Rotary Club of Englewood NJ 

We meet each Tuesday at 12:15pm 

Crowne Plaza Englewood 

401 S Van Brunt St, Englewood NJ 07631 

Tuesday May 2nd Lunch Meeting

 
 
 

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson spoke on the LightRail coming to Englewood. He showed us maps and the exact location of the 3 stops in Englewood.

 
       
 
 
Thank You Assemblyman Johnson.
 
 
 
Spoke
 
 
Presiding: Jill Abbott
Recorder: Carol Schults
 
Date: May 2, 2017
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
No visiting Rotarians
Greg Sheath, Lisa Whelan and John Blakley
 
Announcements
Jill made the following announcements:
  • Taste of Teaneck, Monday May 8 at Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, NJ
  • Rotary International  Conference in Atlanta, June 10-14, it will be in Toronto next year
  • Banner Exchange June 29th at Seasons; cost will be under $100
 
Happy Dollars
  • There were many happy dollars celebrating the wedding of Jill and John    
  • There will an Age Friendly Englewood conference on "Housing Options" on 5/25, from 8:30 until 12:30 at Crowne Plaza
  • The University Glee Club with an Amherst singing group will be performing 5/12 at 8:00 pm at 46 West 24th Street 
 
 
Program
  • Assemblyman Gordon Johnson spoke about the Light Rail coming to Englewood.  There will be three stops in town. 
  • The terminus will be at Englewood Hospital Medical Center.  The current doctor's parking lot will become a commuter parking lot (and a new staff parking lot will be built where the old nursing school is located) 
  • The downtown area will have a new train station, across the street from Bergen PAC. 
  • The last stop in town will be south of route 4 on the west side of the road where there are warehouses that will be torn down.  This stop will also have a storage shed to clean and store the light rail cars. 
  • The current estimated cost is $1.28 Billion to create this ten mile route to connect it with the light rail in North Bergen. A ride is estimated to take 20 minutes to Weehawken and 32 minutes to Jersey City.  The fare will be similar to that of taking the bus.The train will run every 6 minutes during peak times and every 10 during non peak hours.
  • It is proposed that all crossings in town will be a "quiet zone", so as the light rail passes intersections, the gates will go down and there will be no horn sounded.
  • Money to cover this project will come from various sources including the gas tax. 
  • The time frame is 3 to 5 to start construction and 7 years to complete it. 
  • Most were excited to hear about this project. 
  • Gordon also spoke about his trip to Nepal. He mentioned that some of the local politicians were looking for a "sister city", to, for example, do e-book exchanges and to help work with on projects. 
50/50 All tickets were used at the Fundraiser
 
Attendance
Three full tables, totaling 22 people
 
Upcoming programs
May 9 - Andrew Schults on the Tenafly "Rails to Trails" Project
May 16 - Forrest Elliott, Keep Vets Warm Project