From the all-electric bus program to the development of NJ Transit’s sustainability plan, big changes are coming to all NJT services.
As part of New Jersey Transit’s 10-year strategic plan, the agency created its first-ever sustainability plan that aims to reduce its carbon footprint and take better care of the planet.
The sustainability plan includes improvements and upgrades in water and energy use, fair transportation, clean vehicle technology, resiliency and customer experience.
NJT reached out to stakeholders, environmental activists, community leaders and the public to uncover areas of sustainability and customer experience where the agency could improve.
Many new programs are in place or to come, including:
Zero-emission bus program:
In March, NJ Transit unveiled new electric bus charging stations at its Camden Bus Garage. These charging stations and associated infrastructure upgrades are just one of many steps toward NJT’s goal of transitioning to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. The charging stations have prepared the land for the agency’s first eight electric buses which will arrive in Camden later this year.
Project Camden is a first-of-its-kind initiative for NJT, which will test electric buses under real-world conditions on specific NJT routes.
The agency hopes to use this preliminary testing period in Camden to collect data on the effects of weather, passenger numbers, road conditions, distance traveled and other factors affecting performance. electric buses.
The Camden project will also look at the infrastructure resources and works needed to upgrade NJT’s bus garages to accommodate new charging stations, as well as the significantly larger power supplies needed to charge EV buses.
Spring Fling Deals: Discount Codes for NJT Rides
Throughout April, NJ Transit offered various promotions for customers to “go green” and save money using public transportation.
From April 4 to April 30, customers who have created a new account for the NJ Transit mobile app or who have not purchased an NJT mobile ticket from their existing account in the last six months are eligible to receive a ticket free round trip between any origin and destination. , using the promotional code “TRYSPRING”. Only 5,000 codes will be issued each Monday.
Use the promo code “FRIEND22” in the mobile app for a “Buy One, Get One Free” round-trip ticket between any origin and destination. Only one code can be used per account during the promotion.
Environmental Impacts of Riding NJ Transit:
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory Report, NJ’s transportation sector (including personal vehicles and trucks) accounts for 40 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e), or 41% of gross statewide GHG emissions.
Nearly three quarters of NJ’s transportation GHG emissions come from personal vehicles. The Federal Transit Administration estimates that a single occupied vehicle emits 0.96 pounds of CO2 per passenger-mile.
The chart below highlights emissions from public transport in various modes, normalized per passenger-mile.
Total emissions from NJ Transit operations represent 1.62% of the total transportation sector and produce 60% less GHG emissions per passenger mile than the average single occupancy (driving alone) personal vehicle.
Public transport favors compact layouts; businesses, commercial spaces, schools and living areas are built nearby.
Land use that prioritizes transit, including transit-oriented development (TOD), promotes walking and cycling due to proximity to traveled areas and access to transportation options. transportation.
Compact developments tend to emerge close to transportation systems – bus depots, rail terminals and light rail stations. For example, NJ TRANSIT’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit serves the high-density areas of Jersey City and Hoboken and connects people throughout the region to ferries, trains, and buses.
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