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NJ TRANSIT APPROVES PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

July 11, 2012
NJT-12-054

NEWARK, NJ The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved the purchase of 200 vehicles that will be used to provide critical transportation services throughout the state to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, economically-disadvantaged commuters and rural residents. 

“Through the procurement of these vehicles, we will continue to provide mobility throughout New Jersey for people with disabilities, senior citizens and those living in rural areas,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman James Simpson. 

“These vehicles will support local transportation programs that enable thousands of New Jersey residents to travel more easily around the state,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) makes federal funding available annually for the purchase of vehicles for local community transit services.  NJ TRANSIT and the State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) invite eligible applicants to submit requests for vehicles through various funding programs.

The Board authorized two separate contracts for the purchase of the vehicles:

  • $7.02 million contract with Alliance Bus Group of Carlstadt, NJ, for the purchase of 14 vans and 119 minibuses.
  • $3.15 million contract with Rohrer Bus Sales of Duncannon, PA, for the purchase of 67 minibuses. 

Funding for the vehicles is being provided through federal grant programs, including Section 5307, 5310, 5311, 5317 and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), as well as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Transportation Trust Fund monies are used for NJ TRANSIT’s match of Section 5310 and 5311 funds. 

In all, the new vehicles will be distributed to organizations in 20 counties.

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 260 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the second largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.