Gottheimer Claws Back More Than $6.5 Million for Hackettstown Train Project

Dec 28, 2018

Grant for Positive Train Control on Hackettstown Line to Trenton and New York Penn Station Will Increase Rail Safety

Friday, December 27, 2018, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced a federal grant from the Department of Transportation for $6,542,353 for positive train control on a NJ Transit line that travels from New York Penn Station and Trenton to Hackettstown. The grant comes as part of the FY18 Positive Train Control Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

“This grant will go a long way to improving commuter and rail safety in Warren County and across northern New Jersey,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “The new positive train control system will help keep our trains moving on time and work to prevent the type of rail accidents in New Jersey that we’ve seen in our state and around the country in recent years. I am proud to claw back our federal tax dollars to make long overdue improvements to our infrastructure in North Jersey. Since I took office, we’ve clawed back 16% more federal dollars back into the Fifth District compared to previous years — an increase of $290 per household to help cut our property taxes and fight back against Moochers States, like Mississippi and Alabama.”

In April, Josh’s bipartisan FRA Safety Data Improvement Act, HR 4925, passed the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. The legislation, which was cosponsored by Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10), passed by a unanimous vote. The FRA Safety Data Improvement Act codifies safety accountability requirements to prevent shifting in standards from one Administration to the next. It requires a plan and the implementation of recommendations found in a report from the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. The bipartisan legislation improves and standardizes reporting and training around railway accidents on railroads like Amtrak and NJ Transit. To ensure compliance, the Act also requires the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to update the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee annually on its progress.

Positive train control is a technological system that is meant to prevent train crashes and accidents before they happen by automatically keeping the trains a safe distance away from each other and at a safe speed.

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