NJ Transit was a major winner in a regional competition among 13 states for transportation infrastructure funding. NJ Transit won $1.27 billion from the Federal Transit Administration out of an available $3 billion to fund five major resiliency projects.
The first is what’s being called NJ TRANSITGRID, a first-of-its-kind electrical microgrid that can supply highly reliable power during storms or other times the grid is compromised. This will distribute energy to key NJ Transit locations as well as allow NJ Transit trains on critical corridors to stay in service, even when the conventional grid fails.
A second project is the replacement of the North Jersey Coast Lines’ Raritan River Drawbridge. The money will also fund a project to elevate Hoboken Long Slip, as well as build six new tracks and three platforms in Hoboken. Elevating the slip with fill will also contribute to the Rebuild by Design flood mitigation project.
Also funded was a project to create a permanent safe-haven storage facility for rail cars, as well as a service and inspection facility, along with a project to harden signal and communication systems along commuter and light-rail lines.