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Breaking News - March 2009

NJDOT To Use $130 Million for ARC Tunnel Project

By Adam Klasfeld
March 10, 2009

Governor Corzine’s office finally revealed the details of the transportation allocations of New Jersey’s stimulus package, and it involves a flush of $894 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for critical highway and transit projects statewide.

New Jersey is setting aside $130 million of its federal stimulus money for the Access to the Region’s Core project which will create another tunnel beneath the Hudson River.
New Jersey is setting aside $130 million of its federal stimulus money for the Access to the Region’s Core project which will create another tunnel beneath the Hudson River.

As we previously reported, the state will distribute a total $425 million for transit and about $652 million for highway and bridge work.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will enable New Jersey to accelerate long-needed infrastructure projects, providing jobs for thousands of residents and improving commerce, safety, and quality of life,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine.

NJ Transit is going to use the windfall for 16 separate projects, including $ 130 million for the construction of a second Trans-Hudson rail tunnel for commuters into Manhattan called “Access to the Region’s Core.” 

When construction completes, commuters on the Pascack Valley Line, Port Jervis/Main/Bergen County Line, Morris & Essex Line and Raritan Valley Line will no longer have to transfer at Secaucus to get in and out of the city.  This project alone is expected to generate almost 100,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65,000 tons annually.

A $4.8 million rural program will purchase minibuses and extend rail lines to reach neglected regions, and people with disabilities will be aided by the $13.75 investment in more vehicles for the Access Link Para Transit program.

For a rainy day, $2.5 million is going into the construction of bus shelters around the state, and people looking for economical ways to visit a casino will be pleased to hear about a $2.25 million investment in Jitney Buses to Atlantic City.

Other allocations are slated for improvements for the light rail’s cab signals, track replacements, railcar maintenance, drawbridge rehab and station upgrades.

In addition, several New Jersey bridges will be getting fresh coats of paint, including all 49 bridges along the I-280 corridor,10 along I-295, 20 along I-80, 9 along I-78, and two along Rtes. 1&9T. 

About fives miles of Routes 18 and 24 were known to be hot spots for traffic accidents.  So both highways are receiving funds median crossover crash prevention programs. 

Also, the often-flooded stretches of Routes 29 and 30 are getting drainage improvements, and money for fresh pavement will be poured into I-295 and I-78.

 

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