Christie Administration Announces Proposed FY 12 Transportation Capital Program to Improve New Jersey’s Infrastructure
Program would fund $3.5 billion in NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT investments
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation today proposed a FY 12 capital program that provides for robust investment in the state’s vital transportation network and promotes long-term economic growth for the Garden State.
The $3.5 billion program represents the first year of a five-year Transportation Capital Plan that Governor Chris Christie announced in January. That plan puts New Jersey on the path toward fiscal health by prioritizing projects, decreasing borrowing and increasing pay-as-you-go cash funding.
The proposal, which outlines spending priorities totaling $2.3 billion for NJDOT and nearly $1.2 billion for NJ TRANSIT, reflects the Governor’s commitment to improve the safety and functionality of a multi-modal transportation network that provides mobility for millions of New Jersey residents and visitors every day.
“Renewing New Jersey isn’t just a slogan, it’s the product of cohesive policies that attract businesses, create new jobs and control taxes,” Governor Christie said. “The significant investments in our roads, our bridges and our public transportation system contained in this capital program help us move toward our shared goal of rebuilding and renewing the great State of New Jersey.”
“This capital program balances the reality of limited resources with the twin imperatives of promoting public safety and maintaining our assets in a state of good repair,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson. “Every investment to improve a road or bridge or railroad today helps us avoid far more costly repairs tomorrow.”
“Governor Christie’s support for our capital program will allow NJ TRANSIT to serve nearly one million daily trips safely and reliably while modernizing our equipment and technology to enhance the customer experience,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.
The FY 12 program relies primarily on federal and state sources for funding.
Under the proposed program, state support from the Transportation Trust Fund and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) would amount to $1.6 billion, of which $978 million would be directed to NJDOT and $622 million to NJ TRANSIT.
Federal support amounts to $1.66 billion, of which $1.17 billion would go to NJDOT and $497 million to NJ TRANSIT.
• The FY 12 proposed program increases investments in rehabilitating or replacing bridges and roads by 25 percent, to $1.13 billion, or $229 million more than the current year.
o Programmed investments in state and local bridges under the FY 12 plan would reach nearly $850 million, up from $714 million in the current year. The program invests $600 million in NJDOT-maintained bridges and provides another $50 million for bridge deck rehabilitation or replacement projects.
o Roadway repaving and reconstruction projects would be funded at $284 million in FY 12, up from the $191 million programmed this year.
• Local Aid would be maintained at $420 million, including federal funding. The state contribution to Local Aid funding for county and municipal projects remains steady in the FY 12 program at $200 million.
• Highway congestion would be fought with $341 million for infrastructure improvements, traffic management systems and incident response initiatives. Among the projects being advanced in this category is the Interstate 295/42/76 Direct Connect project in Camden County.
• NJDOT multimodal programs, covering maritime, freight, rail and bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, would receive $162 million.
• A total of $88 million would be directed toward NJDOT safety programs under the Department’s Safety First Initiative, including improvements in high-hazard corridors and Safe Routes to School projects. Pedestrian Safety design and construction funds would be doubled to $4 million compared to the current program.
NJ TRANSIT Highlights
• NJ Transit’s $1.164 billion capital program addresses New Jersey’s mass transit needs by funding state-of-good-repair projects, preventive maintenance, local programs and debt service.
• The proposed program continues funding for the replacement of almost 1,400 transit-style buses.
• Funds track replacement projects.
• Supports railroad signal system upgrades.
• Invests in overhead power line and electrical substation upgrades.
• Provides for security improvements.
• Funds rail station and bus terminal improvements.
The FY 12 Transportation Capital Program has been submitted to the members of the Legislature for their review and is being shared with the state’s three Metropolitan Planning Organizations, whose input will help shape the final program that will be voted on by the Legislature as part of New Jersey’s budget for FY 12.
The entire Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Capital Program is available on NJDOT’s web site and is organized by project, county and route.