Buses will begin arriving in New Jersey today to supplement New Jersey Transit as it repairs its infrastructure and resumes full operation. 

The vehicles are being dispatched by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which has contracted with private operators to provide 350 buses to the Garden State.  The first 70 are expected to arrive in New Jersey today, with additional buses coming this week.  U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez made the announcement today.

"Getting our transportation system back up and running is a critical part of New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.  The buses being dispatched to New Jersey by the federal government will add much needed capacity so that residents can go to work, reach their families, buy groceries, and resume their daily lives.  As we continue working to make gas accessible, these buses will give residents another transportation option," said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Chairman of the Commerce Surface Transportation Subcommittee.  "The federal government is working vigorously to provide the resources necessary to get New Jersey moving again.  We will continue to ensure the federal government is responding swiftly and thoroughly to the needs of our state."

"As the new work week begins, it's absolutely critical to provide New Jerseyans with more options to get to school and their jobs," said Menendez.  "I thank the Department of Transportation for providing these buses which will help New Jerseyans get back on the road as our transportation system struggles to get back on line.  I hope this effort, combined with our efforts to increase access to fuel supply and power, will soon enable our residents to reach some semblance of normalcy in this difficult recovery process."