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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Torres is a hack. If you know how to stroke him, he'll essentially let you write his column for him.

Did anyone else find this line in his column disturbing?

"Ridley is well-spoken and an African-American woman."

I don't think I've ever heard "well-spoken" used to describe a white person - as though it's surprising to the person using the term that black people can be articulate.

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This reads like a humor column.

Just 1 week before, Augie Torres said that Symes had the tacit backing of the administration. Now he says that actually, Fulop never liked Symes.

Just 1 week before, he said that Symes had labor backing. Now he says labor was wary of Symes, and that the Solomon campaign was actually meeting with labor the whole time.

Just 1 week before, Torres held the endorsements of other elected officials as proof that the Fulop machine was working behind the scenes for her. Now he says that they "never really work" for the candidate they endorsed.

I really wish I had a job where I could make stuff up and back it up with "sources say."

Posted on: 2017/12/11 11:53
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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I thought that you were better than that. But in the end your resentment of others who did better than you puts you in the same boat.

You lied about the campaign, and lied about me. That is disgraceful.


Josh - you are unhinged. I didn’t lie about anything. If you feel I lied about you, please let me know (either here or in person). It certainly wasn’t my intent. I wasn’t going to get into who told me what about the campaign on here - also happy to discuss in person. The “mommy mafia” comment, while perhaps in poor taste, was a nod to your incessant use of it.

The comment about me being resentful and “others having done better than me” is beyond baffling. I really have no clue what you are talking about or alluding to.

Posted on: 2017/12/6 13:37
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Unfortunately it looks like misogyny and smears carried the day in Ward E.


Wah wah wah. Bow to your “mommy mafia” overlords.

Posted on: 2017/12/6 8:56
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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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Josh - there was no ELEC expenditure for Bertoli on Fulop's ELECs (nor was there one for me, for that matter.) Are you going to tell me he wasn't involved in that campaign either?

If past experience is an indicator, you are probably not at the majority of the activities nor among the inner circle of the Symes campaign. A lot of things go on in a campaign that aren't visible to the dilettante. You can definitively say who exactly is involved and what their precise contributions have been? I strongly doubt that. I'm quite confident the information I'm hearing is accurate and have no reason to doubt it.

To be honest, I don't care that much who wins. I'll vote for Solomon because I think he is a better check on the administration's lesser impulses, but both Solomon and Symes give me the impression that whomever wins will be running for mayor come Wednesday.

Posted on: 2017/12/4 15:15
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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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Notwithstanding Augie Torres's attempt to conjure up bogeyman, Symes has not received support from the Mayor or the city. Oh, and Bertoli is not around either.


As you pointed out earlier - you've been sleeping. I would interpret Augie's comment differently: it's widespread enough that even HE has noticed. It's well known within both camps that Bertoli is involved.

Posted on: 2017/12/4 14:34
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Phil - in '13, I hardly think the municipal workforce or local political apparatuses were behind us. Or do you have me confused with someone else? That's the last election I was involved in.

Posted on: 2017/12/4 11:38
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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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Most out today are volunteers. Remember, Rebecca is being outspent 2-1. Does she have any paid help with canvassing and/or election day leaflets? I assume so, but most of it is not paid. Unlike her opponent she can't just dump tens of thousands of dollars in the race.


Are you counting municipal employees who are being "encouraged" to help ("unpaid") and the considerable resources of the local political apparatuses? Hard to put a price on those...

Sadly - we won't really know how much money was dumped into the race on her behalf until after the election. I'm curious to see where the funding for her election day GOTV comes from and how many people are put on the street on her behalf from the unions.

Posted on: 2017/12/4 10:34
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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See posts immediately following yours...

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USER: santaclaus is BANNED because they have the same IP as user jimbehrle who was banned for posting like an obnoxious idiot.

Posted on: 2017/12/4 10:16
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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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Rebecca herself, unescorted, was knocking on doors in Gull's Cove two weekends ago. Non-residents are not permitted in the building and are uniformly stopped by the person working the front desk. Did the developer let her in? You?

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I'll just say this.

A candidate doesn't get dozens of volunteers to come out and canvass because they are "pawns of developers." Developers have $ but not the boots that you saw on the streets of Ward E.

Symes is GANGSTA!

Posted on: 2017/12/4 10:14
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Re: PATH - proposed Newark Airport extension
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For me, at least, the biggest drawback of the PATH is not that it is crowded during Rush Hour.


Of course not. You work from home.

Posted on: 11/29 11:27
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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caj11 wrote:

Turnout in local elections in Jersey City is still downright pitiful. The city has a population of 260,000. Assuming you reduce that amount by the number of people under 18, convicted felons and as someone else pointed out, recent immigrants and ex-pats, you'd think that there would still be roughly 100,000 eligible voters in this city. The total number of people who voted in the citywide mayoral election was 35,425, a miserable 35% turnout. The fact is NO mayor in the most recent elections in my memory has ever gotten more than about 30% of the vote from eligible voter pool. It's really sad.


