Public Invited to May 15th Meeting CRANFORD – Legislators, elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition on Monday, May 15, starting at 6 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center. Somerset County Freeholder Director and RVRC Chairman Peter S. Palmer will summarize the coalition’s […]
Adding a new Hudson River rail tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York City is important to an overwhelming majority of New Jersey voters, a new poll shows. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday, 54 percent of voters say new tunnel is “very important” and 31 percent say it’s “somewhat important.” Only 7 […]
Your NJ Transit train is going to be delayed by 30 minutes “indefinitely” during the week and your ride may take normal than usual, and the embattled agency says you can thank Amtrak for it. Officials said the delays for riders traveling to and from Penn Station New York are due to speed restrictions because of […]
The aftermath of the recent derailments at Penn Station New York has been marked by finger-pointing, threats to withhold payments and demands for Congressional investigations. Transportation experts recognize that the facility’s divided usage and split management responsibilities leads to poor accountability and inefficiency. This institutional dysfunction has been recognized for years. It can and ought to […]
Now, now boys. If you can’t share your train sets we’re going to have to take them away from you. My brothers and I used to hear that from our parents after Christmas. Haven’t our leaders heard it? Apparently not. Last week Chris Christie got into a spitting match with Amtrak officials over the thorny […]
Changes in Federal funding to Amtrak are raising questions about the future of various projects. http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12322126/220-cities-losing-all-passenger-train-service-per-trump-elimination-of-all-federal-funding-for-amtraks-national-network-trains
Comment on Facebook: So much talk but no action… us Raritan Valley line riders have every right to a one seat ride as other lines like Dover and etc. We continue to be treated as second class citizens on NJT. I miss my connections 1-2 a week mostly due to delays out of New York. […]
While there have not been any new developments in recent months, the concept of the Gateway Project is still alive – just on hold. For anyone who has questions, go and visit the following link to see a full overview of the plans. https://nec.amtrak.com/content/gateway-program
The concept of transportation is getting national focus -now the trick is to get them to look at Raritan Valley! http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/01/watch_incoming_us_transportation_secretary_discuss.html
Conditions at Penn Station in New York are yet another reason why the Gateway Project is so important. https://www.wsj.com/articles/boost-in-ridership-leaves-new-yorks-penn-station-platforms-packed-1490040830?mod=e2fb
New Jersey Transit is always asking commuters to give them input on what needs to be improved. Have you taken the survey? Click on this link http://www.njtransit.com/var/var_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TakeSurveyTo
NJ Transit riders identified the same issues at the end of 2016 as they did in surveys conducted earlier in the year, according to the latest results released in early 2017. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2017/02/nj_transit_looks_to_riders_for_ways_to_improve_com.html#incart_river_index
In the following video, transportation issues are discussed. The final point talks about Port Authority projects. http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/in-transit/2017/02/17/in-transit-2-17-17.html
An interesting look at Newark Train Station – what is your opinion? http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2017/02/constitutionality_of_nj_transits_new_waiting_room_ban_questioned.html
Elaine Chao, Donald Trump‘s nominee for U.S. transportation secretary, said the Gateway Tunnel project would appear to be “very important.” Chao, who served as labor secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration, told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that she hadn’t been briefed on the project to build two new rail tunnels […]
In a post in the Delayed on New Jersey Transit Facebook page, a member posted an all too familiar photo of the struggle to change trains in Newark. The photo says it all – this is one of the main reasons why we need a ‘one seat’ ride into NYC! (Along with all the economic […]
It was two years ago this January that the historic after 8 pm weekday ‘one seat’ ride went into effect on the Raritan Valley Rail Line. Since that time, we have been working tirelessly to bring about an expansion of time slots for additional direct service, to no avail! We hope to be able to […]
A former New Jersey lawmaker and current Port Authority commissioner is leading the agency given the task of securing funding to build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River before the current pair of 106-year old tubes have to be closed for repair. Richard Bagger was elected chairman of the newly formed Gateway Development Corporation at […]
Elaine Chao, Donald Trump‘s nominee for U.S. transportation secretary, said the Gateway Tunnel Project would appear to be “very important.” Chao, who served as labor secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration, told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that she hadn’t been briefed on the project to build two new rail tunnels […]
An article in the New York Times talks about the ‘new suburbia’ and the proliferation of housing being built around transit hubs. Michael Phelan, from the Facebook group The Delayed on New Jersey Transit Support Group, posted a link to the aricle with the following comment: A good piece about the “new suburbia” which will […]
When compared to other state’s funding, New Jersey manages to only fund a fraction of its own transportation costs. For things to change, Trenton needs to make it enough of a priority to fund it! http://blog.tstc.org/2016/12/13/nj-transit-lacks-dedicated-funding-thats-not-normal/
The Gateway Project that would build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River suddenly faces a murky future in the wake of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s unexpected victory. From experts to commuter advocates, opinions vary about the fortunes of the project under a Trump administration, after funding was thought to be almost guaranteed under Democratic rule. […]
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the scion of one of New Jersey’s oldest political families who has served in the House for 22 years, was recommended Thursday night to be chairman of the House Appropriations Committee when the next Congress is sworn in in January. Frelinghuysen was not immediately available for comment, but in a meeting in […]
The following article outlines questions being asked about who will be overseeing the new Hudson Tunnel. Appointment of Port Authority Commissioner Richard Bagger to represent NJ Transit on an entity overseeing construction of Hudson River rail tunnels has come under fire from a state lawmaker who contends it is a patronage appointment. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/11/lawmaker_questions_trump_advisors_role_overseeing_new_hudson_rail_tunnels.html
As commuters are signing the RVRC petition, they are are also leaving behind comments on how they view what is currently happening. These range from agreeing that a one seat ride is necessary, to listing how their lives would be improved if this became a reality across the board. The more people who sign the […]
More comments from commuters who have signed our petition. “We need this. My kids are growing up without me. I am gone from 5:30am until 8pm everyday.” “This seems to have gone to the back burner unfortunately! Need this to pick up steam again…I understand that there are only so many tube times available […]
Commuters have been signing our online petition and leaving behind comments. Here is a sample. “The one seat ride would vastly improve the standard of living for many Union residents by reducing their commute, making the commute less stressful, reducing the risk of missing connecting trains, and getting commuters home quicker to their families. I […]
It is uncertain where the Hudson River tunnels will sit in the line up of priorities in the Trump administration. RVRC Trustee Martin Robins is quoted in the following article. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/11/new_hudson_river_rail_tunnels_suddenly_face_uncertain_future_under_trump.html
A ‘culture change’ is needed, says letter to the Editor http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/opinion/at-new-jersey-transit-a-culture-change-is-called-for.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FNew%20Jersey%20Transit&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection New Director a ‘no show’ for meeting in Trenton. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/nyregion/steven-santoro-new-jersey-transit-chief-a-no-show-at-a-legislative-hearing-on-safety.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FNew%20Jersey%20Transit&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection&_r=0
A safety consultant has been hired to assist NJ Transit with answering the difficult questions being asked about their safety record. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/10/nj_transit_hires_350-an-hour_safety_consultant.html
After the train crash in Hoboken, NJ Transit’s safety record has been under scrutiny. There are many difficult questions that need to be answered. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/nj_lawmakers_still_have_unanswered_questions_about.html
The Raritan Valley Rail Line is not the only line looking for one seat ride access into NYC. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/10/when_will_north_jerseys_one-seat_train_ride_to_nyc_pull_into_the_station.html
“It was an excellent railroad and running quite well until the last seven years, and it has been in constant decline,” said Martin E. Robins, a former deputy executive director of the agency. The story of how the nation’s third-busiest commuter railroad declined so rapidly is a tale of neglect and mismanagement that represents an […]
RVRC Trustee Martin Robins feels that is will take a much longer time than expected to repair the damages cause by the train crashing into the end of the Hoboken Train Station. http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/09/when_will_hoboken_terminal_reopen_experts_say_that.html
It will be some time before the long term ramifications are known regarding the damage caused by the train crash in Hoboken, NJ. http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/09/nj_transit_train_it_hoboken_station_at_high_rate_o.html
We want to thank all of our supporters who have helped with our effort over the years to get a complete ‘one seat’ ride into NYC. We are halfway there—we need your help to make it to our goal of full ‘one seat’ ride service on the Raritan Valley Line! Please sign the petition and […]
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition is an advocacy group that was established in 1999 to work toward getting a direct train (also referred to as a ‘one seat’ ride) into NYC on the Raritan Valley Rail Line. For many years the main obstacle was that only diesel trains ran on the line and for safety […]
It’s RiverFest time again! This popular festival draws over 6,000 people to town for the last 8 years and for a good reason! RiverFest brings out all the best food, vendors, rides & local businesses. This year, we will have an info table set up located on High Street. Come say hello, learn more about […]
The following video really explains in very simple terms what we are up against if nothing is done about getting the Gateway Project underway! Be sure and see it through to the end, share it with friends and post it on your social media!
