Booker, Menendez announce $1.6B in American Rescue Plan funds for NJ Transit

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U.s. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) have announced allocating $1.6 billion in American Rescue Plan funds for NJ Transit.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Whether people are trying to get to work, go to the doctors, or buy groceries, public transportation is vital to communities across our state,” Menendez said in a statement.

“I’m proud to have fought for this critical funding which will ensure NJ TRANSIT can get residents safely where they need to go, keep essential workers on the job, and our economy moving forward.”

This funding follows the release of an additional $1.06 billion in funding for the New York-Newark urbanized area last month under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), as well as previous releases of funding under the American Rescue Plan for other urbanized areas that the state participates in.

This round specifically comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“This federal investment, made possible by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act which I proudly voted for last year, will help ensure that NJ TRANSIT is able to continue the critical role it currently plays across New Jersey communities, especially as our state confronts the many challenges posed by the Omicron variant,” added Booker.

In 2020, NJT provided 206 million trips representing one out of every twenty-nine trips nationwide.

NJT also provided the second highest nationwide service levels, with NJT buses and trains covering 152 million miles last year. These trips and service levels are critical to supporting New Jersey’s 9.3 million residents.

“American Rescue Plan funding is on the way to NJ TRANSIT thanks to the hard work and advocacy of the Biden Administration, Senators Menendez and Booker, and our congressional delegation,” added Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

“These funds will go a long way toward allowing NJ TRANSIT to continue to serve New Jersey commuters and will allow our Administration to make critical investments in infrastructure. We look forward to putting this funding to work for New Jerseyans.”

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