Today, Congressman Andrews announced that the South Jersey Bus Rapid Transit project, an effort that will bring much needed traffic relief to our region and deliver quality construction jobs to South Jersey, has cleared a major hurdle and progressed one step closer to fruition. Through Rep. Andrews support, the Congressman has ensured that the project, now under review by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Council (DVRPC), will be considered for federal funding. Once approved, Bus Rapid Transit would eliminate much of the traffic congestion between Philadelphia, Camden, and suburbs to the southeast.
Bus Rapid Transit offers the benefits of high speed travel and can be up and running relatively quickly and at a much lower cost to taxpayers. Passengers will travel faster thanks to dedicated bus-only lanes and traffic signals which bypass commuter congestion. High-frequency schedules and all-day service will cut wait times, and the system will improve air quality by reducing the number of cars on the road.
"Many South Jersey residents face heavy traffic on their daily work commute to either Camden or Philadelphia, said Congressman Andrews. This project would not only benefit commuters by cutting down on congestion, but it will also open up the region to new commerce, new job opportunities, and allows job seekers to search for employment in a wider area.
The South Jersey Bus Rapid Transit System offers a feasible, low-impact solution to the congestion problems faced by area commuters. This program protects and benefits the working middle class members of the South Jersey community, and Congressman Andrews will continue to work to make this proposal a reality.