U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (D-NJ) want billions more federal dollars for transportation projects in New Jersey. At a news conference at Newark Penn Station on Monday, Booker said the $2 billion that NJ Transit is receiving in federal COVID-19-relief money isn’t enough to meet all of the state’s transit needs.
“It’s unacceptable that the society of engineers ranks our infrastructure at a D+,” Booker said. “It’s unacceptable that we have raked up almost $2 trillion of infrastructure deficit. It is now time that we invest in America again. It is now time that we invest in New Jersey again.”
The senators say more federal money would help fund NJ Transit’s $17 billion, five-year capital plan, which includes increasing rail capacity, modernizing stations, and moving to a zero-emissions bus fleet. Advancing the Gateway Project is at the top of the list.