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New Jersey transit board approves more than $40 million in project contracts

More than $40 million in contracts for a series of projects ranging from a tunnel rehabilitation to helping the agency prepare for severe weather have been approved by the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors. The board approved a $6 million contract with Union Paving, the first for “early action” work on the Delco Lead […]

Federal budget includes funding for new Hudson River tunnel, Portal North Bridge

The proposed $5.8 trillion fiscal 2023 federal budget includes $100 million for a new tunnel between New Jersey and New York City and more than $330 million for a new bridge over the Hackensack River. The roughly $12 billion Hudson River Tunnel is part of the Gateway Program, a series of improvements on a section […]

Georgia plans to use tax dollars to upgrade state-owned rail lines

Georgia plans to spend about $10 million to upgrade state-owned rail lines to Class II standards, which officials said would better integrate the lines with the national rail network and allow faster speeds. The funding is included in the proposed fiscal year 2023 budget Georgia lawmakers are considering. However, the funding isn’t enough for the […]

Feds sending around $20M to Atlanta’s MARTA for various project

The federal government is sending about $20 million to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for a trio of projects, including a new bus maintenance facility and new electric buses. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Monday a $15 million grant for the agency to build a new Clayton Operations & Maintenance Facility. The […]

Legislation would enforce New Jersey’s racing commission’s internal controls

The New Jersey Assembly Tourism, Gaming, and the Arts Committee advanced legislation to enforce internal controls of the New Jersey Racing Commission, including the prompt reporting of revenues. A-327 would require an audit at the end of each fiscal year to ensure the proper reporting of financial and other regulated information. Proponents of the legislation […]

NJ Transit board adopts $2.6 billion fiscal 2022 budget

The NJ Transit board approved the agency’s more than $2.6 billion operating budget. The fiscal 2022 budget is about $12.5 million, or 0.5%, higher than the budget approved a year ago. It calls for an additional 136 positions, a roughly 1% increase in NJ Transit’s headcount, but officials said the budget does not increase fares […]

More than 7% of New Jersey bridges are ‘structurally deficient’

Roughly 7.1% of bridges in New Jersey are “structurally deficient,” meaning critical elements are in poor – or worse – condition. The finding is included in a recent report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). To compile its findings, the group analyzed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 2021 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data. Of New […]

NJ Transit plans to spend more than $70 million to buy more multilevel rail cars

NJ Transit plans to spend up to $77.8 million to buy 25 additional multilevel rail cars. The agency’s board approved the contract with Bombardier Transit Corp. The agreement is $74.1 million with an additional 5% for contingencies. The purchase of the railcars is part of the Portal North Bridge project, a $1.8 billion project to […]

NJ Transit approves contracts for Trenton, Newark station projects

NJ Transit is moving forward with a pair of station overhauls on the busy Northeast Corridor. Last week, the agency’s Board of Directors approved contracts for work at the Trenton Transit Center and historic Newark Penn Station. The $1.9 million Trenton Transit Center contract to AECOM Technical Services includes construction support and design services for […]

MTA moving forward with $2.87 billion Penn Station Access Project

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is proceeding with a $2.87 billion project to bring Metro-North trains from the Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut into Manhattan’s Penn Station. The MTA has awarded a design-build contract to Halmar International, LLC/RailWorks, J.V. for the Penn Station Access Project. Officials expect the project to take 63 months to complete. The […]