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    NJ TRANSIT LAUNCHES ONLINE GROUP RESERVATION FEATURE
    Customers now able to start reservations process at njtransit.com


    February 11, 2009
    NJT-09-013

    NEWARK, NJ — Customers interested in taking advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted group rates now have the ability to book their trip online, thanks to a new feature activated today on NJ TRANSIT’s website, njtransit.com.

    "This feature enables anyone who wishes to book a group trip—schools, employers or other organizations—to start the process anytime from the convenience of a computer," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "This is the latest in a series of web upgrades we’ve implemented to improve the customer experience."

    NJ TRANSIT provides special discounted rates on rail and light rail trips for groups of 10 or more when planned in advance. Groups save up to 25 percent off adult and children’s rail Off Peak Round Trip fares and up to 13 percent off light rail fares.

    The new online group trip sales feature simplifies the reservation process and makes booking a group trip more convenient. Previously, customers interested in arranging for group travel could only do so by telephone, which often resulted in the need for multiple return calls to gather information and confirm the reservation.

    The online group trip sales feature is now active in the "Ticketing" section of www.njtransit.com.

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    NJ Transit purchases additional electric train engines

    by The Associated Press
    Wednesday June 10, 2009, 2:00 PM

    NEWARK -- NJ Transit officials agreed today to purchase nine electric locomotives from a Pennsylvania firm, pushing the overall total to 36.

    NJ Transit said the locomotives provide better acceleration and reliability while pulling its growing fleet of multilevel rail cars.


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    A police officer stands near the entrance to NJ Transit train platforms in New York Penn Station in this 2004 file photo.

    In December 2007, NJ Transit had approved a $245 million contract with Bombardier Transit Co. for 27 locomotives, including spare parts, with the option to buy more. Under the latest deal, NJ Transit will spend $72 million for the additional locomotives and spare parts.

    The first of the new locomotives are expected to arrive early next year, with complete delivery anticipated in mid-2011.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/200..._electric.html

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    Thumbs up Newark Penn Station Improvements

    TRAIN RIDERS TO GET IMPROVED NEWARK PENN STATION PLAZA
    Safety and traffic upgrades approved


    September 16, 2009
    NJT-09-098

    NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today authorized a major pedestrian and traffic circulation improvement project at Newark Penn Station that will enhance safety, reduce vehicular congestion, strengthen the historic facility’s connection to an increasingly vibrant downtown business and entertainment district and create an estimated 125 jobs.

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded improvements are planned for Alling Street and Raymond Plaza West, which extends along the station’s main entrance from Market Street to Raymond Boulevard. The project area serves pedestrian, taxi, bus and private vehicle traffic generated by the more than 50,000 transit customers who use the station each day.

    “This improvement project is estimated to create more than 100 jobs while making much needed safety and traffic upgrades to enhance the commute for travelers using this busy transportation hub,” Governor Jon S. Corzine said. “We continue to invest in similar infrastructure projects involving roads, bridges and schools all across the state to further stimulate the economy and spur job creation opportunities for New Jersey’s hardworking families.”

    “Reducing congestion and improving safety around Penn Station will enhance business opportunities in Newark, relieve traffic congestion and boost the regional economy,” stated Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. “I am pleased that the Recovery Act will help fund improvements at one of New Jersey's most critical mass transit hubs.”

    Project elements include a new roundabout on Raymond Plaza West midway between Market Street and Raymond Boulevard, realigning Alling Street near the Market Street intersection and an upgraded plaza at the corner of Market Street and Raymond Plaza West.

    Other features include traffic-calming speed tables, in-crosswalk warning lights and increased drop-off and pick-up spaces. New street lighting, benches, plantings and way-finding signs also are among the improvements, along with integrated traffic signals, a taxi-queuing area and a Greyhound Bus pick-up and drop-off area.


    “The significant improvements that we are bringing to Newark Penn Station will make it safer and easier for our customers to access the many transportation options within the station and out on the street,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Chairman Stephen Dilts. “The new level of convenience will promote the use of public transportation, which benefits the environment.”

