N.J. Transit Orders 45 Additional Multilevel Rail Cars

NEWARK, N.J. — N.J. Transit’s Board of Directors last month authorized the purchase of an additional 45 multilevel rail cars from Bombardier Transportation — a move that saves the company money on overhaul costs. The fleet of 279 rail cars will enable N.J. Transit to meet and anticipate ridership demand on its busiest rail lines, while providing a higher level of comfort for customers. “Purchasing additional multilevel rail cars is a smart business decision — one that will allow us to replace some of our aging fleet more cost-effectively than overhauling older rail cars,” said Transportation Commissioner and N.J. Transit

N.J. Transit Sets New Systemwide Record

NEWARK, N.J. — N.J. Transit closed Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) with the fourth consecutive year of systemwide ridership growth, with preliminary data showing a 4.1 percent increase to a record-high 250.9 million annual trips, up from the 241.1 million trips carried on the system’s bus, rail and light rail services in Fiscal Year 2006. The Corporation’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. “Given our strong regional economy and job market and sustained higher fuel prices, more New Jersey residents than ever are relying on public transportation,” said Gov. Jon S. Corzine. “This continuing trend of record-high ridership

N.J. Transit Advances Project to Extend Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to 8th Street in Bayonne

NEWARK, N.J. — N.J. Transit’s plans to extend Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service farther into Bayonne advanced today, with the Board of Directors authorizing the acquisition of all property necessary to construct a one-mile extension of the track alignment and a new station at 8th Street. “The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line has been serving Waterfront communities since opening seven years ago,” Transportation Commissioner and N.J. Transit Board Chairman Kris Kolluri said. “The one-mile extension south in Bayonne will provide new neighborhoods with connections to N.J. Transit rail services, trans-Hudson ferries, PATH trains and park-and-ride facilities.” “I would like to thank the

N.J. Transit Adopts FY 08 Capital, Operating Budgets

NEWARK, N.J. — After posting a fourth consecutive year of record ridership growth, N.J. Transit has adopted a budget that supports more service while keeping core system cost growth constrained to inflationary levels. “Gov. (Jon) Corzine once again has demonstrated his commitment to the economy, the environment and the quality-of-life for New Jersey residents by continuing state operating and capital support for public transportation,” said N.J. Transit Board Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri. “This budget steps up to the service needs of growing ridership demand and lays the groundwork for the added capacity we need looking forward.” At its

N.J. Transit Replacing Rail Ties Along Morristown Line

NEWARK, N.J. — As part of its ongoing state-of-good-repair initiative, N.J. Transit is replacing wooden railroad ties with more durable concrete ties and laying new rail along a portion of the Morristown Line. Work will take place on weekends through Labor Day, beginning in the early morning hours and continuing throughout the day and into the evening. Beginning July 14, the project will move into Morristown, then head eastward along the line through Morristown, Convent Station, Madison and Chatham. Ties have already been laid in Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills and Morris Plains. N.J. Transit is advising residents who live in the

CTA: Additional Work Means Removal of 8 Miles of Slow Zones This Year

CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority announced an aggressive schedule to eliminate eight miles of slow zones on branches of two of its busiest rail lines – the north branch of the Red Line and the subway portion of the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line. The subway portion of the Blue Line work is underway and will be completed by mid-September and the Red Line work will be completed by year-end. Over the last ten weeks, CTA engineers have been focused on developing a detailed specification for re-building the Blue Line tracks from Addison to O’Hare. “We know our

Norfolk Southern Graduates 113 Students from Emergency Response Training School

NORFOLK, Va. — First responders from across the United States sharpened their skills at responding to hazardous materials incidents during Norfolk Southern-sponsored tank car safety classes this year at the Transportation Technology Center Inc., near Pueblo, Colo. One hundred thirteen students attended the five-day, 40-hour courses at TTCI’s Emergency Response Training Center, which provides training in classes that simulate train, truck and barge accidents. Located on 52 square miles of isolated high desert, the TTCI campus includes 48 miles of specialized tracks to test locomotives, vehicles, track components and signal devices. Some 80 rail cars, intermodal and highway vehicles, and

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