Passaic bus station could get $ 1.6 million in federal funds



Passaic’s proposed bus station came close to reality after U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell Jr. announced new legislation to fund infrastructure projects.

The legislation promises $ 1.6 million for the estimated $ 4 million project. The money would be used for the costs of designing and building an awning to house the riders, Pascrell said.

“A great nation invests in itself,” he said. “For too long, we have allowed our bridges, roads and transit systems to rot and rot.”

The proposed terminal, which would be in the south parking aisle in the center of Main Avenue at Passaic Street, would have berths for loading and unloading buses, sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian crossings. awnings, as well as a kiosk for passengers.

Slide of a recent presentation involving possible redevelopments of the main avenue in downtown Passaic

Electronic information on bus timetables and safer crosswalks would also be added.

The exact path for the proposed funding is still being worked out, Pascrell staff members said. It could be incorporated into the ongoing bipartite infrastructure talks.

The Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is expected to contribute $ 2.5 million, officials said.

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Although Passaic has a bus “terminal”, it is more or less a dedicated lane used by nine NJ Transit bus lines to load and unload passengers.

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said Pascrell’s efforts could make all the difference in the city’s recent redevelopment efforts.

“These federal funds are vitally important to the completion of the projects that we have planned for our city,” said Lora.

In addition to plans to redevelop the main avenue and add a parking garage, this could go a long way in revitalizing the downtown area.

The main avenue in Passaic is presented on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

The city also recently approved new zoning along Main Avenue to encourage homeowners to build apartments above stores.

Passaic’s business administrator Rick Fernandez said the overall goal of the city center is not just to attract new residents, but to attract young people who have grown up in the city but have relocated. to come back and raise families.

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“You ask the mayor and he will tell you that we want our young people to go to school and then come back,” Fernandez said.

Matt Fagan is a local reporter for For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.


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