An Unrivalled Road Network

With 2,800 miles of interstates and highways, New Jersey infrastructure offers unrivalled access to consumers and businesses throughout North America. The State’s network of interstates and highways provides a connection to virtually every road network and major market in the country. Wherever you need to go from New Jersey, our interstates, parkways and expressways can get you there.

  • Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike, the primary interstate along the U.S. East Coast, enables access to markets from New England to Florida. These include major metropolitan markets, such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Savannah, Jacksonville and Miami.
  • Interstate 80, a U.S. transcontinental highway, runs from New Jersey to California.
  • Interstate 78 links New Jersey’s ports to points west, accommodating more than four million trucks each year.
  • The Garden State Parkway stretches the length of the State from north to south, linking up with the thruways and highways of New York and Pennsylvania.
  • The Atlantic City Expressway, Interstates 87, 195, 280, 287, and 295, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway connect companies with consumers and businesses. It also gives the State’s residents direct access to beaches, parks, recreation and entertainment venues throughout the region.

If you’re looking to reach affluent North American markets, New Jersey puts you in the driver’s seat.

An Extensive Commuter Rail & Bus Network

Take to New Jersey’s rails or buses, and they’ll get you where you want to go! Our commuter rail and bus networks connect passengers to their jobs, business and employment opportunities, public and private schools, higher education institutions, and recreation of all sorts throughout the region.

The State’s NJ Transit (NJT) is the third largest provider of rail, light rail and bus service in the nation. NJT’s Northeast Corridor commuter rail line trains make access to Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City relaxing and fun. It also offers quality rail and bus service throughout New Jersey via an extensive service area spanning more than 5,300 square miles. Each year, NJT provides nearly 223 million passenger trips on their fleet of 2,000 buses, which work more than 225 bus routes. A dozen NJT commuter rail lines with a fleet of more than 700 trains, 45 light rail vehicles do the rest.

On an average weekday, 130,000 commuters also travel to New York City, Jersey City, Hoboken and other New Jersey cities via our PATH rail system. PATH train travelers also have access to the Amtrak Acela – a high-speed train that runs along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor – connecting the State to New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

If you want access to major U.S. cities and markets in the Northeast, New Jersey’s rail and bus system will take you there.

An Unrivalled Cargo Network

People aren’t the only ones that move across the State by rail: With nearly 1,000 miles of freight lines, New Jersey’s cargo railroad network moves freight virtually anywhere in North America. The Norfolk Southern, CSX, CSAO, Morristown & Erie Railroad and a number of other railroads pull companies’ goods and products from New Jersey to national cargo networks and markets throughout the U.S.

Not just that: When combined with the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey’s deep water ports and air cargo network, the State’s cargo rail system proudly connects products to consumers around the world.

Lightning Fast Broadband Connections

New Jersey was the birthplace of Bell Telephone – the nation’s first telephone company. Fast forward to today: Our State is one of America’s key information and communications leaders.

We have one of the most extensive broadband networks in the U.S. More than 99% of the State’s population has access to wireline service. Nearly 63% also have access to fiber optic service. It’s no wonder that New Jersey is ranked the #3 most connected state in the U.S. by BroadbandNow.com. New Jersey’s also ranked number #6 by the Kauffman Information Technology & Innovation Institute for broadband communications.

In addition to top-rated connectivity, companies in New Jersey have access to broadband speeds that are among the fastest in the nation. Nearly 99% of businesses can access wired broadband at speeds of 25 mbps or faster, and 96+% also have access to broadband 100 mbps or faster.

Communications leader, Verizon and others are continually investing to enhance New Jersey’s infrastructure to offer industry-leading service throughout the State. At last count, Verizon’s ultra-fast FiOs services were available to more than two million homes and businesses in New Jersey.

Cities of the Future

Many of the State’s cities offer lightning-fast Wi-Fi and a vast web of fiber optic cable to support companies that require high-speed connections. In fact, four New Jersey cities – Elizabeth, Paterson, Jersey City and Newark – dominated fDi Magazine’s 2015 Small American City of the Future, Connectivity rankings, taking 4 of the top 5 positions.

For example, Newark, with connectivity of 10 gigabits per second – a speed light-years ahead of typical internet connections – has one of the best fiber optic networks in the country. No wonder the 3rd largest telco hotel in the U.S. chose to locate in downtown Newark. The facility houses operations for 58 leading network and service providers, and provides direct connections to the main fiber line of the East Coast.

Depend on reliable, greased-lightning-fast broadband service? There’s no better place than New Jersey.

Investing in Infrastructure for the Future Pays Off

New Jersey’s utility companies have been investing billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements. Not only is it making the State’s utilities resilient; it’s placing them at the forefront of innovation, and, making our utilities the backbone for established and new businesses across the region.

One example: PSE&G, the largest public utility in the State – rated by J.D. Power and Associates as Best-in-the-East for “Business Customer Satisfaction” in 2015 – has made major investments to harden and improve its electric and gas systems. Over the next several years, the company’s “Energy Strong” program will invest an additional $2.6 billion in New Jersey’s infrastructure.

Our other public utilities, including: Jersey Central Power & Light; Atlantic City Electric; New Jersey Natural Gas; and, South Jersey Gas have all invested heavily in infrastructure improvements over the past five years. Each has pledged to continue investing, ensuring that the State’s infrastructure remains one of the most reliable in the U.S.

A Clean Energy Leader

Did you know that New Jersey was an early leader in clean energy? It was, and it continues to be. In 2015, we installed 181 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking tenth nationally. Now the State is one of only 3 in the U.S. to have more than 1 GW of installed solar capacity.

Additionally, a number of New Jersey’s utilities have other clean energy projects underway or on the horizon. Many of their investments are designed to bring the projects closer to achieving New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan goal of using 30% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Facts on New Jersey’s Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 528 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Jersey, employing 7,100 people.
  • In 2015, New Jersey installed 181 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 10th nationally.
  • The 1,632 MW of solar energy currently installed in New Jersey ranks the state 4th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy in place in the state to power 257,000 homes.
  • In 2015, $486 million was invested on solar installations in New Jersey.

Clean Water for Future Generations

They say “you are what you eat, and drink.” That’s why New Jersey’s infrastructure improvements include the State’s water utilities’ strides to ensure clean, reliable water service now and in the future. Toward that end, last year, New Jersey American Water invested millions of dollars in multiple projects across its service area to do just that.

Suez North America is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pilot a new software tool designed to bolster climate change readiness at the company’s New Jersey operations, ensuring clean, reliable water and energy services today and in the future. That’s what New Jersey’s infrastructure projects will deliver.

If that’s part of what you value as you look to locate or expand your business, then you’ve come to the right place. Choose New Jersey.

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