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Pallone Steps Up Call on Congress to Reject Amendment that Would Cut $50 Million Per Year from NJ Transit

November 16, 2015
Press Release

ISELIN, NJ – Today at the Metropark Station, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) called on Congress to remove a provision from the House transportation bill that would cut $50 million annually from New Jersey Transit.  The provision, attached to the House-passed surface transportation reauthorization, would eliminate the High Density States Program – known as the 5340 Program.  The elimination would cut federal public transportation funding to several states by approximately $263 million per year, including the cut to NJ Transit.  Half of all transit users nationwide live in the seven impacted states.  Pallone was joined by Daniel O’Connell, New Jersey State Legislative Director for the United Transportation Union, and Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

“I stand committed in the fight to reverse this potentially devastating cut for New Jersey Transit and New Jersey jobs,” said Congressman Pallone.  “This misguided amendment will have detrimental long-term consequences, for New Jersey Transit – the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system – for our workers, and our commuters.  Service and maintenance would be reduced, and jobs would be lost.  I will continue to call on my colleagues in the Conference Committee to remove this amendment and reach a solution that is helpful for all states – there do not have to be winners or losers when it comes to investing in our public transportation.”

Last week, Pallone and a bipartisan group of his colleagues sent a letter to the bicameral Conference Committee that is negotiating a final draft of the transportation legislation urging them to recede to the Senate bill, which maintains 5340 funding.  The letter is available HERE.