100,000 is not too high - if memory serves (and there hasn't been a voter roll cleanup in the past couple of years) the number of registered voters is around 130,000. I completely agree that turnout is pathetic.

Posted on: 11/8 11:39
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Yvonne wrote:
Actually, I did check, Fulop got 20,000 votes while Healy got 14,000. So I am wrong on the numbers and am willing to admit that.


Actually, Yvonne - you weren't wrong. You're forgetting the close to 4,000 Walker votes and 500 for the other guy who's name escapes me. Turnout was better in 2013 and I was really surprised by that - got to wondering why.

Early turnout yesterday was very strong. Anecdotally, it was as strong or stronger downtown through the morning as it was in 2013. Weather could have been a factor - it was in the low 70s and sunny on the 2013 election day. Yesterday turned really crappy in the afternoon (and cold.) Also - sunset was 8:04 in 2013, compared to 4:45 yesterday.

An uncompetitive governor's race and mayor's race probably also contributed - both sides drove high turnout in the mayor's race in 2013. In wards that had hotly contested council races, I think turnout will end up being comparable but I'll have to check.

Posted on: 11/8 11:19
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Re: Hudson County Live Election Results Are Here
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Symes and Solomon are headed to a runoff.

Posted on: 11/7 21:34
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Re: Hudson County Live Election Results Are Here
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At the Fulop party, they have numbers up - people report totals when the polls close and "runners" bring them into the campaigns. I don't know what percent has reported, but Fulop is up 14,575 to 4,231

Posted on: 11/7 21:33
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Re: Board of Education elections
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That’s about what I expected. The union’s negotiating tactics had a lot to do with the protracted nature of that process. And “they advocated for vouchers and charter expansion to the detriment of the public school system” is the overblown boogeyman argument, not to mention open to debate as for efficacy.

And although you didn’t address them - I wouldn’t think you’d believe Valentin and Richardson to be suitable school board members.

Posted on: 11/6 18:40
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Re: Board of Education elections
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Dr. Lyles simply did not turn the district around herself, or just with the help of the mommy mafia.


I didn't suggest that it was Dr. Lyles alone. Let's be honest though - the union has brought us retrograde candidates such as Angel Valentin and Lorenzo Richardson, the latter of whom should have been locked up for the terroristic stunts he pulled at board meetings prior to his election.

And you love to say "hedge funders" over and over and paint B4K as the boogeyman - but what is it that they did in Jersey City that hurt students or made education worse? Answer that as a parent of two children in the JC public schools and not a labor union attorney...

Posted on: 11/6 17:20
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Re: JJ: Ward D councilman in Jersey City faces three challengers
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Yun is the Ted Cruz of JC council.


That sounds so racist, come on we are better than that!


???

Posted on: 11/4 10:01
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Re: Board of Education elections
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jimbehrle wrote:
Nah. I'm voting for Ali. I was gonna vote for you, too. But I find this post a little heavy-handed. I'll vote for de geise, Saleh and Lyons.


You probably lack the history to understand that the things Matt points out understate the danger posed by JCEA’s control of the board. There was a brief window at the beginning of the decade when activists like Matt helped get people like Ellen Simon and Sangeeta Ranade elected to the board. They were parents who were faced with a failing public school system, long ago taken over by the state and viewed by the local political establishment as a jobs bank for supporters and a piggy bank from which to offer fat contracts to their coroporate donors. They loved their community and didn’t want to have to leave Jersey City order for their kids to get a decent education - as many had before them.

Real progress was made in a short period of time - a new superintendent was brought in to implement needed improvements, test scores and graduation rates begin to rise, accompanied by optimism that the school district had turned the corner. However, progress came at a steep price. The old guard fought reform every step of the way - board meetings would escalate to near riots on a fairly regular basis.

Unfortunately, that promising chapter ended a couple years ago when a reinvigorated JCEA, flush with cash from the NJEA and heavy local political support, tipped the scales back to the prior status quo. No one with any interest in Jersey City should want to see our schools continue to retreat. Matt Schapiro has worked tirelessly for many years to help get dedicated, intelligent, progressive candidates elected to the board and has more knowledge of what goes on at the board than any two other candidates. I am proud to call Matt a friend and will eagerly vote for him, David and Yousef on Tuesday.

Posted on: 11/4 9:07
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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AMo wrote:

Sadly, JCList's defenders-o-Fulop (like Trump's defenders) are doing everything in their power to distract people from the undisputed fact that Fulop's top people were engaged in a scheme to rig a bid. Next they'll be asking for an investigation of Healy. It shows you that intellectual dishonesty isn't limited to Republicans.


