Transportation Makes New Jersey Work!

INVESTMENT MAKES IT POSSIBLE

New Jersey’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (New Jersey)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average New Jersey motorist pays $1.67 per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 17 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 34 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 38 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 78 cents/day in tolls

The average New Jersey household spends 3 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

New Jersey spends $316 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. New Jersey ranks #16 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average New Jersey motorist $605 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (New Jersey)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the New Jersey Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for New Jersey’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How New Jersey Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $10 billion in road and bridge work in New Jersey just over the past 10 years, including $1.8 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (New Jersey)

Employment & Tax Impact

New Jersey Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure supports…

114,634 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These New Jersey residents earn $5.2 billion annually and contribute $948 million in state taxes.

1,715,001 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These New Jersey residents earn $83 billion annually and contribute $15 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (New Jersey)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

3,962 miles of New Jersey’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Newark to Albuquerque, New Mexico and back — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average New Jersey motorist $605 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

596 bridges in New Jersey are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 10.3 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 22 miles of structurally deficient bridges in New Jersey. 268 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in New Jersey spent $5 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016