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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc La Vorgna or Brendan Gill

RELEASE: April 13, 2005


NJDOT/NJ TRANSIT announce proposed FY2006 Capital Program


$2.7 billion to maintain and improve transportation network


(Trenton) Today, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington announced the proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation Capital Program. The $2.7 billion program funds capital construction for NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT.


"The Capital Program will support over 100,000 jobs and will help ease congestion and improve safety on our crowded highways," stated Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. "We must continue to invest in quality of life and safety improvements."


"While this year's program demonstrates our continued commitment to our ‘Fix-it-First,' ‘Safety First,' and ‘Smart Growth' strategies, the program also advances new initiatives,” said Lettiere. “The new Hyperbuild program to speed up project completions and our effort to link land-use and transportation planning to prevent development from outpacing the transportation network are both supported by the capital program.”


"This capital program is structured to make the most efficient use of every dollar we spend to maintain a state of good repair and meet demand growth," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "It also enables us to continue preliminary work on the Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel, which we've identified as our highest capacity priority."


Roughly $1.6 billion of the capital program is for use by the NJDOT, and $1.1 billion by NJ TRANSIT. The program has been approved by all three metropolitan transportation planning organizations in the state and was presented to the Legislature for its approval earlier this month. The proposed program would be funded with $1.2 billion in state funding and $1.5 billion in federal funding.


NJ TRANSIT will continue to implement its “Back to Basics” approach by investing $426 million in core transit infrastructure to maintain the State's rail, bus and light rail systems at a state of good repair.


Funding is provided for preliminary work to overhaul 148 NJ TRANSIT Comet III and IV rail cars, to replace of 230 Arrow III rail cars, for mid-life overhaul of NJ TRANSIT buses and system-wide bus infrastructure improvements. $88 million will be invested in rail station improvements at various stations including Newark Broad Street , Metropark, South Amboy and Trenton . The program also includes funding for bridge and tunnel work, security improvements, and Americans-with-Disabilities Act Station improvements.


NJ TRANSIT will be moving forward with critical initiatives to meet growth and travel demands over the next decade including a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel, the Meadowlands rail link, expanding parking capacity and investments in technology to improve business practices and efficiency.


NJDOT will continue its balanced effort to improve safety and attack congestion on our highways. Key safety programs receiving funding include: the Median Cross-Over Prevention Program, designed to eliminate dangerous cross-over accidents, the Safe Corridors initiative, which implements improvements in high hazard corridors, and the Intersection Improvement Program, which targets dangerous intersections for safety improvements.


In an effort to complete projects faster and reduce the amount of time drivers are sitting in construction related congestions, the 2006 Proposed Capital Program supports Commissioner Lettiere's Hyperbuild initiative. Hyperbuild will accelerate the construction by utilizing innovative design and construction techniques. The initiative will save motorists thousands of hours of delays and will save millions of dollars on construction costs.


As a part of the Fix-it-First initiative, NJDOT is investing $390 million for the repair of 77 bridges across the state. Repair includes large scale projects such as the repair of the Route 52 Causeway in Somers Point and Ocean City , which will be one of the largest bridge reconstruction projects in state history, and smaller local bridges repairs like the replacement of the 69 th Street Bridge in North Bergen .


The 2006 program supports NJDOT's efforts to link land-use and transportation planning. The department is working with local communities to identify areas that are targeted for growth to simultaneously create comprehensive transportation plans, so that development does not outpace the transportation network.


The Capital Program invests heavily in repairs to local roads with $325 million in direct local aid going towns and counties for roadway improvements. Local Aid dollars will provide significant property tax relief to New Jersey counties and municipalities by funding roadwork that would otherwise be paid for with local property tax dollars.


The entire Proposed Fiscal Year 2006 Capital Program is available on NJDOT's web site and is broken down by projects, counties and routes.


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