NJ Transit To Get Federal Funds For Upgrades

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration has allocated nearly $3.8 million to upgrade public transportation infrastructure in four New Jersey communities, New Jersey’s senators announced today.

NJ Transit will receive $1.38 million for the South Brunswick Shuttle Service and Parking Facilities project. The Independence Way Park and Ride Facility involves the construction of a surface lot park and ride facility (70 – 85 spaces) and associated drainage improvements on the southbound side of US Route 1. In addition, a bus shelter, two bus pull-offs, and revisions to a traffic light for pedestrian crossing are included in the project.

Another $950,000 will support the rehabilitation and project administration of the Morris Plains Rail Station which involves replacing tiles on the station roof, rehabbing the roof of the shelter building, and preventing further deterioration of historic material.

The Atlantic City Jitney will be allocated $750,000 to purchase 60, 13-passenger, gas-powered, life equipped buses to replace a portion of its aging diesel fleet.

Finally, $712,500 will be used for rehabilitation and project administration of the Lincoln Park Station which involves work along the exterior and interior of the rail station.

“New Jersey Transit operates the nation’s second largest transit systems in terms of service miles. Every day, public transportation connects thousands of New Jerseyans to jobs, educational opportunities, and vital services in a safe and reliable manner. Reinvestment in our existing transit infrastructure is a vital down payment in support of communities of lasting value – where businesses want to invest and where families want to live,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development.

“New Jersey Transit keeps people on the move and these critical upgrades will make service more dependable and efficient,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. “This federal investment will modernize mass transit operations throughout the state and I will continue fighting to help New Jersey Transit provide quality service, attract riders and reduce congestion on our crowded roads.”

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