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Pallone Announces $630 Million for Major Public Transit Improvements in Middlesex County

September 17, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the New Jersey Transit Corporation will be receiving more than $630 million in federal funding for projects in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  These grants, which are being provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), are made possible through the Sandy Aid package Congressman Pallone fought for in Congress.

These projects were competitively selected for funding as part of FTA’s solicitation for proposals under the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency program.  FTA’s resiliency funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster.

“A strong transportation system is critical to our economy and to our daily lives here in New Jersey,” said Congressman Pallone.  “These grants will allow for significant improvements in Middlesex County that will help modernize our infrastructure and keep us moving.  As we continue to rebuild in the years after Superstorm Sandy, we have a unique opportunity to improve the public infrastructure in our state so that it is stronger and able to withstand future storms.  I want to thank the Department of Transportation for this important investment for our community.”

The first allocation provides $184,493,910.00 in federal funding to the New Jersey Transit Corporation for the Delco Lead Safe Haven Storage and Re-Inspection Facility Project in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  The “Safe Haven” project will construct a storage yard which will house trains during severe weather.  During Superstorm Sandy, many rail yards flooded and hundreds of trains were damaged as a result.  The second allocation provides $446,312,465.00 in federal funding to NJ Transit for the Raritan River Drawbridge Replacement Project.  The Raritan River Drawbridge connects South Amboy and Perth Amboy.