DOT spokeswoman Erin Phalon said the agency has "overhauled its project delivery process in order to accelerate construction," cutting final review times from eight weeks to two weeks, the bid period from five weeks to three weeks for most projects, and the contract award time from four weeks to one-and-a-half weeks.
T H I S W E E K Trenton Growing from within New Jersey aims grant incentives at manufacturing companies in order to attract, retain business within the state. Page 19 MANUFACTURING SPOTLIGHT ® A L L B U S I N E S S ◆ ALL NEW JERSEY $2.00 APRIL 6, 2009 www.njbiz.com A Hudson River rail tunnel project Stimulus funds drive Courtesy of Harrah’s Entertainment said to ease rush hour congestion between Manhattan and New Jersey is slated to take off, even without full transportation work federal funding. Page 8 Real Estate Small firms lining up for bridge, road, rail projects BY SHANKAR P. old trade group’s 1,050 members TRANSPORTATION projects funded specialize in road, bridge, highway by federal stimulus dollars are gath- and related projects, he said. ering greater speed and energy, with The top priorities in identifying bid invitations, projects to be Industry experts predict an increase in contract awards and construc- Follow the Money rolled out, in order, are “safe- the number of workouts within the tion starts con- Tracking federal stimulus dollars ty and security commercial real estate market in the tinuing to be from Washington to Trenton of the trans- coming months. a n n o u n c e d . Inside portation sys- Page 10 The Depart- • List of transportation projects. Page 4 tem, keeping Finance ment of Trans- • Federal funds go to trans-Hudson rail the system in tunnel as project gets on track. Page 8 portation is set good shape and to invite bids for dozens of new proj- good repair, meeting core capacity ects in the coming weeks, owing to needs, and then, possibly, expan- Showboat’s Asian game room is just one of the amenities the casino is using to reach an accelerated approval system it sion,” said Richard Sarles, NJ Tran- that ethnic group. Others offerings include restaurants and noodle bars. has adopted. sit’s executive director. The first batch of a half-dozen Sarles said he expects NJ Tran- transportation projects will go sit to commit at least half the stimu- More and more companies are accept- ing credit cards from customers in order to ease the transaction and Aiming gaming through the bid process in the next two months, followed shortly by contract awards, said Robert Briant Jr., chief executi
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