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Traffic Light installed at Prospect Avenue and Beech Street

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Hackensack Discussion / New Port Authority Bus Terminal
« on: February 01, 2017, 02:31:19 AM »
NEWS 01/31/2017
Commuters Weigh In On Port Authority Bus Plan In Bergenfield
 Lorraine Ash

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Fumes, leaks, long lines: Bergen commuters told a Senate committee in Bergenfield Monday night they have
a lot of complaints about the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan.

“Almost categorically, on Fridays you can’t get out of the terminal because buses can’t get in due to traffic,” said Deborah Bouchard of
Bergenfield, longtime commuter.

She suggested parking buses in a lot now used by cars.

Bouchard and two dozen others testified before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee at a hearing on the Port Authority’s 10­
Year Capital Plan, which calls for a new Eighth Avenue terminal.

At the same time, like New Jersey lawmakers, they are wary that the $3.5 billion proposed to build the terminal won’t be enough.
And then what?

The hearing, which took place at the Bergenfield Municipal Building, was the second of two the committee held on the controversial
plan.

A transcript of all residents' comments – and those of New Jersey Transit representatives and advocates who testified in the afternoon
– will be presented to the Port Authority leadership.

A vote on the plan is scheduled for Feb. 16, though New Jersey officials are urging the Port Authority to delay it.
James Veach of Teaneck has a three­hour daily commute.

Commuter Laura Vogel of Englewood belongs to the Better Bus Alliance. "Why not have more local buses that take us to the rails?" she asks.

“For me, this hearing is key because it is essential that we hear from the customers of Port Authority,” said Sen. Bob Gordon (D­Fair
Lawn), committee chairman.

More than 28 percent of those who use the terminal are from Bergen County, he added.
According to a Port Authority study, bus ridership is expected to increase 50 percent by 2040.
Projections also show that Manhattan will add 300,000 jobs in the next decade, according to Gordon.

...

There’s widespread concern, Gordon said, that $3.5 billion will be inadequate to ensure construction will be finished in 10 years.

Any construction delay, he added, would have “long­lasting negative repercussions” for New Jersey.
Commuter Anne­Marie Romano of Bergenfield is worried.

“One of my main concerns is that the Port Authority underfunds the bus terminal and then the only thing that’s viable is to build a
terminal in the Meadowlands, which is a terrible idea,” she said.

...

“Failure to adequately fund the new bus terminal is blatantly disrespectful to New Jersey commuters and Bergen County commuters,”
she said.

James Veach of Teaneck, who has a three­ hour daily commute, urged the committee not to shortchange the new terminal when it
comes to design.

...

...

Some questioned whether the money spent on a PATH extension to Newark would be better invested in the bus terminal.

http://bergenfield.dailyvoice.com/news/commuters-weigh-in-on-port-authority-bus-plan-in-bergenfield/698143/

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In the works.

CITY OF HACKENSACK
RESOLUTION NO. 328-16
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR ENGINEERING
SERVICES FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT PROSPECT ST. & BEECH ST.

WHEREAS, the City of Hackensack requires engineering services
related to the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Prospect
Street and Beech Street; and

WHEREAS, the City solicited Requests for Proposals regarding said
services; and

WHEREAS, proposals were received from Boswell Engineering and
Neglia Engineering; and

WHEREAS, it was determined that the proposal from Neglia
Engineering was most advantageous to the City based on cost and other
factors considered.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the
City of Hackensack, County of Bergen, as follows:

1. Neglia Engineering of 34 Park Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071 is hereby
awarded a contract in the amount not to exceed $24,300 for the New
Traffic Signal Installation – Prospect & Beech Project in accordance with
the proposal attached thereof.

2. A Certification of Funds has been prepared and authorized by the
Chief Financial Officer for the said contract assuring that there is a
sufficient appropriation to fund the purchases authorized in this
resolution as an express and mandatory condition of the award of this
contract.

3. The City Manager is hereby authorized to execute any contract
documents necessary to effectuate the award of this contract. The
City Attorney shall review any and all contractual documents
prepared in furtherance of this award.

