Friday, March 6, 2009

Economic Stimulus Projects in New Jersey, Massachusetts

Several NJ Transit projects will receive $423 million in economic stimulus money, with the biggest chunk, $130 million, going toward the $9 billion Access to the Region's Cor project to construct a new tunnel under the Hudson River and new passenger rail terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Other funded projects include a $40 million transfer station in Pennsauken connecting the Atlantic City Line and River Line (light rail), signal improvements for the River Line ($24 million) and bidirectional operation on the Morris & Essex line ($25 million.)

Economic stimulus money will fund a $37 million project to restore a second track to a former Boston & Maine line through Andover and Haverhill, Mass., now used by MBTA's Haverhill and Fitchburg Lines as well as Amtrak's Downeaster. According to the Andover Townsman, the project "would allow more commuter rail trips through Andover, especially during peak commuter hours."

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