New Jersey Transit unveils 10-year plan to improve transit reliability

Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Transit CEO Kevin Corbett unveiled plans for the agency’s next decade during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing.

News 12 Staff

Jun 9, 2020, 1:23 AM

Updated 1,405 days ago

Share:

Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Transit CEO Kevin Corbett unveiled plans for the agency’s next decade during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing.
NJ Transit is preparing for increased bus and rail ridership as the state continues to reopen. Buses resumed their normal schedules on Monday, while trains still operated on modified schedules.
“New Jersey’s road back also rides along NJ Transit’s trains, buses and light rail,” Murphy said.
The governor said that the effort, dubbed “NJT 2030,” would improve systemwide reliability and include a more inclusive culture at the agency.
“It provides a core strategic vision for our organization with the flexibility to evolve, to meet the ever-changing and sometimes unexpected needs of our customers and our region,” said Corbett.
Goals include 95% on-time performance for buses and trains by 2023 and zero cancellations by 2025.
“Now the vision of the strategic plan is highly dependable on infrastructure and equipment being maintained and properly protected,” said Murphy. “We know that happens to quality and reliability of service when that doesn’t happen. That’s the whole that we have been climbing out of for the past 2 1/2 years.”
Corbett says that is has been his goal to improve the agency ever since he came on board.
“I must admit, I was rather shocked that one of the nation’s largest transit agencies did not have a five-year capital plan. And so, one of the first orders of business when I arrived was to order a systemwide conditions assessment of all our capital assets,” he said.
The capital plan includes changes to bus garages as NJ Transit works to have an all-electric fleet by 2050. There will also be an overhaul of Hoboken Terminal.
And despite the pandemic, Corbett says that NJ Transit will make the Dec. 31 deadline for the positive train control safety system.
“We are keeping the vendor’s feet to the fire,” he said. “A lot of that’s software-related. But we’re doing extensive testing, today on four of the different lines, in fact. We intend to meet that deadline,” said Corbett.
Officials said that the plans were in the works before the pandemic, but Murphy said that more than $1 billion from the federal government and $5 billion in proposed state borrowing are necessary to keep the changes on track.
“No one will deny the challenge, but we must work creative to meet them,” Murphy said.
A total of 542 members of the NJ Transit workforce tested positive for COVID-19. Thirteen of them have died.


More from News 12
0:44
NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

1:33
STORM WATCH: Mix of sun and clouds in New Jersey; scattered thunderstorms possible tonight

STORM WATCH: Mix of sun and clouds in New Jersey; scattered thunderstorms possible tonight

2:36
'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

0:28
Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. Biden now seeks diplomatic response

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. Biden now seeks diplomatic response

0:32
Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

0:54
Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

0:30
Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

0:16
Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

2:39
Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

1:35
CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

0:51
IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

2:27
Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

0:22
Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

0:56
Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

0:18
Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

0:20
Newark officials postpone plans for overnight curfew for minors

Newark officials postpone plans for overnight curfew for minors

1:52
New York Red Bulls to hold annual Autism Acceptance match for families with autism

New York Red Bulls to hold annual Autism Acceptance match for families with autism

1:59
Fire destroys iconic restaurant DP’s Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield

Fire destroys iconic restaurant DP’s Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield

0:29
Officials: More than 70 lab mice at Seton Hall euthanized due to neglect

Officials: More than 70 lab mice at Seton Hall euthanized due to neglect