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Issue Position: Transportation

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Rep. Frelinghuysen continues to work to secure Federal funding for vital public transportation, rail, and road efforts. Northern New Jersey is one of our nation's most densely populated areas. Rep. Frelinghuysen knows the importance of reducing congestion, making travel more efficient, and protecting our environment.

Frelinghuysen's key mass transportation initiatives include:

* Lackawanna "Cutoff"-Northwest NJ-Northeast PA Passenger Rail Project - an ongoing effort to relieve congestion for commuters traveling to and from eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey by reestablishing passenger rail service between Scranton and Hoboken.

* The establishment of Midtown Direct Service in 1996-- direct service on the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton transit lines to and from Penn Station, New York.

* Construction of a new trans-Hudson Tunnel.

* Establishment and expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in 2000 - a seven-station light rail project that will serve Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and West New York.

* Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link in 2006- an 8.8 mile light rail system that connects the Newark City Subway with downtown Newark and Elizabeth as well as provide a connection for Morris/Essex and Boonton NJ Transit line commuters.

* Amtrak -- In 2008, Congress passed legislation reauthorizing up to $2 billion for Amtrak in 2009, opening the Northeast Corridor to private competition, increasing safety in passenger and freight trains, and improving accountability of the rail operator.

Rep. Frelinghuysen has also worked to reduce road congestion supporting:

* Mount Arlington Station and the Howard Boulevard Park and Ride -- Working with the Morris County Freeholders to open a highway intercept, regional Park & Ride, and NJ Transit station designed to alleviate congestion at a critical intersection of Routes 80 and 15. It opened in January of 2008.

* Route 22 Sustainable Corridor Plan -- Working with the Somerset County Freeholders to establish a long-term vision for the 8-mile stretch of Route 22 in Somerset County to improve traffic safety and manage congestion.

* New Jersey Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) -- used to transport the general public from urban, suburban, and rural areas to suburban employment opportunities.

Reducing Aircraft Noise

* Rep. Frelinghuysen has expressed his strong opposition to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) "preferred airspace redesign alternative" for the New Jersey and New York area that shifted more air traffic and noise over New Jersey.

* In a meeting with the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Rep. Frelinghuysen again reiterated that air noise reduction must be included as a primary factor in the FAA's new airspace redesign plan. He will continue to monitor this process closely and keep affected residents informed.

* To contact the FAA to register concerns about the FAA's plan and to register continuing air noise complaints, please visit or write to the FAA, 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20591 or call (718) 553-3365.

DOT's Airport Slot Auctions

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen has expressed has opposition to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) efforts to auction flight "slots" at Newark Liberty International Airport as well as John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports.

The Congressman has worked with the New Jersey Congressional delegation to stop the DOT from moving forward on this unprecedented effort to auction arrival and departure slots at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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