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Monday, August 17, 2009

Federal Recovery Act funds for New Jersey Transit projects

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 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today said $298.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars will go to NJ TRANSIT for 13 projects that will improve aging infrastructure, help ease daily commutes and generate jobs across the region.


"This is what the Recovery Act is all about - putting people to work on projects that will help jump-start our economy and modernize our public transportation systems at the same time," Secretary LaHood said during a press conference at Metropark Station in Woodbridge, N.J.


Governor Jon Corzine applauded the announcement. "I want to thank Secretary LaHood and the Obama Administration for their commitment to action by providing these American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds" said Governor Corzine. "As a result, we'll be able to kick-off a new slate of shovel-ready projects to make necessary infrastructure improvements that will help to stimulate our economy, save jobs and create new jobs for New Jersey residents."


In addition to the Mass Transit Tunnel Project, which consists of two new tunnels under the Hudson River and a new rail station underneath 34th Street in midtown Manhattan, this recovery money will also pay for bus, van and railcar purchases, as well as facility, track, and safety and bridge improvements throughout the system.


To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made $24.1 billion in Recovery Act funds available nationwide for over 7,400 projects.


NJ TRANSIT $298.7 Million Recovery Grant, Breakdown by Project

Access to the Region's Core (ARC)/Mass Transit Tunnel - $130 Million

Funds for the nine-mile commuter rail Mass Transit Tunnel project connecting New Jersey and Manhattan will be used for the following: 

* $110 million for design and engineering expenses, as well as costs associated with construction and project management activities.
* $20 million for a new underpass structure to carry Route 1& 9 over the new ARC Core tracks and modifications to the building located at 2001 Tonnelle Ave.

Lower Hack Drawbridge Rehabilitation (Phase II) - $30 Million. 
Lower Hack drawbridge is a three-track bridge that carries NJ TRANSIT's Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton Line trains over the Hackensack River between Kearny and Jersey City in Hudson County. Rehabilitation will include concrete and structural steel repairs.

Morristown Line Bi-Directional Signal Improvements - $25 Million. This project involves installation of a train traffic control system on the Morristown Line of NJ TRANSIT's Morris & Essex Lines. This system allows for bi-directional train operation on a two-track segment between Summit and Denville, providing increased capacity and flexibility on NJ TRANSIT's commuter rail system.

River LINE Cab Signal System - $24 Million
Funds will be used for the design, purchase and installation of an Automatic Train Control signal system for NJ TRANSIT's 34-mile River LINE light rail system, which provides service between Camden and Trenton, N.J. An ATC system will permit the train operator to view the current signal restrictions from the cab of the light rail vehicle, rather than relying on wayside signals along the right-of-way. In addition to providing a significant enhancement in managing train movements, an ATC system satisfies the requirement of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to install "Positive Train Control" by December 2015.

Plauderville Station/High-Level Platform - $15 Million. Funds will be used to install high-level platforms, canopies, heated shelters, and ramps at the Plauderville Station, which serves the Bergen County Commuter Rail Line and local bus service in Garfield, NJ, allowing boarding for persons with disabilities.

Edison Station Park and Ride - $11 Million. This project involves the construction of a supplemental parking facility to serve the increased commuter needs at NJ TRANSIT's Edison Station, including construction of an approximately 475-space surface parking lot with new daily and monthly permit spaces on the outbound side of the existing station.

Various Other Projects - $12.7 Million

* $4.7 million for the Enhanced Track Rehabilitation Project, which involves replacement of ties, rails and switches along various rail lines throughout the system* $2.0 million for construction of an intermodal transit center and parking facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
* $2.0 million for exterior pedestrian traffic and circulation improvements on the west side of Newark Penn Station.

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