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Stuck at the Station

Public transit is more than just getting from Point A to Point B – it’s the future engine of success for our state, with the potential to create a stronger economy, cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low- and moderate-income residents. Yet despite transit’s clear benefit to New Jersey, the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world-class public transit system that is reliable and affordable.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey’s Straphangers, Economy & Environment

The New Jersey For Transit coalition released a new report, Stuck at the Station, to discuss the devastating consequences of 15 years of declining investment in New Jersey’s public transit system and call for a course correction. Since 2002, New Jersey’s annual capital investment in maintaining, repairing and expanding its core public transit assets has dropped by an inflation-adjusted 19 percent, even as ridership has grown by 20 percent.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules

An array of citizens, state and local environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for promulgated regulations on coastal development –the first since Hurricane Sandy – that were finalized last summer. Environment New Jersey, Save Barnegat Bay and residents from Eagleswood along the Barnegat Bay filed a notice of appeal with the state Superior Court to challenge the NJDEP’s omnibus coastal regulations, which amended coastal permit program rules and the Coastal Zone Management Rules. The NJDEP overhaul received vociferous public opposition.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer

Today, New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov. Christie’s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman's willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands, including efforts to block a 22-mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve. The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline

The New Jersey Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission and the Board of Public Utilities on their approval of the South Jersey Gas pipeline in the Pinelands. Despite previous determination that the pipeline does not fit the needs of the Pinelands, the Commission’s Executive Director unilaterally determined the pipeline was consistent with the Comprehensive Management Plan. This decision circumvented a public hearing and further vote by the Pinelands Commission, which the groups contend violates the Pinelands Protection Act. The environmental groups are hoping to overturn these determinations in the New Jersey Superior Court.

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