Monday, February 25, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
For people who thought barriers around cities became unfashionable when the Berlin Wall fell two decades ago, consider this: The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., thinks walls may be the best way to protect this compact city of 50,000 from future storms like Sandy.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Kate Hinds
For the first time since Sandy struck the Northeast 13 weeks ago, PATH trains will roll once again between Hoboken and the World Trade Center.
Governors Christie and Cuomo announced service between the two hubs will be restored in time for the Wednesday morning commute.
This marks the first time PATH service will return to its normal weekday schedule since Sandy. The PATH system suffered $700 million worth of damage during the storm (PDF), and the Hoboken station was particularly hard hit. It took seven weeks just to open the station, and partial overnight service was restored on January 9th. Meanwhile, NJ Transit just reopened the Hoboken Terminal waiting room Monday.
Friday, January 18, 2013
We will be checking in with local communities and discussing how the FEMA aid should be distributed throughout their neighborhoods. Domenic Recchia, City Councilman for the 47th district, Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, and Jack Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach, Long Island, will each talk about what the approval of FEMA aid for Sandy recovery will mean in their communities.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Hoboken residents -- who endured seven-plus weeks of no PATH train service, post-Sandy -- are getting a month's worth of free rides.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Wednesday it will provide 30 free days of PATH service to Hoboken residents who have registered 30-day SmartLink cards.
In a press release, the Port Authority said the free service was a way to show appreciation for the hardship that Hoboken residents experienced.
"We truly understand the extreme difficulties that closure of the Hoboken station put on our loyal resident riders,’’ said Stephen Kingsberry, PATH’s acting director and general manager. “We hope these residents understand the extraordinary efforts PATH workers and contractors made to reopen the station and will accept this free month as a sign of our appreciation for your patience.”
The PATH system was hobbled by Hurricane Sandy, and the Hoboken station experienced some of the area's worst flooding. The station was closed from October 29 until December 19, when service to 33rd Street resumed.
While the entire Northeast experienced massive transit disruption during Sandy, the PATH outage has been especially trying for Hoboken: it has one of the highest percentages of transit ridership in the nation. Bus service between Manhattan and Hoboken has been overcrowded and strained since Sandy, and ferry service -- which costs $9 one way -- is four times as costly as the PATH.
There is still no PATH service between Hoboken and the World Trade Center.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
One of the longest running service outages caused by storm Sandy is about to end.
PATH train commuter service is about to resume to Hoboken, NJ, the Port Authority said in a tweet: "PATH's Hoboken-33 service resumes Wednesday 12-19-12 at 5 a.m. and operates every day from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m."
But there will be no direct service from Hoboken to the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority says that remains "several weeks away."
Some 29,000 riders use the Hoboken station every day. They've been without service to Manhattan for almost eight weeks.
PATH tunnels were among the most severely hit during Sandy, with water filling five miles of tubes.
According a Port Authority press release, the "announcement means weekday service between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. will be back at all 13 PATH stations and on three of PATH’s four regular lines: Journal Square to 33rd Street, Hoboken to 33rd Street and Newark to the World Trade Center".
The Port Authority says critical equipment was damaged, but has offered few details on what was damaged, or what was entailed in restoring the service.
PATH says it will restore limited 24 hour service in time for New Year's Eve.
Many commuters take New Jersey Transit trains to Hoboken and transfer to the PATH. NJ Transit is operating curtailed service to Hoboken because of a damaged electrical substation. The agency tells TN that PATH service restoration will not lead to more NJ Transit service to Hoboken.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
Sandy caused more than $100 million in damages to Hoboken, according to the city's mayor, Dawn Zimmer. She presented her case for federal assistance before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship Thursday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
(Brigid Bergin - New York, NY, WNYC) PATH train service in and out of Hoboken, New Jersey, remains suspended leaving commuters with options like pricier ferry trips or longer bus rides to get into Manhattan. Nearly a month after Sandy, Port Authority officials who operate the PATH Train system brought reporters down into a tunnel below Hoboken on Tuesday to see just why the repairs are taking so long.
Officials said the whole PATH train system suffered $300 million dollars worth of damage. They predicted it will be several more weeks before the Hoboken station reopens.
Huge spools of cable were sitting on flatbed cars where the PATH train would normally be. The turnstiles and vending machines were covered in clear, plastic tarps. The Hoboken station is currently an active construction site. So PATH officials began with a safety briefing and distributed hard hats and neon vests.
Before leading reporters nearly a quarter mile into one of the damaged tunnels, Stephen Kingsberry, acting PATH Train System director, pointed to a display of photographs from the storm. One showed water rushing down a set of steps even though a pressurized flood gate appeared to be in place.
