NJ Transit’s Infrastructure -- Especially Its Hudson Tunnel -- Shows Its Age

A study by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign found that NJ Transit moved more than $5 billion from its capital budget to cover operating expenses over the past 15 years.

While investment in infrastructure lags, morale among staff is plummeting. Non-unionized workers haven't seen a raise since 2009. Senior staff have left in droves; the agency has been trying to replace its executive director, Ronnie Hakim, for seven months, without success.

Jon Whiten, a vice president at the left-leaning think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective, said that when it comes to legislators and the governor, "everything is very centered on driving and car culture. Lawmakers all drive to Trenton. They all drive to their district offices and their district meetings."

Earlier this month, a reporter asked the governor about a proposal to add a stop in front of the Trenton State House to NJ Transit's River Line. "I'm a skeptic," Christie said. "Use Uber."

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