New Jersey, being the most densely populated state in the union, suffers from massive congestion problems. From 1997 to 2006, Bill served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to modernize our region's roads, bridges, airports and mass transit systems. In his new role on the Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over revenues to the federal Highway and Aviation Trust Funds, Bill has not given up that role.
Bill has secured millions in new funding for the Eighth Congressional District to reconstruct some of North Jersey's most dangerous intersections, including the infamous 23/46/80 interchange and upgrades at bridges along the Route 46 corridor. Most recently, Bill proudly supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to put Americans to work, while making needed improvements to our roads, bridges. ARRA has provided funding for improvements to Interstate 80, enhanced interchanges on Route 46 and Interstate 280, as well as repaving of our county roads throughout Passaic and Essex Counties, among other projects.
Public transportation serves as the linchpin for surface transportation in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit, with funding assistance through the federal government, is critical to congestion relief on our roadways and efficient transportation for commuters. Most recently, Bill has been advancing the prospects for a new Passaic-Bergen passenger rail service, connecting Paterson and Hackensack. Bill also fights for continued federal support for intercity passenger rail service in the form of AMTRAK, as well as the new planned passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River to expand Midtown direct service to more North Jersey communities. ARRA has provided tens of millions of dollars for the planned tunnel.
Bill has delivered additional federal dollars to provide communities throughout New Jersey with a "jitney" shuttle bus service and the funds to operate it. The Jitney provides towns and cities an innovative mass transit alternative to shuttle commuters to and from the train station, alleviating traffic and air pollution while easing the commute for hundreds each day. He has also advanced smart growth and alternate transportation initiatives district-wide by funding pedestrian friendly transportation options, local downtown streetscape improvement programs and bike paths.
Bill works toward ensuring a safe, secure, and efficient aviation system. He advocates strongly for the economic engine of Newark Liberty International Airport on such issues as security needs, infrastructure modernization, and air traffic control technology and staffing. With oversight over maritime transportation, Bill works with his colleagues to guarantee that Port Newark and Elizabeth remain competitive. New Jersey's economy is dependant upon the Port to move goods and provide jobs.
The government's role in transportation is more than just moving people and goods from point to point. Bill works to implement his vision for a system balanced between the dual goals of improving our quality of life and ensuring economic development, all while retaining community atmosphere in a safe and efficient manner.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board thanking them for their swift response and requesting updates on the investigation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced today that a $16 million federal grant to replace the century-old Portal Bridge, a major bottleneck point along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program and supported by a letter from Rep. Pascrell to USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the grant last June.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) announced a U.S Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $596,427 for upgrades to the runway safety area at Teterboro Airport. The grant will be administered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced $2.56 million in federal funding awarded from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to New Jersey Transit (NJT) to upgrade the Passaic Bus Terminal to better serve thousands of commuters and travelers throughout the city.
Rep. Pascrell wrote a letter urging the TSA to consider waiving or reducing $85 application fee for access to expedited traveler screening program
PATERSON — In a letter, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) urged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger to examine the feasibility of instituting a program that would allow veterans to participate in the TSA PreCheck program free of charge or with a discounted application fee, which is currently available for active service members. Text of the letter is below.
PATERSON— U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today applauded $3,287,135 in new federal funding for New Jersey to aid severe winter storm cleanup.
"In the middle of summer, it may be hard to remember the toll our roads and infrastructure paid during winter storms earlier this year, but we are still paying those bills. This grant can help alleviate a portion of those costs," said Rep. Pascrell. "As long as it’s available, I will continue to fight for federal dollars to help New Jersey."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), a member of the House Budget and Ways & Means Committees, voted in favor or a measure to fund the government. The House adopted the $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 by a vote of 316 to 113, and with Senate passage, the bill goes to the President for signature.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the activation of a new crossing signal system at Midland Avenue railroad crossing in Elmwood Park.
WASHINGTON, DC – Following Elmwood Park upgrades, bill funds upgrades for other dangerous rail crossings [December 1, 2015]
Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) released the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to move the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill which includes many key provisions approved by the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON, DC – Washington Post Editorial Endorses Bipartisan Renacci-Pascrell Funding Plan [November 5, 2015]
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) voted in support of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which was considered by the House this morning. The renewal of federal surface transportation programs authorizes $325 Billion in infrastructure investments, including over $6.1 Billion for New Jersey highways and bridges, and over $3.5 Billion for New Jersey’s transit systems, over the next six years.