The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has a vital interest in preserving and improving the rail freight part of its transportation
network. Our state has approximately 1,000 miles of rail freight lines serving
customers large and small. New Jersey is served by
short line regional and national railroads.
Rail shipments allow cost effective
movement of goods with less
stress on the State’s highway
system. Major commodities shipped
by rail include petrochemicals,
including plastic pellets, construction
materials, food products, raw
materials and finished goods
The Annual Update to the New
Jersey Rail Freight Assistance
Program and its grant program
supports New Jersey’s
economic activity by providing
a strong, multi-modal transportation
system that makes rail service
available, safe and effective
for as many businesses as possible.
include grade crossing safety
and inspection of rail cars
carrying hazardous materials.
NJDOT has produced annual updates
of the New Jersey Rail Freight
Assistance Program since
1975 and has disbursed state
funds for eligible
freight projects since 1983.
The program to increase rail freight serves all railroads operating in New Jersey. It continues to be a
major factor in supporting short line viability, providing choices in transportation for New Jersey businesses and reducing truck traffic on our
In addition, New Jersey has participated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, neighboring states and railroads in projects of regional