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September 10, 2010

NEWARK, NJ The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved the purchase of 141 vehicles—including 13 minibuses for Atlantic County—that will be used to provide critical transportation services throughout the state to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, economically-disadvantaged commuters and rural residents. 


“The transit options provided through local transportation programs enable thousands of New Jersey residents to travel more easily around the state,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman James Simpson.  “Through the procurement of these vehicles, we will continue to provide mobility for people with disabilities, senior citizens and those living in rural areas.”


“The funding provided by these programs allows for the development of coordinated, community-based transportation services, extending the reach of NJ TRANSIT service in some areas and filling in gaps in service where there is need,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) makes federal funding available annually through a competitive grant process 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:

  • $6.4 million contract with Arcola Sales & Service Corporation of Carlstadt, NJ, for the purchase of 11 vans and 120 minibuses.
  • $361,900 contract with Arcola Sales & Service Corporation for the purchase of 10 minivans. 

Funding for 19 of the vehicles is being provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with additional funding being provided through other federal grant programs, including Section 5307, 5310, 5311, 5317 and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ).


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




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.