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HOSTS TRANSITGRID EVENT
TRANSIT is closing the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for the
$577 million TRANSITGRID construction project on April 2. This
morning the Alliance for Action hosted New Jersey Transportation
Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, New Jersey Transit
President/CEO Kevin Corbett and about 500 registered developers,
contractors, engineers and other leaders for a special virtual
networking event. The TRANSITGRID site is in Kearny and
will provide an enhanced backup electric source for key NJ TRANSIT
lines, including the Northeast Corridor.
AT&T is moving forward on more broadband construction
investment after announcing the addition of new cell sites in 10 New
Jersey counties. The new cell sites will give residents, businesses
and first responders faster and more reliable wireless
service. AT&T says it's invested more than $1.3 billion
in its wireless and wired networks in New Jersey from 2017 to 2019 -
with more on the way.
NJ TRANSIT TAKES NEXT
STEP IN THE MEADOWLANDS
NJ TRANSIT continues
advancing the "Innovation Challenge" project, moving it into
the next phase of the development process. An RFP was recently issued
to increase mass transit capacity between the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail
Station at Secaucus Junction and the Meadowlands Complex.
ACECNJ AND NJ CHAPTER
OF NJSB COLLABORATE
The New Jersey
chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers has announced a
strategic collaboration with ACECNJ. They will jointly develop,
cross-market and host meetings and events open to members from both
organizations. The organizations will also develop strategies to
promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
education. The announcement was made during February's Black History
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Scoop with NJ American President Cheryl Norton. Click here to
3/30/21 - Inside
Scoop with DRPA Chief Engineer Mike Venuto. Click here to
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EAST PIPELINE GETS BOOST FROM WHITE HOUSE AND US SUPREME COURT
The Biden administration is siding with developers of the
PennEast natural gas pipeline in a dispute over whether it can seize
land from the state of New Jersey in order to complete
construction. In a brief, in support of PennEast's position, the
Justice Department argued that states aren't exempt from a law allowing
permit holders from taking necessary property for infrastructure
projects that were approved by federal regulators.
The Supreme Court has also agreed to hear the case.
MILLVILLE APPROVES EXPANSION
OF FOOD PROCESSING PLANT
Millville (Cumberland County) Planning Board approved an expansion
project for Innovation Foods LLC, in partnership with Oatly AB, that
will see the construction of a $45 million facility for processing and
packaging of oat milk products.
BAYONNE APPROVES UPS DISTRIBUTION CENTER
The City of Bayonne
has approved an 880,000-square-foot UPS distribution facility
on 150 waterfront
acres at the city's Military Ocean Terminal.
AMTRAK WATCHDOG TO AUDIT GATEWAY PROJECT
The Amtrak inspector general is auditing the Gateway
Tunnel project in advance of what could be federal approval for the
long-awaited construction job later this year.
The federal government watchdog did not indicate any
problems but said the project had "reached a phase where they are
appropriate to audit to help ensure the company is positioning itself
for successful implementation."
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Abell is retiring as President and Business Manager of
Operating Engineers Local 25 effective March 31st.
He will be succeeded by Anthony Gonsiewski.
John J. Priano
has joined H2M architects + engineers as Senior Coatings
Inspector. He will be at H2M's Wall Township, NJ
office. Previously, Priano was the Company Safety Officer at
US Tank Painting in Milford, NJ. Priano currently resides in