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Regarding the traffic light at Beech/Prospect these are the questions that I asked the Mayor and Deputy Mayor:

  • Do the police say that the number of accidents increased at that intersection
  • Why a blinking light instead of a red/green light
  • Have the issues uncovered in the traffic study commissioned by Hackensack Hospital and Excelsior III been resolved
  • Have you received State approval yet

The Mayor confirmed from his own knowledge that there are too many accidents at that intersection. He said that they chose the blinking light over the red/green light. He spoke about the blinking light on Atlantic then about Thompson. He agreed that the red/green light would impede residents from exiting their driveways once a queue started forming when the light was red. They have not received State approval.

An hour later I received an email from the meeting host telling me the Mayor wanted me to know "that a traffic light will, in fact, be installed at Beech and Prospect.  I understand it may be 6 months before it is in place".

All I can say to that is to look for the light after the long dog days of summer have waned and let me know if you see it.

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@Homer Jones has a good memory. The first mention that I found of a traffic light at Beech Street and Prospect Avenue was in 1976 (40 years). Last week someone involved in fight against PC Air Rights reminded me that in addition to the too short distance between Summit and Prospect Avenues a traffic light was not recommended because of the driveways. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be holding a forum at our building so I will ask if they have state approval yet:

1976
The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack was held at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, N.J., on Monday, September 20, 1976, at 7: 30 P.M.

1.    Mayor D' Arminio: "The meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack will please come to order. In the absence
of Clergy, let us all please stand for a moment of  silent prayer. "Mrs. Dukes, will you please call the roll."

Present - Councilmen Howard Gregory, George B. Holman, Frank C. Zisa, Deputy Mayor Kazmier Wysocki, Mayor Michael J.
D'Arminio, City Attorney Seymour Chase, City Manager Joseph J. Squillace and City Clerk Doris L. Dukes.

2.    Mrs. Dukes: "Adequate notice of this meeting was provided …

Susan Rosen, 100 Prospect Avenue, read the following petition signed by 350 residents on Prospect Avenue:

"We, the undersigned, being residents of the area located at Beech Street and Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey do hereby
petition the City of Hackensack, the Mayor and the Council of the City of Hackensack to install a light at the Intersection of Beech
Street and Prospect Avenue due to the fact that there have been numerous accidents resulting in serious bodily harm and property
damage."

The Mayor asked the City Manager for a report. City Manager Squillace:  “Mr. Mayor, in view of the fact that this was brought up at the last meeting, the Police Department
reviewed the complaint and we have, on behalf of the City Council, requested the State to allow us to install a traffic light.
We do need State approval and I don't know how long it will be.".


1987
The regular: meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack was held at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, on Monday, October 19, 1987, at 7:30 P.M.

Mayor Cerbo: "The meeting of the City Council will now come to order. Mrs. Dukes, will you please call the roll".

Present - Mayor Fred Cerbo, Deputy Mayor Thomas Della Torre, Councilwoman Barbara J. Elder, Councilmen Conrad Francis and John R.
Smith, City Manager Robert F. Casey, Acting City Attorney Philip DeVencentes and City Clerk Doris L Dukes.

Absent - City Attorney Robert L. Galantucci...

The Mayor opened the meeting to the public for discussion of City business.

Elaine Berger, 185 Prospect Avenue, stated that at the last meeting two matters were brought forth, the traffic light on Prospect
Avenue and the Air Condition to be included in the heat ordinance. The Manager stated that nothing can be done with the traffic
light on Prospect until there is a change in the traffic flow and the Chief has advised that the intersection is ok for now.

2000
The Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack was held at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, on Monday, August 7, 2000, at 8:00 P.M.
Mayor Zisa called the meeting to order and asked everyone to stand for the flag salute…

Nat Schatzoff, 101 Prospect Avenue, addressed the situation on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Beech Street relative to the four
way stop sign. He stated that it is very dangerous and suggested that a survey be done or consideration be given to placing a
traffic light at this corner.
He also mentioned that the "stop and walk" button on the traffic sign on Central Avenue does not work.
Mr. Stein informed him that it does work but it is a new type of signal and explained how it worked.

Mr. Schatzoff asked Council if the exit on the Beech Street side of 101 could be stripped around the driveway portion of the
street. He was told that it would be checked.

2015
CITY OF HACKENSACK MINUTES COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

       The Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack was held at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

 The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Mayor Labrosse and he asked the City Clerk to call the roll.