When RVL commuters are signing our petition they are also leaving behind comments. Here is one comment from a Roselle Park commuter: “I would accept not every train coming to Roselle Park being a one seat ride between 7 am and 8 am but if one time slot could be designated a direct line I […]
What are your thoughts about NJT’s latest survey results, which were released at a meeting on August 18th. They are pointing to gains from the survey done earlier this year. Here are the key points were pulled out and that would like your response to: System wide, overall Satisfaction was ranked 6.3 on a scale […]
The renewal of the transportation trust fund is vital to the continued efforts of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) advocating for expansion of one seat ride service, which currently only happens mid day and after 8 pm on weekdays. The renewal of the transportation trust fund will provide for the necessary funding so NJ […]
Projects to build two new Hudson River rail tunnels and a new Portal Bridge will enter the same federal funding program that provided $3 billion for the canceled ARC tunnel, federal officials said. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/07/new_hudson_tunnel_portal_bridge_takes_big_step_forward.html
Political moves and uncertainty over the Transportation Trust Fund have made planning for any type of upgrades to any type of transportation very hard to do! http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/roads_closed_list.html?ath=8cca3a5d1417b882d8acd1a13ed2da87#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton
When commuters are signing the petition, they are often leaving comments such as this: We have lived in area since 1976 and have commuted to NY for almost all that time. I can’t advocate enough the need for single seat into NY. I understand there are space and logistic areas that need to be addressed […]
The last 2 NJ TRANSIT unions reach an agreement. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/final_2_unions_reach_agreement_with_nj_transit.html
The proposed NJ gas tax is meant to raise money for transportation and infrastructure. But where will the money go? http://patch.com/new-jersey/lacey/breaking-lawmakers-pass-christie-backed-23-cent-gas-tax-hike
Federal officials have asked NJ Transit and the two rail unions that rejected a proposed contact to continue a cooling off period until July 16, past the June 30 deadline for a lock-out or strike by conductors and engineers. Read full article below: http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/06/feds_ask_nj_transit_unions_to_extend_strike_deadline.html
When commuters are signing the petition, they are also leaving comments. Here are a few of them! “One-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line will be an economic boon to the entire area along this rail line, and will provide a dramatic improvement in the quality of life to RVL commuters. Please fight for one-seat […]
NJ TRANSIT has an ongoing survey that can be accessed on the link below. Taking this survey is very important, as it is a way to raise awareness about the ‘one seat’ ride. Take the survey, and make sure to use the ‘comments’ section at the end to put your reasons why the Raritan Valley […]
Commuters continue to make comments. “It’s time for folks along the RVL to have equal access to the tunnels and not need to spin our wheels in Newark on the way into the city” “Currently I drive to Metuchen rather than go to Dunellen train station and change trains in Newark. I would use Dunellen […]
Challenges at NJ TRANSIT are making it difficult for the ‘one seat’ ride message to be heard. Stay tuned for planned activities over the next few weeks to ‘shine a light’ on what the RVRC is striving for! http://www.northjersey.com/news/analysis-nj-transit-problems-aren-t-fading-away-1.1603206
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and NJ TRANSIT are jointly preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the Hudson Tunnel Project. The Project is intended to preserve the current functionality of the Northeast Corridor’s (NEC) Hudson River rail crossing between New Jersey and New York and strengthen the resilience of the NEC. The EIS […]
Not all unions are approving the latest contract with NJ TRANSIT http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/second_nj_transit_rail_union_rejects_contract_that.html
There are still questions as to the real reason that the almost new head of NJ TRANSIT decided not to take up his post on April 24. RVRC Trustee Martin Robins is quoted. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/04/incoming_nj_transit_boss_withdrew_over_compensation_package_source_says.html
While it is not required that petition signers leave comments, many have felt the need to share their opinions. One commuter writes: “I sell real estate in towns serviced by the Raritan Valley line. In the past, I’ve had many buyers decide to look elsewhere because of the non-direct rail service. I’ve been happy to […]
Due to concerns over relocating his family, William Crosbie has decided to not take the position. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/new_nj_transit_boss_backs_out_of_job.html#incart_river_home
William Crosby is named as the new Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/04/ex-amtrak_executive_named_nj_transits_new_boss.html#incart_river_index
The RVRC launched a petition in March of 2016 to help illustrate the need for a complete ‘One Seat’ ride into NYC. It is very important for as many people as possible to sign this petition in order to get the attention of local legislators. The hope is that we can gain the support […]
RVRC Trustee Martin Robins in quoted in the following article. http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-commits-to-direct-ride-to-nyc-for-north-jersey-commuters-as-part-of-hudson-river-tunnel-1.1532989
N TRANSIT is still dealing with budget issues. http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-transit-budget-plan-delays-repairs-1.1530733
All of New Jersey breathed a collective sigh of relief at the news that the impending transportation strike has been averted. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/christie-fare-hikes-nj-transit-contract-deal-37597190
While it is rumored that an agreement has been reached and that there will not be a strike on Monday, nothing has been confirmed. Just in case, here are a few links with vital information that might be needed on Monday morning if, in fact, NJ Transit is at a stand still. With the risk […]
Commuters advised to expect unusual congestion and delays on all travel modes NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations faces the prospect of a systemwide shutdown should the membership of its rail union opt to participate in a work stoppage. This would result in the complete suspension of NJ TRANSIT rail service, affecting more than […]
WESTFIELD – Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) on Monday, March 7. The featured speaker will be State Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley who will discuss his support for a NJ Transit cost analysis of how much funding will be needed to […]
Talks of a strike are making everyone nervous. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/02/possible_nj_transit_strike_nears_33_years_after_last_one.html
In this article, the author illustrates how stressful commuting by train can be, especially if it involves transfers. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160225/central-harlem/7-reasons-why-your-daily-commute-is-slowly-killing-you
Recently enacted legislation setting transportation policy for five years will make it easier to build the new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said Tuesday. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/amtrak_president_gateway_is_our_top_priority.html#incart_river_index
Storm clouds still loom regarding possible strike. http://nj1015.com/if-nj-transit-workers-strike-can-they-be-ordered-back-to-work/
To passenger rail advocates in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, We are writing to invite you to the annual regional meeting for the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2013, 1:00-4:30 p.m. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The location will be Zion Lutheran Church, 15 […]
We are launching a petition to encourage our local legislators to focus on what is necessary for NJ TRANSIT to be able to increase the number of ‘one seat’ ride trains. Be sure and sign the petition and share it with your friends! Go to the Home page to find the Petition button!
