Latest Updates

Contact Your Federal Politicians to Ensure Transportation Benefits are Protected for Commuters

02 Nov 2017 

Tax reform efforts are focused on eliminating many provisions of the tax code, including transportation fringe benefits that cover parking, transit, and vanpools. Early indications are that the proposed package may revoke the section of the tax code that allows for pre-tax commuter benefits altogether. Please take a moment to click on this link and […]

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Comments from A Commuter

31 Oct 2017 

I commuted into NYC for 20 years.  I love Westfield, but I have had to be honest with city friends seeking to move to a good family town, about the perils of our commute – advising them to consider other towns like Summit.  It’s not just the inconvenience of getting up and switching trains – […]

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RVRC Meeting Held in Westfield

30 Oct 2017 

The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition held their quarterly meeting in Westfield on October 30.  For a full story on what was presented, please click the link below. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/in-westfield-raritan-valley-rail-coalition-gives  

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Next Coalition Meeting on Monday Oct. 30 at 8:30 am in Westfield

20 Oct 2017 

We are having our quarterly Raritan Valley Rail Coalition meeting on Monday October 30th @ 8:30 a.m. at the Town of Westfield Municipal Council Chambers.  Everyone is invited to attend and get an update on what is happening with NJ TRANSIT.  Our guest speaker will be Mary Ellen O’Boyle, Broker Associate at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s […]

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Competing Priorities led to Disrepair at Penn Station NYC

11 Oct 2017 

Amtrak officials knew for years that they would have to replace large sections of deteriorating track in Pennsylvania Station in New York City. As engineering crews applied short-term fixes to rows of rotted ties, crumbling concrete and eroded steel, some of their managers repeatedly warned of the growing need to address underlying problems. While meeting […]

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Gateway Explained

09 Oct 2017 

Gateway is a comprehensive program of strategic rail infrastructure improvements designed to improve current services and create new capacity that will allow the doubling of passenger trains running under the Hudson River. The program will increase track, tunnel, bridge, and station capacity, eventually creating four mainline tracks between Newark, NJ, and Penn Station, New York, […]

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NJ Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Gateway Tunnel

25 Sep 2017 

The Gateway Project to construct two rail tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York could take until 2030 to complete. But it might not begin if federal funding is not forthcoming. New Jersey state Senator Bob Gordon says the two states have agreed to put up 50 percent of the construction […]

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Spending on Gateway Part of Current Budget Bill

15 Sep 2017 

Funding for the Gateway Tunnel project was included in the $1.2 trillion spending bill that the House passed on Thursday. The legislation contains $900 million in federal funding for the project, which includes construction of new rail tubes under the Hudson River so the existing tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy can be closed for repairs. “Now more […]

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Gateway Funding Still in Doubt After White House Meeting

11 Sep 2017 

The top elected officials from New Jersey and New York traveled to the White House on Thursday and made clear to President Trump the need for federal funding for the Gateway project, but there was little movement securing the money for the nearly $30 billion infrastructure program. Sen. Cory Booker, one of the Democrats at the […]

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Gateway Project Focus of Meeting Between Pres. Trump and State Officials

08 Sep 2017 

President Trump huddled with top officials from New York and New Jersey at the White House on Thursday.  Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand joined Govs. Andrew M. Cuomo and Chris Christie to discuss the future of the proposed multibillion-dollar Gateway tunnel between the two states. This project, which contains plans for a […]

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Successful Bid to Retain $900 M for Gateway Project

07 Sep 2017 

New Jersey and New York lawmakers were successful Wednesday in protecting protect $900 million intended to jump start Amtrak’s Gateway project, which includes replacing a rail bridge in the Meadowlands and building a new tunnel under the Hudson River. The funding came under attack from conservatives who contend it violates a 2010 ban on “earmarks,” or congressionally mandated spending […]

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Amtrak Work Finished 1 Day Early

01 Sep 2017 

Amtrak’s Penn Station summer track project, which led to a 44-day service reduction for NJ Transit riders finished a day ahead of schedule on Thursday. Officials announced the completion at a Penn Station Press conference one day before the Sept. 1 deadline the agency had given itself to wrap-up the project. The project rebuilt a network of complex […]

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Summer of Delays Hopefully Coming to An End

28 Aug 2017 

As the weekend ends and the work week begins, frustrations started early Monday morning for NJ Transit commuters. By 5:30 a.m., NJ Transit announced that seven trains would be combined, causing some commuters to wait close to an hour for their train to arrive. These familiar delays come on the heels of Amtrak and NJ Transit’s […]

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Welcome News – Less Hassle for Commuters

25 Aug 2017 

The summer-long nightmare for some NJ Transit commuters, who had to endure a longer commute the past few weeks because of track work at Penn Station, will end after Labor Day. Service on the Morris & Essex lines will return to pre-July 10 patterns on Sept. 5 under a new schedule, said NJ Transit executive director Steven Santoro at […]

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Work Begins on NYC Farley Post Office Extension to Penn Station

21 Aug 2017 

NEW YORK CITY, NY – As major repair work continues at Penn Station, the next stage of turning the neighboring Farley Post Office into an extension of the train hub started Thursday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced groundbreaking on a project to turn the building at Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street into the Moynihan Train […]

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