Present:  Mayor John P. Labrosse, Jr., Deputy Mayor Canestrino, Councilman Battaglia, Councilman Sims, Councilman Some, City Attorney Judge Alexander Carver and City Manager David Troast were in attendance.
….

Beech Street –The Police Department recommends a signal for this intersection.  We will need to get a quote and estimates will be in the 2016 Capital Budget.  The Mayor stated that we need extra lighting in the area, maybe PSE&G can send a rep out to look at all of the intersections.
….

Rick Salkin – Yes we do need a traffic light at Beech and Prospect.  You should also look at Atlantic at Union.  There is a lot of pedestrian traffic on Atlantic Street in the area of the hospital.  The Mayor stated that the police department has looked at the area.

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Maybe what is in the budget is the money for the research and studies not the actual installation of the traffic light:

CITY OF HACKENSACK
MINUTES
 COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015

       The Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting of the City Council of the City of Hackensack was held at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

 The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Mayor Labrosse and he asked the City Clerk to call the roll.

Present:  Mayor John P. Labrosse, Jr., Deputy Mayor Canestrino, Councilman Battaglia, Councilman Sims, Councilman Some, City Attorney Judge Alexander Carver and City Manager David Troast were in attendance.

Ms. Karlsson: “In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, Laws of 1975, adequate notice of this meeting was provided by sending a notice to The Record and the Star-Ledger and by posting a copy on the Bulletin Board in City Hall."

Manager’s Report:

Cultural Arts Board – There will be two ordinances on tonight’s meeting,

.....

Prospect and Beech Streets – There has been some talk about making this a blinking light stop or putting a traffic light at this location.  In light of the most recent accident there we will be looking into this further.  The traffic division will get some prices for both types of lights.

Snow Removal – Winter 2015-2016 – The County will be plowing and

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And then there is this:

During the Excelsior III application, there was some discussion about adding a light to Prospect Avenue (collector road) and Beech Street which in the end was discarded as a traffic mitigator for Excelsior III due to the insufficient distance between the existing traffic light on Summit Avenue/Beech Street and the proposed traffic light on Prospect Avenue/Beech Street (Iowa State University Institute for Transportation: when the spacing between signals falls below the minimum spacing of one-quarter mile (1,320 feet or two-three blocks), the traffic flow along the route may be disrupted and the ability of the route to carry through traffic will decrease, travel speeds may decrease, and delays and queues may develop at intersections).

Other than the above is there any reason why a light can not be installed. After 35 or 40 years shouldn't we know if a traffic light can be installed at Beech Street and Prospect Avenue. Should the City be spending money on this? Or do you think that they are just going thru the motions. Some people down by Beech were very excited to hear this news.

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Hearing it's in the budget. What year do you think it will be installed.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Port Authority Gate Reassignments
« on: December 01, 2015, 07:03:21 PM »
OOPS. Sorry. The Port Authority Chat is Wednesday December 2 between 4:30 and 6:30 pm on the 2nd floor in the North Wing by the Ladies Rest Room.

I plan to discuss the following with the PA officials:

- Plan to move the bus terminal to 9th Avenue is not beneficial to NJ riders if the riders have to walk 1 extra avenue to get to the A/C/E train and 2 avenues to get to the 1/2/3/7/N/R/shuttle train.

- Plan to make NJ riders get off at Secaucus to get onto to busses heading into NY is not beneficial to NJ riders especially if they move the bus terminal to 9th Avenue.

- Recombine the NJT 162 and 163T lines at Door 2 and move the 164E to Door 3. I still want the flexibility to take the 162 or 163T. If you ride the 162 or 164E have you noticed that they are scheduled to pick up riders at the same time or within 5 minutes of each other.

- Can they hang lane markers from the ceiling so people can see which line they have to stand on when they wait for the bus. Platform 224 is one big clusterf****. They did it before going up to the gate once during a snow storm and it works.

- At the Exclusive Bus Lane give the north side a break every now and then by stopping the busses coming from the Turnpike South at the merge so we get into the bus lane. We have to merge at the toll then merge with the busses coming off Rt 3 then merge with busses coming from the south.

http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/12/commuters_nows_the_chance_to_tell_transit_agencies_what_you_think_of_them.html#incart_river_mobileshort_home

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Port Authority Gate Reassignments
« on: December 01, 2015, 02:38:03 PM »
Commuters will have two opportunities to tell the agencies they patronize what they think of their service and facilities.

