Congratulations to New Jersey Transit for winning a $514,045 Grant from the Federal Transit Administration as announced on June 2nd by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg This was one of approximately $25 million in American Rescue Plan Route Planning Discretionary Grant Funding Selections. A total of 50 transit agencies in 24 states and territories will receive funding.
NJ Transit will use these funds to study ridership trends and mass transit service in Hudson County, NJ. The study will analyze current service, strengths, deficiencies, gaps, opportunities of the existing local bus network and opportunities for stakeholder and public involvement intended to develop a comprehensive Public Involvement Plan that identifies a range of outreach approaches targeting key internal and external stakeholders.
Let us give thanks to the hard working men and women of the NJ Transit Federal Grants Unit who made all of this possible, including winning extra federal dollars!
(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office)