Advocates say NJ Transit risks future fare hikes without funding, budget reforms

With state awash in cash for upcoming budget, some ask why transit agency isn't getting more

Public transit advocates say NJ Transit is once again underfunded in the state budget that’s up for a vote in Trenton Thursday. The lack of both a bigger cash infusion and a stable source of dedicated revenues — even as the state is flush with billions in surplus dollars — raises the risk of future fare increases, critics say.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who has sponsored resolutions to stop raids on the agency’s capital budget, said she felt blindsided by fellow Democrats’ failure to address funding reforms for the transit agency. “I think of it in terms of thousands of people who must depend upon public transportation to get to and from their jobs,” she said.

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