|For immediate release:
July 27, 2011
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional transportation policy watchdog group , warned today that House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman John Mica’s proposal for the next federal transportation bill would cut federal funding to the state by $3 billion over the next 6 years and would cost the state 18,000 jobs in the first year. If the House proposal is enacted, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJ Transit could suffer a loss of $340 million and $162 million for 2012 respectively; or 30% of total annual transportation funding it receives from the feds.
A reduction of this scale could send New Jersey’s already precarious Transportation Trust Fund into arrest as debt payments engulf all Trust Fund revenues this summer. To date, Governor Christie and the State Legislature have failed to address a long term funding solution to keep the state’s Transportation Trust Fund solvent, relying instead on diverting at least $343 million in Port Authority funds each year for the next 5 years.
“New Jersey’s transportation budget is already a patchwork quilt -- and the state doesn’t have any patches left that can close a 30% cut in federal transportation funding,” said Kate Slevin, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “A cut of this magnitude could bring the state’s economy to a grinding halt.”
Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s analysis of NJDOT’s 2012 Capital Plan shows that maintenance and repair, transit and pedestrian and bicycling projects are especially at risk if House cuts are enacted. From the purchase of lift equipped buses across the state to assist senior and disabled New Jerseyans better access public transportation , to the overhaul of rail cars and locomotives on NJ Transit, federal funding makes many critical transportation projects in the Garden State possible.
In fact, Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s analysis shows that federal funding helps support 90% of NJ’s pedestrian and bicycling projects and 43% of NJ’s transit projects. Projects receiving federal funding include:
Click to view full breakdowns of how the House bill could impact New Jersey's transit projects and pedestrian and cycling projects.
“The next federal transportation bill will impact New Jersey’s transportation system for years to come. If New Jerseyans want safe, affordable, efficient transportation options, now is the time to urge Congress to oppose these cuts,” said Ya-Ting Liu, Federal Advocate for Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a nonprofit transportation policy group dedicated to creating a more balanced, environmentally friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.