Christie Administration announces proposed
Fiscal Year 2013 Transportation Capital Program for infrastructure improvements
Program supports $3.2 billion in NJDOT
and NJ TRANSIT investments
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation today proposed a FY 13 capital program that provides $3.2 billion in infrastructure investments and advances the safety, state-of-good-repair and economic growth priorities of the Christie Administration.
The program reflects the guiding principles established last year by Governor Chris Christie to build a capital plan that reduces reliance on borrowing, increases pay-as-you-go and does so without raising taxes.
The $3.2 billion program supports investments of $2.056 billion by NJDOT and $1.155 billion by NJ TRANSIT, primarily from federal and state sources. It strengthens New Jersey’s multimodal transportation system and promotes mobility for residents and visitors as they travel to New Jersey’s many employment, educational, recreational and entertainment destinations.
“Transportation is the lifeblood of the New Jersey economy, and this capital program is a responsible and focused plan that addresses our top priorities and helps keep the New Jersey Comeback on track,” said Governor Chris Christie.
“The proposed program provides for significant, road, bridge and transit infrastructure investments while also funding initiatives that will promote safety for all who share our roads and access our public transportation system,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.
“The capital program will help us modernize our bus fleet and make improvements to track, signal and power systems, all of which have a direct impact on our constant efforts to improve the public transportation experience for our customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.
State support for the proposed program amounts to $1.6 billion, including $1.01 billion for NJDOT and nearly $590 million for NJ TRANSIT. The state support for NJDOT includes $353 million from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to advance projects within the port district.
Federal support is projected at $1.48 billion, including $951 million for NJDOT and $529 million for NJ TRANSIT.
• Funding for state and local bridge repair and rehabilitation projects is programmed at $685 million. This level of investment keeps NJDOT on track to cut by half the number of NJDOT-owned or maintained structurally deficient bridges over the next nine years.
• The program provides more than $311 million for pavement resurfacing, rehabilitation or reconstruction, a level that supports a long-term objective of increasing the percentage of NJDOT roadways in acceptable condition to 80 percent over the next nine years.
• A total of $105 million is targeted toward safety programs, ranging from Safe Corridor, Safe Routes to School and other pedestrian safety initiatives.
• $343 million is slated for congestion mitigation efforts, including infrastructure improvements and the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems to manage incidents and provide motorists with timely information to help them make informed decisions.
• $42 million is being directed to multi-modal investments supporting maritime, freight and rail initiatives, as well as bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
• Local Aid grant programs are supported with $380 million in federal and state funds. This includes $165 million for state aid programs to municipalities and counties as well as $25 million for the Local Bridge Initiative program.
NJ TRANSIT Highlights
• The $1.155 billion program advances critical state-of-good-repair needs, debt service obligations, preventive maintenance, local programs and station and bus terminal improvements.
• Continues funding for the replacement of nearly 1,400 transit-style buses
• Funds ongoing track-replacement projects
• Supports bridge and tunnel inspection programs
• Funds security upgrades
• Helps advance signal system, overhead power line and electric substation improvements
The FY 13 Transportation Capital Program has been submitted to members of the Legislature for 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.