30 Issues in 30 Days: NJ Roads and Rails

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A NJ Transit train (Vilseskogen/flickr)

It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Mike Frassinelli, Star-Ledger transportation writer, talks about transportation issues affecting New Jersey, from toll roads to gas taxes to rail transit -- and what the next governor can do about it.


Mike Frassinelli

Comments [11]

BK from Hoboken

Ensure that the *money only goes to transportation fund.

Oct. 31 2013 11:17 AM
pliny from soho

the trains are way too slow
can't the tracks be upgraded
its the 19th century sometimes

Oct. 31 2013 11:16 AM
BK from Hoboken

At least a gas tax should ensure that the most ONLY goes to the transportation find- it can't be peed away by the politicians.

Oct. 31 2013 11:15 AM

Double the gasoline tax on 'foreign' (i.e. registered out of state) cars. Our neighboring states may reciprocate but the butt load of cars that are domiciled in NJ but registered elsewhere would kick in more.

Oct. 31 2013 11:14 AM
Ned from here in town

Christie is a financial DISASTER for NJ. Just like George W. Bush left the U.S. economy with enormous debt, Christie is going to be seen by history as having been terrible for NJ's finances. Think about that in the voting booth Tuesday.

Oct. 31 2013 11:13 AM
Jared in Metuchen


Ask your guest when steps NJ is taking to improve bike infrastructure. As a bike commuter I'd like safer routes to more locations than what I currently have. Bikes are not just for recreation. #bikewalkmetuchen

Oct. 31 2013 11:10 AM
Ned from in town

People in NJ love their cars? What choice do they have?

Oct. 31 2013 11:08 AM
janny1006 from Jersey City

More PATH trains in/out of Journal Square/Jersey City. As it stands, Jersey City riders need to go through Hoboken on the weekends. Cars to JSQ are always more crowded during rush hour than Hoboken trains. With the new development planned for the JSQ area, plans must be made to accommodate the new riders.

Oct. 31 2013 11:03 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Amtrak-related switch problems are THE primary reason for rail delays into the Penn Station.

Oct. 31 2013 11:03 AM

Light rail from Trenton to Newark! Right up Route 1.

Oct. 31 2013 11:02 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

This relates directly to Monday's discussion of traffic in NYC.

The best way to reduce traffic in NYC and make the roads safer is to have better public transportation. I believe the mandate of public transportation is that it should be faster and cheaper than driving. In the NYC metropolitan area, this is rarely the case. In the surrounding counties, including upstate NY, NJ and PA, there are also issues with public transportation. Essentially, however, if public transportation gets better and is, in fact, a faster and less expensive alternative to driving, then more people will use it and there will be less wear and tear on ALL the roadways, tunnels, bridges, fewer traffic-related issues (congestion, accidents) and then you will indeed have created an optimal system.

The main obstacle to this increase of efficiency is: POLITICS

If politicians would think logically and logistically rather than politically, they would be able to solve this problem, but they are politicians and lack normal reasoning skills.

Oct. 31 2013 11:01 AM

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