While full superstorm Sandy financial aid grinds forward with the seeming dispatch of plate tectonics, another road to recovery and revitalization for Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties remains sidetracked — the long-anticipated/longer avoided Middlesex/Monmouth/Ocean (MOM) rail link.
Various governors and state representatives have incessantly railed over this apparent budgetary impasse, when the question should be why reinvigoration of central New Jersey has been put off for so long.
Rail patronage, as well as those opting to ride the bus, has grown significantly of late. Accordingly, the promise of worthwhile traffic levels looks to be in the offing.
Then there are the jobs that re-establishment of reliable rail service would bring to central New Jersey — in both initial construction as well as ongoing maintenance/service of rail travel. (Consider a substantial amount of track is already in place, wending northward from Lakehurst.)
Speaking of jobs, isn’t it reasonable to assume more commercial and industrial businesses might be persuaded to set up shop in our tempest-tossed communities if employee and/or product access and egress are vastly improved?
Indeed, getting from or to work deserves primary consideration, especially when one recognizes the full-time/fender-bending traffic jam that passes for normal vehicular traffic flow on Route 9.
Moreover, let’s not overlook the fact that improved access into and out of any area is often the single greatest contributor to (recovered) property values. As such, what homeowner — and/or municipal money manager — would turn a blind eye to this long-awaited largess?
In short, our penny-wise/dollar-foolish officials need to stop living in the past and start thinking about the present and future. It’s time to get the MOM line back on track!
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