NJ senators welcome buses from DOT to aid Sandy recovery

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“As a new work week begins, it's absolutely critical to provide New Jerseyans with more options to get to school and their jobs,” Menendez said Monday. “I thank the Department of Transportation for providing these buses which will help New Jersayans get back on the road as our transportation system struggles to get back on line. I hope this effort, combined with our efforts to increase access to fuel supply and power, will soon enable our residents to reach some semblance of normalcy in this difficult recovery process.”

President Obama and the DOT released $10 million in emergency highway funding. The funding is being distributed to the New Jersey Department of Transportation to help restore traffic services, establish detours and perform emergency repairs on roads and bridges that were damaged by Sandy.

Many in the Northeast, especially in New Jersey and New York, lost power because of the storm last week. There has also been a fuel shortage since roads have been flooded by heavy rainfall.

“As we continue working to make gas accessible, these buses will give residents another transportation option,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and chairman of the Commerce Surface Transportation subcommittee. “The federal government is working vigorously to provide the resources necessary to get New Jersey moving again. We will continue to ensure the federal government is responding swiftly and thoroughly to the needs of our state.”