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The New Jersey Transit station in Summit. (Photo by Daniel Case.)

NJ Transit fares will stay stable for fifth straight year, Murphy announces

Preventing fare rises was a campaign promise for governor

By Joey Fox, February 28 2022 12:05 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that New Jersey Transit will go a fifth consecutive year without a fare hike, fulfilling a campaign promise to prevent taxes, tolls, and fares from rising.

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

Murphy also said that installing WiFi on all NJ Transit buses will be included in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget, which will be unveiled next week at the governor’s annual budget address.

In his re-election campaign last year, Murphy blamed former Gov. Chris Christie for chronically underfunding New Jersey’s main mass transit system and said that his administration had turned the agency around without raising fares, though it has still been routinely plagued with issues.

“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,” Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said of today’s announcement. “We are grateful to the administration for helping NJ Transit put its customers first while forging ahead with projects that will revitalize the system.”

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