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NJ TRANSIT COMMITS $10M FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SEWER IN HOBOKEN

Project expected to help mitigate flooding

August 7, 2007
NJT-07-081
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ ó NJ TRANSIT today announced that it will commit $10 million toward the construction of a new sewer beneath Observer Highway in Hoboken. The project, which will be undertaken by the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, is expected to help mitigate flooding in the southern section of Hobokenóan area that includes NJ TRANSITís Hoboken Terminal and Yard facility.

"I am delighted that NJ TRANSIT is working with the City to alleviate flooding," said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. "This project is another example of our continued productive and cooperative partnership with NJ TRANSIT."

"Modernizing Hobokenís infrastructure will have benefits for the community, for our operations at Hoboken Terminal, and for the more than 50,000 customers who pass through the Terminal each day," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "I want to thank Mayor Dave Roberts for his strong leadership on behalf of the City and for his commitment to making transportation a priority in this community. I would also like to thank Senate Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. for his support in fostering this project."

In a letter sent to Mayor Roberts today, NJ TRANSIT committed $10 million toward the construction of a new sewer under Observer Highway, the east-west thoroughfare that runs adjacent to NJ TRANSITís 65-acre Hoboken Terminal and Yard facility, which is prone to flooding during periods of heavy or sustained precipitation. The funds are subject to NJ TRANSIT Board approval of a memorandum of agreement to be developed with the sewerage authority.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 857,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.