Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that three transportation and infrastructure projects he requested for New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District passed the House of Representatives. The projects were included in the INVEST America Act, a transformational infrastructure bill that makes record investments in roads, bridges, and transit.
The three projects include:
• $5.625 million for a ferry terminal in Carteret that represents the next phase of the town’s ongoing work to run a ferry from Central New Jersey to downtown Manhattan that will improve daily commutes for residents of Central New Jersey and encourage economic development.
• $13 million for the NJ Transit station in Long Branch. The railroad station will be made intermodal by bringing buses, trollies, taxis, and ride sharing services into the station property with an indoor waiting room. The money will also be used to build a new pedestrian bridge west of the station platform to reconnect the business and residential community on the west side of the tracks.
• $1.25 million for pedestrian improvements in Woodbridge that will provide paved sidewalks and new or replacement street curbs on Magnolia Road where hundreds of pedestrians walk every day to access NJ Transit and Amtrak service at Metropark.
“Each of these projects are important investments in our transportation system’s safety, efficiency, and reliability for the region’s residents and tourists. Members of Congress know our districts better than anyone else and can ensure that federal dollars actually reach the areas that need them,” Congressman Pallone said. “The INVEST America act makes long overdue investments in our country’s infrastructure and fulfills the promise President Biden made to build back better. I look forward to seeing this bill advance through the Senate so we can get it to the President’s desk.”
“The residents of Carteret and commuters in Central New Jersey appreciate Congressman Pallone’s efforts to secure much needed federal funding under this surface transportation bill to help develop this intermodal transportation building,” said Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman. “For far too long New Jersey has received far less then what it sends to Washington, DC., and this project represents direct congressional action and appropriations of federal dollars, so that elected Members of Congress can identify and fund much needed transportation projects as opposed to bureaucrats sitting in desks hundreds or thousands of miles away around the country.”
“The Long Branch intermodal station will give NJ Transit the resources it needs to increase interoperability between different modes of transportation that will greatly enhance commuter safety and accessibility for Long Branch residents and tourists,” Long Branch Mayor John Pallone said.
“Congressman Pallone has always helped us identify all of the federal funding opportunities and this result just validates all of his efforts,” said Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac. “These federal dollars will provide Woodbridge the opportunity to make much needed pedestrian safety improvements around the Metropark area for residents and commuters.”