Category: Travel

New Jersey moving forward with $190 million renovation project for Newark Penn Station

New Jersey officials are moving forward with a five-year, $190 million renovation of the historic Newark Penn Station on the busy Northeast Corridor. N.J. Transit has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for master planning, design and construction assistance for the 86-year-old station. Newark Penn Station opened in March 1935 and is the seventh busiest rail station […]

MTA on ‘Mask Blitz’ Following Reports of Low Compliance

Police officers and transit workers distributed a record 26,000 masks in the transit system in the first three weeks of this month — topping the total for the nearly 12 months prior to September, according to MTA data released Wednesday. And starting Thursday, more fines will be likely, officials say. The first phase of a […]

Texas troopers create “steel wall” of patrol vehicles in Del Rio as feds continue to repatriate Haitians

As immigration agents continue to fly more of the thousands of migrants camped in this border city to other processing centers or back to their home countries, state troopers have created a miles-long “steel wall” of patrol vehicles to discourage more people from crossing the Rio Grande into an encampment under the Del Rio international […]

Iowa to begin accepting Afghan refugees

About 350 Afghan refugees will resettle soon within Iowa, officials anticipate. “Right now, the resettlement agencies working in Iowa believe we have capacity to help resettle approximately 350 Afghans in addition to our normal resettlement programs,” U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Des Moines Field Office Director Kerri True-Funk told The Center Square in an […]

Federal, state funding set aside to improve trails network throughout Maryland

Patrons of Maryland’s vast network of hiking, biking and walking trails should soon be seeing an infusion of improvements through federal and state grants, state officials said Monday. “These grants are helping us enhance quality of life and provide additional safe bike and pedestrian opportunities,” Gov. Hogan said in a news release. Hogan said that […]

Thousands of Haitian migrants fleeing disaster and unrest seek asylum at Del Rio bridge

DEL RIO — Five days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of foreign mercenaries on July 7, 29-year-old Stelin Jean decided to flee the country with his wife and two children — traveling to Bolivia, where many Haitians have arrived recently before starting an arduous overland trek to the United States. […]

Gov. Greg Abbott backpedals on pledge to shut down border crossings and blames Biden administration for confusion

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — then reversed himself shortly after, blaming the Biden administration for flip-flopping in its request for state help. But […]

Audit finds North Carolina transportation department strayed from spending guidance

Despite its history for overspending, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) did not follow guidelines for developing its spending plan, a new state audit shows. The NCDOT did not develop its spending plan based on specific projects and operations scheduled for the fiscal year, the Office of the State Auditor said, putting the agency at risk […]

Hogan announces $12M in grants for highway safety in Maryland

More than 90 agencies in Maryland will receive more than $12 million in federal highway safety grants, Gov. Larry Hogan announced. The grants are part of the state’s focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes and eliminate roadway fatalities, the governor said in a news release. “With traffic already back to pre-pandemic levels, it is even […]

‘Record breaking visitation’ at Montana parks continues after pandemic year

Montana’s park system experienced a 44% increase in visitation during the first six months of 2021 compared to the same time in the pre-pandemic 2019. The numbers continue to grow and continue to set records, Pat Doyle, marketing manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told The Center Square. “Just for a little bit of […]