Frelinghuysen announces $1.276 billion in Grants to NJ Transit

Washington, D.C.  Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) announced today that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded New Jersey Transit (NJT) grants totaling $1.276 billion under the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency program.

Frelinghuysen, the only New Jersey member of the House Appropriations Committee, authored the amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, passed last year by Congress, which provided the DOT the funding for this grant program.

“I am very pleased that these much-needed funds are being directed to New Jersey Transit,” Frelinghuysen said. “NJT suffered significant damage from Superstorm Sandy, disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans. These grants will help cover the costs of repair to NJ Transit’s infrastructure and pay for measures to protect the system from damage in a future storm.”  

“We must fully address the damage done and protect vulnerable parts of New Jersey Transit’s infrastructure from the risk of destruction from a future natural disaster,” Frelinghuysen continued. “NJT suffered significant loss from Superstorm Sandy and this money will help ensure that this vital part of our state’s transportation network will be able to withstand another such storm.”

The grants fund the following projects:

•      $88,903,190 for Train Controls (Wayside Signals, Power & Communication Resiliency Project);

•      $184,493,910 for Delco Lead Safe Haven Storage and Re-Inspection Facility Project;

•      $409,764,814 for N.J. Transit Grid;

•      $446,312,465 for N.J. Transit Raritan River Drawbridge Replacement Project;

•      $146,548,432 for Hoboken Long Slip Flood Protection.