NJ Transit receives federal recovery act funding

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced Monday $52.4 million in funding for NJ Transit.

The funds will come from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds could create an estimated 4,000 jobs, upgrade the NJ Transit system and reduce some budget strain on the agency.

The new funding will be allocated to construction of the new Pennsauken Transit Center, improvements to Newark Penn Station and maintenance to the NJ Transit bus fleet.

"Hopefully these funds will provide the state with budget relief that eventually will be passed on to public transportation riders," said Menendez. "When complete, these improvements will allow more New Jerseyans to save time and money by relying on public transportation."

NJ Transit announced system-wide fare increases and service cuts last week in an attempt to bridge a projected $300 million budget gap for fiscal year 2010.

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