The first is the quarterly Commuter Chat which will be held this evening (Dec 1) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Port Authority bus terminal's north wing, on the second floor. Commuters will be able to talk to officials from the Port Authority, which runs the bus terminal, the largest tenant, NJ Transit, and representatives from other bus companies.

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Hackensack Discussion / New Port Authority Bus Terminal
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:23:18 PM »
If you are going to be commuting into the Port Authority Bus Terminal from New Jersey in 2040 you may contact Senate Majority Leader Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/RepEmail.asp to give her your feedback on issues such as moving the Terminal from 8th Avenue over to 9th Avenue. Right now the Terminal sits on top of the A/C/E train. If they  move the Terminal over to 9th Avenue do you want to walk 1 block to the A/C/E train and 2 blocks to the 1/2/3/N/R train?

There is still time to change that plan.


Port Authority votes to replace NYC bus terminal, will hold design competition

By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 22, 2015 at 6:03 PM, updated October 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM            
   
NEW YORK — Port Authority commissioners voted today to replace the aging and overcrowded midtown Manhattan bus terminal.
After delaying action last month due to a lack of consensus on the issue, the 12-member board voted unanimously to authorize Port Authority staff to begin the process of narrowing down just what kind of new terminal will be built and where.

Under the process, those questions will be answered through an international design competition to be concluded by September 2016.   
While the competition will determine how long the new terminal will take to build and for how much, projections developed in the spring put the construction period at 11 to 15 years, and cost between $7.5 and 10.5 billion.


Handling 230,000 passenger-trips a day, the 65-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal is the nation's busiest and projected to get even busier in the coming decades.
A movement spearheaded by the state Senate Majority Leader Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) to improve the lot of her Bergen County constituents with limited or no rail service began to coalesce last year. That was when Weinberg held forums allowing commuters to vent their frustration over crowded, hot and unsanitary conditions they experienced every day en route to and from work.

That July, Port Authority Chairman John Degnan, took her advice and rode a bus into the terminal from his home in Chester and toured the bus terminal with Vice Chairman Scott Rechler of New York.
Appalled by the conditions he saw, Degnan led the board in approving $90 million in emergency repairs and upgrades to bathrooms, escalators, heating and air conditioning, and wi-fi service.

Commissioners and staff also rekindled years-old discussions of replacing the terminal entirely, leading to today's action, which came in the form of a resolution directing Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye to "conduct an international design competition soliciting conceptual designs for a new bus terminal on the site recommended by the working group."

The contest idea came from Commissioner David Steiner of New Jersey, who last month said he and fellow board members "don't know what the hell we're doing," when it comes to building bus terminals.
Contest entrees would essentially flesh out a concept plan for the bus terminal recommended by a working group of the board of commissioners from among several alternatives presented to the board in March.
The plan calls for a new bus terminal located between 9th and 11th Avenues, one block west of the current structure, followed by construction of a bus "staging area."


Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) told commissioners during the public portion of the meeting that a new terminal was "crucial" to his commuting constituents. Johnson had been among a handful of Democratic lawmakers, mainly in Bergen County, to press the Port Authority for repairs and replacement of the terminal.

In advance of the meeting, a bipartisan group of state Senators including Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union), sent Degnan a letter urging approval of the bus terminal plan.
Up to now, calls for action on a new bus terminal had been from Democrats, led by  Weinberg and Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Bergen), whose constituents rely heavily on buses for their commute.
Degnan said it was Weinberg's and other lawmakers' prodding, as well as the governor's willingness to consider a new terminal, that led to today's action.



Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/port_authority_votes_to_replace_nyc_bus_terminal_will_hold_design_competition.html

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Hackensack Discussion / New Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York
« on: October 17, 2015, 12:51:02 PM »
NORTHJERSEY.COM : NEWS
Port Authority officials expected to back proposal to move bus terminal one block west

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015, 7:06 AM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015, 7:14 AM
BY SHAWN BOBURG
STAFF WRITER | THE RECORD

...

Leading Port Authority officials today are expected to recommend building a new Manhattan bus terminal one block west of the current station, following months of deliberation over several options with price tags as high as $10 billion, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The endorsement of a broad plan that includes a specific location for the new terminal and a way to keep commuter buses running during construction would be a significant step in the long-running effort to replace the current 1950s-era mass transit facility with a modern alternative. But more time is needed to determine the new building’s design, the precise cost and how to finance it, said the three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt a presentation planned for today’s meeting of commissioners.

