Office of the Governor
Corzine announces new transportation initiatives
- Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced new measures to assist
New Jersey commuters amid rising gas prices.
gas prices are hitting people's pockets throughout the state,"
said Governor Corzine. "By aggressively monitoring gas prices,
expanding transportation options, and ensuring a stable fuel supply,
this administration is continuing to take action to ease the pressure
on working families and keep our State moving."
Division of Consumer Affairs in the Attorney General's office
has stepped up gas station monitoring to ensure that station owners
and attendants are adhering to consumer protection laws. Investigators
are checking to ensure that gas prices are not changed more than
once in a 24-hour period, per-gallon prices displayed on roadside
signs match the price on the pump, and octane levels are accurate.
Over the past weekend, 15 citations were issued after visits to
200 gas stations.
gasoline prices soaring again, we will continue monitoring stations
throughout the state to make sure consumers are treated fairly,"
said Attorney General Zulima Farber.
Reliable Delivery of Fuel
Corzine administration is addressing the supply side of this problem
by ensuring reliable delivery of fuel to gas stations. This
past weekend, Governor Corzine signed an exemption to Intrastate
Trucking Rules - now extended through May 1 st - to keep drivers
on the road, and fuel at the pumps.
Self-Service Pilot Program
Corzine will call on the legislature to review this issue and
authorize a pilot program to allow self-service at select sites.
The Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will also be conducting
a study to assess cost savings associated with shifting gas stations
to self service.
Director of Energy Savings
Corzine initiated steps to address concerns about the rising gas
prices last week when he announced the creation of the post of
Director of Energy Savings. The Director will design and implement
a program to increase efficiency, reduce usage, and improve the
procurement of energy for the hundreds of facilities owned by
the state. Through energy audits, bulk purchasing of energy, increased
use of Energy Star compliant products and implementation of energy
efficient practices at state facilities, New Jersey will save
millions of dollars and establish itself as a leader in responsible
stewardship of natural resources.
Increased Mass Transit Availability
increase mass transit availability, NJ Transit has added 160 bus
trips on 46 routes across the system since January. Over the next
several months, 101 more trips will be added on 31 routes. On
the rail system, NJ Transit will be offering 26,000 free roundtrip
tickets to encourage new ridership and has reallocated passenger
coaches to meet demand and provide seats where they are needed
the Governor's direction, NJ Transit will immediately take
the following actions to help new customers use the system:
- Redeploy personnel to provide additional
customer service operators at NJ Transit's toll-free
call center (800-772-2222).
a "Parking Capacity Tracker" that will be
updated daily to show customers where parking spaces are available
on the NJ TRANSIT system.
a new section of www.njtransit.com to make
NJ Transit services more accessible to new riders by serving
as a one-stop resource for planning and schedule trips.
will also be expanding its ridesharing and carpool benefits
to help relieve the financial burden on motorists.
NJDOT will provide $500,000 for individual $100 debit cards
to be used for gas purchases by new registered carpool participants.
In addition, NJDOT will staff a toll-free hotline through which
motorists interested in ridesharing can be matched up with other
prices have hit all of our residents hard this year and may continue
to do so throughout the summer, but NJDOT offers alternatives
to excessive fuel consumption," said NJDOT Commissioner Kris Kolluri.
"NJDOT, New Jersey Transit and the eight regional Transportation
Management Associations (TMAs), constantly evaluate and implement
programs that help the public reach their destinations safely
Jersey 's eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs)
have also implemented programs to ensure that motorists have a
wide-range of feasible transportation options. These include shuttle
services to link train stations and employment locations, Emergency
Ride Home services as an "insurance policy" for those sharing
rides to work and programs to support bicycling and walking.
more information on local TMAs, motorists may contact www.driveless.com
. New Jersey residents can obtain
information regarding ridesharing, commuting and mass transit
alternatives by calling 1-800-245-POOL or visiting www.njcommuter.com.
Incentives for Fuel-Efficient Cars
create incentives for New Jerseyans to rely more on fuel-efficient
cars, Governor Corzine has propseed a 0.4% surcharge when purchasing
'gas guzzler' vehicles, or vehicles that have an EPA rating of
less than 19 miles per gallon.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority will also be allowing Hybrid vehicles
to travel in the Turnpike's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.
HOV lanes are located on the Turnpike north- and south-bound between
Interchange 11 in Woodbridge and Interchange 14 in Newark and
operate on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. northbound and 4 p.m.
to 7 p.m. southbound.