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New Jersey to Increase Spending on Alternative Modes of Transportation

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has unveiled a $3.2-billion transportation improvement plan that ranks as one of the largest plans in state history. The plan includes initial funding for a $5-billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River, as well as road-widenings, bridge repairs, intersection improvements, and pedestrian/bike paths.

Most of the money will come from federal sources, with the state contributing about $1.6 billion. Nearly half the total funds will be applied to train or bus projects. &quotCongestion relief is not just what we can do on our roadways. It’s what alternative modes of transportation we can provide our residents,&quot New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri told Gannett newspapers in April.