WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey more than $18 million in new federal funding to improve local bus service. The funds will provide for the purchase of new buses and the expansion of existing stations.
“As our roads become more congested, it is critical that New Jersey residents have access to safe, reliable and efficient mass transportation options. Expanding bus service and modernizing facilities will help attract riders and alleviate congestion,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “This funding will improve mass transportation for thousands of New Jersey riders and encourage a new wave of bus commuters to leave their cars at home.”
The money will be used for the following projects:
• $11,766,180 to New Jersey Transit for the Trenton Station Rehabilitation Project, which will expand the Trenton Station Complex from 19,000 square feet to 46,000 square feet
• $4,509,640 to New Jersey Transit for the South Amboy High Level Platform project
• $1,772,320 for the Burlington County Transportation System to purchase nine replacement buses and bus related equipment
In 2008, Americans took nearly 11 billion trips on public transportation, the highest ridership level in 52 years. NJ TRANSIT also reports that bus ridership for fiscal year 2008 increased 2.2 percent, to 162,591,200 trips.
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