“The collaboration that led to such a significant outcome for New Jersey cannot be overstated. Thank you to the FHWA team for working through this initiative and recognizing the importance of investing in New Jersey’s entire transportation system,” said NJDOT Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “This funding will help deliver on Governor Murphy’s promise of providing all New Jerseyans with a safe, efficient, and equitable transportation network.”
Murphy made the announcement at Long Branch Station, which will receive $7.9 million of this additional funding to help complete the Long Branch Station Pedestrian Tunnel project. The Long Branch Station Pedestrian Tunnel project will reconnect the east and west halves of Long Branch, which are currently divided by the above-ground rail alignment. It will improve access to Long Branch Station for commuters and community members while connecting neighborhoods separated by the railroad tracks. The project will also improve accessibility and enhance equitable access to the station. In February 2023, $13.2 million in federal funding was secured for the new pedestrian tunnel.
In addition to the $7.9 million committed to Long Branch, other NJ TRANSIT projects benefitting from the additional federal funding include:
- The Hilton Bus Garage Modernization and Electrification ($68.1 million) - An ongoing design effort to modernize Hilton Bus Garage and prepare the facility for the deployment of battery electric buses (BEB).
- Meadowlands Garage Battery Electric Bus Depot ($37.7 million) - This project will implement the initial phase of a BEB depot at the Meadowlands Bus garage to support the deployment of articulated battery electric buses.
- Passaic Bus Terminal ($15 million) - A project for an all-new bus terminal in the heart of the Passaic business district, including larger bus berths to accommodate higher capacity articulated buses and the construction of new bus shelters.
- Watsessing Avenue ($31.6 million) and Roselle Park ($9 million) Station Modernizations - These projects will renovate the stations, providing new platforms and canopies and installing elevators and ramps to allow for full accessibility.
- Replacement of six bridges ($106.5 million) - These projects will replace bridges in Little Falls, Readington, High Bridge, and Bayonne, as well as two in Waterford.
- Delco Lead ($33.8 million) - This project is part of NJ TRANSIT’s Resilience Program and will construct a storage location at a strategic location along the Northeast Corridor that is not flood-prone.
- Hoboken Yard Improvements ($5 million) - This project includes design and construction of inspection pits in Hoboken Yard for required periodic inspections of Multilevel rail cars, making those cars more readily available for service.
NJDOT will use the funds for a variety of projects that will be advertised or awarded by the end of the year. These projects include pavement preservation, bridge preventative maintenance, bikeway and pedestrian safety improvements, and projects that will ease congestion and improve safety. Among the projects that will receive funding are:
- Portway, Fish House Road/Pennsylvania Avenue, CR 659 - This project will realign the roadway and reconfigure the intersection of Central Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in Kearny. The roadway improvements will include drainage facilities and quality treatment areas.
- Route 42, Kenney Avenue to Atlantic City Expressway - This project will resurface approximately three miles of the highway in both directions in Washington Township, Gloucester County.