New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway rest stops would be required to provide natural-gas refueling stations and electric-vehicle charging stations under a bill approved by an Assembly committee Monday.
The bill would require that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority provide compressed or liquefied natural gas fueling stations and electric charging stations at four or more rest areas on both the turnpike and parkway.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority would be required to have two stations available “to the extent feasible” on the Atlantic City Expressway, according to a news release from Assemblyman Tim Eustace, D-Bergen, who sponsored the bill.
"The SJTA has not completely reviewed the pending legislation to determine what impact, cost or other factors that may be associated with complying with any new requirements,” SJTA spokesman Kevin Rehmann said when asked how the Expressway’s rest stops might be affected.
A call to Eustace’s office was not immediately returned.
Stations would have to be distributed through the northern, central and southern portions of the state.
According to a report by advocacy organization Environment New Jersey, there are currently 78 alternative fueling stations in New Jersey. The Wave parking garage in Atlantic City, which opened last year, has six 240-volt electric charging stations.
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