NJ Transit gets $1.6B in aid as ridership drops during omicron surge, feds say

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NJ Transit will receive $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus transit aid, which comes as the agency reports a sudden drop in ridership due to the statewide surge of positive tests for the omicron variant of COVID-19. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., confirmed the amount coming from the American Rescue Plan, designed to prevent service cuts and transit worker layoffs due to revenue losses from coronavirus-related ridership declines. NJ Transit officials said that money is needed after ridership fell sharply in l…

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