    “Improving pedestrian and vehicular flow at this major NJ TRANSIT facility will make a big difference in the lives of tens of thousands of customers who enter and exit the station every day,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “This project benefits current customers and improves the functionality of the station, helping it to meet future demands that will come with growing ridership.”

    The project will be built in phases to minimize inconvenience to pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic, with portions of existing pedestrian and roadway pathways open at all times during the construction phase. A contract is expected to be awarded during the next month. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2011.

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    Approaching Newark Penn from Market St is a nightmare. The lights are never in your favor.

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    NJ TRANSIT INTRODUCES NEW PROCEDURE TO SPEED BOARDING AT PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL
    “Buy Before Boarding” begins October 19


    September 17, 2009
    NJT-09-103

    NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is introducing a new procedure at the Port Authority Bus Terminal that will improve the commute by speeding the boarding process, enabling the agency’s buses to get customers home faster.

    Beginning Monday, October 19, cash will no longer be accepted on buses departing the Port Authority Bus Terminal. All customers will be asked to “Buy Before Boarding” and have their tickets or passes ready before boarding the bus.

    By reducing cash transactions on buses, NJ TRANSIT can reduce delays associated with slow boarding and improve on-time performance.

    “We hope to further improve bus on-time performance by ensuring that buses leave the terminal on time, allowing us to get customers home faster,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “While we recognize that ‘Buy Before Boarding’ means a change in routine for many customers, we’re asking for their assistance to reduce the time needed for boarding so that everyone can benefit from a speedier commute.”

    NJ TRANSIT bus on-time performance for August was 94.4 percent—a 0.9 percent improvement over the same month last year. Of the nearly 34,000 bus trips scheduled to operate, 1,890 experienced delays. On-time performance for buses serving the Port Authority Bus Terminal was 92.8 percent for the same month.

    Most other bus carriers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal have already implemented the “Buy Before Boarding” procedure and have benefitted from improved on-time departures.

    To get ready for the new boarding procedure, NJ TRANSIT is upgrading 14 Ticket Vending Machines to make them faster, and installing eight new machines to make buying a ticket even easier. Tickets and passes can also be purchased at any NJ TRANSIT ticket window on the main concourse. For maximum convenience and savings, customers may wish to consider buying a monthly bus pass.

    Located in midtown Manhattan, the Port Authority Bus Terminal is the world’s busiest bus terminal and the largest bus terminal in the United States, serving approximately 200,000 passenger trips and 7,000 buses on a typical weekday.

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    Thumbs up New Weekend Service

    NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES START OF MONTCLAIR WEEKEND SERVICE
    Trains to Newark and Hoboken will serve Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield


    September 30, 2009
    NJT-09-106

    MONTCLAIR, NJ — NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles joined Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo and the mayors of Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield today to announce the start of weekend rail service on a portion of the Montclair-Boonton Line from Bay Street Station in Montclair to Newark and Hoboken Terminal.

    “New Jersey has long been recognized as a national leader for providing safe, reliable public transit options,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “This new weekend rail service is one more building block in an expansive transportation infrastructure that will take cars off the road, increase travel access to shopping, recreation and entertainment venues and create economic opportunities for our citizens.”

    “The people of Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield and other communities have waited a long time for weekend service,” said Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), who has served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Not only will this additional rail service encourage the people who live in these towns to use mass transit while they have their weekend fun, but it will also allow more people access to the shopping areas, recreational facilities and restaurants that these great communities have to offer.”

    Starting Sunday, November 8, NJ TRANSIT will begin weekend trains with a demonstration rail service by extending existing train shuttles west to Bay Street Station in Montclair, that today operate only between Hoboken Terminal and Newark Broad Street on weekends.

    Trains will operate approximately every two hours to and from Hoboken with stops at Bay Street, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Watsessing Avenue and Newark Broad Street stations, and will give customers the opportunity to connect at Newark Broad Street to Midtown Direct service to New York or to points west on the Morris & Essex Lines.