At the January 25 meeting, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition unveiled a new video outlining the reasons why a ‘one seat’ ride was so important for the Raritan Valley Region. Read more here: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/somerville/sections/business-and-finance/articles/raritan-valley-rail-coalition-continues-to-press-2
Public Invited to Jan. 25 Meeting Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) on Monday, Jan. 25th. The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition featured speaker Chairman Peter Palmer will present highlights from the December 2015 Quarterly One Seat Ride meeting with NJ Transit […]
Questions are raised over the funding of the proposed NYC Penn Station revamp. http://www.njcommuters.org/port-authority-chairman-questions-funding-on-penn-station-revamp/
Article and video looks at plan for a total revamp of Penn Station. The irony is that a similar plan was proposed back in the 1980’s when the current governor’s father was in power. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/01/06/cuomo-penn-station-renovation-plans/
Article outlines the issues surrounding the crumbling infrastructure for train travel in New Jersey. http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-01-06/n-j-transit-rail-reliability-crumbling-after-capital-fund-raids
The Coalition wants to thank all of the trustees and one seat ride coalition members for their time and energy in 2015 working to advance one seat ride service on the Raritan Valley Line. We thin that 2016 will be a very exciting and challenging year related to one seat ride funding and the Gateway […]
To Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Trustees and Supporters: The year 2015 is almost over and the coalition accomplished a lot this year including weekday evening one seat ride service, two videos supporting one seat ride and the Gateway Tunnel project. The coalition worked with Investors Bank and received a $2,500 grant for nonprofit advocacy for […]
New Jersey residents who use public transportation to get to work will be able to set aside up to $250 a month tax-free to pay for commuting expenses under legislation providing tax breaks for individuals and businesses totaling more than $600 billion over 10 years. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/heres_how_nj_transit_riders_will_benefit_from_new.html#incart_river_home
The following article outlines how commuters can save money under a new change that takes effect on January 1, 2016. http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/traffic/commuting/2015/12/15/nyc-commuter-benefits/77352728/
Although it was good news last week with the announcement of a new entity to ensure the Tunnel gets built, already the funding has question marks over it. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/11/menendez_sires_outline_federal_transportation_prio.html
Article looks at the proposed plans for the new Hudson Tunnel and asks some hard questions. http://www.northjersey.com/towns/where-will-new-rail-tunnel-money-come-from-1.1463538
Changes at NJ Transit – what does this mean for RVRC? Time will tell! http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/11/nj_transit_executive_director_to_step_down_at_end_of_2015.html#incart_river_home
Financial outlook not good for New Jersey Transportation Fund http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/15/after-earnings-from-bond-sale-are-spent-transportation-trust-fund-will-be-broke/?utm_source=NJ+Spotlight++Master+List&utm_campaign=28eb4009ba-Daily_Digest2_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d26f473a7-28eb4009ba-398646629″>
REGION, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition enthusiastically supports and applauds today’s historic announcement which addresses the funding and the governance structure of the critically important Gateway Tunnel project. The announcement that New Jersey and New York leaders have reached an agreement on constructing a new trans-Hudson river tunnel will have a direct impact on the 22,000 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2015 Contacts: [email protected] (Booker) [email protected] (Schumer) GOVERNORS, SENATORS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT THAT PAVES THE WAY FOR GATEWAY TUNNEL PROJECT TO PROCEED FULL STEAM AHEAD AGREEMENT FORGED BY FEDERAL-STATE OFFICIALS SPELLS OUT 50/50 FUNDING AGREEMENT AND CREATES NEW ‘GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION’ UNDER THE PORT AUTHORITY TO MANAGE AND FUND THE MASSIVE UNDERTAKING […]
It was announced on Wednesday that the Federal Government is establishing a new Gateway Development Corporation to oversee construction of the new Hudson tunnels. http://tinyurl.com/pcvtql9
More moves are being made to create an entity to be responsible for getting the Gateway project started. http://tinyurl.com/pxuhyfy
Article on NJ.com outlines how it will be the end of the current decade before current rail tunnels under the Hudson are taken out of service for repairs. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/11/repairs_to_sandy-ravaged_rail_tunnels_wont_start_until_end_of_decade.html#incart_river_home
A video on the issues facing train transit in New Jersey was launched at the RVRC meeting last week. Here is an article from nj.com. http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/11/rvrc_october_2015_meeting.html#incart_river_home
The Economics of Gateway Friday, October 30, 2015 9:15 AM* – 12:00 PM Prudential Headquarters – Dryden Hall 751 Broad Street Newark, NJ Join a conversation with Senator Cory Booker and distinguished experts in business and public policy to discuss the risks and repercussions of a Hudson rail tunnel closure, as well as the benefits of building […]
$16M Federal Grant will Help Replace Portal Bridge http://tinyurl.com/q96xtt6
Everyone wants to know what is being done about the Transportation Fund, and the need for major changes to our failing infrastructure. http://tinyurl.com/p4lhnql
Special invitation to attend event on October 30.
Friday, October 30, 2015 9:15 AM* – 12:00 PM Prudential Headquarters – Dryden Hall 751 Broad Street Newark, NJ Join a conversation with Senator Cory Booker and distinguished experts in business and public policy to discuss the risks and repercussions of a Hudson rail tunnel closure, as well as the benefits of building additional cross-Hudson rail access […]
The New York Times reports that US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a breakfast meeting in Manhattan that plans were ‘underway’. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/nyregion/early-planning-for-new-hudson-rail-tunnel-is-underway-us-transportation-secretary-says.html?ref=nyregion&_r=1
The New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a proposal Thursday from Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York to build a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River. http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2015/09/24/hudson-rail-project/72747762/
Governors Christie and Cuomo have decided to make the Hudson Tunnel a priority. http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/finally_progress_on_the_hudson_tunnels_editorial.html#incart_river
Governors Christie And Cuomo Send Joint Letter To President Obama Regarding New Trans-Hudson Commuter Rail Tunnel http://t.co/jhn4BMxQbn
The following article explores the possible outcomes of private funding as a way to ‘get things moving’ in New Jersey’s transportation sector. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/09/10/is-private-funding-of-transportation-projects-the-way-to-get-things-moving/?utm_source=NJ+Spotlight++Master+List&utm_campaign=2c380fb1e8-Daily_Digest2_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d26f473a7-2c380fb1e8-398646629
Gov. Christie answers questions about transport issues. http://nj1015.com/christie-dont-blame-nj-transit-for-the-train-delays/
Job description calls for a three year contract on a position that would help administer Transportation Fund that is due to ‘run dry’ by the end of this year. What is the solution? http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/09/02/christie-administration-seeks-financial-advisor-for-state-transportation-projects/
“The bottom line is, we can’t have everyone sit here and say ‘you go first,’” Mr. Schumer http://observer.com/2015/08/schumer-calls-for-a-gateway-development-authority-to-fund-hudson-tunnels/#.VctHdJ8Q9x4.facebook
A national spotlight is shown on tunnel issues in New Jersey. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/22/nj-new-york-city-train-commuters/32219835/
Major meeting of interested politicians and officials was held in Senator Booker’s office in Newark. http://www.northjersey.com/news/officials-promise-to-work-together-on-hudson-river-rail-tunnel-1.1394072
While it is a good thing that the issues surrounding transportation in New Jersey and the Hudson Tunnel in particular are coming to the forefront, the following article explains how a tunnel is not a short term or complete solution. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hudson-rail-tunnel-panacea-commuters-woes-33141951
Sweeney, WEINBERG & GORDON: 80-20 Federal Split, Low-cost Loan should bring governors to table on gateway tunnel Senate Democrats renew call for Port Authority to provide New York/New Jersey match for project, citing availability of 35-year low-interest loan TRENTON – Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Bob Gordon […]
Sen. Cory encourages a summit of everyone concerned with building a new tunnel. http://politickernj.com/2015/08/sources-booker-brings-christie-fox-together-for-scheduled-transportation-sit-down/ Booker encouraged the various interested parties to sit down and discuss what is needed to get a tunnel built.
