NJ Transit Launches 10-Year Strategic, 5-Year Capital PlansWritten by Andrew Corselli
Governor Phil Murphy and NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett unveiled NJ Transit’s 10-year strategic plan entitled—NJT2030: A 10-Year Strategic Plan—and a complementary 5-Year Capital Plan. Together, these plans aim to provide the vision for NJ Transit to build the future of transportation in New Jersey and, with it, “drive a 21st century economy in an accountable, transparent and environmentally-sustainable way.”
The primary focus of this plan, NJ Transit said, is putting customers at the center of the agency’s decision-making. Based on feedback from customers, elected officials, transit advocates and other external stakeholders, more than 100 specific strategic initiatives have been laid out for NJ Transit to achieve and implement between now and 2030.
As the first strategic plan of its kind for NJ Transit, NJT2030 begins with “a vision to transform the agency into an innovative, world-class public transportation provider that meets the travel needs of every customer.” To achieve that vision, NJT2030 establishes five over-arching goals:
- Ensure the reliability and continued safety of the transit system.
- Deliver a high-quality experience for all customers, with their entire journey in mind.
- Power a stronger and fairer economy for all communities in the region.
- Promote a more sustainable future for our planet.
- Build an accountable, innovative and inclusive organization that delivers for New Jersey.
To realize these goals, NJT2030 includes deliverables within the first two years, in years three through five, and years six through 10 of the plan. Highlights include:
- Improving on-time performance.
- Increasing service on the most congested bus routes.
- Rail and bus fleet replacement, including the advancement of the net-zero emissions bus program.
- Upgrading information technology systems.
- Station rehabilitations.
- Improving accessibility to the system.
In addition to NJT2030, NJ Transit is issuing a rolling, unconstrained 5-year capital plan, which is a comprehensive capital investment strategy that describes what NJ Transit can achieve with sustained and dependable funding over an extended period. The Capital Plan includes more than 100 projects touching every aspect of NJ Transit service, including Access Link, Bus, Light Rail and Rail designed to establish NJ Transit as a world-class transit system.
The 5-Year Capital Plan establishes five performance indicators called “project values” that help translate NJT2030’s goals into metrics applicable to capital projects. The five project values are:
- State of Good Repair.
- Customer Experience.
- Business Performance.
NJT2030: A 10-Year Strategic Plan and the 5-Year Capital Plan can be viewed at njtplans.com.
“Through these plans, we will build on the significant progress we’ve already made, support our state’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and lay out a path forward for the next 10 years,” said Corbett. “The initiatives and metrics within these plans hold us accountable to our customers and stakeholders, while guiding our actions and decisions that will deliver a modernized, best-in-class transit system for the people of New Jersey.”