Gov. Phil Murphy has staked a lot on his promise to restore New Jersey Transit to its former glory. Yesterday, his press office released the news that the transit agency’s board has approved the purchase ofnew rail cars as part of the renewal effort.
It’s the largest order the agency has put in for rail cars in years and will allow for the replacement of the oldest rail cars in its fleet. The cost? $670 million. The goal is eventually for the average age of all NJ Transit’s rail vehicles to be under 30 years old.
The purchase includes “self-propelled multilevel cars, the first of their kind” in the country. These don’t require a separate locomotive, as “electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the vehicles on the train.” The new rail cars will also have “roomier” seating.