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Candidate Statements

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend

July 2, 2015

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Following is a speech I gave when I was first elected to the Westfield Town Council: It is a real honor and privilege for me to ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Car Damaged, Bikes Reported Stolen

July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 1:31 a.m. Officers McCarthy and Martinez arrested Zenasia Bowers, age 20, of Elizabeth subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Mountain Avenue and Kimball Avenue on an ...

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Columns

Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Expands Corporate Group with Addition of Chemical Industry General Counsel

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce the addition of the firm’s newest partner Michelle M. Monte. To read more, click here.

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In the Schools

Westfield Grad Earns Gold Medal in National Latin Exam

Westfield High School recent graduate Jameson Maher earned a gold medal on the National Latin Exam for four consecutive years, it was announced by the University of Mary Washington, which administers ...

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Lost in Suburbia®

Getting Under My Skin

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow. “That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly. “No, these red spots,” he ...

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JCC NEWS

Camp Yachad is in Full Swing

Summer 2015 is here, and Camp Yachad is in full swing. We had an exciting first day.  Our brand new zero-entry pool is open and our youngest campers had a great time splashing around in ...

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The Floor Plan

Indoor Comfort, Outdoor Living

It's that time of year. The time when we get to expand our living spaces and spend more time outdoors. When you're looking to decorate an outdoor space, you want to have all the comforts of ...

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ViaNutrition

What is the Difference Between Infrared and Traditional Saunas?

I love, love, love the infrared sauna. It is so peaceful and makes you feel shut off for a half an hour. The benefits of that alone are brilliant. The benefits are far-reaching for your well-being ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Tips for Backyard Entertaining

Summer is in full swing. Is your home ready for entertaining? It’s time to enjoy your home, inside and out. Here are some of our favorite hacks for backyard fun this summer. To chill ...

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Monday with Millicent

The Belmont Tavern & Restaurant

I can’t remember the last time I was at The Belmont Tavern, but it had to be years ago. On a recent Friday evening, we arrived about 7 p.m., to enjoy dinner. Feeling rather smug that we ...

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Personal Fitness: In the Studio

What is Personal Training? First in a 4-Part Series

After the brutal winter we had this year - which was almost immediately followed by mid-summer-esque temperatures - we weren't left with much spring time to gradually shed off our heavy winter ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y's Summer Enrichment Class Makes Camouflage Hats for Wild Animal Day

The Westfield Area Y’s Summer Enrichment Class at the Robert & Virginia Bauer Branch located at 422 East Broad Street in Westfield recently made a special project for Wild Animal Day. The ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Take Advantage of the Greek Tragedy

Concerns of a Greece banking failure and an exit from the European Union have dominated the news headlines once again, and have helped take the global financial markets on a roller coaster ride.

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The Academic Coach

The Summer Plan

The 2014-2015 Academic year is done! Now families can take a deep breath, celebrate successes, and enjoy some free time. But there is one last thing to do and we can help. Chyten Millburn ...

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NJ Transit Will Launch 'One Seat' Service on Raritan Valley Line Beginning March 3

By JOHN MOONEY

February 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Beginning on Monday, March 3, NJ Transit will offer "One Seat" rides into New York City on the Raritan Valley Line during weekday off-peak periods. Thanks to new dual-powered locomotives, commuters who take these trains will be able to ride into Manhattan without having to transfer in Newark Penn Station.

NJ Transit is scheduling five "One Seat" trips into and out of New York Penn Station. The first one will depart at 9:16 a.m. and arrive in New York at 10:09 a.m.

The Raritan Valley line, which comprises about 10 percent of NJ Transit ridership, currently is powered by diesel engines. It is the only NJ Transit line for which passengers must transfer in Penn Station Newark for a connection into midtown Manhattan because diesel trains are not allowed to operate in the tunnels into Manhattan. The Raritan Valley line serves High Bridge, Annandale, Lebanon, White House, North Branch, Raritan, Somerville, Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Dunellen, Plainfield, Netherwood, Fanwood, Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Roselle Park and Union.

After the ARC Tunnel project was cancelled in 2010, NJ Transit decided to purchase three dozen dual-powered locomotives that can switch from diesel to electric power in about two minutes. With the use of these new engines enable the Raritan Valley to operate its “One Seat” service.

NJ Transit has not released a timeframe or procedures for the further deployment of the dual-powered locomotives. It is clear that "One Seat" rides will not be available for morning and evening rush hours any time soon. The amount of trains that can go through the Amtrak-run tunnels into New York City is currently at capacity (25 trains per hour). 

Tom Morgan, senior director of rail service planning for NJ Transit, told the audience at Raritan Valley Rail Coalition meeting held at Westfield Municipal Court this morning that the train line will have additional train crews, and will incur an increase in fuel costs. However, no fair increases are scheduled to accommodate the new service.

The introduction of "One Seat" service will come in phases:

Step 1: Off-peak weekday

Step 2: Evening outbound after 8 p.m.

Step 3: Weekend service

Step 4: Weekday peak service

No parking accommodations planned for towns like Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield and Cranford.

"There are (parking) issues in a number of stations," said Tom Morgan.

NJ Transit plans to publicize the new "One Seat" service through social media and by passing out schedules during off-peak trains.

"They've got to let people know this is available," said Michael A. Weinstock, a Scotch Plains resident who attended the morning meeting. 

"It should be a coordinated effort, including social media, newspapers, digital signage on trains, posters in the station windows, public service announcements at the stations while people are awaiting, and announcements on trains when they pull into Newark," added Weinstock, who travels into New York City twice a week.

Facts About the Raritan Valley Rail "One Seat Ride"

  • Raritan Valley Line is NJ TRANSIT’s only major line with track connectivity to NYC without access to a “One Seat Ride” and it represents 10% of total ridership of all lines with connectivity.
  • Alternative plans to give Raritan Valley access to a “One Seat Ride” such as new rail tunnels are uncertain, costly and at best, many years in the future.
  • “One Seat Ride” is currently possible without major construction by using new, dual-powered locomotives that run on diesel fuel and electricity
  • “One Seat Ride” will decrease travel time and increase property values. (When the Morris and Essex line got the “One Seat Ride” in 1996 property values along the line rose significantly.)
  • NJ Transit will soon initiate a “pilot” “One Seat Ride” on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York for midday, off-peak weekday trains.

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