Challenging times as politicians argue over who should ‘pick up the tab’ for a new tunnel into NYC. http://www.wnyc.org/story/official-tangle-and-tango-over-funding-trans-hudson-tunnel/
An editorial from Star Ledger’s Tom Moran shines a light on the myriad of issues plaguing New Jersey’s transit system. http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/the_source_of_your_commuter_hell_your_governors_cr.html#incart_story_package
The commentary continues on the lack of a tunnel. http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/how-christie-s-arc-decision-left-us-in-the-hole-1.1384962
Commuters have much to say in an article on NJ.com http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/07/dear_governor_come_home_and_fix_our_trains_love_angry_nj_commuters.html
Conversation concerning Hudson Tunnel becomes a priority, as National Transportation Secretary reaches out to New Jersey and New York. http://nyti.ms/1h0KIrM
In a New York Times article published on Friday, Gov. Christie again tries to defend his decision to cancel the ARC Tunnel back in 2010. RVRC Trustee Martin Robins has some pointed rebuttal. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/nyregion/chris-christie-claims-he-will-pursue-the-trans-hudson-tunnel-project-as-president.html?_r=0
RVRC Trustee Martin Robins was interviewed on NJTV and gave a comprehensive overview of the issues facing the Transportation Fund in New Jersey. http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/former-pa-planning-director-ttf-needs-revenue-source/
Coverage of the tunnel issues continues. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/nyregion/new-jersey-transit-service-again-disrupted-by-electrical-problems.html?_r=0
And the argument continues! http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/08/chris_christies_arc_tunnel_argument_still_flawed_editorial.html
Senator Booker put his phone number out on Twitter in response to complaints and comments about NJ TRANSIT. http://observer.com/2015/07/cory-booker-helped-angry-njtransit-commuters-raise-hell-on-twitter-this-morning/
What are your thoughts on the new fare increase? Go to our contact page and send us an email. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/16/nyregion/new-jersey-transit-board-approves-fare-increases-and-service-changes.html?_r=0
Commuters are not happy by the NJ Transit decision to only have one evening ‘face to face’ meeting with commuters, instead of the two that were scheduled last year. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/07/commuters_could_lose_half_of_their_face_time_with_nj_transits_board_next_year.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Uncertainty over the proposed Gateway Tunnel just went down, with Amtrak investing $300 million in preparatory work and land acquisition. “We are doing it,” declared Amtrak’s Chairman Anthony Coscia. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150709/BLOGS04/150709912/will-the-gateway-tunnel-ever-happen-amtrak-has-bet-300-million-that
In a very well written piece in the New York Times, Michael Kimmelman presents the reasons why a new tunnel has to be made a priority. His final line says it all – “It’s time to get digging.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/arts/design/the-case-for-new-hudson-river-rail-tunnels.html?emc=edit_th_20150708&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=66120983&_r=1
A commuter posted this photo on Facebook – this is a site not often seen, the Raritan train up in lights in Penn Station in New York City! We continue to work toward the day when ALL Raritan Valley trains will be listed on this board!
The concept of the full ‘one seat’ ride for Raritan Valley Line is only one of many things that NJ Transit is currently dealing with-what they really need is increased funding from the State of New Jersey according to a new Facebook group. Go here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599937720246284/
Comments on Facebook: “Really, really love the one seat ride. Some days I go in late, just to take the one-seater.” “I can’t wait for the day to come (when all trains on RVL are direct) “Please, Please, It can’t be soon enough!” The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition continues to advocate for a FULL one […]
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition received the following email: Good afternoon: I recently was asked, via email, to complete NJ Transit’s customer satisfaction survey. Since Cranford station remains in an un-maintained state, I added the following (below) at the end of the survey. I use the Cranford Station daily, and walk through this […]
The history of the concept of the ‘one seat’ ride began in 1998. We are currently up to the point of discovering ways to get weekend access to a ‘one seat’ ride. Read on below for more details. http://raritanvalleyrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/RVRC-Updated-History.pdf
This was a comment left on Facebook. “Here’s why we need a one seat ride: tonight, and for the umpteenth time, I missed the connecting train out of Newark because the train out of New York was delayed coming in. Despite barreling through the masses and sprinting up the stairs, I missed it. Don’t these […]
“Our bridges and roads are old, crumbling and getting worse every day,” Mr. Fox told state lawmakers in April. “We can no longer kick the can down the road.” http://nyti.ms/1BqDQaD
The following comment was posted on Facebook: The Northeast Corridor megalopolis is the United States’ central economic nervous system. Without it (and the essential transportation infrastructure necessary for it to be functional), both the Northeastern and the entire Nation’s economic stability becomes compromised. Very soon, the Northeast Corridor may be lacking a crucial piece of […]
As of January 12, 2015, the number of Raritan Valley Line trains, powered by dual-mode locomotives and providing “one-seat” rides into and out of Penn Station New York, rose to 18. A 3-year federal grant made the new service possible. The new late evening weekday trains serve riders leaving Manhattan on weekday evenings after the […]
Regional leaders of all types came together last week for a Transportation Summit. They are asking for public comment. Please follow this link to see all the presentations. http://www.transhudsonsummit.com/
President Obama’s transportation undersecretary said the administration wants to put a funding plan together to build a second Hudson River rail tunnel. But the states have to come to the table, said Peter Rogoff, USDOT undersecretary for policy. http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/05/obama_administration_ready_to_help_fund_hudson_river_rail_tunnel.html#incart_related_stories
Trans-Hudson commuting capacity must be expanded as soon as possible despite projected costs totaling tens of billons of dollars. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/05/9_reasons_we_might_spend_40b_to_expand_mass_transit_across_the_hudson.html#incart_river
Citing commuter rail and bus systems running at maximum capacity, daily backups at bridges and tunnels, and a projected doubling of ridership demand by 2040, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Senate Democratic leaders called upon the Port Authority to make the expansion of trans-Hudson capacity its top priority over the next 20 years. Read […]
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition is currently working on ways to make weekend ‘one seat’ service a reality. A recent post on Facebook asking who would use such a service got an overwhelming response! While nearly 2,000 people saw the post and many commented on how weekend service would be great, there were even more […]
NJ TRANSIT will be holding hearings on the proposed fare hikes. 04-16-15 Fare-Service Proposal press release
Transit oriented development is happening along the Raritan Valley Line. However, if the ‘one seat ride’ is achieved in all time slots the development and economic growth would exponentially increase. http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/04/downtown_cranford_developments.html
On social media and via email, we receive comments from commuters. Once commuter writes: ” It’s a win win situation here, (getting the ‘one seat ride’) your ridership increases and every town on the line sees both real estate and business improve.” The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will continue to advocate for a FULL ‘one […]
NJ TRANSIT is having to consider a major fare hike in order the cover all the bases. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/nj_transit_fares_could_be_hiked_as_much_as_9_percent_state_report_says.html#incart_river Let us know your opinions by sending us an email to [email protected]
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Working Group met Thursday morning to continue planning for the second half of the journey towards a full ‘one seat’ ride into NYC. In March of 2014 NJTRANSIT began the weekday, midday ‘one seat’ service and in January of 2015 the after 8 pm weekday service began. The next step […]
The concept of a gas tax increase in New Jersey to help fund the Transportation Fund appears to be stalled, according to an article on NJ.com. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/death_of_gas_tax_hike_good_news_for_drivers_but_is_it_bad_news_for_crumbling_bridges.html
