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NJ Transit marks five years without fare hike

NJ Transit has awarded more than $4 billion in capital projects since 2018.
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week marked the fifth consecutive year without fare increases for New Jersey Transit riders.

Despite the fare freeze, the transit agency has “been drastically transformed and improved over the last five years,” Murphy said in a press release. On-time performance (OTP) is up, cancellations are down and engineer ranks have been replenished with the hiring of 127 engineers. In addition, the Murphy administration has committed an unprecedented amount of funding to NJ Transit, state officials said.

NJ Transit has awarded more than $4 billion in funding for capital projects since 2018, including $1.6 billion for the new Portal North Bridge construction contract; $600 million for the Raritan River Bridge construction contract; commitments to invest $250 million in the Walter Rand Transportation Center improvement project; and $190 million for Newark’s Penn Station renovation.

The agency purchased 138 new multilevel rail cars and 25 new dual-power locomotives in the same amount of time. Rail OTP improved from 90% to 93.3%, and light-rail OTP ratcheted up from 96.6% to 96.9% from between fiscal years 2019 and 2021.

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