NJ getting millions in stimulus for mass transit

March 5, 2009 6:08:55 PM PST
More federal stimulus money is headed to New Jersey. The Obama administration said Thursday that the state will get $425 million for mass transit projects.

The money was included in the $787 billion stimulus package President Barack Obama signed into law last month.

NJ Transit plans to use the money for various projects, including a planned train tunnel under the Hudson River, rehabilitating its bus fleet and building a transfer station in Pennsauken so River Line rail riders can connect with trains for Atlantic City.

New Jersey has already received federal stimulus money for various projects, such as affordable housing repairs and work on highways and bridges. And police departments in New Jersey are getting nearly $48 million.

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Major NJ Transit projects that will be paid for with federal stimulus money, and their estimated cost:

- Proposed train tunnel under the Hudson River, which officials say would double the number of eastbound trains that enter New York's Penn Station every day. $130 million.

- Rail transfer station in Pennsauken to allow passengers to transfer between Atlantic City Line and River Line. $40 million.

- Improved signal system for River Line light rail line. $24 million.

- New jitney buses for Atlantic City. $2.25 million.

- Expanded parking at Edison rail station. $11 million.

- High-level platforms to allow access to Plauderville station in Garfield for people with disabilities. $15 million.

- Pedestrian and traffic circulation improvements around Newark Penn Station. $17.3 million.

- New switches on Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. $15 million.

- Rehabilitation work on the Lower Hack Drawbridge, which carries Morris & Essex lines to Hoboken. $30 million.

- Signal improvements to the Morristown Branch, allowing for improved operations of the Morristown line. $25 million.

- New bus shelters throughout state. $2.5 million.

- Replacing ties and track throughout commuter rail system. $22 million.

- Rehabilitating bus fleet. $35 million.

- Rehabilitating rail cars and locomotives. $35.8 million.

- Purchase of minibuses for rural areas and support the expansion of commuter rail to those areas. $4.8 million.

- New minibuses for the Access Link Paratransit system. $13.75 million.

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On the Net:

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/capital/stimulus


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