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11/26/2014
Snow hampers travel, but is slow to arrive to Central Jersey
Central Jersey - expected to miss the brunt of the snow in a pre-Thanksgiving Nor'easter anyway - didn't see snow until late morning.  Only 1-3 inches are expected in the New Brunswick area, with WCTC Meteorologist Tommy Else saying the highest snowfall totals will be in extreme northwest Jersey.  Those areas could see up to a foot or more of snow before things clear out tonight.  To ease potential commuting woes on what is the busiest travel day of the year, New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring bus, train and light rail tickets today.  And some airlines in the Northeast have been waiving ticket-change fees to allow some travelers to take earlier flights.
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11/26/2014
Despite weather, more New Jerseyans expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday
Despite the weather, it's still expected to be a busy Thanksgiving holiday for travel this year in New Jersey.  The AAA projects a 4.2 percent increase in car trips alone.  Regional Spokeswoman Cathleen Lewis says a good deal of the reason is that gas prices are so low.  In WCTC's most recent gas station survey, regular is $2.61 a gallon, while the Triple-A national average is $2.85.  Last year at this time, those prices were $3.03 and $3.19, respectively.
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11/26/2014
Big step in funding for transfer-free rides on Raritan Valley Line
It's one big step for one-seat ride advocates on New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line:  the North Jersey Transportation Authority has approved transferring over $900,000 in federal congestion management and clean air funds to the rail agency, to help keep transfer-free train rides to Manhattan.  Those so-called "one seat" rides prevent commuters on the Raritan Valley Line from having to transfer to another train in Newark to get into the city, a concept made possible thanks to new dual-powered locomotives than can run on electric and diesel.  The decision -- made Tuesday -- now must be approved by the Federal Transit Administration.  If that happens, one-seat rides -- now running on a trial basis -- could be permanently in place ...
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11/26/2014
Death certificate says wife of hospital execitive was murdered before blaze
The death of a popular hospital executive's wife who was pulled from her burning home in September has been ruled a homicide,  but authorities still haven't determined what caused the death of her husband, who also was killed in the fire at their home in Montgomery.  The findings were noted in recently filed death certificates for 69-year-old Joyce Sheridan and her 72-year-old husband, John, The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has not said what caused the couple's deaths on Sept. 28. But they have said that a fire at the home that morning was set intentionally.  Joyce Sheridan was a retired teacher, while John Sheridan was President and CEO at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.  He also served before that as ...
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11/26/2014
Route 22 East express lanes in Bridgewater open
The new eastbound express lanes of Route 22 in Bridgewater have opened, as a project to make the roadway safer around Chimney Rock Road continues.  Construction crews began opening the roadway Tuesday night, just in time for the busiest travel day of the year, the Day before Thanksgiving.  The major project will have local and express lanes eastbound, and an exit westbound for Chimney Rock Road -- which previously ended on either side of Route 22.  Eventually, it will connect all the way across via a new overpass.  All local businesses remain open during the construction.
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