NJDOT releases proposed Fiscal Year 2010 Capital Plan
A lot of attention has been paid in recent months
to the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it’s easy
to understand why. Through the Recovery Act, New Jersey has received
over $1 billion in stimulus funds for highway, bridge and transit
projects. We are building, designing or acquiring right-of-way
for 40 projects throughout the state. Those projects will create
jobs and help pull New Jersey out of this national recession.
It’s important to remember that the work we’re doing
with the stimulus money is in addition to – not instead of – the
critical capital investments we make every year in our transportation
Last week Governor Corzine and NJDOT submitted to the Legislature
our $3.6 billion capital
plan for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins
July 1. The plan includes $2.2 billion for NJDOT and $1.4 billion
for NJ TRANSIT.
The NJDOT portion of the budget includes $614 million to repair,
inspect, rehabilitate, or replace state and local bridges.
It includes $176 million for highway resurfacing, with much of
that money to be spent on deteriorated sections of our interstates.
It includes $73 million for safety programs such as Safe Corridors,
Safe Routes to School, and pedestrian safety initiatives.
In addition, it includes about $419 million to relieve highway
congestion by making improvements to infrastructure and to our
incident response and traffic management systems.
When details of the federal stimulus bill emerged, many local
officials expressed disappointment that it did not include more
money for local projects.
This plan recognizes those concerns and provides $50 million more
in local aid than in Fiscal Year 2009. Specifically, the plan will
provide an additional $25 million in municipal aid and $25 million
more in county aid for both municipalities and counties.
This enhancement of local aid will enable our communities and
counties to create more jobs by resurfacing roads, replacing bridge
decks, reconfiguring intersections, and making other improvements
to our local transportation infrastructure.
NJ TRANSIT’s portion of the capital plan calls for enhancing
the state’s bus routes by modernizing vehicles, improving
terminals, expanding express service, and erecting new signs and
It would enhance the rail system by improving stations, replacing
track, upgrading signals and security systems, rehabilitating bridges,
repairing overhead power lines and electric substations, and continue
the acquisition of the very popular multi-level rail cars.
The program also would advance several projects critical to future
expansion, including the Mass Transit Tunnel beneath the Hudson
River, the Hudson Bergen Light Rail extension to Eighth Street
in Bayonne, the Northern Branch, the Lackawanna Cutoff to Andover,
and the Passaic-Bergen rail project.
The proposed capital plan would be funded with $1.6 billion from
the Transportation Trust Fund. That money, plus $239 million from
other sources, would be leveraged to bring in $1.73 billion in
Our transportation assets are our greatest economic strength.
Maintaining, repairing and expanding them will ensure that their
capability to meet the demands of 21st century New Jersey and promote
our long-term economic vitality.
If we want to stay competitive with other states in the region
and other regions in the country, we must make decisive investments
in our roads, rails and bridges every year.
With this capital budget, we propose to do just that.