Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
New York, NY –
New Jersey will get over a billion dollars of federal stimulus money to improve its highways and railways. That's according to Senator Frank Lautenberg, who wants to give priority to repairing decrepit infrastructure.
LAUTENBERG: We have so many deficient bridges and facilities that that's gotta be the first order of business.
The money represents about a 30 percent boost in New Jersey's annual capital budget for rail and roads.
A separate line in the stimulus bill could kick in as much as $1.5 billion to build a new commuter rail tunnel between Bergen County and midtown Manhattan.