On the first day of summer repairs to train lines to New York, Kim Guadagno rode the train from Summit to New York City and released her plan to fix transportation and transit in New Jersey.
“I rode the train this morning to see first hand the effect summer repair work is having on commuters,” said Guadagno. “I believe commuters must be treated with respect, and as governor, I will take politics out of transportation and focus on improving efficiency, quality and customer service. Only then will we be able to create the transportation and transit system New Jersey deserves.”
Guadagno said, “New Jersey must be more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to planning and funding needed infrastructure projects and repairs. As governor, I will stand up for New Jersey and ensure our state gets its fair share of transportation dollars from Washington and the Port Authority so we can implement long-term plans to improve our infrastructure.”
At 7:37 in the morning, Guadagno boarded the Morris and Essex line from Summit to Hoboken, where she transferred to the PATH train, riding it to the 33rd street station.
As a former federal prosecutor, Guadagno said she rode the train from Little Silver to Newark every day to commute to work.
New Jersey will spend nearly $4 billion on roads, bridges, trains, ports, tunnels and other transportation projects during fiscal year 2017, not including spending by local and county governments. Despite the spending, it’s obvious that New Jerseyans haven’t gotten their money’s worth.
Politics in Trenton has led to deteriorating infrastructure and constant delays, inconveniencing commuters and New Jersey residents on a daily basis.
Kim Guadagno understands one of the top responsibilities of a governor is to literally make sure “the trains run on time.” If elected, Kim Guadagno will seek to depoliticize transportation and rethink how New Jersey approaches transportation and infrastructure to create a world-class system New Jerseyans deserve.
Guadagno believes the success or failure of a transportation project shouldn’t depend on the power and preferences of a particular legislator, governor or political appointee. However, under the current system of in Trenton, that is too often the case.
The 200,000 commuters who live in New Jersey but work in New York are required to file income taxes in both states. As governor, Guadagno will look to adopt a plan floated during the primary election campaign which sought to change the bi-state tax structure to benefit New Jersey commuters.
You can read more about her plan to fix transportation and transit here.
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