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Dear friends and neighbors:
Sorry for the late notice, but just became aware that today NJ Transit is holding a “We are listening” event at Hoboken Terminal from 430-630. This has been a rough time for everyone who relies on NJ Transit directly or is indirectly effected when NJ Transit operations fail – which seems like every day, for everyone.
Go share your views about long lines, long waits, empty buses, cancelled trains and every other impact you feel. If any of those are not your issues, ask them about the Hoboken Railyards project or tell them they can’t afford to buy the former UDD site and should move NYWW to Lackawana. Or just demand that they work with Governor Murphy to get their “stuff” together and fix their operations.
If you have not yet read, please take a read of the recent Comprehensive Strategic, Financial & Operational Assessment of NJ Transit (aka “audit”) that was just made public. The NY Times just did an interesting summary of the “5 Ways N.J. Transit Is Failing Commuters”. And the 5 are all encompassing, and scary.
Kind of related – not sure if you are aware, but Rebuild By Design is being supposedly held up by NJTransit. There are two locations for the anti flooding project in the south of Hoboken: 1 – Along the south side of Observer highway and 2 – further south, but along side the train tracks. The area between these 2 choices is where the proposed Hoboken Railyards Project will go. Currently the DEP which runs the RBD process wants to just complete the project along the south side of Observer Highway. This effectively would box in the Hoboken Railyards Project between a 12’ wall and railroad tracks making it effectively not feasible. I am told by multiple sources that it is NJ Transit who are resisting having the wall be along the tracks because NJT would have to move some of their operations/engine room. The kick though, is that this project has been estimated to generate in the area of $200M of profit for NJ Transit. So for a cash starved organization, it seems like they would support an opportunity to generate this large sum of money. But I digress…
Hope to see you at the terminal today! I plan to be there for the second half.
As always, feel free to reach out if you want to discuss this further, or anything else, by email or by phone 201/208-1674. And please forward this to anyone you think would benefit from hearing about this.
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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