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Crossing the Hudson: How to Increase Transit Capacity and Improve Commutes

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Trans-Hudson Travel

Each day over 1.6 million people commute into Manhattan, the 21st century’s leading global city. For the last 25 years, more and more of those people have been coming from west of the Hudson River. Over that time, the number of jobs in Manhattan has only increased by about 75,000, and the number of daily commuters traveling from New Jersey grew by 70,000, from 250,000 to 320,000…As a result, rail trips in and out of Penn Station have nearly tripled in the last 25 years, bus trips have grown by 83%, and PATH ridership is up by 27%. RPA’s research projects that this trend will continue over the next two decades, requiring far more capacity than the existing facilities can provide. Work trips to Manhattan could increase by 72,000, or 24%, by 2040, while trips to all of New York City could increase by 148,000, a 38% increase, as job growth in the other New York City boroughs rises even faster.

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EARTHCAM Timelapse of Bayonne Bridge – Staten Island to New Jersey

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
EARTHCAM Timelapse of Bayonne Bridge – Staten Island to New Jersey

Progress on the Port Authority’s Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project as of May 2017. Watch the iconic bridge gain a new roadway deck, 215 feet above mean high water – and watch as workers begin to remove the lower deck. The original roadway’s removal will allow navigational clearance for the new generation of larger, more efficient and environmentally beneficial container vessels.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Patrick J. Foye on The Infra Blog

“Interesting fact: two thirds of the people that used to travel between Washington and New York used to travel by the shuttle, by air, and a third by rail; and now the numbers are reversed: it’s two thirds by Amtrak or other regional rail and a third by air, and I think that speaks to the resurgence in rail. And I think also increasing numbers of travelers are interested in being responsible commuters, whether it’s a trip across the Hudson or a trip to Washington, and I think that influences their choice of commute and travel as well.”

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Route 72 Bridge in Ocean County, NJ

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Lawrenceville, NJ, has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for its design of the new Route 72 Bridge over Manahawkin Bay in Ocean County, NJ.

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Join RPA Assembly 2017: April 21st, NYC

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
RPA Assembly 2017: Joe Biden, Keynote Speaker

This year’s Assembly will feature high-profile speakers and panel discussions on how the tri-state area can fulfill the promise of economic opportunity, meet the challenge of climate change and stay competitive with metropolitan areas around the world.

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Small Cities with Big-City Infrastructure Problems

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Figure 1: Flooding hotspots and proposed reinvestment area in the City of Gloucester, New Jersey. Prepared by SCAPE.

It is apparent that cities across the United States are coping with aging and failing infrastructure systems. What is less apparent is that small cities often face many of the same overwhelming, chronic and costly infrastructure problems as big cities. However, most smaller cities and towns do not have the capacity, expertise or resources to address these challenges. Large cities, like New York and Los Angeles, have entire departments with dedicated budgets to tackle problems with aging water systems and deteriorating roads, for example.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project, New Jersey

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Jacobs Engineering, Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge Contract 2, H5

Jacobs Engineering Group of Morristown, N.J., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for its role in the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge project, between Stafford and Ship Bottom, N.J.

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The Gateway Project – Saving New York from “Transportation Armageddon”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
The Gateway Project – Saving New York from “Transportation Armageddon”

New York and New Jersey are facing what Senator Charles Schumer called “Transportation Armageddon.” Luckily there’s a solution that will fix everything… but it’s going to take several years and billions of dollars just to get permission.

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Funding Resilient Infrastructure in New Jersey: Attitudes Following a Natural Disaster

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Table 2. Attitude Toward Increasing Revenue for Protecting Vulnerable Areas

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The objective of this research is to assess whether natural disasters and experience with damaged infrastructure affect views on whether public funding should be dedicated to protecting the vulnerability of communities. Survey data were collected via a random-digit dialing phone survey approximately four months after Superstorm Sandy with the explicit research purpose of gathering information on attitudes and opinions following a major disaster. This provides a unique opportunity to assess, under extreme events, whether the public supports increasing various tax revenues or floating a bond issue dedicated to reducing vulnerability.

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Tunnel Trouble: Crumbling Infrastructure Is Putting the NYC Metro Region at Risk

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Tunnel Trouble: Crumbling Infrastructure Is Putting the NYC Metro Region at Risk

The tri-state area is loaded with bridges, rail systems and roadways that are suffering from years of under-investment. But perhaps the biggest risk we face is with the rail tunnel linking New Jersey and New York. Built more than a century ago, the fraying tubes that carry NJ Transit and Amtrak trains are the biggest chokepoint in the Northeast, and the source of frequent delays for commuters. For years, the tunnels have needed extended repairs that are impossible to do while keeping trains running. The situation deteriorated when the tunnels flooded with salt water during Hurricane Sandy. Amtrak officials say the tubes might not last 20 years.

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