A Vision For Better New Jersey Transit
NJCAN is working to repair, improve and expand public transit services.
New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling while our roads, railroads, and airports struggle to handle high-volume commuter traffic that surpasses the amount it was designed for.
Transit ridership continues to grow year after year as the Northeast region of the United States becomes more urbanized, yet there is little money left in the state’s Transportation Trust Fund and NJ Transit has not increased service. In fact, while overcrowding has lowered the quality of NJ Transit’s services, the state government’s subsidy of the agency is dwindling, which results in service cuts and fare hikes.
NJCAN does not believe in paying more for bad service. We advocate for investing in a frequent, reliable and comprehensive transit network to better serve the growing population and employment base of our state’s communities.
Repair, maintain and upgrade transit infrastructure for reliable service in all conditions:
- Eliminate breakdowns and delays by upgrading rail infrastructure to modern standards.
- Find a long-term dedicated funding source for the Transportation Trust Fund.
- Create holistic transportation solutions that benefit commuters and communities.
Increase capacity on rail and bus lines to relieve overcrowding and provide frequent, reliable service:
- Replace the Northeast Corridor’s aging and damaged trans-Hudson River rail tunnels.
- Develop strong “trunk line” corridors for transit on busiest rail and bus routes by upgrading infrastructure, increasing capacity, and improving service quality.
- Replace outdated rail and bus rolling stock to reduce breakdowns and promote a healthier environment.
- Simplify fares on public transit to create a more predictable, user-friendly and easy to understand transit network.
- Coordination of service between the various transit agencies serving New Jersey commuters.
Invest in a strategic plan for network unification and expansion:
- Transform commuter rail and light rail into the backbone of New Jersey transportation.
- Design a comprehensive system of local and express bus routes to operate in tandem with rail service.
- Restore passenger rail service on abandoned routes throughout New Jersey.
- Develop a unified marketing strategy to improve signage and make riding public transit in New Jersey more user-friendly, especially for new passengers.