Senate Bill 1110, sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina, R-2nd District, passed 36-0 in the Senate, with four members not voting.
The legislation would ease restraints on how the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) can spend money.
“Visitors from outside the area can easily book a flight to the city, but getting to and from the casinos and Tourism District is another story,” said Polistina. “This bill would authorize the CRDA to work with the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority and other entities to help develop a transportation solution.”
Currently, the CRDA is required to commit all available assets and revenues to the Tourism District and community development in Atlantic City.
“Utilizing the assets and influence of the CRDA to finally move ahead with meaningful transportation advances fits with the authority’s mission,” said Polistina. “The pressing social and economic needs of city residents would be well-served with better options to navigate between important sections of Atlantic City.”
The legislation comes amid renewed efforts to improve access and service along the Atlantic City Rail Line.
“Tourists and the entire Atlantic City community would benefit from a convenient, accessible transportation link between the airport and the heart of the city,” said Polistina.
On the Assembly side, the bill remains in committee.