In March, in response to increasing calls to address the condition of the world’s busiest bus terminal, commissioners were given five options for replacing it. They ranged widely in estimated cost and in their impact on the bus system, depending on where the new terminal would sit and whether the current one would stay open during construction.

A four-commissioner group that considered the five options is expected to recommend that the bi-state agency build a new terminal between Ninth and Tenth avenues, keeping the current terminal on Eighth Avenue open during construction.

Once the new structure is up and running, the old terminal would be demolished and the development rights for the property, located on 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, would be sold to help pay for the project. The location of the new terminal would force commuters connecting to the New York City subway system to walk one block, the three people said, whereas direct connections are possible through the current building.

...

http://www.northjersey.com/news/port-authority-officials-expected-to-back-proposal-to-move-bus-terminal-one-block-west-1.1417389

Here's your chance to tell officials how you feel about a new bus terminal

Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM, updated October 16, 2015 at 5:38 PM
 
HACKENSACK — Commuters will be able to weigh in on the Port Authority Bus Terminal and other agency projects on Tuesday, when lawmakers will hold afternoon and evening hearings in Hackensack.

...

The state Senate Legislative Oversight Committee said it will take testimony from North Jersey officials, transportation experts and the people who ride in and out of the crowded midtown Manhattan bus terminal every day. The hearings will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m., in the Bergen County Freeholders meeting room.

...

PUBLIC MEETING ROOM
ONE BERGEN COUNTY PLAZA, 5th FLOOR
HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY


http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/heres_your_chance_to_tell_officials_how_you_feel_about_a_new_bus_terminal.html

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As I mentioned, I liked having the option of jumping on the 162/163/164 when necessary and that by moving the 144 to Gate 313 it makes it less convenient to do that.

Now it seems that they are separating the 162 and 163 lines by reassigning the 162 to Door 2. Annoying as it is when people waiting for the 163 just stop and stand in the aisle when they decide not to board the 162 and vice versa I liked having the 1 queue. If you do too then please speak with the dispatcher or contact: http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=ContactUsTo

If you remember when they moved the bus stop in front of the Bristol House from the middle of the block to the middle to the Bristol House driveway and the riders boycotted the new bus stop because they did not want to stand in the driveway. You know that NJT heard us and moved the bus stop back to the middle of the block.


Port Authority New Gate Changes

ATTENTION: NJ TRANSIT Gate 220-224 Customers
Effective: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 

NJT                      New Gate            Door 
Bus Route No.             

162                      224                      2

*Orange indicates change in Gate Assignment effective 9/8/2015. 

http://www.njtransit.com/AdminTemp/220224gates.pdf

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 24-story tower for Summit Avenue
« on: August 17, 2015, 07:50:05 AM »
Please attend tomorrow (Tuesday August 18) to show your support for this Amendment to the Schedule of District Regulations which will remove “Nursing, rest and convalescent homes” from the conditional uses allowed in Zone R-3 and Zone R-3B (your neighborhood):

8/18/2015 - Notice of Public Hearing: R-3 and R-3B Zones
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
City of Hackensack, Mayor and Council
Bergen County, New Jersey
R-3 and R-3B Zones

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter (Hearing is Scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 2015) as may be heard, a public hearing will be held before the Mayor and Council of the City of Hackensack at the City of Hackensack Council Chambers, 65 Central Avenue, 3rd Floor, Hackensack, New Jersey, to consider for final approval Ordinance 28-2015, which seeks to amend Chapter 175 of the City of Hackensack Municipal Code, entitled “Zoning,” to Amend the “Schedule of District Regulations” as authorized by Section 175-4.1, entitled “Schedule of Regulations” by removing “Nursing, rest and convalescent homes” from the conditional uses allowed in Zone R-3 and Zone R-3B.

If you are receiving this notice, it is because your property is located within the R-3 or R-3B Zones, or within 200 feet of the boundaries thereof. 79940

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Port Authority Gate Reassignments
« on: August 17, 2015, 07:35:41 AM »
Hi Editor, please approve the .pdf file which includes the Port Authority Terminal Map and points out the location of Gates 300 - 326. Thanks.

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