May 28, 2024 – On Tuesday morning Alliance for Action President Jerry Keenan and Senior Vice President Chris Hartman attended the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announcement of an $83.3 million grant to NJ TRANSIT to transform Brick Church Station in East Orange. 

NJ TRANSIT plans to modernize the station allowing full accessibility that preserves historic features and improves all customer experience. NJ TRANSIT will replace the current low-level platforms with accessible high-level platforms and add elevators. 

Keenan and Hartman joined transportation officials including NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, NJ Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Fran O’Connor, Head of FTA Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Rob Menendez, and more for the announcement. 

According to the NJ TRANSIT press release, “The funds are part of the FTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) which makes competitive funding available to assist in the financing of capital projects. The FTA awarded a total of $343 million in ASAP grants for 2024 to eight transit agencies in eight states, of which NJ TRANSIT received the second highest.” 

“NJ TRANSIT has excellent capital investments that work toward ‘building a better future’ for all New Jersey residents,” said Keenan. “Transportation is vital to our everyday lives and we’re thrilled to hear that this funding will support NJ TRANSIT’s infrastructure plans to improve accessibility for their customers.”

The Alliance for Action is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Since 1974, we’ve worked as a non-partisan and non-profit association representing thousands of business, labor, government, utility, education, professional, and other New Jersey leaders. Our mission is to improve New Jersey’s economy through the promotion of environmentally friendly capital construction and infrastructure investment.