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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 for manufacturers.

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. Rail safety programs 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 rail freight projects since 1983.
  • State Fiscal Year Update Report of the New Jersey Rail Freight Assistance Program: 2013 (pdf 282) | 2011 (pdf 320)
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 highways.

In addition, New Jersey has participated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, neighboring states and railroads in projects of regional importance.

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  Last Updated:  July 3, 2014