NJ TRANSIT announces $43 million funding to advance sustainable transport projects
The new funding will support seven NJ TRANSIT projects which will help advance electrification and improve first- and last-mile connectivity, creating a safer, greener and more accessible transport network across New Jersey.
Credit: NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) have announced $43.6 million in federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding to seven NJ TRANSIT projects which advance sustainability, bus garage electrification and first- and last-mile transportation solutions. The funding will be made available to NJ TRANSIT as part of NJTPA’s Fiscal Year 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program.
“By working together at a regional level, we can identify, prioritise and advance critical projects to make the transit system more accessible and sustainable,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “The projects selected are exciting opportunities to continue promoting the electrification of buses, using solar power in bus shelters and modernising our bus network to meet future transportation demand.”
“Public transit is vital to communities across the state, with people depending on it to get to work, buy groceries and go to the doctors,” said Senator Bob Menendez. “I’m proud to have secured this funding which will advance critical NJ TRANSIT projects, and create a safer, more accessible, greener and more sustainable transportation network. I’ll continue fighting for robust transportation funding, as it plays a critical role in getting residents safely to their destination and keeping our economy moving forward.”
“NJ TRANSIT and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority collaborated closely to select a slate of innovative, environmentally-friendly and forward-looking projects to receive this vital federal funding,” said NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “As a result, NJ TRANSIT will now advance seven key projects – improving service, first mile/last mile, and micro-mobility options for customers, while supporting New Jersey’s sustainability goals outlined in Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan.”
“The NJTPA staff worked closely with NJ TRANSIT to develop an innovative plan to use this funding that will not only benefit transit riders, but also our region,” said NJTPA Chair John W. Bartlett, a Passaic County Commissioner. “The bus electrification, pilot shuttle programme, bicycle sheds and studies will help us meet the goals in our long-range transportation plan, by improving air quality, making transportation more accessible and encouraging healthy alternatives.”
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