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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, with NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett.

NJ Transit unveils 5-year, 10-year plans

By Nikita Biryukov, June 08 2020 6:30 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announced five- and ten-year plans for New Jersey Transit that will include billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure improvements and new cars and trains Monday.

“Before our current public health emergency, we made critical investments and undertook long-overdue reforms to NJ TRANSIT’s operations which have unquestionably improved reliability and performance,” Murphy said. “To safeguard that progress, NJT2030 and the Five-Year Capital Plan put forward the vision for how NJ TRANSIT will address a decade-long period of disinvestment, and further transform the agency’s core business functions to regain the confidence of customers, stakeholders and the communities it serves.”

NJT2030, the 10-year strategic plan — the first of its kind to be drafted by the beleaguered transportation agency — is aimed at getting more of NJ Transit’s trains arriving and departing on time, increasing service on some bus routes and upgrading the agency’s technological systems, among other measures.

By contrast, the $5.7 billion five-year capital plan is aimed at keeping the agency’s trains and busses in good repair, keeping commuters happy and keeping NJ Transit in the black.

“The issuance of NJ TRANSIT’s first Strategic Plan and the accompanying Capital Plan mark an important step in fulfilling Governor Murphy’s commitment to restore NJ TRANSIT to one of the nation’s leading public transportation agencies,” Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Together, they provide the vision and path to deliver a public transportation system that is safe, efficient and reliable for all our customers.”

Both plans were spurred by recommendations of a costly 2018 audit Murphy commissioned shortly before entering office.

Among other things, that audit called for higher staffing levels at the agency and a dedicated source of revenue for NJ Transit.

The governor has ruled out a hike to NJ Transit fares this year, he didn’t rule out the possibility of an increase in 2021

“We haven’t promised forever. I’d like it to continue and say no fare increase to June 30 next year,” Murphy said.

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