH officials unveiled a sweeping $1 billion three-year plan Thursday to bring relief to overcrowding and delays that frustrate commuters during the busiest travel times of the day.
NJ Transit to reassign underutilized buses to keep pace with demand of No 119 route, 6/21/2019 - New Jersey Transit will reassign underutilized buses to accommodate increasing ridership on its No. 119 route. 
In parts of Central Jersey you can’t get a direct train to NYC. Commuters want change. NJTPA Mention, 6/20/19 - Peter Palmer was back doing what he started 20-years ago – fighting to get direct train service to and from New York for Central Jersey.
Port Authority’s 5 airports earn high carbon-reduction marks, 6/19/19 - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has achieved the highest rating possible from Airports Council International for its efforts to cut carbon emissions at its airports and develop stakeholder engagement leading to further reductions in emissions.
Walmart to test self-driving delivery from warehouse to warehouse, 6/19/19 - Robot-driven vans will be Walmart’s next push to lower shipping costs before a delivery even reaches a customer’s door, according to Bloomberg.
Countdown on for NJ, NY legislation to move Gateway plan forward, 6/18/19 - Identical bills to create the “Gateway Development Commission” have been drafted in the Assembly and Senate houses of the New York and New Jersey state governments. 
Construction on NJ Transit power plant in Kearny would start in 2021, 6/18/19 - NJ Transit plans to begin construction on a natural gas-fired power plant in Kearny by 2021 and anticipates the project will take four years to complete.
NJ Transit planning to build natural gas-burning power plant in Kearny, 6/17/19 - NJ Transit is planning to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Kearny that would anchor an innovative microgrid system designed to power important rail lines during weather emergencies and power outages.
Hamilton receives grant to improve pedestrian safety near Klockner Elementary School NJTPA Mention
Hamilton receives grant for to improve pedestrian safety near Klockner Elementary School, 6/17/19 - Among 77 applicants statewide, Hamilton is one of 18 projects selected for a grant program that will improve pedestrian safety by a local school.
New Jersey Devils, NJTPA partner to promote pedestrian safety NJTPA Mention, 6/17/19 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Devils are partnering to save lives through Street Smart NJ, a collaborative effort between public, private and nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of and change behaviors that contribute to pedestrian-vehicle crashes.

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Minnesota Is Making Bike-Friendly Cities Across the State Minneapolis, Minnesota, consistently ranks in the top 10 for best biking cities nationwide, but the state isn’t content to stop there — a statewide effort is making communities across the North Star State more bikeable. Inspired by a Michigan program called Training Wheels that helps communities provide on-road bike facilities, Minnesota has been offering Bikeable Community Workshops since 2012. 
Uber Copter Will Only Make New York Transit Worse There are three ways to get from Manhattan to the city’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. All of them are pretty bad. First, there’s the subway: You can take the A or E out to eastern Queens, and then hop on the AirTrain. It’ll cost you $7.75, and take an hour, but delays are common. Then there’s commuter rail: Take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) from Penn Station to the Jamaica terminal, then AirTrain it, which is $15.75 at rush hour, or $9.50 on weekends, and cuts the time down to about 35 minutes, plus the 15-minute AirTrain ride. Finally, you can take four wheels: A cab, private shuttle, or for-hire vehicle can cost up to $100 during surge pricing and take anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on the status of New York City’s record-high congestion.
Japan begins testing its 248 mph next-gen bullet train Japan’s next-generation bullet train, the Alfa-X, has gone into testing. The train, which will be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi, is capable of hitting a maximum speed of 400 km/h (248 mph), but it’s expected to carry passengers at 360 km/h (224 mph) when it opens to the public in 2030. Before that happens, DesignBoom notes that the train has to go through years of testing, making nighttime runs between the cities of Aomori and Sendai. To cope with the high speeds, the Alfa-X has a 72 foot-long aerodynamic nose, which is designed to minimize pressure and reduce the amount of noise that the train creates, particularly as it goes through tunnels. DesignBoom reports that a 52 foot-long nose is also due to be tested. The train is equipped with roof-mounted air brakes and magnetic plates on its underside for braking.
Los Angeles is now offering car rides to metro stations, January, 29th, 2019 - PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCIES are not known for their flashy, up-to-date technology. In many cities, you’re lucky if your diesel bus shows up on time. But this week, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying something new. Starting today, riders who live near three Metro stations will be able to download an app, tap a few times, and have a car show up at their door—or at least within a few blocks—and take them to that station. The service, provided by ride-hail company Via, will cost riders with the system's TAP cards $1.75, though it will be free for those who already use Metro’s low-income subsidy programs. Riders will share their car trips with between two and five others, but the agency says they shouldn’t have to wait longer than 10 minutes for a pick-up
‘The cars just disappeared’: What happened to the 90,000 cars a day the viaduct carried before it closed? The Seattle Times, January 24th, 2018 - The Alaskan Way Viaduct carried 90,000 cars a day before it was shut down. Where did they all go?Since the closure of Highway 99 through Seattle on Jan. 11, commute times have been slightly above average — but have fallen far short of the most dire predictions. And fewer cars and trucks than normal have been traveling on the region’s other major highways. There have been some bad commutes, and we’ll forgive you for knocking on wood before reading too much further. But about halfway through the longest highway closure in local history, Viadoom hasn’t been that doomy.Public transit seems to have picked up some of the slack, although the two principal transit agencies — King County Metro and Sound Transit — say they can’t yet provide ridership data.