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NJ TRANSITGRID will Power Critical Transit Infrastructure even during Commercial Power Outages



June 12, 2019


NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will receive $46 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to enter design and construction for the Distributed Generation portion of the NJ TRANSITGRID project. 


“This funding will move NJ TRANSIT toward self-sufficiency in the event of a disaster such as Superstorm Sandy where commercial power systems may be limited or unavailable,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “When completed,
NJ TRANSITGRID will power critical stations, terminals and rail lines to help our customers safely get to their destinations.”


The Distributed Generation phase of the NJ TRANSITGRID project is a first-of-its-kind microgrid system capable of providing reliable power to support critical infrastructure during power brownouts or blackouts. The grant will fund the design and construction activities to develop electrical power systems at Greenville Bus Garage, Wayne Bus Garage, Meadowlands Bus Garage, Newark Penn Station, Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction Station, and the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal.


Each participating station will be equipped with localized power generation for use during commercial power disruptions. At the Wayne Bus Garage, NJ TRANSIT is implementing a pilot project involving a solar canopy that will power the facility during disruptions, but also offset electrical use during regular operation. 


The FTA is providing $45,828,737 toward the Distributed Generation project, and the TTF is matching that grant with $15,276,246 to bring the total funding to $61,104,983.  The FTA grant is the first allocation of the $409,764,814 Competitive Resilience funds allocated to the NJ TRANSITGRID project under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The remainder of the funding, when allocated, will be used to complete the NJ TRANSITGRID Central Power Plant project.


The Central Power Plant project will electrify the tracks and operating controls on portions of the NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak systems. After completing environmental review and receiving the remainder of the grant, the proposed facility will operate 24/7 and be sized to handle limited operations on the Northeast Corridor between New York’s Penn Station and NJ TRANSIT’s Jersey Avenue Station in New Brunswick; the Morris & Essex line between Hoboken Terminal and Maplewood Station; and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) Transit System. The project will also provide power to the signal system on a portion of the Main Line.


The NJ TRANSITGRID project is part of NJ TRANSIT’s Resilience Program, a concerted and ongoing effort to make the transit system and infrastructure stronger and more reliable following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  


More information about the projects in the Resiliency Program is available at




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 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 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.