Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By Kate Hinds
When Sandy flooded the historic Hoboken Terminal, among the casualties were the indoor restrooms. Ever since, passengers have had to use port-a-johns outside the terminal. But the wait for a permanent bathroom is over.
Monday, January 28, 2013
(Hoboken, NJ -- Scott Gurian, New Jersey Public Radio) The main waiting room of New Jersey Transit's Hoboken Terminal re-opened just in time for the evening commute on Monday, just shy of three months after Sandy raged through the region.
But many commuters were not impressed. Joanne Hempel was frustrated that the terminal's regular ticket booths, news stands and bathrooms remain closed, forcing commuters like herself to use bathrooms on their trains or in a row of unheated port-o-johns. Another commuter said he wished the waiting room had been open last week, so he'd have had a warm place to sit, but he added, "I'll take what I can get."
New Jersey Transit's Executive Director Jim Weinstein did his best to apologize, as he handed out coupons for free coffee and thanked riders for their patience with the limited rail service and continuing terminal repairs.
"We know this has been a trying time," Weinstein said. "The men and women of New Jersey Transit are working as hard as we can possibly work to get the system fully restored," he said, adding, "We've still got a ways to go, but we're getting there."
He said the re-opening of the historic terminal's waiting room was a sign of "great progress."
Monday, January 28, 2013
Two more links in the New Jersey commuter rail network will return to pre-Sandy levels today.
Hoboken terminal station will reopen and PATH service will run on pre-Sandy overnight levels with the restoration of Newark-World Trade Center service. The dual announcements from Northern New Jersey's two commuter rail agencies come after criticism of the slow pace of service restoration and just days before the three month anniversary of Sandy, which poured 10 million gallons of water into PATH train tunnels, and washed out dozens of miles of NJ Transit track among other damage.
NJ Transit trains have been running from Hoboken, but the station building has been closed, leaving passengers to wait in the cold without access to bathrooms. NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein is marking the occasion by greeting passengers at the Historic Hoboken Terminal, pictured here before and after the storm. "The waiting room, which is opening a day earlier than expected, will provide a heated shelter and temporary seating for customers as the agency continues with remediation work to address storm-related flood damage," an official statement says.
The Hoboken Terminal had reopened in mid-November only to be shuttered less than a month later when mold was discovered. State Senator Paul Sarlo had been threatening to hold hearings on the delay last week.
Hoboken is served by both NJ Transit commuter rail and PATH. PATH tunnels under the Hudson to lower Manhattan were particularly hard hit. It took seven weeks to restore PATH service to Hoboken at all, and one line from the city is still out. Round the clock service has been offered since earlier in the month on some lines while repairs on others continued.
Starting tonight, the agency announced, the route connecting Newark and World Trade Center will run 24-hours.
The statement reads:
"Service on the Newark-WTC line had only been running weekdays between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. since service resumed on the line after the storm. Return of the Newark-WTC PATH line overnight on weekdays, in addition to the ongoing overnight service from Journal Square to 33rd Street via Hoboken, means PATH’s overnight schedule during the week has returned to pre-Sandy status.
"Exchange Place and World Trade Center Stations remain closed weekends from 10 p.m. Fridays through 5 a.m. Mondays during the month of February to allow crews uninterrupted time to complete necessary repairs.
Crews continue to work around-the-clock to return weekday Hoboken to World Trade Center service and weekend service between Newark and the World Trade Center. Those are the final segments of service yet to be restored."
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Monday, October 11, 2010
By Kate Hinds
NPR takes a look at the efforts in the U.S. to make electric vehicle charging stations more widely available -- thus combating "range anxiety." One place charging stations will be: big box store Best Buy. (Earth2Tech)
As wrecking crews tear down San Francisco's Transbay Terminal ("the bus station from hell"), KALW talks to the people who have spent years commuting through it.
NJ Transit to propose commercial development of historic Hoboken Terminal. (Star-Ledger)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was on today's Brian Lehrer Show to talk about his new report on bike lane chaos. Listen to the audio below.