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Proposed FY '05 Capital Program totals $2.58 billion

I unveiled a $2.58 billion capital program for NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT for FY 2005 before the Assembly Budget Committee in early April. It is a fiscally responsible and robust investment in New Jersey’s transportation network.

The FY 2005 Capital Program fulfills Governor McGreevey’s commitment to improving safety, easing congestion by using Smart Growth and Fix-It-First strategies and providing needed property tax relief to New Jersey’s counties and municipalities and a significant stimulus to the state’s economy. Roughly $1.4 billion of the capital program is for use by the NJDOT and $1.2 billion by NJ TRANSIT.

NJDOT’s Local Aid program will provide significant property tax relief to New Jersey counties and municipalities by making direct investments in local communities. NJDOT’s $260 million investment in Local Aid will help rebuild and revitalize communities, improve safety, and enhance the quality of life in New Jersey’s downtowns.

“This program will support jobs and encourage Smart Growth development through targeted capital investments,” said Governor James E. McGreevey. Virtually half the funding will be provided for public transportation while new highway expansion is limited to just four percent of spending.

This substantial investment in our transportation network will facilitate the movement of over $7 billion worth of goods and services and directly support over 100,000 jobs.

The FY 2005 Capital Program allows NJDOT to repair and rehabilitate over 15,000 lane miles of state highways, 32,000 miles of county and municipal roadways and 5,000 state and local bridges. This program will also put record amounts of work on the street. In FY 2005 alone NJDOT will award more than $740 million worth of engineering and construction contracts.

Improving safety is the NJDOT’s top priority and roughly $100 million will be spent on engineering, education and enforcement initiatives designed to increase safety on our highways and bridges. The FY 2005 Capital Program invests $8.3 million for the Emergency Service Patrol Program; $4 million for the Safe Corridors Program; $1 million for improvements at intersections with especially high accident rates and $4 million for the Safe Streets to School Program.

As part of its Fix-It-First initiative, NJDOT will spend $370 million to repair and replace 71 bridges, including $12 million for construction of a new fixed-span Manasquan Bridge in Monmouth County and $34 million for a new Routes 1&9 Elizabeth River Bridge in Union County.

  • $150 million will be invested in roadway preservation, targeting the worst roads first, including $7 million to rehabilitate
    I-295 from I-195 to Route 1 in Mercer County.
  • $235 million is allocated for FY 2005 to ease congestion throughout the state. These measures will make travel on New Jersey’s highways more efficient and will help reduce emissions, protecting the air we breathe. Included is $5.9 million for intersection safety improvements at Route 1&9 North Avenue in Elizabeth and $24.2 million to eliminate the Route 30 Berlin Circle.

At NJ TRANSIT, investments will be targeted to preserving and upgrading a public transportation system that covers more than 5,000 square miles and facilitates more than 222 million annual passenger trips. It provides for a $257 million investment in rail state-of-good repair needs such as basic track, signal, bridge and yard improvements; $16 million in bus and light rail facility needs and the replacement of more than 270 outdated buses.

In addition, $59 million will provide systemwide investments, including $9 million for technology upgrades to improve efficiency and reduce annual operating costs and $15 million to improve the on board announcement system, a frequent customer complaint.

Newark’s Broad Street, Ridgewood, Madison, Morristown and Trenton are among those stations that will receive $76 million in improvements.

Finally, $7.5 million will be applied towards fulfilling Governor McGreevey’s commitment to creating 20,000 new Park & Ride spaces statewide.

The entire Proposed Fiscal Year 2005 Capital Program is available on NJDOT’s Web site and is broken down by projects, counties and routes.

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  Last Updated:  January 19, 2005