That's cute, Aaron - very Fox News of you (Next they'll be asking for an investigation of Healy.) Maybe you can throw in a war on Christmas while you are at it.

Look - you wanted the tape released, it was released. Muhammed and Sully look bad. No question. Fulop isn't mentioned and he isn't on the tape. Could this have been handled better? Maybe? Probably? But what is it you expect to happen now, six days before the election?

I look at the cynical move Matsikoudis is attempting, hamfistedly playing this out as his big October surprise Gotcha! move, similar to the equally cynical move he tried in April 2013 with the Star Ledger. It makes me ask where was the outrage over the past three years? There is no way on God's green earth that Matsikoudis hasn't known about this tape since the day it got into Pandalfo's hands, which was a very long time ago. Matsikoudis is a lawyer - if he thinks there was a crime committed and he has knowledge of it, wasn't he obligated to report it when he became aware rather than pocket it until it had its greatest perceived value? As I said previously, I think your dislike of Fulop has blinded you to the nature of who you jumped in with.

You know who I am. You know I left the administration and that the mayor and I didn't agree on everything. I think I have a realistic view of his strengths and weaknesses and between him and Matsikoudis and I'll take Fulop every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Posted on: 11/1 9:41
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Re: Terrorist attack? Tribeca : 6 Dead, 9 Injured, truck used was Jersey City Home Depot truck
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TheBigGuy wrote:

Rumor has it ELLEN is up another Emmy... this one is for television journalism involving her hard hitting investigative interview with the hotel security and maintenance guys.


Why would anyone care about Ellen for anything other than entertainment? And what the hell does she have to do with this? I'll save you the bother of having to answer - nothing.

Posted on: 10/31 21:37
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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The whole Bubba angle doesn't make any sense - this isn't the kind of thing you'd call JCPD for... then again, Bubba doesn't make a lot of sense a lot of the time.

I guess Bubba did two things here - kept the story alive for another day and got his name in the paper as the only person connected to law enforcement who answered the phone.

Posted on: 10/31 14:47
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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Poorly written paragraph - the "why bother" sentence was meant to be a generic second-person (non-specific) "you". I don't know that you released it, but I know you are among a group of people who have been very clear and excited about wanting it released.

I don't think anyone cares who released it - there are about a dozen people who are the likely candidates - the overtly political way in which this was handled undermines whatever intended point was meant to be made.

I am curious about something, though. I am not an attorney and you are. What is the standard for libel? Say I was intentionally claiming you released the tape (which, again, I'm not.) Releasing the tape isn't a crime, is it? You advocated for it's release, no? Would my saying that actually amount to libel, as though I've defamed you or assassinated your character? Or is that some sort of lawyerly thing to throw around to intimidate me?

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AMo wrote:
Memo to T-Bird. Don't make potentially libelous statements on line (like I had something to do with releasing the tape, which I assure you I didn't) without some evidence.

Posted on: 10/30 14:30
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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I'm sorry, but your outrage gets hugely discounted when it comes attached to such a cheap "gotcha" stunt like this. And for the record, the mayor has forfeited the right to nothing. Voters will decide - or are we getting rid of elections?

Do you know Sully? Clearly not, if you are calling him one of "the mayor's two top advisors." He is a wannabe and that shows through in his comments on the tape. Muhammed is aggressive and certainly doesn't look good here - although he does point out that there is a line he doesn't want to cross (the comment about that can get you sent to jail.) But where is Fulop on the tape? Is he speaking? Is he mentioned? No and no.

I haven't agreed with every single decision the mayor has made; I can probably say the same about every other politician. I think the fact that you use this to dredge up every other complaint you have about him kind of tips your hand to the hail mary nature of this silly tape. You can't possibly expect people to believe that a tape that a) doesn't mention the mayor, b) is more than three years old, and c) is released the week before the election - should be taken seriously, can you?

And... you prize ethical behavior in government and have hitched your wagon to Matsikoudis???


Posted on: 10/30 11:19
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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Aaron - you are a very smart man. Don't you think the dubious timing of all this raises a lot of questions? Why go through the charade of seeking the release of the tape (other than the political hay that can be made by keeping mention of "the tape" in the news) if you are going to "leak" it out a week before the election anyhow?? I think your dislike of the mayor has blinded you to the nature of whom you've allied yourself.

Sully is a clown. Muhammed certainly doesn't look good here - but is Fulop on the tape? Is he mentioned on the tape?

