HAMILTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy presented his blueprint for the upcoming FY 2021 New Jersey State Budget on Tuesday that included an increase in funding for New Jersey Transit. The subsidy of nearly $600 million, an increase of $132 million over FY2020, will support the agency's daily operations while allowing for bus and rail enhancements, new hiring, and a Battery Electric Bus program that advances the State's clean energy goals.
"This is an investment in NJ TRANSIT, but it is, even more, an investment in our commuters and our communities. It is an investment in giving New Jerseyans the freedom to leave their cars at home and to take our trains and buses," said Murphy.
Hamilton Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton), who serves as chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, hailed the proposal.
“Today, we begin the rigorous process of drafting a State budget that prioritizes the needs of working class families in New Jersey," said Benson. "I will advocate for commuters across the state throughout this process, particularly those who depend on public transportation through NJ Transit. I’m pleased the Governor’s proposed budget includes an additional $132 million for NJ Transit; the future of the agency depends on our continued investment.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to facilitate a fair and transparent process that ensures the public’s voices are heard," added Benson, who also serves on the Assembly Budget Committee.
If the Governor's proposals are enacted, NJ TRANSIT will run for its third consecutive year under Governor Murphy without a fare increase.
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