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Capital Improvements

Capital Program Documents

Section 1
Introduction

Section 2
NJDOT & NJ TRANSIT
Program by Activity
(Phase of Work)

Section 3
NJDOT Project
& Program Descriptions

Section 4
New Jersey Transit
Project & Program
Descriptions


Section 5
Glossary


Transportation Capital Program
Fiscal Year 2004


Introduction

This document describes the transportation capital program for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) for state Fiscal Year 2004, which began on July 1, 2003.

This $2.65 billion program implements Governor McGreevey's "Smart Growth" and "Fix-it-First" initiatives and pumps more than $6 billion in direct economic benefits into the state's economy.

The $1.34 billion Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Program for NJ TRANSIT will cover eligible maintenance activities and other operating expenses, pay debt service on projects that have been previously financed, and continue construction of new light rail projects-leaving $521 million to address the fundamental needs of NJ TRANSIT's core system. Despite these challenges, the NJ TRANSIT Capital Program will meet all system safety requirements and mandates, and ensure system reliability by maintaining a state of good repair for the rail network, bus fleet, and maintenance facilities. The Corporation's Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Program continues to invest today in "Back to Basics" priorities of safety, reliability and capacity, while planning for tomorrow.

Program Highlights

  • Invests nearly $300 million in improvements to New Jersey's aging highway bridges.
  • Begins implementation of NJDOT's new pavement management program, with a range of highway rehabilitation, resurfacing, and preventive maintenance projects.
  • Begins implementation of NJDOT's new Safety First initiative. The capital program includes $3.0 million for the first phase of the Median Cross-over Crash Prevention Program and $1.0 million for low-cost, fast-track safety projects under the Intersection Improvement Program. Other Safety First programs will follow.
  • Increases funding for pedestrian safety and targets it for child safety-the Safe Streets to School program.
  • Attacks congestion through providing $10.0 million for park-and-ride projects, advancing Governor McGreevey's goal of adding 20,000 new spaces over the next five years. NJ TRANSIT will open 5,900 new parking spaces in FY04, including 1,500 spaces at Montclair State University and 1,200 spaces on Route 17 in Ramsey. The NJ TRANSIT Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Program includes funding to design another 3,200 spaces.
  • Funds a new Signs program for $10.0 million, the first phase of a major overhaul of New Jersey's highway signs to make them easier to read and follow.
  • Increases funding for low-cost, fast-turnaround congestion relief projects under the Fast Move program.
  • Begins new "Intelligent Transportation System" work, including engineering for tying together New Jersey's traffic operations centers and for low-cost, fast-turnaround Smart Move projects.
  • Limits funding for new highways and highway widening projects to 4% of the total program, in order to concentrate funding on "fix-it-first" needs.
  • Provides Freight funding that will support an $80 million public/private partnership to improve rail freight access to Port Newark/Elizabeth to help slow the increase of truck traffic on the state's highways and preserve job growth in the competitive shipping industry.
  • Increases funding for the Good Neighbor highway beautification program from $1.0 million to $1.5 million, to pay for more plants, shrubs, and trees along New Jersey's highways.
  • Increases funding for the innovative Route 57 Corridor Scenic Preservation project from $1.0 million in 2003 to $5.0 million in 2004. This funding will allow local governments to preserve key parcels as open space and prevent them from being converted to sprawl development.
  • Regarding state of good repair and reliability, the program budget allots $222 million to replace 13 miles of track, install 53,000 new rail ties, improve as many as eight culverts, rehabilitate drawbridge power systems and continue installation of the automatic train control and positive train stop rail safety system. Funding is also provided to continue refurbishment of existing equipment (44 Comet II coach cars, each 15-20 years old, and mid-life overhaul of transit buses).
  • The FY04 Capital Program addresses safety with $103 million on bridge and tunnel inspections, security improvements, Morris & Essex Lines viaduct repairs, Federal Railroad Administration mandates such as installation of emergency door releases and low-level lighting, Americans-with-Disabilities-Act improvements at several rail stations and environmental compliance.
  • The FY04 Capital Program will deliver another investment in Governor McGreevey's pledge of more seats on trains. The program includes $172 million for the initial purchase of 100 bi-level cars, the final delivery of 200 Comet V rail cars and initial delivery of 33 new high-horsepower diesel locomotives that pull longer trains. The new equipment will add nearly 30,000 additional seats for our customers.
  • Implementation of a High Density Interlocking Signal (HDIS) system, adding 25 percent rail capacity between New Jersey and New York.
  • Aggressively advancing an environmental analysis for the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) project. This project eventually could double trans-Hudson access for rail passengers traveling between New Jersey and New York. A new two-track tunnel beneath the Hudson River and expanded passenger facilities in midtown Manhattan could improve mobility, enhance security and spur economic development.

Financing our transportation needs

The Transportation Capital Program for Fiscal Year 2004 is funded at a level of $2.65 billion. Of this amount, $1,309,687,752 is programmed for use by NJDOT (49%) and $1,340,600,000 by NJ TRANSIT
(51 %). The NJDOT amount also includes Local Aid for counties and municipalities.

The funding sources for this program are:

  • New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund - $1,228,200,000
  • Federal Highway Administration - $697 million (excluding $95 million "flexed" to NJ TRANSIT)
  • Federal Transit Administration - $515 million (including $95 million "flexed" from NJDOT)
  • Other sources - $207 million

The funding levels which have been identified for Fiscal Year 2004 and projected for future years are clearly inadequate to meet the transportation needs of New Jersey in the first decade of the 21st century.

With this in mind, Governor McGreevey, in his Executive Order Number 43, established a Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission "to examine and make recommendations on the pressing transportation issues facing New Jersey over the next ten years." The Commission will "identify the means necessary to address these pressing transportation issues and recommendations for their consideration during the upcoming renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund."

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