NJ Spotlight published an article on yesterday’s news conference called by New Jersey lawmakers and transportation advocates. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/03/18/pa-should-sell-off-real-estate-to-help-fund-gateway-tunnel-lawmakers-urge/
Commuters are making many positive comments on the progress that the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition has made with the ‘one seat’ ride. One email reads: Thank you for your hard work for the “one seat”. My family truly appreciates it. Please keep it up so that all rides are “one seat”. Thank you again Jenn […]
In response to commuter concerns about progress on Track 5 upgrades at Newark Penn Station, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) recently obtained updated information from NJ Transit that still suggests completion in Spring 2015. There are several issues impacting the progress and could push back the completion date. In recent correspondence to RVRC, NJ […]
Raritan Valley Rail Commuters are enjoying the access to the after 8 pm trains. Christine D. posted “Keep up the good work! You have my support. Let’s try and make this during peak time next!” Other commuters commented on being pleasantly surprised when they began their journey home only to find they did not have […]
And the conversation continues! While everyone agrees the Transportation Trust Fund needs money, not everyone agrees what is the best way to generate funds. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/02/05/will-nj-drivers-pay-more-at-pump-to-refuel-transportation-trust-fund/
Article from NJ.com http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/nj_lawmakers_transportation_commissioner_saw_they.html#incart_river
Recording of Bernie Wagenblast of Transportation Radio interviewing Assemblyman Wisniewski after the January 26 RVRC meeting. https://cranfordradio.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/states-transportation-trust-fund-focus-of-raritan-valley-rail-coalition/
Transportation Trust Fund power point
LATE-BREAKING NEWS FROM THE RARITAN VALLEY RAIL COALITION Contact: Kenneth Wedeen at 908.231.7021 / Fax: 908.707.1749 / E-mail: [email protected] January 20, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Assemblyman Wisniewski to Discuss State Transportation Trust Fund WESTFIELD – Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the first 2015 meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition […]
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Board of Trustees, One Seat Ride Coalition and Coalition of Raritan Valley Line Mayors invites the public to be part of history by riding the first weekday evening off-peak one seat ride train from Raritan Borough to PSNY and from PSNY to High Bridge on Monday January 12, 2015 The […]
Amtrak is launching a new website today, NEC.Amtrak.com. The new website aims to raise awareness about Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure needs, and build support for capital investments in projects crucial to support economic growth in the region and meet a growing demand for passenger rail service. The new website includes project information and updates, maps […]
The short comings of the New Jersey Transportation Fund are highlighted in this article. http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifestyle/why-jersey-roads-suck.html
The new ‘one seat’ ride schedule for January 12 and beyond has been published! Click here for full details http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=ServiceAdjustmentTo&AdjustmentId=11827
The New Jersey Municipalities Magazine published several articles over the past two months telling the story of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and their advocacy for the ‘one seat’ ride into NYC. Encourage your Mayor to read them and become part of the conversation. One Seat Ride Update November 2014 One Seat Ride Spread
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition was delighted to learn that NJ TRANSIT has confirmed weekday evening ‘one seat’ service beginning January 12, 2015. Full article here: http://tapinto.net/towns/scotch-plains-slash-fanwood/articles/evening-one-seat-rides-on-raritan-valley-line-to-1
Pictured at the New Jersey Association of Counties meeting in West Trenton are Union Country Free Holder Bette Jane Kowalski (middle), Somerset Freeholder and RVRC chairman Peter Palmer (left), and NJAC director John Donnadio. Freeholder Kowalski thanked the North Jersey Transportation Authority representatives for their support in seeking funding for extending the ‘one-seat’ ride service […]
Here is a comment from Facebook: I just realized that it is possible to make a donation to ‘help the cause’ when it comes to fighting for the ‘one seat ride’. I think we need to support the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition as much as possible – it was not by accident that NJ TRANSIT […]
In the following article, poll shows that 68% of NJ commuters are in favor of new train tunnels. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/nj_voters_no_to_gas_tax_yes_to_hudson_river_rail_tunnel_years_after_christie_nixed_one.html#incart_river
“We are extremely pleased with this announcement and we would like to thank NJ TRANSIT’s Chairman and Executive Director for finding a way to keep the commitment of a weekday evening ‘one seat’ ride for the Raritan Valley Line. We would also like to thank the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority for approving the funds. […]
PLAINFIELD – Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the final 2014 meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) on Monday, Nov. 17 at Union County College, Plainfield campus.
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, head of the One-Seat Ride Mayors Coalition, along with RVRC Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder Peter Palmer and other Coalition trustees, will recap the 2014 milestones and accomplishments in launching weekday off-peak one-seat ride service earlier this year on the Raritan Valley Rail line.
A PowerPoint presentation will review the events leading up to the March 2014 morning off-peak direct service as well as the projected January 2015 launch of weekday evening off-peak direct service to Manhattan. The presentation also will highlight the quarterly briefings the Coalition continues to have with NJ Transit, the October 27 Cranford commuter meeting and future efforts that will be needed to secure weekend and weekday peak-hour direct service in the near future.
The Rail Coalition trustees also will provide an update on the website (www.raritanvalleyrail.com) and social-media campaign.
The November 17 meeting will begin at 8:30 am in Room 119 at the College’s Plainfield Campus, 232 E. Second St. Attendees should park in Lot 2.
The building is a short walk from NJ Transit rail service from the Plainfield train station and the 114 NJ Transit bus route. For NJ Transit bus and rail schedule and fare information visit www.njtransit.com
More and more commuters are following our progress on Facebook and are making comments. This commuter is quite upset that the Raritan Valley is NOT being made a priority.
Stephen M “It is just absurd that Raritan Valley customers are still treated as second class. “They” say that there is too much train traffic to allow Raritan trains into Manhattan during peak hours. WELL, then hold back some other lines so that RARITAN trains can get their fair share of trains through! Are we not NJT-paying customers?”
There is another Facebook group called Amtrak’s Gateway Tunnel Support Group. Be sure and ‘like’ this page, as it is a great way to stay informed about progress on Amtrak’s plans to improve various aspects of train travel in New Jersey.
Amtrak was quoted last week, saying that “The regional economy could lose $100 million a day in economic activity, due to a shut down” oif the current train tunnels were to be shut down by the need for any major repair work. According to them, this is all the more reason why new tunnels must be built now, considering that it will take the better part of decade to build new tunnels once ground is broken.
Social media is an important part of any campaign – and this is truly a campaign that we are conducting! It was not an accident that NJ TRANSIT chose to announce they would somehow find the money to put the after 8 pm trains into effect in January 2015. http://tinyurl.com/pdusmw4
We want to thank everyone who attended the recent Open House in Cranford and participated in the discussion about service on the Raritan Valley Line. Having access to trains that go directly into NY Penn Station is important to residents and businesses in every town along the line.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition is proud of two major accomplishments this year: getting off peak morning service in March and confirmation of evening off peak service that will start in January 2015. However, much more work needs to be done on accomplishing our main goal: direct access during rush hour.
This is not a quick or easy task but it is possible. It requires a great deal of planning, funding … and support. That’s where you come in.
Public participation and strong support from those who use the line is essential. The Coalition relies on a ridership that is informed, willing to speak out, share information and ask legislators to represent their interests. The Coalition is your advocate and source for information about improving service on the Raritan Valley Line. We will hold more evening meetings and hope you will help us spread the word as they are scheduled.
Please visit the Coalition’s website and Facebook page which will have the most up-to-date information. As always, we welcome your comments and questions. You can contact the Coalition at [email protected]
More than 100 residents, politicians and concerned citizens attended the RVRC Open House in Cranford on October 27. It was a great opportunity for commuters to get their questions answered, to air their concerns and to let NJ TRANSIT know how important this issue is to all concerned.
It was the perfect place to make the announcement that NJ TRANSIT had made the commitment to find the money necessary to implement the after 8 pm ‘one seat’ ride in January 2015.
While this is great news, it still is only step two in a four step process. We will keep you informed of future events.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) will be holding a special Open House meeting in Cranford on October 27 from 6 to 8 pm to update the public on the issues surrounding the ‘one seat’ ride initiative. NJ TRANSIT’s decision last week to not roll out the after 8 pm weekday ‘one seat’ service as planned has brought this issue to the forefront.
While the RVRC usually holds morning meetings, they are holding a special public meeting on October 27 from 6-8 pm to accommodate commuters at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford (one block from the train station). A representative from NJ TRANSIT will be present along with Coalition members to update the public regarding service along the line and it will give the public the opportunity to ask questions, get information and share ideas.
“In light of recent developments, it is critical that residents, commuters and businesses attend this meeting and make their voices heard. The meeting is open to everyone from every town on the Raritan Valley Line. Elected officials and NJ TRANSIT need to hear how important the ‘one seat’ ride is to everyone along this line,” said Peter Palmer, Somerset Freeholder and Chairman of the RVRC.
“The Freeholder Board is determined to work with New Jersey Transit to overcome this temporary setback and restore the funding to keep moving forward,” said Union County Freeholder and RVRC Trustee Bette Jane Kowalski. “The cost of expanding one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line is very low, and the payback is enormous in terms of economic development, improved property values, and the productivity of our commuting workforce. Please come out and have your voice be heard.”
On Wednesday at 12:15 pm Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Chairman Peter Palmer will be answering questions on a live “chat” on the NJ.com website. If you would like to participate or follow along in real time, go here for details. http://www.nj.com/
Do you know a commuter who is interested in staying up to date on the issues surrounding the ‘one seat’ ride into NYC? Then please pass along the details regarding the public meeting being held on October 27 in Cranford from 6 to 8 pm in the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue. A representative from NJ TRANSIT will be present along with Coalition members to update the public regarding service along the line and it will give the public the opportunity to ask questions, get information and share ideas.
Jocelyne S – This is such a disappointment. Where do we begin again? How can we impress upon NJT that a one seat ride is good for both riders and NJT??? I’m getting impatient.
Janie Y – It’s such an inequity. It doesn’t make sense that other lines receive priority over ours. Couldn’t they remove the number of trains from other lines?
NJ TRANSIT’s announcement Wednesday that it would not be implementing the weekday after 8 pm ‘one seat’ ride has sparked commuter debate. Here is a sample from our Facebook page.
Leigh W. – Doesn’t NJ transit realize that ridership on this line won’t improve until you offer all-day one-seat rides? I’ve driven to New Brunswick to catch the Northeast Corridor (a terribly overcrowded line) on several occasions, precisely to avoid changing in Newark. At best, the change is a waste of time. At worst, it can, at times, feel unsafe. With such great communities flourishing along this line, the all-day one-seat ride is long overdue.
Back in March, everyone was celebrating the first ‘one seat’ ride into NYC on the Raritan Valley line in the mid day off peak time slot. After much conversation with NJ TRANSIT, we were looking forward to more celebrating with the promise of a ‘one seat’ ride for all weekday after 8 pm trains. However, celebrations have to be put on hold with NJ TRANSIT citing budget shortfalls as the reason for not making this happen. Read more here: http://www.nj.com/
There have been several articles in the press lately about the tunnels under the Hudson and the need for greater capacity and a way to update and maintain current tunnels.
Repair Needed on Old Tunnels
More Questions and Answers
The RVRC had a table at the Bound Brook Street Fair this past weekend that drew quite a bit of attention. Residents were glad to be able to understand what issues were preventing the ‘one seat’ from being applied to peak hour and most were happy to send a postcard to their assembly person and sign up for the newsletter.
If you know of an upcoming event in your town where it might be beneficial for RVRC to have a table, please let us know! Just drop us a line at [email protected]
The question “How can I help the ‘one seat’ ride effort?” gets asked quite a lot! There are many things individuals can do – volunteer to man a booth at a street fair, help with social media, write a letter to your legislator, write a letter to NJ TRANSIT, make a donation – there are many ways! Just go to the Action page on our site and follow the directions!
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition held their quarterly meeting on Monday at 8:30 am in the Somerset County Administration Building. There were two featured presentations on Transit Oriented Development, one from Mr. Colin Driver, Director of Economic Development for the Borough of Somerville and Mr. Carlos Rodrigues, Urban Design for the Borough of Bound Brook.
Mr. Driver gave a quick presentation showing the great strides Somerville has made over the past decade with development downtown and around the train station. Mr. Driver showed how Bound Brook is following in Somerville’s steps by concentrating on development in downtown and near the train station.
Chairman Peter Palmer gave a quick update on social media, future meetings and fielded questions from the audience. Future meetings include a meeting with NJ TRANSIT on October 8 and an evening information meeting in Cranford late in October, exact date to be announced.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will have a table at the Bound Brook Street Fair this Saturday from 11 to 5 pm. Please stop by, talk to us, let us know your concerns and questions and get information on how you can spread the word and help with the campaign to get the peak hour ‘one seat’ ride into NYC.
The current meeting of the RVRC will be held at 8:30 am on Monday September 15. However, many people have commented on Facebook and in emails regarding the fact that commuters cannot attend meetings in the morning, as a general rule. The RVRC has taken these comments seriously and are currently planning an evening meeting for October.
The RVRC has been asked to participate in several street fairs over the next few months. We are in need of in-person volunteers who can be at the tables to answer questions about the ‘one seat’ ride. Drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know what you can do.
Several commuters have stepped up to the plate and volunteered their time to help out the RVRC with some social media assistance. We are looking for people to re post and re tweet information and encourage people to ‘like’ the Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. The more people we have in the conversation, the more powerful it becomes!
SOMERVILLE – Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition on Monday, Sept. 15.
Somerville Borough Economic Development Director Colin Driver and Princeton-based urban designer Carlos Rodrigues, PP, AICP, will provide an overview of Somerville’s and Bound Brook’s redevelopment efforts, respectively, which have resulted in newly constructed, under-construction and proposed residential housing developments located within one mile of each town’s train station.
We have reached over 1,000 ‘likes’ on the RVRC Facebook page! Would you like to help us set a record for how fast we can make it to 2,000? Ask everyone on your page to go and ‘like’ our page – help spread the word about how important a PEAK HOUR ‘one seat’ ride is to the whole Raritan Valley.
A non-commuter asked the question “Why is getting peak hour access to a one-seat ride so important?” Well, there are several answers to that question! However, the most important one is it would save commuters time – no longer would they have to end their commute in Newark, rush up and down stairs to get to another platform and then wait for another train in order to finish their commute – not to mention the amount of stress this causes when commuters miss the connection!