Posted on: 10/30 10:24
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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I'm about to wet myself I'm laughing so hard. On October 13, I wrote this in the "Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say" thread:

"As a sentient being, I ask myself - why is this happening now? I think: Dominick Pandolfo is involved - close friend of Bill Matsikoudis, Healy's one-time chief of staff. Huh. Pandolofo has the tape, which means Matsikoudis has the tape, which means that some good number of the people pounding the table for "transparency" have also heard the tape. This is the same group that went running around last election trying to peddle the Bob Lehrer story to anyone who would listen - ultimately, they couldn't get traction because there just wasn't much to the story.

So - here's what I'll bet you, HeightsNative: you've heard the tape. Matsikoudis has heard the tape. CivicJC has heard the tape. The reason you are pounding the table for "transparency" is because, a) you know Fulop won't release it because - why negotiate with terrorists?, and b) there's nothing of substance that is damning on the tape.

You'll try to make political hay out of this for another couple of weeks, the story will fade and then - somewhere in the week before the election, the tape will "get out" - probably heavily edited in a way that leaves a question as to what may or may not have been said.

My two cents."


And.... here we are! The week before the election and, as predicted, the three and a half year old tape is released!! Just like the four year-old story Matsikoudis tried pedaling right before the election to the Star Ledger last time around (but couldn't get them to bite.) Sad!!

Posted on: 10/30 9:25
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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rcjcinsider wrote:
It's the same as if Tommy Bertolli were to claim he represents the little home owners of JC and is against developers. Is anybody fucking home?


Bertoli - there's a name that doesn't get discussed enough...

Posted on: 10/18 16:20
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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JCGuys wrote: Candidate Fulop and Mayor Fulop have been very different people.


Sadly, that's true. However, it's less an indictment of Steve than it is of our system. You can say the same thing about Obama, Christie, W, winners of middle school student council elections... it's not all outright deceit - a lot of it can be chalked up to naivete that goes with not having done the job you are campaigning for.

That said - I hear the message: Release the tapes. Transparency. Makes sense - transparency is almost always the right answer - but....

As a sentient being, I ask myself - why is this happening now? I think: Dominick Pandolfo is involved - close friend of Bill Matsikoudis, Healy's one-time chief of staff. Huh. Pandolofo has the tape, which means Matsikoudis has the tape, which means that some good number of the people pounding the table for "transparency" have also heard the tape. This is the same group that went running around last election trying to peddle the Bob Lehrer story to anyone who would listen - ultimately, they couldn't get traction because there just wasn't much to the story.

So - here's what I'll bet you, HeightsNative: you've heard the tape. Matsikoudis has heard the tape. CivicJC has heard the tape. The reason you are pounding the table for "transparency" is because, a) you know Fulop won't release it because - why negotiate with terrorists?, and b) there's nothing of substance that is damning on the tape.

You'll try to make political hay out of this for another couple of weeks, the story will fade and then - somewhere in the week before the election, the tape will "get out" - probably heavily edited in a way that leaves a question as to what may or may not have been said.

My two cents.

Posted on: 10/13 17:40
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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JCvoter wrote:
I do not think Grillo is Fulop's pick, I think it's just who he has somehow ended up with and if he got to choose it would be Symes.


To be clear, not making a choice IS a choice... He could have chosen Symes.


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I like Hudnut, switching sides is not a problem for me.


The ward leader/switching sides narrative is overplayed. Jacob was never really influential within the Fulop camp; he wanted more power but didn't really do anything to warrant it. He left in a huff when things weren't handed to him.

Posted on: 10/10 17:17
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Re: 14th St closed for now due to fire
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From JerseyMom's article:

PATH and NJ Transit officials said additional trains and buses will be added to encourage drivers to use mass transit instead
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Beginning Monday morning, extra PATH trains will be added on the Newark to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd Street, and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines between 7 and 10 a.m.
The added services should be able to accommodate up to 14,500 additional passengers.

WTF? They can just add trains that will accommodate 14,500 more passengers??? WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN DONE PREVIOUSLY???


Just to put the number in perspective, they are talking about adding less than two trains per line per hour, or about 5 additional trains for each line. It's not a HUGE bump in capacity. Most likely, they are expanding the usual rush hour frequency to include an extra train in the early morning, and two or three more after the usual wind down around 9:30 AM.


Right. We should do nothing until we have the perfect solution. Got it.

Posted on: 10/2 11:26
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Re: 14th St closed for now due to fire
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From JerseyMom's article:

PATH and NJ Transit officials said additional trains and buses will be added to encourage drivers to use mass transit instead
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Beginning Monday morning, extra PATH trains will be added on the Newark to World Trade Center, Journal Square to 33rd Street, and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines between 7 and 10 a.m.
The added services should be able to accommodate up to 14,500 additional passengers.

WTF? They can just add trains that will accommodate 14,500 more passengers??? WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN DONE PREVIOUSLY???

Posted on: 10/1 17:55
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