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10/1/2003



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NJ Transit obtains three USDOT grants


New Jersey Transit recently obtained three grants totaling $127 million from U.S. Department of Transportation.

A $59 million grant will help fund architectural, engineering, project administration and management services, and construction design for a one-mile, five-station Newark City Subway extension between Penn Station and Broad Street Station.

The project includes an 850-foot cut-and-cover tunnel designed to bring the light-rail line from the existing underground Newark City Subway to the surface. It also includes a 0.8-mile alignment connecting downtown Newark to the Broad Street Station.

An $18.9 million grant will serve as the seventh installment of a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for the 20.5-mile, 30-station Hudson-Bergen Light-Rail Transit System. The grant agreement funded the initial segment between 34th Street in Bayonne, N.J., to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit began full service on the line in September 2002.

The other $49.2 million grant will help fund a 6.1-mile Hudson-Bergen light-rail extension between Hoboken Terminal and Tonnell Avenue, with a one-mile segment added between 34th and 21st streets. The seven-station extension is expected to be complete in fall 2005.




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