    “NJ TRANSIT is able to extend existing trains west at virtually no cost, and without impacting existing train schedules or putting more strain on limited capacity at the Hudson River tunnels – which are under construction on weekends,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.

    “Initiating weekend train service on the Montclair-Boonton Line at the Bay Street Station is another example of how NJ TRANSIT has been responsive to our residents' concerns,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo. “This service enhances access to Montclair and Essex County for business and leisure travel and provides travelers the chance to use less energy and help protect the environment by using mass transportation.”

    “I am thrilled that Montclair residents will be able to take a safe, convenient and eco-friendly train into New York and Newark,” said Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried. “They will be able to leave their cars at home or at the Bay Street station, where the parking will be free through 2009. This is a great step forward, laying the groundwork for complete service that will link Montclair State University to the rest of the City and points east.”

    “With two train stations, robust bus service and a community shuttle, public transportation is a vital part of the Township,” said Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy. “We look forward to welcoming weekend rail service in the near future.”

    “As far as the extension of weekend train service to Glen Ridge and Montclair goes, I am very excited with this new development,” said Glen Ridge Mayor Peter A. Hughes. “Limited weekend service will be a benefit to the residents of Glen Ridge who wish to travel to New York City on weekends and holidays. Trains are a great way to travel. They are safe and operate at low cost to riders and to the environment.”

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    How much are you willing to pay for rent?
    How much are you willing to pay for travel into Manhattan?
    How close to NYC do you want to be? In fact where in Manhattan are you working?
    Do you prefer suburb, urban, or a gated/somewhat isolated section in a city(ie Newport, Society Hill in Jersey City)?

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    Many cities and towns have access to transit but walkable access and doing your daily chores depends on the town. So you'd have to supply more info and answers to Marv95's questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernNewJersey View Post
    I will do all of that research on my own later once I know what towns that it's possible and convenient to live in without a car. Thanks!
    i just bought a condo in pompton lakes

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    not sure since I own a car, I would say pretty tough it's doable if your one car household but not completely without a car...I know people who take the bus to Manhattan while their wives commute by car to their jobs etc and the have one car in the family.

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    If you want to live car-free and be in NJ, your best bets are Jersey City and Hoboken. Weehawken and Union City maybe....

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    ^^^

    Not really. I'll expand it to Central and Southeastern Bergen, Southern Passaic, Eastern Essex, and maybe Northern Union Counties. Basically, any place that is close to an NJ Transit train station, or bus stop with multiple full service lines, you should get along pretty good. I live in Clifton, and I get along just fine without a car for the most part.

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    ^^^Agreed. I grew up in the Lakeview section of Paterson (southern Passaic County). Lived there for a while after college while commuting to work in Midtown. My NJ Transit monthly train pass was pretty much all I needed to do all of my chores since it let me get on any bus and even the Newark subway and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail for free.

    Many parts of Clifton and Passaic have even better mass transit. Montclair has 6 or 7 train stations!

    The Oranges, Nutley, Newark, Hackensack, North Bergen, Fort Lee, Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City, Secaucus, Elizabeth, even Morristown are other options, depending on what you're looking for in terms of price, safety, distance from New York, urban density, nightlife, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe View Post
    If you want to live car-free and be in NJ, your best bets are Jersey City and Hoboken. Weehawken and Union City maybe....
    I'm from EO and I'm car free. And even when I finally move out I'll still manage to be car free, even for a little while.
    Unless you're out in the sticks or well north of Wayne, NJ, it is possible to be car-free.

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    Harrison is a 20-minute direct train ride into the World Trade Center. Both condo units and rental units are about half the cost per square foot of what they are in Jersey City, and you don't have to fight your way onto the PATH during rush hour unlike how it is at Grove Street and other locations in Jersey City and Hoboken.

    And, according to statistics, the crime rate per capita in Harrison is lower than it is in Hoboken.

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