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NJ Transit Halts Projects

As Passenger Transport went to press and was released electronically, no change has been seen in the shutdown of New Jersey Transit Corporation's (NJ Transit) ongoing transportation projects funded through the state’s Transportation Trust Fund Authority (TTFA) that began 11:59 p.m. July 8, as a result of an executive order from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stemming from an impasse concerning replenishment of the TTFA.

According to published reports, the top 10 suspended projects account for close to $142 million out of a total of $2.7 billion. The largest projects include a track state of good repair program for Newark light rail, station rehabilitations, a bridge reconstruction over an NJ Transit rail line and ADA improvements at a light rail station. It also affects NJ Transit's contract with Motor Coach Industries for new commuter coaches.

Christie’s executive order declared a state of emergency due to the fact that, “currently, absent additional funding sources, the TTFA will exhaust all of its available funds in August 2016” and “the New Jersey State Senate has failed to act on reauthorization of the TTFA and therefore there is no established plan for providing additional funding sources for the TTFA.” It also stated: “If the TTFA runs out of funds, it would have a disastrous effect on the state’s ability to maintain the transportation infrastructure, thereby jeopardizing the health, safety and welfare of all persons who rely on that infrastructure.”
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