Fifth straight year without NJ TRANSIT fare hike; WI-FI coming to all NJ TRANSIT buses

For the fifth consecutive year, NJ TRANSIT customers will not face a fare hike, Governor Phil Murphy announced today.

In addition, Murphy said WI-FI will be installed on all NJ TRANSIT buses through the state’s FY2023 budget.

Since taking office in 2018, the Murphy Administration has committed historic state support to advance NJ TRANSIT’s strategic goals, capital projects, and recruiting efforts to boost performance, reliability, and the customer experience without balancing the agency’s budget on the backs of commuters.

“Without a single fare hike, NJ TRANSIT has been drastically transformed and improved over the last five years,” Murphy said.

“On-time performance is up, cancellations are down, and engineer ranks have been replenished. Under our administration, NJ TRANSIT has been on the fast track to success and will remain a high priority in years to come. New Jersey commuters deserve a transit agency that works for them, and that is exactly what we are giving them.”

Under Murphy’s leadership, NJ TRANSIT has made significant strides in improving the state’s public transit system for New Jerseyans who depend on it for work, medical appointments, leisure travel and overall mobility.

In the last four years, NJ TRANSIT has awarded more than $4 billion in capital projects which are now underway or will soon enter the procurement phase. Some of those projects are detailed in bullet points below.

NJ TRANSIT has also improved reliability and service across the board for bus, rail, and light rail customers.

Since 2018, NJ TRANSIT has hired more than 1,000 bus operators and graduated 10 classes of locomotive engineers, adding 127 engineers to its ranks.

NJ TRANSIT also achieved full certification for Positive Train Control (PTC) before the December 31, 2020 deadline.

“Since 2018, Governor Murphy has provided continued support for NJ TRANSIT to deliver improvements in safety, service, reliability and the overall experience for our customers,” NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett said.

“While there is much work still to be done, we’re pleased that we’re able to continue to build on the progress of the last four years without a fare increase for our customers in Fiscal Year 2023.”

Some NJ TRANSIT capital projects currently underway or soon to enter the procurement phase include:

•             NJ TRANSIT’s largest ever construction contract for a new Portal North Bridge for $1.6 billion

•             $600 million construction contract for the Raritan River Bridge which broke ground in September 2020

•             A commitment to invest $250 million for the Walter Rand Transportation Center Improvement Project and $190 million to renovate and modernize Newark Penn Station

•             Advanced construction on the new Northern Bus Garage which will accommodate up to 500 buses to meet current and future demand, and will include the necessary charging infrastructure to support an all-electric bus fleet

•             Major capital investments in Trenton Transit Center, Lyndhurst Station, Elizabeth Station, Perth Amboy Station and others

“Considering the vast advancements made by NJ TRANSIT in the past four years, the fact that customers have not seen fare increases serves as evidence of the level of commitment and investment to mass transit by the Murphy Administration,” New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.

“We are grateful to the administration for helping NJ TRANSIT put its customers first while forging ahead with projects that will revitalize the system.”

In addition to the aforementioned critical infrastructure projects, NJ TRANSIT has also made significant investments in its fleet, including the continued advancement of bus electrification.

NJ TRANSIT has:

•             Taken delivery of 300 new buses over the last two years

•             Purchased 138 new multi-level rail cars and 25 new dual-power locomotives – including the agency’s first eight electric buses, which will begin operating in revenue service by the end of the year

•             Completed construction of the charging infrastructure at Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden to support the new eight electric buses

•             Unveiled a roadmap to a 100% zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040

•             Added, extended, or provided enhanced bus service on 100 bus routes over the past two years

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