Governor’s Office | This week in New Jersey: December 10, 2021

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New Jersey expands access to reproductive health care and adopts new rules after a unanimous vote by the State Board of Medical Examiners

Overnor Phil Murphy announced expanded access to reproductive health care in New Jersey with the passage of new rules published on the New Jersey Register. In October 2021, the State Board of Medical Examiners unanimously voted to pass new rules to remove medically unnecessary abortion regulations and open up new avenues for reproductive health services across the state.

“At a time when our country is on the verge of severely restricting access to reproductive health care, New Jersey is prioritizing expanding these critical services.” said Governor Murphy. “Removing outdated barriers to care ensures that all New Jersey residents have equal access to reproductive health

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Murphy Administration Announces RFEI for Project to Create America’s First Autonomous Vehicle-Based Urban Transportation System

Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced a call for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System (MOVES) project.

“Since we took office, we’ve worked tirelessly to make New Jersey the innovation hub of America.” said Governor Murphy. “There may be no initiative that embodies this goal better than the Trenton MOVES project, which will attract tech talent from around the country and the world to create an autonomous vehicle-based transportation system in our Capitol that will provide a new, affordable transportation solution for the underserved Areas of Trenton. This is an exciting project with immense potential and I am looking forward to the day when the first vehicle will hit the road. “

“Mobility means equal opportunities and access to opportunities” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “Trenton MOVES offers the opportunity to sustainably improve the quality of life of people with reduced mobility in many of our cities through innovation. By starting in Trenton, we have the opportunity to work with a close and effective partner; Ultimately, our vision is that these efforts should ideally be extended to the entire state and region. “

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NJ TRANSIT upgrades Access Link fleet with new minibuses and hybrid sedans

NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of 258 cutaway minibuses for Access Link’s service, which will enable Access Link to modernize its obsolete fleet. In addition, NJ TRANSIT added 80 new hybrid sedans this year to replace older sedans and expand the fleet.

“These new vehicles are critical to the continued safe, reliable and efficient operation of NJ TRANSIT’s indispensable Access Link service.” said Kevin S. Corbett, President and CEO of NJ TRANSIT. “Complementing the technology upgrades we introduced through Access Link Online and our new, dedicated Access Link app, these new vehicles represent our ongoing commitment to modernizing service delivery for our Access Link customers.”

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NJEDA is assisting in redevelopment of historic Paterson property

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced support for the purchase and renovation of Hamilton Square, a 68-unit, two-building condominium in Paterson’s Great Falls Historic District.

“Governor Phil Murphy’s and lawmakers’ decision to extend the ERG program enables projects to help the communities and residents hardest hit by the pandemic recover as the programs ERA-created take shape.” said Tim Sullivan, NJEDA’s chief executive officer. “This project supports several of the policy objectives set under the ERA, particularly those that will benefit our most vulnerable citizens by providing affordable and accessible housing for veterans and people with disabilities.”

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The New Jersey tourism industry saw strong coastal growth in the summer of 2021

Key figures from the economic reports suggest that the New Jersey tourism industry experienced a major boom on the Jersey Shore and beyond in 2021 as cities and businesses continued a steady recovery from the pandemic.

“We are pleased that travelers flocked to our state again this summer and that we were able to offer a much-needed short vacation.” said the New Jersey Secretary of State, Tahesha Way. “The increase in these important numbers shows how important tourism is for the overall economy of our country.”

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