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NJ TRANSIT TO RECEIVE NEXT AWARD OF FEDERAL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDING

NEWARK, NJ — The Christie Administration announced today that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award NJ TRANSIT $71,419,023 in Sandy recovery funds to support important repair and resiliency projects.  

With this funding, we will be making critical investments to protect against future weather events and ensure a more resilient commuter rail system for our residents,” said Governor Christie.

This latest award of FTA funds will be used to support important recovery and resilience projects currently underway, including the elevation of key substations in Hoboken, Kearny, and Bay Head to reduce the impact of future storms and flooding.  These substations provide electric power for the trains and other critical facilities, including Hoboken terminal.

To date, the FTA has allocated NJ TRANSIT a total of $1.724 billion of Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds in response to Superstorm Sandy. The FTA funds allocated to date have supported critical recovery and resilience projects including:

·         NJ TRANSITGRID

·         Raritan River Drawbridge Replacement

·         Hoboken Long Slip Flood Projection

·         Train Storage And Service Restoration Project

·         Train Control & Communication Resiliency Project

“The investments we are making in our Sandy recovery and restoration projects will pay dividends to our riders far into the future,” New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Jamie Fox said.  NJ TRANSIT Executive Director, Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim said, “Each of these projects helps ensure the resiliency of our operations, equipment, and assets.” 

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 915,900 weekday trips on 260 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.