Articles by David Porter and Mike Catalini

Newark to Speed Replacing of Pipes Blamed for Lead in Water

New Jersey’s biggest city on Monday announced a plan to borrow $120 million to dramatically cut the time it will take to replace pipes causing elevated lead levels in drinking water. City, state and county officials said the plan is …

New Jersey Sues California Company Over ‘Ghost Guns’

New Jersey’s attorney general announced a lawsuit Friday against a California company that sells mail-order firearms parts that can be turned into working weapons, the first such action the state has taken since it banned so-called ghost guns last year. …

Safety Deadline Looming, New Jersey Transit Aiming for Extension

New Jersey transit officials said Tuesday they hope to earn a two-year extension of a federally mandated deadline for installing an emergency braking system on their rail lines. With an initial deadline six months away, New Jersey Transit basically made …

Group Sues Newark Over Lead Levels in Drinking Water

An environmental group has sued the city of Newark, N.J., alleging officials violated federal safe drinking water laws by not adequately monitoring and testing a water system that contained what it termed “dangerously high” lead levels. The lawsuit by the …

Investigators Probe Cause of New Jersey School Bus Crash That Killed Two

First, a scraping sound. Then, chaos and panic as a bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and toppled over on a busy highway, killing a student and a teacher and injuring …

Report Shows Far to Go for NJ Transit to Hit Safety Deadline

New Jersey Transit had installed a federally mandated emergency braking system on less than 10 percent of its fleet of locomotives nine months before the deadline, according to a progress report covering the first quarter of this year. The report …

NJ Transit to Reduce Trains to Try and Meet Safety Deadline

New Jersey Transit said Thursday it will reduce its train service over the next several months as it tries to install a federally mandated safety system by a Dec. 31 deadline. Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration sent a letter …

Northeast Digging Out from Deep Snow as Power Outages Continue

The Northeast is digging out from its second powerful nor’easter in less than a week that left behind some areas with more than 2 feet of snow, hundreds of thousands without power, school closures and travel chaos. Some places saw …

New York Subway Train Derails, Scaring Passengers and Injuring Dozens

A subway train derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor, forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels and delivering another jolt to a transit system plagued by aging equipment and reliability problems. …

Amtrak Criticized for Derailments, Problems at New York’s Penn Station

The heads of the two major commuter rail lines that use New York’s Penn Station took turns criticizing Amtrak on Wednesday for two recent derailments that continued to cause headaches for commuters in the nation’s busiest rail hub. Rail service …