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NJ Transit Wins A $592,000 Federal Transportation Grant


Dear Editor:

The Federal Transit Administration announced 19 awards totaling approximately $13.1 million under FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). These grant funds support local strategies to increase transit access and encourage ridership through mixed-use and mixed-income development near public transportation projects. The program helps communities plan for opportunities created by new transit stations, such as affordable housing, economic development, and better connections to schools, hospitals, stores, and restaurants.

Congratulations to New Jersey Transit for winning a $592,000 dollar grant under this program. NJ Transit will receive funding to plan for TOD along the proposed nine-mile Northern Branch light rail extension in Bergen and Hudson Counties in northern New Jersey. The planned TOD will support public and private partnerships, enhance multimodal transit access, encourage economic development, and preserve affordable housing.

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!. Best of luck to my old colleagues at NJ Transit in winning even more other future FTA national competitive discretionary grant programs in 2023!


Larry Penner
Former Director
Federal Transit Administration
NY Region
Office of Operations and Program Management


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