Gov. Murphy says proposed budget means more hiring for NJ Transit

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Gov. Phil Murphy says his plan for increased funding at New Jersey Transit includes millions to hire more workers.

The governor outlined the details of his proposed budget increase for the state's transit agency on Tuesday at the rail station in Madison.

He says $19 million would go toward expanding the agency's workforce. That would mean hiring an additional 114 staffers. He also said his proposal sets aside $120 million to replace one-time-only funding used by the previous administration. Murphy also promised that there would be no rate hikes for passengers in the 2019 fiscal year. 

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Murphy campaigned on reinvesting in transit and last week proposed a roughly $242 million increase in the state subsidy for the agency in his first budget. He says that his goal is to improve life for commuters who use NJ Transit.

“As I said many times before, this is just the beginning of our efforts to fix NJ Transit. The problems caused by years of neglect and made worse by, at one point a 90 percent funding cut, are not going to be turned around overnight or in one budget,” Murphy said.

NJ Transit head Kevin Corbett also says that the agency is on track to complete installation of the positive train control safety system by the December 2018 deadline.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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