NJ Transit advances renovation of historic Perth Amboy station

The renovation project of New Jersey Transit’s (NJ Transit) Perth Amboy train station was advanced by the board of directors by awarding a contract for construction management services to KS Engineers, P.C. of Newark, N.J., to oversee the project.  

The improvements include making the station fully accessible with elevators, ramps and high-level platforms in addition to other upgrades throughout the historic facility. 

“Making the rail system accessible to everyone is an important priority,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “This is just one of the many projects underway to improve the customer

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California Transit Association submits recommendations for American Jobs Plan

The California Transit Association has submitted a series of recommendations to Senate and House transportation leaders outlining the association’s recommendations for future transportation legislation.

“The modernization of our nation’s public transit systems is vital to our economy and our environment. With the American Jobs Plan, President Biden has advanced a historic and realistic blueprint for how we Build Back Better as a nation,” said the California Transit Association Executive Director Michael Pimentel.

The association’s recommendations include:

  • Using the core transit and rail funding levels included in the House-passed H.R. 2, Moving Forward Act, as a base to fund transit and
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CTE: entire US transit fleet could transition to ZEVs by 2035 for $56B – $89B

In a new report produced at the request of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) concluded that a the entire US transit fleet could transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2035 at a cost of between $56.22 billion and $88.91 billion.

In a scenario assuming a reduction in bus capital cost in 2028, the total cost drops to $42.39 billion on the low end and $60.02 billion on the high end.

Currently, more than 1,300 zero-emission buses (ZEBs) have been delivered or awarded to US transit agencies, representing roughly

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How Driverless Electric Cars May Factor Into Public Transit

(TNS) — Pittsburg has hopped aboard a preliminary plan calling for a transit system that uses driverless electric cars to shuttle passengers to and from Bay Area BART, bus and Amtrak stations in East Contra Costa County.

The City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to support a public-private partnership model allowing Glydways Inc. to build a multimillion-dollar micro transit network that would complement current bus and rail services in the region and be fully operational by 2030. Brentwood, Oakley, Tri-Delta Transit and the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority have also agreed to support the project.

Under the agreement, Pittsburg will

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Innovation in Public Transit

During the pandemic, transit systems have been vital for ensuring frontline and essential workers can safely get to work and continue to serve the public. These systems, which include buses, subways, and trains, have shepherded the elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable populations to grocery stores and doctor’s offices. In normal times, they help reduce congestion, get students to school on time, and provide a safe mode of transportation for millions of people.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has created a fiscal crisis for transit agencies, and in some ways, a crisis of public confidence as people are concerned about exposure to

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Bus Rapid Transit: Early Actions to Position for Implementation

Introduced nearly 20 years ago in the United States, bus rapid transit (BRT) is the fastest growing mode of public transportation in North America, with more than 100 systems operating in cities of all sizes. These systems are successful because they are scalable, improve the passenger experience, promote equity and facilitate economic development. Interest in implementing BRT systems is rapidly growing throughout North America as transit agencies work to provide their passengers with high quality transit that incorporates such components as off-vehicle fare payment, level boarding and unique vehicles and stations. Soon, future vehicles will  be electric with cutting-edge automated

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