How to beat the traffic in Belmar


unnamed-1Hopefully the rain will let up this weekend and residents and tourists alike can enjoy our beautiful Monmouth County beaches. The only downside of a trip to the beach is traffic and parking.  Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty has a solution to that problem.  Land a helicopter on borough property at Silver Lake!

On July 7 a friend of the mayor’s who just happened to donate $2500 to Dirty Doherty’s campaign coffers chartered a helicopter to fly him and his very recently betrothed fiancée away for a romantic getaway .  Our friends at Common Sense for Belmar have been all over the story.

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Posted: July 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Arnone: Shark River dredging to restart imminently

IMG_2642 (800x466)Freehold Director Tom Arnone told MoreMonmouthMusings that the NJ Department of Transportation has agreed to restart the Shark River dredging project despite the fact that the Transportation Trust Fund has yet to be renewed and funded. The news came to Arnone from a DOT official via phone after business hours on Wednesday.

NJ DOT spokesman Kevin Israel confirmed that the project will restart in an email to MMM.

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Posted: July 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, NJ DOT, Shark River, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Is an NJ Transit strike still possible after 2 unions reject deal?

assetContentThe sigh of relief that came from commuters in March at the news that a potential NJ Transit strike has been averted evaporated to a groan this weekend after two rail unions rejected a tentative agreement. What happened and what’s next? Here’s what we know so far. Q: Which rail unions rejected the contract? A: Members… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ DOT, NJ Transit | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Is an NJ Transit strike still possible after 2 unions reject deal?

Days of expanding highways are over until we fix N.J. roads, commish says

assetContent (11)Acting transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer said the days of expanding interstate highways are over as the state focuses on fixing and rehabilitating existing roads and transit infrastructure, and finding funds to do the work. Hammer, who addressed the Alliance for Action’s annual transportation summit Tuesday for the first time after being nominated by Gov. Chris Christie… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Days of expanding highways are over until we fix N.J. roads, commish says

Tangled web surrounds United’s aborted Atlantic City routes

assetContent (70)NEW YORK — Desperate to draw visitors to Atlantic City, New Jersey officials gave United Airlines more than $100,000 in incentives to fly to the seaside resort for at least a year. Then, when United abruptly canceled the money-losing routes eight months later, the officials appointed by Gov. Chris Christie decided not to enforce a contract… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, NJ DOT, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Commuters lash into NJ Transit at first hike meeting

assetContent (12)A young homeowner told NJ Transit officials that a proposed 9 percent fare increase would drive his family out of the state. Ken Ramsey of Matawan said he and his wife commute to New York, where they work for non-profits. They lived in an apartment, and saved their money to buy a modest house in which… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ DOT, NJ Transit | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Commuters lash into NJ Transit at first hike meeting

More than 600 trains derailed in N.J. over past 20 years, rate of human error twice national average

assetContent (8)A PATH conductor attempting to drive a crowded train, unaware that it had derailed. Crewmen not watching as the trains they’re supposed to be operating roll over improperly aligned switches. A Conrail train passing through a red signal in 2012, leading to several cars toppling into a creek and the release of toxic gas that sent… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on More than 600 trains derailed in N.J. over past 20 years, rate of human error twice national average

Shark River Dredging Project Will Go Out To Bid Late Summer

Bids expected in late summer.  Award anticipated in Fall of 2015

Shark River1The long delayed dredging of the Shark River Channels is finally moving forward, according to a statement released today by State Senator Jennifer Beck, Freeholder Tom Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has provided a working timeline for dredging the channels. Requests for proposals (RFP) will be released by DOT in August or September, according to Arnone, and a contract for the project is expected to be awarded in late October.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Neptune Township, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ DOT, Shark River | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels


0118Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation New Jersey entrance to the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City With the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City badly damaged by superstorm Sandy and facing eventual year-long shutdowns for needed repair, Amtrak officials are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey Future, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed

2254State officials looking for solutions to the state’s transportation funding crisis are increasingly considering merging the cash-starved state Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to enable $400 million in excess Turnpike and Garden State Parkway toll revenues to be used for overall state transportation needs. The merger of NJDOT’s… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed