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Lautenberg Announces More Than $2 Million In New Federal Funding For Highway Safety, Mass Transit In New Jersey
Lautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224
Wednesday, August 12,
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey more than $2 million in new federal funding to improve traffic safety across the state and modernize Morristown Train Station on NJ Transit’s Morris and Essex lines.
“This federal grant funding will help New Jersey’s road and rail commuters, experience a safer and easier commute. Promoting safety belt usage and modernizing the traffic safety information system will help reduce accidents and save lives. But the best way to increase highway safety is to motivate commuters to leave their cars at home and take mass transit. Investing in the Morristown Train Station will help increase ridership, relieve congestion and create safer roads,” stated Sen. Lautenberg.
The $2,497,431 will be allocated as follows:
- $1,480,404 proactively address highway safety problems by promoting increased safety belt use in passenger motor vehicles.
- $573,947 increase the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity and accessibility of its state traffic safety information system.
In 2007, more than 450 drivers and passengers in cars were killed and 50 percent were not wearing seat belts, according to the Congressional Research Service.
- $443,080 for the Morristown Train Station rehabilitation project to renovate the exterior and interior of the Main Station Building, the exterior of the Shelter House, the platforms, canopies and stairways.
The Morristown Train Station provides services to more than 577,720 passengers per year, according to NJ Transit.
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