Hi there…standing in Nwk right now waiting for my connection. And I wait. And wait. I am not interested in a webcast. I am interested in attending a meeting, in person, so that NJ Transit can see me and hear the frustration in my voice about this terrible commute. These meetings should be held in the evening when commuters can be present, and their voices heard, without having to lose time at work to do it. That meeting, I assure you, would be standing room only.
Something must be done to provide a one seat ride during RUSH HOUR.
Riders would save so much time with a one seat ride, I really hope it happens!
It’s not just what the NJ Transit timetable says, its that transfer not being reliable that adds time to the trip. Especially on the way home.
On the way home if the outbound train from NYC is delayed at all, it often means missing the connection to the Raritan train in Newark. They don’t always (and usually don’t) hold that train, so if you are delayed you are stuck in Newark for at least another 20-30 minutes and up to an hour or more depending on the time of day. That makes my already hour to hour and 15 minute train ride nearly 2 hours!
Not to mention the chaos (especially in the morning) of getting off the train dealing with the mob scene getting down the steps and back up the steps to another platform (just to find out the train is no longer coming in on that track and having to go back down and back up) When I was 8 months pregnant, it was actually becoming quite dangerous.
Ok…that’s my two cents. Can you tell how bad I want the one seat ride 🙂
Do you have a street fair or major event coming up in your town? Would you like to help spread the word? Please drop us an e-mail at [email protected]. We are looking for volunteers to help with social media and collecting email addresses.
Yesterday was the final day of the 4H Fair in Somerset County. Many commuters stopped by the RVRC booth and filled in postcards to be sent to their local state politicians. It is collective, small things like this that will keep the concept of the “one seat” ride at the forefront of public opinion.
Residents and commuters have been stopping by the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition table to ask questions, fill in post cards and catch up with what is happening with the RVRC. Make sure you stop by the table, located in the Somerset County Government tent.
Preparations are complete for the Somerset County Fair that will open tomorrow. The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will have a booth in the Government tent. Be sure and stop by, sign a postcard, sign up for the newsletter or let us know you would like to use your social media skills on a volunteer basis.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition is committed to advocating for a “one seat” ride into New York Penn Station. As part of their commitment to keeping commuters informed, they will have a table at the Somerset County 4-H Fair on August 6 through 8 in the Somerset County Government tent.
“We encourage local residents and commuters to stop by, get some information, sign up for the newsletter and become a member of our social media network,” said RVRC Chairman Peter Palmer.
The 4-H Fair is located at the North Branch Park located off Milltown Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey. North Branch Park can be reached off of Route 202 South or Route 22 East. Parking is free, either at the Park or at the Raritan Valley Community College. A shuttle bus is provided to take you from the College to the 4-H Fair.
The Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 6, 7 and 8.
When it comes to change over a long period of time, it can be easy to lose sight of the end goal. While progress has been made with the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station for off-peak mid week, and after 8 pm should be coming along in the Fall, we need to remind everyone that the ultimate goal is PEAK HOUR access to the “one seat” ride! Please go to the Action page and help us keep this concept in front of the people who matter!
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will have a booth in the County tent at the Somerset County 4H Fair on August 6 through 8 at North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ. We are in need of volunteers to help staff the booth for these three days. If you have a few spare hours, we would like to hear from you!
We have been receiving quite a few requests to be put on our e-mail list to receive newsletters and updates. Please drop us a line at [email protected] or “Like” us on Facebook. This will ensure that you are “in the know” about the latest developments along the Raritan Valley Line.
We are still looking for email addresses of people who want to stay informed. The new newsletter will be going out next week and we need to make our list much longer than it currently is- who do you know that wants to 1. be kept informed 2. know about volunteer opportunities with the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition? Please send information to [email protected]. Help us make our list a very long one!
Social media is merely another way to have a conversation. We need volunteers in every town along the Raritan Line to volunteer to pass the conversation along to people in their towns. All we need are people who are active on Facebook and Twitter to re post and re tweet content put out by the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. Simply have them drop us an email at [email protected]
The first monthly newsletter will be going out to our current mailing list next week Are you on the list? If not, drop us a line. We would also like to hear from you what questions we can answer and what information you would like to see in the newsletter. We hope to hear from you soon!
At the June 30th quarterly meeting a report was presented on the social media program that the RVRC began several months ago. While the program is up and growing, it still needs some assistance. We had several people sign up as “social media” advocates, people who can repost and retweet and in general help to grow the online networks. Are you one of these people who would like to help? If so, please drop us a line at [email protected]
A commuter sent us an e-mail regarding the quarterly meeting in Westfield on June 30th, stating that she could not attend due to work commitments. However, she had a very good idea regarding taping the meetings and having the video available via webcast. So, the question is, how many people would take advantage of viewing the meeting if the RVRC did record it?
The 4th of July is fast approaching. According to the figures from NJ TRANSIT, ridership on the Raritan Valley Line for the off peak “one seat” service is up 2%. We need to spread the word and encourage more riders to use this service – the more we use it, the more important it becomes to make this a priority! Check the schedule to see what train you can take next time you need to go into New York during the day! http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0060.pdf
It has been estimated that getting peak hour access to the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station would save the average commuter an hour a day, based on a round trip. If you keep doing the math, that is a savings of at least 5 hours per week. Let’s say you travel 50 weeks of the year into New York. That comes to 250 hours. What could you do with that much extra time?
Today, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition held its quarterly meeting in Westfield. Read all about it here http://thealternativepress.com/articles/raritan-valley-rail-coalition-reports-on-meeting
In order for the RVRC to ultimately get to their goal, we will need the support of everyone. One thing that the general public can do it to write a letter or an e-mail to their local Assembly person or Senator asking them to be heard on this subject.
There is so much economic gain that is possible when a direct rain is available. Why not write to your local politician to let them know how a “ one seat” ride in peak hour would affect your life?
The public is invited to attend the quarterly meeting of the RVRC on June 30 at the Westfield Council Chambers at 425 E. Broad Street.
This is your chance to learn all of the latest updates regarding not only the “one seat” ride, but also various development plans along the corridor, as well as your chance to ask questions and make comments.
We hope to see you on Monday morning!
It has taken over 15 years for the concept of the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station to become a reality. While getting the “one seat” on March 3 for off peak daytime was wonderful, it truly was only the first step. With the promise of after 8 pm in the fall of 2014, things are beginning to progress toward the ultimate. However, we cannot let the “fire die down”. We need to keep advocating for the ultimate goal – the “one seat” ride in Peak Hour! Make sure you go to the “Action” page and take all the actions listed!
Going forward we need to keep reminding everyone how important it is that the concept of the “one seat” ride be kept on the “front burner”. One way to do that is to encourage everyone to actively participate in our social media. So, have you “liked” our Facebook page? Can you retweet our messages? We want everyone to be part of the conversation.
The next quarterly meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will be on Monday, June 30 at 8:30 am in the Council Chambers in Westfield, NJ at 425 E. Broad Street, Westfield, N.J. 07090.
The Trustees will give a full briefing of their meeting with NJ TRANSIT on June 4, 2014. The public is invited to attend and there will be a question and answer session.
Last week the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition had their quarterly meeting with NJ TRANSIT. It was an opportunity for the Trustees to thank the management of NJ TRANSIT for beginning the “one seat” ride in off peak times.
NJ TRANSIT shared some of the challenges they are facing with expanding the services, including upgrades on tracks and coordination that needs to happen with AMTRAK.
NR TRANSIT confirmed that the intention is to introduce after 8 pm “one seat” rides in the Fall of 2015 schedule change.
Devon Clarke is an account manager for a website and marketing company who often goes into New York City to meet with clients.
“I had an appointment last week that was in the early afternoon so I didn’t have to take an early train like I usually do. So, by accident, I got on the train in the late morning and found myself on the “one seat” ride train into the city!”
