More fuel tax revenue earmarked for transportation in New Jersey

| 11/14/2006

New Jersey voters on Election Day approved more funding for transportation projects in the state.

Question 3 on the statewide ballot increases from 9 cents to 10.5 cents the amount of gasoline and diesel taxes to be sent for a trust fund to maintain and repair roads, highways, bridges and transit.

The ballot question, which was approved by about 59 percent of voters, is expected to generate an additional $78 million for transportation. That money now goes to pay off old bonds.

Kris Kolluri, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, said voters realized sending more fuel tax revenues for transportation was the right thing to do.

"They showed that they want their money to go where it's needed," Kolluri told the Asbury Park Press.