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Transportation Capital Program
Fiscal Year 2010


Introduction


Transportation Capital Program FY 2010 (pdf 1.5m)

The Transportation Capital Program for Fiscal Year 2010 describes all the capital investments planned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJ TRANSIT for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2009. It represents the annual element of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT ten-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

A companion document, the “Statewide Capital Investment Strategy, Fiscal Years 2010-2019,” outlines nine transportation investment categories and recommends investment levels for each of these categories based on specific revenue assumptions. These investment categories are Bridge Assets, Road Assets, Congestion Relief, Mass Transit, Local Support, Multimodal, Airports and Safety. The Capital Investment Strategy recommendations guided the selection and funding levels of programs and projects in the Fiscal Year 2010 Capital Program and the ten-year STIP.

This program continues to “reform, replenish, and grow” New Jersey’s economy. The Transportation Trust Fund provides stable state transportation funding for the next two years at a level of $1.6 billion per year.

This program is the product of extensive, ongoing participation by the state’s three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and a wide variety of stakeholders.

The Transportation Capital Program for Fiscal Year 2010 is funded at a level of $3.5 billion, including $2.1 billion programmed for use by NJDOT and $1.4 billion by NJ TRANSIT. About 45 percent of the total program ($1.6 billion) is funded by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. The Transportation Trust Fund provides New Jersey’s contribution to infrastructure and transit improvements and enables New Jersey to draw down federal funding under the federal “soft match” provision. However, as the Statewide Capital Investment Strategy report shows in detail, even the current funding level falls far short of meeting New Jersey’s documented needs for infrastructure renewal, transit extensions, local aid, and other pressing demands.

Source of Funds pie chart

Specifically, NJDOT’s $2.1 billion program is a balanced investment plan which advances the goals and objectives of our capital investment strategy based on our limited resources. The program:
  • Continues increased funding for bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects.
  • Continues funding for projects and programs which promote the safety of motorists and pedestrians (“Safety First”)
  • Continues to invest in road preservation projects.
  • Promotes Smart Growth through targeted investments, including developing new ways of fighting congestion through new initiatives
  • Stimulates economic growth through multi-modal transportation improvements to increase accessibility to the labor market.
  • Provides increased support for property tax relief by providing an additional $25 million in county aid and $25 million of municipal aid on top of the statutory local aid contributions. Last year’s addition of $25 million to support bridge investments in our local road system is also continued.
  • Allocates the remaining $93 million of Federal ARRA economic stimulus to local projects not authorized under the amended FY 2009 Capital Program.
NJ TRANSIT’s $1.4 billion capital program continues the agency’s “making public transportation the preferred choice of travel” approach; advancing many initiatives that modernize the transit system, while investing in safety, security and a state of good repair for the existing system while advancing strategic system expansion. NJ TRANSIT is integrating bus, rail and light rail services to create a more seamless and convenient travel experience for riders. While moving to construction of a new passenger rail tunnel that will double capacity between Newark and New York, NJ TRANSIT is also enhancing some of the States’ busiest bus routes with modernized buses, signs, shelters and express service. Key corridors in the State are being identified where exclusive bus lanes and new technology can be utilized to allow buses to bypass traffic during peak periods to enhance service.

The NJ TRANSIT Fiscal Year 2010 Capital Program provides for the largest fleet modernization program in NJ TRANSIT’S history, invests in major bridge renewal, and advances vital projects such as the design of a new Portal Bridge on the Northeast Corridor, and continuation of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail extension to 8th Street in Bayonne, Northern Branch, Lackawanna Cutoff to Andover, the Passaic-Bergen rail project, and expanded rail service to Jersey Shore communities, as well as the Mass Transit Tunnel.

Program Highlights

  • The NJDOT program provides funding for state and local bridge needs of approximately $600 million. Bridge investments range from funding for high-cost bridges to implementation of a variety of rehabilitation programs and local bridge rehabilitations.
  • The NJDOT program also provides $100 million in funding for highway pavement resurfacing, focusing especially on fixing deteriorated sections of our interstate highway network.
  • The NJDOT program provides $73 million for safety programs. Key programs funded under NJDOT’s Safety First initiative include the Safe Corridors (implementing improvements identified by Safety Impact Teams in high-hazard corridors), the Safe Routes to School program, and pedestrian safety initiatives.
  • The NJDOT program provides $411 million in funds to increase our attack on highway congestion through infrastructure improvements as well as efforts to better manage traffic and respond to incidents.
  • The program budget allots $454 million to address many of NJ TRANSIT’s state of good repair needs. The program provides ongoing funding for track replacement, bridge and tunnel inspections and improvements, security improvements, signal system upgrades, overhead power line and electric substation upgrades and other rail station and bus terminal improvements throughout New Jersey.
  • The program also continues to provide funding to support the replacement of almost 1400 transit-style buses in NJ TRANSIT’s fleet over the next five years. These buses run primarily on intercity routes.
  • The program continues to provide funding for the delivery of about 10 multilevel railcars each month providing customers with a more comfortable and relaxing ride.
  • The program also continues to invest in bridge rehabilitation projects including the Lower Hack Bridge Rehabilitation, Ambrose Brook Bridge Rehabilitation and replacement of the Northeast Corridor Portal Bridge.
  • The program provides funding for rail station improvements STARS Station Rehabilitation and system wide stations and facility inspection and repairs.
  • NJ TRANSIT will also be moving forward on other critical initiatives to meet forecasted market growth and travel demand over the next decade in New Jersey and the surrounding region, including a new trans-Hudson tunnel, the Hudson-Bergen Light rail 8th street Extension, Lackawanna Cut-off first phase and other planned investments to expand core capacity of the railroad to allow for more frequent service. The NJ TRANSIT program provides $193 million of funding to continue to advance THE Tunnel Project. With the recent advertisement of the project’s first contracts, the THE Tunnel Project is well on its way toward advancing to construction and boosting the New Jersey and regional economy. Finally, the program also provides funding for modest expansion of the system targeting funding to critical projects using an incremental approach.

 
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