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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Anna Farneski

RELEASE: October 20, 2003

Blue Ribbon Commission asks for public input
on transportation needs and funding in Newark


(Trenton) - More than 100 New Jersey residents attended a public hearing today to express their opinions on the State’s transportation needs and funding sources in Newark, as Governor McGreevey’s Blue Ribbon Commission held its second of three public hearings designed to collect public comments.

People gathered at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority offices in Newark today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. BRC members Barbara Lawrence and NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere addressed the gathering.

“We recognize the importance of transportation in New Jersey and how it effects our resident’s quality of life,” said Barbara Lawrence, Executive Director of New Jersey Future. “We need to focus on public transportation as well as strengthening our state economy. People and goods need to move efficiently throughout the state.

On January 7, 2003, the Governor issued Executive Order 43 establishing the Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission to examine and make recommendations on the pressing transportation issues facing New Jersey over the next ten years. The Commission is charged with providing a final report of recommendations to the Governor by the end of the year and the report will be made available to the public at that time.

"As the McGreevey Administration works to improve the quality of life for New Jersey’s residents, transportation remains a critical issue,” said Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “We must rebuild our Interstate highway system, repair our aging bridges and plan for the future, and our childrens’ futures. We are grateful for the public’s help in getting this very important work done.”

The Commission is accepting public comments and as part of this process, the next meeting will be held as follows:

October 22, 2003 6:00pm-8:00pm

Rutgers, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Civic Square, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.

These meetings provide an opportunity for the public to submit verbal and/or written comments to the Commission. Members of the public are asked to limit their verbal comments to five minutes; in addition, written comments are also accepted. People who are unable to attend, but wish to submit written comments, can email them to , or mail them to:

Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission c/o New Jersey Department of Transportation, P. O. Box 600, Trenton, NJ 08625-0600

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