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Infrastructure meltdown?

14 Jun 2017 

Projects like Gateway could bring many of new buyers and renters to North Jersey, but funding remains a giant question mark. New Jerseyans commuting to and from Penn Station this summer may begin to question the value of living in the prized neighborhoods that bill themselves as “convenient” to New York City.  Two train derailments within […]

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Raritan Valley Coalition Urges Support for Gateway

08 Jun 2017 

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Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

08 Jun 2017 

The President’s Transportation Infrastructure plan is being rolled out this week, and for New Jersey that means that all eyes should be on securing funding for the long-awaited Gateway Project, according to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. “The Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States and includes new Hudson […]

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NJ Transit to Spend $15 Mill Offering Alternatives to Penn Station Travelers

02 Jun 2017 

New Jersey Transit officials estimate 7,400 customers a day will be diverted to Hoboken this summer between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. due to work at Penn Station. At a legislative hearing Wednesday, NJ Transit officials outlined the contingency plans and costs. Commuters on the Morris and Essex lines will bear the brunt of the […]

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Federal Funding Shaky Rail Tunnel Project Pushes Ahead

01 Jun 2017 

NEWARK, N.J. — Officials overseeing a multibillion-dollar effort to build a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York and make other infrastructure improvements outlined the project’s progress Thursday, amid continuing uncertainty about key federal funding. The Obama administration had committed to paying for half the project, with the two states splitting the other […]

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NJ Transit Summer Train Schedule

31 May 2017 

NJ Transit officials released a detailed summer schedule on Wednesday that it says keeps travel patterns the same for 75 percent of rail customers during Amtrak track work at Penn Station New York, but sticks to a controversial plan to send Morris & Essex lines trains to Hoboken Terminal. But the schedule comes with an official disclaimer that “delays on all rail […]

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It’s Complicated…

31 May 2017 

CRANFORD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Railroad Coalition met Monday evening at the Cranford Community Center to provide an update on the status of the Coalition’s one-seat ride efforts. “I have good information, but the news in not particularly good,” said Peter Palmer, RVRC Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder. (click the link below to continue reading) […]

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Rail Coalition Meeting to Feature Updates on One Seat Ride, Hudson River Tunnel, Penn Station & Other Projects

10 May 2017 

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 […]

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Poll Shows Support for New Hudson River Tunnel at All Time High

04 May 2017 

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 […]

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Patience Will Be Needed in Coming Weeks

26 Apr 2017 

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 […]

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RVRC Trustee Martin Robins Co-authors Guest Column on Penn Station

25 Apr 2017 

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 […]

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Finger Pointing Does Not Change Reality

21 Apr 2017 

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 […]

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Changes in Funding Raise Questions

08 Apr 2017 

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

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What Commuters are Saying

31 Mar 2017 

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. […]

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Overview Of the Gateway Project

30 Mar 2017 

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

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