Congressman Sires Applauds Award of Federal Transportation Funding to the City of Elizabeth
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires (D-NJ) released a statement following an announcement that the City of Elizabeth was awarded a $5 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant from the Department of Transportation. This grant will allow the City of Elizabeth to assess the feasibility of constructing a ferry terminal and incorporating electric ferry service betweenElizabeth and Manhattan.
“Ferries play an important role in connecting New Jersey residents with New York City. Using an emissions-free electric ferry, the proposed project would provide passengers an affordable public transit option, route traffic away from the congested New Jersey Turnpike, eliminate ground transport emissions, and advance transportation equity for City of Elizabeth residents. I commend the City of Elizabeth on their proposal, and I thank the Biden administration for their partnership and support.”
As a former mayor and a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congressman Sires has long advocated for federal grant money to support local transportation needs in New Jersey and emphasized the need for the federal government to partner with cities to complete important infrastructure projects.