NJ Transit

NJT: Goodbye, Ticket Punch. Hello, Scanner

The manual ticket puncher has been a railroad conductor’s stock-in-trade tool for generations. On legacy systems like New Jersey Transit, which traces its roots to fallen flags like the Pennsylvania Railroad and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, paper tickets are still in use, though they are fast being replaced with mobile phone apps. NJT has now begun a program to equip conductors with high-tech handheld mobile devices that scan and validate both paper and electronic tickets and passes.

NJ Transit Launches 10-Year Strategic, 5-Year Capital Plans

Governor Phil Murphy and NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett unveiled NJ Transit’s 10-year strategic plan entitled—NJT2030: A 10-Year Strategic Plan—and a complementary 5-Year Capital Plan. Together, these plans aim to provide the vision for NJ Transit to build the future of transportation in New Jersey and, with it, “drive a 21st century economy in an accountable, transparent and environmentally-sustainable way.”

NJT $250MM Bridge Contract in “Harms Way”

New Jersey Transit has awarded a contract worth $247.95 million to George Harms Construction Co. of Farmingdale, N.J. for the first of three construction phases of the Raritan River Bridge Replacement project on the electrified North Jersey Coast Line. The existing moveable bridge, a swing span built in 1908 and known as River Draw, sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 when it was struck by a runaway tugboat, shifting it on its pilings and requiring emergency repair before being placed back in service.

NJT to Offer COVID-19 Testing to All Employees

Beginning the week of May 4, COVID-19 testing will be available daily in East Rutherford, N.J., to all NJ Transit employees. Through an agreement with Agile Urgent Care and Accurate Diagnostics Lab, NJ Transit employees will be accepted for appointment-only testing at the site, which opened on April 13 and is currently geared toward first responders and front line healthcare workers.

Transit Agencies’ #SoundTheHorn Campaign Aims to Honor Essential Workers

Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other regional bus and ferry operators have launched #SoundTheHorn—a coordinated effort to simultaneously sound their vehicle horns at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 16 to honor heroic transportation and other essential workers across the country.

MTA Details $54.8B Capital Plan, Technology Pilot Program

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) President of Construction & Development Janno Lieber detailed some of the core projects that will be awarded in 2020 as part of the historic $54.8 billion 2020-2024 Capital Program. In addition, the Partnership for New York City’s Transit Tech Lab, MTA and four other transportation agencies announced that nine start-up companies have been selected to pilot cutting-edge technologies that aim to improve accessibility, revenue generation and traffic congestion.