Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Jersey: $3.6 billion 2010 transportation plan

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New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, at an April 13 transportation conference in Trenton, proposed a $3.6 billion capital construction program for 2010, a 9% increase over this year’s budget. It includes $1 billion in federal stimulus transportation funding for the state.

jon-corzine.jpgsteve-dilts-njdot.jpgThe governor (above, left) said the capital construction program, the state’s largest-ever, will be used for transit expansion and long-overdue repair work on highway and rail facilities. It includes $1.4 billion for NJ Transit and $2.2 billion for highway and bridge projects overseen by the state Department of Transportation. Nearly half is funded by the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Steve Dilts (right) said the 2010 capital plan “provides for one of the largest modernization programs in NJ Transit's history.”

Among the projects are $130 million for final design of the $8.7 billion Access to the Region’s Core Mass Transit Tunnel plan to build a second rail tunnel to Manhattan and an expanded Penn Station in New York, and $419 million for infrastructure improvements to relieve congestion.