“It was so great to not have to get out at Newark and scramble up and down stairs to make the connection to get into the city.”
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We would like to hear from you! How would your life change if the Raritan Valley Rail Line got a PEAK hour “one seat” ride in NY Penn Station? Please email us at [email protected] and let us know your thoughts!
When it comes to social media, its all about engagement and conversation. In the real world, if you walk into a room and start talking, no one considers that a conversation! Well, the same concept applies on line when it comes to social media.
The RVRC needs more people to participate in the conversation. Please go to the contact page and send us your details We want to reach out to you and let you know specific things that you can do on social media to support our efforts to keep the concept of the “one seat ride” into NY Penn Station part of the overall conversation.
We want to hear from you – so if you are the Facebook fiend of your circle of friends or if Pinterest is your social medium of choice – let us know what your strengths are and we will tell you how to use them in support of the “one seat” ride!
We have been receiving e-mails from people asking how they can help the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition with their advocacy for the “one seat” ride
We are currently needing assistance in the following areas:
– social media
We need people to help spread the word about “liking” our Facebook page and retweeting on Twitter. Here are the url’s https://www.facebook.
– sharing your experiences with the “one seat” ride during off peak times.
Go to the web site and send us a note from the “contact” page.
We look forward to hearing from you!
My daughter had been listening to me talking about the “one seat” ride into NYC Penn Station for quite some time. We had the occasion to ride the train on Memorial Day in the early evening, and she asked me if we would get to go all the way into the city on one train.
Of course, the evening “one seat” does not come into effect until November, so we had to deal with going to Newark, getting off on platform 5, racing to platform 1, only to be told that the next train was running 20 minutes late! We finally get on the next train, that is so full to overflowing we almost cannot find standing room!
The original plan was we were going to get on the subway to go to the 92nd Street Y, but after so much drama and time dealing with trains, we gave up and took a taxi! We are really looking forward to the “one seat” ride becoming a regular event on the Raritan Valley Line!
Just a final reminder! The deadline for taking the NJ TRANSIT Survey is May 26. If you want your voice to be heard, go to http://t.co/b9ZfVdhZwnand fill in the blanks! Under comments be sure and mention the need for peak hour “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station!
On April 12, 2014 the Pulaski Skyway northbound lanes towards Jersey City and New York were closed for two years as part of a rehabilitation project to replace the bridge decks.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has created a website http://PulaskiSkyway.com offering comprehensive information on what motorists need to know before they travel in the region.
The construction will affect motorists in New Jersey who take the Pulaski Skyway from the west and south to destinations in Hudson County such as Jersey City and Hoboken; or who use the Skyway to travel to other northern points and New York City. Thousands of motorists will be seeking alternative routes, so even if you don’t travel on the Skyway, your trip may be affected.
Service enhancements have been put into place on the Raritan Valley Line, but everyone is advised to try and travel outside of peak hour times and to expect crowded trains.
The new Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT has launched a survey to find out what people think of the service. This is our chance to really let her know how many people have a vested interest in making sure the Raritan Valley gets the “one seat” ride in peak hour. Be sure and go to http://17.selectsurvey.net/
In a recent post on Facebook a Raritan Valley Rail rider vented about the lack of a “one seat” ride after 8 pm. It seems his train was a few minutes late getting to Newark from NYC and he missed the connection – which meant a long one hour wait for the next Raritan Valley train.
In his rant, he indicated that he was tempted to move to another town so he did not have to deal with the piece meal train ride. While he did make another posting apologizing for the first one and thanking the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition for their efforts, his post was a clear window on people’s thoughts and feelings about the “one-seat” ride – it is long overdue!
We need everyone’s help to keep everyone’s focus on the end game – getting peak hour ‘one seat” service in NYC Penn Station. Please go to the “Action” page and help support the cause! http://www.
When it comes to a grass roots organization such as The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, social media is an important piece of “getting the word out”. Today, the Somerset County New Jersey Government Facebook page boosted a post from the RVRC site, which means all of their followers can now see the RVRC posts. This is how it all works, like throwing a pebble in the pond and watching the ripples grow!
In an article on Fanwood, the New York Times gives a brief overview of the concept of the “One Seat” ride for the Raritan Valley and what it could mean for the area. Read all about it! http://tinyurl.com/kpg9hbw
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition received a very interesting Facebook post yesterday. A very irate train rider was not at all happy about missing the train in Newark and having to wait on the platform for an hour to catch the next one! He even went so far as to say he was tempted to move to a town that had direct direct service into NYC.
After informing him that RVRC was an advocacy group trying to get a one seat ride after 8 pm, he was most apologetic and promised to help spread the word! Have you told everyone on your Facebook wall to take action?
In an article by Steve Strunsky on NJ.com, Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Joe Boardman is quoted as saying that the two existing rail tunnels that now carry 160,000 commuters a day under the Hudson River will have to be shut within 20 years, according to a published report released at a conference the previous week.
The executive director of the transportation think tank that hosted the conference, Tom Wright of the Regional Plan Association, described Boardman’s remarks as “a big shock,” the report said.
Tom Wright, was quoted as saying. “To actually have Joe put something concrete on the table, less than 20 years … Within my office, there was a level of, ‘Wow, this is really serious.’” (link to article on site) http://raritanvalleyrail.com/index.php/latest-updates/item/41-amtrak-chief-gives-aging-hudson-rail-tunnels-20-years-to-live-tops
The Facebook post regarding the next step on the “one seat” ride being accomplished reached over 12,000 people, with many comments and reposting. Bette Jane Kowalski , a Union Country Freeholder, commented: “Great news, that NJ Transit will expand the service! Thanks to all our partners in the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. All of us — including the Freeholders and Union County — will keep working to make the Raritan Valley ride into New York easier and faster.”
“Union County’s Freeholders welcome NJ Transit’s cooperation in expanding this train service to New York,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, a Trustee of the RVRC. “We have a lot of riders who will benefit from a shorter ride into New York City, and we’ll keep working with the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to make this rail service easier and faster.”
In a surprise announcement, NJ TRANSIT let it be known that the second step in achieving the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station is on the agenda for the fall! (full article) http://www.nj.com/messenger-gazette/index.ssf/2014/04/evening_one-seat_ride_service_to_manhattan_to_start_in_fall_on_raritan_valley_line.html
It was announced that Plainfield has been accepted for inclusion in the state of New Jersey’s Transit Village program, which partners the city with several state agencies to help implement mixed-use development near train stations. This program provides participating towns with planning expertise and grant opportunities to redevelop land near train or other transit facilities in a way that promotes both economic activity and public transportation use. (link to full article) http://www.nj.gov/transportation/about/press/2014/032814.shtm
Details of the Gateway Program were presented at the April Meeting of the RVRC. The project is designed to “create new capacity that will allow the doubling of passenger trains into Manhatten.” However, with a target completion date of 2030, this solution will take some time to implement. Full details on the project can be found (link to latest updates) http://raritanvalleyrail.com/index.php/latest-updates/item/39-april-28th-raritan-valley-rail-coalition-meeting
After fifteen years of advocacy, the RVRC is pleased to see progress on the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station. With two steps of a four step process accomplished, things are going well! However, the RVRC also wants to heavily emphasize that progress cannot be taken for granted and it is imperative for everyone’s voice to be heard in order for the Raritan Valley to get peak hour access to a “one seat” ride.
I would like to take the opportunity in the very first blog to thank all current and past Trustees for their hard work and support over the past fifteen years. This hard work is beginning to pay off, with the launch of the initial, off-peak “One Seat” ride that was happened on March 3rd.