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NJ TRANSIT Enters Fifth Year Without a Fare Increase

Gov. Phil Murphy today announced the fifth consecutive year of no fare increases for NJ TRANSIT under the his Administration. It was also announced that Wi-Fi will be installed on all NJ TRANSIT buses through Governor Murphy’s FY2023 budget.

“Without a single fare hike, NJ TRANSIT has been drastically transformed and improved over the last five years,” Murphy said. “On-time performance is up, cancellations are down, and engineer ranks have been replenished.”

“Considering the vast advancements made by NJ TRANSIT in the past four years, the fact that customers have not seen fare increases serves as evidence of the level of commitment and investment to mass transit by the Murphy Administration,” said NJ DOT Commissioner & NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

“Since 2018, Governor Murphy has provided continued support for NJ TRANSIT to deliver improvements in safety, service, reliability and the overall experience for our customers,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “While there is much work still to be done, we’re pleased that we’re able to continue to build on the progress of the last four years without a fare increase for our customers in Fiscal Year 2023.”

In the last four years, NJ TRANSIT has awarded more than $4 billion in capital projects, which are now underway or will soon enter the procurement phase. Some of these projects include:

  •  NJ TRANSIT’s largest ever construction contract for a new Portal North Bridge for $1.6 billion
  • $600 million construction contract for the Raritan River Bridge which broke ground in September 2020
  • A commitment to invest $250 million for the Walter Rand Transportation Center Improvement Project and $190 million to renovate and modernize Newark Penn Station
  • Advanced construction on the new Northern Bus Garage which will accommodate up to 500 buses to meet current and future demand, and will include the necessary charging infrastructure to support an all-electric bus fleet
  • Major capital investments in Trenton Transit Center, Lyndhurst Station, Elizabeth Station, Perth Amboy Station and others

In addition to these critical infrastructure projects, NJ TRANSIT has also made significant investments in its fleet, including the continued advancement of bus electrification. NJ TRANSIT has

  • Taken delivery of 300 new buses over the last two years
  • Purchased 138 new multi-level rail cars and 25 new dual-power locomotives – including the agency’s first eight electric buses, which will begin operating in revenue service by the end of the year
  • Completed construction of the charging infrastructure at Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden to support the new eight electric buses
  • Unveiled a roadmap to a 100% zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040
  • Added, extended, or provided enhanced bus service on 100 bus routes over the past two years

NJ TRANSIT has also improved reliability and service for Bus, Rail, and Light Rail customers.

FY19 vs. FY21 On-Time Performance – Improved for Bus, Rail & Light Rail Across the Board

    • Rail improved from 90.0% in FY19 to 93.3% in FY21
    • Bus improved from 91.3% in FY19 to 98.0% in FY21
    • Light Rail improved from 96.6% in FY19 to 96.9% in FY21
  • In FY2021 vs FY2019 rail cancellations saw a 15% decrease
  • Since 2018, NJ TRANSIT has hired more than 1,000 bus operators
  • Since 2018, NJ TRANSIT has graduated 10 classes of locomotive engineers, adding 127 engineers to its ranks
  • Achieved full certification for Positive Train Control (PTC) before the Dec. 31, 2020 deadline

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