Expansion of NJ Transit

  • Posted on: 17 March 2019
  • By: David Buneta
Bill Number: 
WHTVII2
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act Relating to the Expansion of New Jersey Transit Train Service
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that New Jersey Transit expand train service to Monmouth county
Sections: 
I. The State of New Jersey will commit to creating a Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex (MOM) rail line, a. venturing south of/joining at the existing Aberdeen junction,
II. The State of New Jersey will work with local jurisdictions to create stations in, a. Morganville, b. Marlboro, c. Howell, d. Manalapan, e. Freehold Township, f. Freehold Boro, g. Lakewood, h. Jackson, i. Lakehurst
III. New Jersey Transit will offer express service from the above region to New York City,
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect on August 1st, 2019.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill seeks to revolutionize the lives of the half a million people living in Central Jersey by expanding beyond the North Coast Line and providing easily accessible rail stations in areas where bus transportation is extremely popular. Development is showing no signs of slowing down as density increases in towns across the area like Marlboro, Howell, and Lakewood. There is a significant talent pool of skilled and non-skilled labor residing in these areas that would gain exponential economic benefits and opportunities from greater access to New York City and other NJ Transit-served areas. This would provide incentives for more people to invest in the areas affected and boost the region's economy. Furthermore, the compliance of this line with FTA standards and the reuse of existing dormant rail lines will make it more efficient for commuters to take the train and will significantly decrease highway traffic and increase air quality.
Author's Note: 
New Jersey will need to reallocate funding towards NJ Transit as per an internal audit requested by the Governor. Furthermore, land currently used for the Henry Hudson Trail will be repurposed for its original rail use.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the Department of Transportation and the FTA. Funds generated from this law will go to the Department of Transportation. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No
Secondary Sponsor: