Jersey Getting Millions For New Buses
New Jersey is getting more than 76 million dollars in federal funding awards to replace over 5 percent of New Jersey Transit’s bus fleet.
The new vehicles will be hybrids, and buses powered by alternative energy sources like national gas – which will save NJ Transit close to 2 million dollars a year in fuel costs.
New Jersey U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg – considered the “Godfather” of Transportation in the Garden state, and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation – says “ this is very important – what a grant like this does is it confirms the fact that we in government give damn about people stuck in traffic, having to suck in toxic fumes which are principally produced by automobiles and vehicles.”
He adds “it’s an affirmation to our resistance to being stuck on a highway- missing your appointments whether it’s doctor, lawyer or school…. with rising tolls, crowded roadways, and outdated rail systems, these federal grants will expand access to transportation in South Jersey and modernize bus transit for commuters throughout the state.”
A total of 787 million dollars in federal transportation money is being allocated by the Obama Administration to different states around the country