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Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch

Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.

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U.S. Skies and Roads Busy Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend
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GOP bill would undermine auto, rail safety regulations

At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries.

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House GOP working to extend highway funding to end of year

With money for roads and bridges running out, House Republicans are working on a package to extend highway funding through the end of the year, a top GOP congressman said Friday.

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Amtrak Crash Repair Backlog
FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Critics say Senate bill would weaken rental car, rail safety

A transportation bill introduced by a Senate committee chairman would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven't been repaired and eliminate any hard deadline for railroads to start using long-sought technology that automatically stops trains to prevent crashes, safety advocates say.

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Back roads are getting more congested in New Jersey

As congestion on New Jersey roads and highways keeps getting worse, a growing number of commuters are using back roads on their trip to and from work. The new traffic patterns have resulted in jams, especially in parts of Central Jersey, and new headaches for the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

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House passes another temporary fix for federal highway fund

States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday, the 12th such temporary patch in six years and a reflection of lawmakers' lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes.

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Federal transportation funding for NJ – Could it be in jeopardy?

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and several transportation advocates gathered at the Route 35 Bridge in Perth Amboy on Monday, calling on Congress to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund.

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Why does road construction cost so much in New Jersey?

New Jersey's top transportation official said there's a host of reasons why the state is spending more money on its road system than other states spend on their state-controlled road systems.

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Transportation fund takes spotlight ahead of budget hearings

Gov. Chris Christie's chief transportation officer might be forgiven if he were disappointed the governor did not address the state's ailing trust fund in his 2016 budget address last month.

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Federal govt seeks national conversation on transportation

Hoping to start a national conversation about future transportation needs, the Obama administration released a report Monday that identifies key population, environmental, cultural and technology trends expected to shape the way Americans get from one place to another over the next 30 years.

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