Board of Directors Makes Great Strides in October

October has been a busy month for our NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors and the items they have been working on will benefit your travel experience!

On October 12th, the Board approved a $1.56 billion contract – the largest in NJ TRANSIT’s history – for construction of the new Portal North Bridge on the Northeast Corridor. This fixed-span bridge will replace a 110-year-old swing-span bridge that causes extensive delays during bridge openings for Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, MidTOWN Direct, and Amtrak customers traveling to and from Penn Station New York. The new bridge, which will take approximately five-and-a-half years to complete, will greatly improve service reliability. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak.

Portal North Bridge will cross the Passaic River, replacing an existing but unreliable swing-span bridge.

On October 20th, the Board approved several contracts, including:

  • The purchase of eight zero-emission buses, which will test electric buses in real-world conditions on specific NJ TRANSIT routes in the Camden area as the agency works toward a 100 percent Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet.
  • The Hoboken Signal and Yard Power Repairs project, which will upgrade signal and yard power in Hoboken Rail Yard, replacing and elevating equipment that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
  • Advancement of conceptual design, preliminary and final engineering, and construction assistance for the Walter Rand Transportation Center replacement project in Camden.
  • The next phase of design work for a new North Jersey bus garage, which will be able to accommodate a 500-bus, Zero-Emissions Fleet.

These projects are all designed to improve service reliability, provide sustainability and improve the customer experience.