For Immediate Release: January 8, 2008
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement on Governor Corzine’s State of the State Address
Toll Plan Includes Dubious Projects
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign applauds Governor Corzine’s effort to address New Jersey’s state debt and provide long-term funding for the state’s transportation system.
However, as state legislators consider the Governor’s proposal, the Campaign urges them to examine his priorities for transportation funding. Specifically, Governor Corzine has proposed to use significant portions of the projected toll revenues for expanding the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, as well as the Atlantic City Expressway. The highway expansion projects are a leap backwards for a state that has become nationally recognized for its smart growth policies. According to New Jersey Turnpike Authority documents, portions of the newly widened Parkway will be filled with traffic within years of the project’s completion, while the Turnpike widening project itself will induce huge increases in traffic.
State legislators must also take a hard look at the Governor’s proposal to create a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) to collect toll revenues and manage and maintain the toll roads. While the Governor has promised that this PBC will be subject to strict performance measures and government standards, the Campaign worries that under this structure the public will be cut out of the decision-making process and the state will be left with limited oversight authority.
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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit policy watchdog organization dedicated to forging a more balanced, environmentally sustainable, safe and socially equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.