'Summer of Hell' Began on Monday, July 10, for SOMA Commuters

July 10, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Monday morning, July 10, was the first day of what has been called the "Summer of Hell" for NJTransit commuters, when service on NJTransit is greatly reduced while Amtrak rail work is being completed. Both Maplewood and South Orange had refreshments and local officials on hand to send-off commuters on the first day of the new schedule.

Early on ...

Highway Resurfacing Project Necessitates I-78 Overnight Lane Closures for 'Several Weeks'

TRENTON, NJ - A resurfacing project along approximately 12 miles of I-78 local and express lanes will require temporary overnight lane closures in Union and Essex Counties.

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) contractor Schifano Construction Corp. will, beginning July 10 at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. July 11, and continuing Monday through Friday evenings for the next ...

South Orange and Maplewood Get Ready for NJ Transit Service Reductions Beginning July 10

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood officials are readying for Monday, July 10 - the date that greatly reduced service on the New Jersey Transit Morris & Essex line goes into effect until September 1.

Here's what you need to know:


Beginning on Monday, there is a revised Jitney schedule to accommodate the new NJ Transit train schedule. The ...

Updated NJ Transit Alert from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca issued an updated NJ Transit alert on Thursday, July 6, ahead of Monday, July 10, when NJ Transit will offer greatly reduced train service into Penn Station through September 1.

The update from Mayor De Luca is as follows:

Hi folks. This is the final update before the big day on July 10.
On May 23, Governor Christie made a surprise ...

How Will Government Shutdown Impact New Jersey Residents?

ELIZABETH, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie and the state lawmakers failed to strike an agreement over a piece of health care legislation that was part of this year’s budget.

State law requires that a balanced budget must be passed by June 30. With the budget failing to get enough votes in the State Assembly last night, Gov. Christie ordered a government shutdown.

Some statewide departments ...

NJ Transit Update from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca

The following is from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca

On behalf of the Maplewood Township Committee, I am happy to announce that NJ Transit will provide express bus service from the Maplewood Train Station starting on July 10. Buses will go to the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal at 40th-42nd Streets.

There will be four buses leaving Maplewood: one at 7 a.m.; one at 7:30 a.m.; one at 8 ...

Maplewood Student Attends American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Columbia High School student Joshua Heacock was one of thirty-four rising high school seniors from Essex county who attended the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS). 

Held every year at Rider University, the college credit-qualified conference, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, is one of the leading ...

NJ Transit Update from Maplewood Township

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Township of Maplewood sent the following Transit Update via email on Monday morning, June 19:

Monthly Rail Passes – If you are purchasing a monthly rail pass for July, buy the reduced Hoboken monthly pass and not the NYC pass.
You will be able to use the Hoboken monthly pass on the NYC trains before July 10 and for the early morning trains to NYC ...

Valet Parking Pilot Program in South Orange Begins Friday, June 16

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Starting this Friday, June 16, drivers in downtown South Orange will have a new parking option with the launch of a Valet Parking Pilot Program from the South Orange Parking Authority. The pilot program is scheduled to last six months.

According to the South Orange Parking Authority, the valet service will be run by AEValet, and motorists will be able to drop off their ...

South Orange Development Committee June 8 Meeting: Presentation on Seton Hall Housing Development and More

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - During the monthly meeting of the South Orange Development Committee on June 8 several development projects were discussed. In addition, a presentation was made by Stolar Capital and Vertical Realty Capital, the partners who are proposing to build Seton Hall student housing on Valley Street on the current site of All Star Motors (164-168 Valley Street), as well as the ...

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