"Water came down everywhere," explained Kingsberry. "And it was so much water that it flooded the track area which is beneath us."
Eight feet of water destroyed switches, corroded cables, and took about a week just to pump out. Since the city of Hoboken itself flooded, Kingsberry said there was no way to keep the station dry.
"I mean it wouldn't flood if we could move the station above ground and put it somewhere in the sky," Kingsberry said. "But since we need to be underground where the trains are, we're doing what we can do to fortify what we have so the water won't penetrate as much."
Right now crews are working day and night. They're replacing damaged cables, switches and fixing broken equipment. Then the whole system will need to be tested before service is restored.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
Path train service in and out of Hoboken, New Jersey, remains suspended leaving commuters with options like pricier ferry trips or longer bus rides to get into Manhattan. Nearly a month after Sandy, Port Authority officials who operate the PATH Train system brought reporters down into a tunnel below Hoboken on Tuesday to see just why the repairs are taking so long.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
- Mark Harrington, reporter for Newsday, talks about the resignation of LIPA's COO and recovery on Long Island
- Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, on how the hard-hit city is recovering
- Domenic Recchia, city councilman for the 47th district, which includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and other neighborhoods affected by Sandy, joins the show to talk about the ongoing crisis in Coney Island and his district
Friday, November 02, 2012
By Scott Gurian
As Hoboken, New Jersey, continues to dry out from Sandy, a sense of community is emerging from this city in crisis. Throughout the city, National Guard soldiers make the rounds, assisting with evacuations and distributing food to those who need it. Tow trucks cart away vehicles totaled in the storm. And in the midst of all the chaos, it’s the small acts of kindness that people are finding surprising.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
By Kate Hinds
The totality of the damage done to New Jersey Transit by Hurricane Sandy can't be fully ascertained at this point, but the list on the agency's website is daunting.
Rail lines have suffered catastrophically: washouts, downed trees, waterlogged equipment, and track damage. The iconic Hoboken Ferry Terminal is flooded. The agency reports that even the Rail Operations Center--"the central nervous system of the railroad"--is engulfed in water. Although most bus service returned Thursday, nine of its bus garages continue to operate on back-up generator power. And in a letter requesting federal aid, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez write: "the only passenger rail tunnel into New York City—which connects thousands of people to the city each day—is shut down."
Earlier this week, Governor Christie said it could take seven to 10 days to resume PATH train service.
There is no timeline for resumption of rail service. The agency says it is continuing to inspect the system and that "the blow delivered by Hurricane Sandy will continue to impact customers for days to come."
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Hoboken, NJ is less than 5 miles from Manhattan -- but its main street couldn’t be more different from Wall Street. This quiet town with a population of 50,000 or so has served as the birthplace of baseball, the small-but-hardy rock venue Maxwell’s, and a long-running indie band called Yo La Tengo. We hear more when music writer Jesse Jarnow joins us with his new book, "Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock."
Monday, April 02, 2012
By Brian Wise
New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.
TN MOVING STORIES: Senate Transpo Bill Moving Forward, Ron Paul Challenges Rivals To 25-Mile Bike Ride, Hoboken Eyes Bike Share
Friday, January 27, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN: a Chinatown bus company that ignored a shut down order in December now has a restraining order to prevent it from operating. A new Chevy Volt ad conveys the message 'it's morning in Hamtramck.' And a senator is introducing a bill that would require a new health study of x-ray body scanner machines used in airports.
...and improved his outlook, at least for the Senate bill. (Politico)
Question to Ron Paul in Thursday's Florida Republican presidential debate: Are you fit enough to be president? Answer: "I'm willing to challenge any of these gentlemen up here to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day in the heat of Texas." (Video; YouTube)
New York State legislators are frustrated by the State DOT's lack of information on funding major infrastructure projects. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
...which worries some: just where is this $15 billion going to come from? (AP via Wall Street Journal)
Hoboken and Jersey City may collaborate on a bike share system. (Jersey Journal)
If the United States wants to continue to be the major player in the global economy, it needs an efficient, robust aviation system. (Marketplace)
Concerns over transportation continue to plague the London Olympics, which are just six months away. (Washington Post)
When it comes to buying cars, women do their homework -- and they generally get better deals than men. (NPR)
NY MTA head: subway stations need more entrances. (New York Daily News)
Ford Motor Co. reported $20.2 billion in net income for 2011 Friday — its best year since 199. (Detroit News)
What's so bad about a little public (sticker) shame -- especially if it helps deter illegal parking? (New York Times)
Alaska Airlines has ended its 30-year practice of giving passengers prayer cards with their meals. (USA Travel)