Minutes of past trustees meetings

Meeting Summary 12/09/2013

MEETING NOTES FROM THE DECEMBER 9TH DISCUSSION WITH JAMES WEINSTEIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NJ TRANSIT CORPORATION

ABOUT THEIR PLANS TO IMPLEMENT ONE SEAT RIDE SERVICE ON THE RARITAN VALLEY LINE

Chairman Palmer stated that with NJ Transit hosting the first “Mass Transit Super Bowl” RVRC acknowledged that until February 2nd NJ Transit would be focused on planning for the big game. After February 2nd and moving forward, he expects NJ Transit would be working to plan for the deployment of the dual powered locomotives. The “One Seat Ride” coalition hopes to work closely with NJ Transit to understand the availability of and the equitable distribution of dual powered locomotives on different rail liines. The Raritan Valley Line’s current ridership makes up about 10% of NJ Transit total rail ridership, but it is the only line without one seat ride service that has a direct track connection to Penn Station New York.

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Meeting Summary 6/10/2013

MEETING SUMMARY FROM THE JUNE 10, 2013

RARITAN VALLEY RAIL COALITION MEETING

TOWN OF WESTFIELD MUNICIPAL BUILDING

Approval of the March 4th Coalition Meeting Summary

Chairman Palmer welcomed persons to the third Raritan Valley Rail Coalition meeting of 2013. He asked persons to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. After the pledge, Chairman Palmer introduced himself as the Chairman and several of the trustees of the coalition were also identified as being in attendance. He noted there would be two presentations this morning the first is a presentation on the recent Plainfield TOD ordinances that were approved. The second presentation would be on the status of the coalition’s one seat ride campaign. Chairman Palmer asked for a motion to approve the last meeting summary. The motion was seconded and then approved by the coalition membership.

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Meeting Summary 3/4/2013

MEETING SUMMARY FROM THE MARCH 4TH, 2013

RARITAN VALLEY RAIL COALITION MEETING

Approval of the December 4th Coalition Meeting Summary

Chairman Palmer welcomed persons to the first Raritan Valley Rail Coalition meeting in 2013. He asked persons to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. After the pledge, Chairman Palmer welcomed attendees to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. He introduced himself as the Chairman and several of the trustees of the coalition were also identified as being in attendance. Chairman Palmer stated that John DelColle is the Coalition’s liaison from NJ Transit. Chairman Palmer asked if there were any comments on the December 17th meeting summary if there are no comments he requested someone to move and second the meeting summary to be approved by the coalition membership. The meeting summary was unanimously approved.

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Meeting Summary 12/17/2012

MEETING SUMMARY FROM THE DECEMBER 17, 2012

RARITAN VALLEY RAIL COALITION MEETING

Approval of October 5th Coalition Meeting Summary

Chairman Peter Palmer thanked persons for attending the final Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Meeting of 2012. Chairman Palmer provided background on the Coalition’s beginnings, its mission and its short and long term improvement goals. The Chairman introduced the trustees from the four counties. Chairman Palmer explained the trustees meet prior to each meeting to set the agenda. Chairman Palmer stated comprehensive one seat service is not close to happening. He noted that respectable rush hour one seat service will not take place until new transit tunnels are built under the Hudson River however, the Chairman encouraged persons attending the meeting to work with the Coalition to advocate for the advancement of new rail tunnels under the Hudson River. Today’s meeting speaker will discuss the economic impact of transportation investments on municipalities. Chairman Palmer noted within a year NJ Transit will have the capability to offer one seat ride into Manhattan from any rail line in New Jersey. This will take place by utilizing dual mode locomotives that NJ Transit recently purchased. When these new dual powered locomotives are fully tested, then one seat service peak, off peak and weekends will be available to different rail lines in New Jersey. Rush hour scheduling using the existing tunnels is a zero sum game. Raritan Valley line trains to have one seat ride into Manhattan during a.m. peak hour will require another rail line to give up some peak period train service. Chairman Palmer introduced the guest speaker who will talk about the economic benefits that one seat ride service would bring to Raritan valley line towns as Mr. Robert Freudenberg, New Jersey Director Regional Plan Association.

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