5/14/19-Weinberg Baffled As Officials Seem Resistant to More NJ Transit Funding

Weinberg Baffled As Officials Seem Resistant to More NJ Transit Funding

 May 10, 2019 | njspotlight.com

Lawmaker can’t recall ever before being ‘on the opposite side of the bureaucracy trying to convince them that they need more money’

Is $25 million enough to make immediate progress in fixing New Jersey Transit? Some key lawmakers don’t think it is and have shown a willingness to heed the call of leading transportation advocates who want to see more aid going to the beleaguered mass-transit agency in the impending state budget.

NJ SEED:  Perhaps the Dept. of Transportation, in an unusual move for any beauracy, is saying that $25 million along with other funding is all we can responsibly spend in the coming fiscal year. “Transportation Advocates” say $25 million isn’t nearly enough. It’s never enough when your hand is in the public till.

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5/14/19-NJ Home to 35 Sites Where Two PFAS Chemicals Top New State Limits

NJ Home to 35 Sites Where Two PFAS Chemicals Top New State Limits

May 7, 2019 | njspotlight.com

Researchers have identified 35 New Jersey sites where drinking-water tests in recent years reveal contamination with two toxic PFAS chemicals exceeds limits now being implemented by state officials.

NJ SEED:  NJ under the leadership of municipal water utilities continues to be out in front of the rest of the nations in seeking to address drinking water pollution caused by PFAS chemicals.

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5/14/19-State Approves Utility’s Scaled-Back Program of Upgrades

State Approves Utility’s Scaled-Back Program of Upgrades

 May 9, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

JCP&L to embark on two-year improvement of overhead distribution lines, with expanded vegetation management and more smart technology’

The Board of Public Utilities backed a settlement its staff and the Division of Rate Counsel reached with the utility, allowing it to invest $97 million over the next two years to address long-standing problems with tree damage causing widespread outages in its franchise territory.

The company originally had proposed a four-year, $387-million investment program last July, geared to curbing the number and duration of power outages its customers experience, a recurring sore point with regulators.

NJ SEED:  Most utility ratepayers want dependable service above other considerations.  BPU’s approval of only about ¼ of the amount requested by the JCP&L does not give confidence that the job of eliminating widespread outages will be even minimally addressed.

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5/14/19-CLEAN WATER PROJECTS: DEP AGREES ADDITIONAL STATE FUNDING NEEDED

CLEAN WATER PROJECTS: DEP AGREES ADDITIONAL STATE FUNDING NEEDED

April 8, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

Within the next few years, the state will run out of matching funds to obtain hundreds of millions in federal dollars for crucial clean water projects, according to projections by the Office of Legislative Services and state Department of Environmental Protection.

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5/7/19-NJ Transit Announces Summer Service Changes

NJ Transit Announces Summer Service Changes

May 3, 2019 | njspotlight.com

There will be disruptions on Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast, and Morris and Essex lines from mid-June. About 5,000 daily riders train schedules will change — lengthening their commute a half-hour each way to and from New York Penn Station from June 17 through September 6.

NJ SEED: NJ’s embattled commuters have endured decades of infrastructure neglect that has at best inconvenienced their travel to and from work and at worst threatened their safety. Fortunately, the Murphy Administration seems dedicated to bringing about dramatic improvements.

  

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