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Sires Signs Transportation Conference Report Which Saves NJ Transit $50 Million

Dec 1, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues on the House and Senate surface transportation conference committee in signing the committee report to authorize and fund highway, transit, freight, safety, and rail programs for five years.

“While I would have preferred a surface transportation bill with higher funding levels, I am pleased that we have passed a five-year bill that will provide much needed certainty for New Jersey businesses and local transportation agencies,” said Congressman Sires. “I am glad we were able to save $1.6 billion per year in federal funding for the High Density/Growing States transit grant program, eliminated in the House bill, that assists the most transit-dependent states like New Jersey. The yearly $50 million that NJ Transit receives on average from this program is used to advance its capital program needs, maintain state of good repair, and fund preventative maintenance. Without this money, funding for other important transportation needs in New Jersey, like the Amtrak Gateway Project, would be even more difficult to procure.” 

In New Jersey, the transportation design, construction, and maintenance sectors provide 114,634 full time jobs. An additional 1,715,001 jobs located in New Jersey are dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure, including those in the tourism, retail sales, and manufacturing sectors.

“The end of short-term transportation extensions and the passage of this bill will put people back to work and give local agencies the confidence to plan large-scale, long-term projects,” said Congressman Sires.