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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso

RELEASE: April 30, 2004

Route 46 Parsippany Park & Ride opens today

(PARSIPPANY) Fulfilling Governor James E. McGreevey’s promise of creating 20,000 new Park & Ride spaces throughout the State, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner (NJDOT) Jack Lettiere today announced the opening of the Route 46 Park & Ride in Parsippany. This Park & Ride creates 283 new parking spots for commuters and is located on Route 46 East, just east of the Route 46 and Waterview Boulevard intersection.

“I am committed to meeting Governor McGreevey’s ambitious goal of creating 20,000 new Park & Ride spaces across the State by 2007. We have created over 7,000 spaces thus far, and the opening of this station brings us closer to our goal,” stated NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “We have made tremendous efforts to encourage commuters to utilize the public transit system and we’ve seen a dramatic increase in ridership. But we can’t ask people to take public transportation if they can’t even find a place to park, which is why the Governor’s commitment to his Park & Ride program is so important.”

“When representatives from the NJDOT first approached me regarding a new Park & Ride in Parsippany, I said, ‘Its OK with me, provided it’s the most attractive parking lot ever built.’ The result is that indeed, this is the most attractive parking lot I have ever seen. I thank NJDOT for their consideration of the Township’s interests and for doing a great job. We can all be proud of this,” said Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Mimi Letts.

The new Route 46 Park & Ride will provide sorely needed parking for daily commuters traveling to and from New York City and for carpool users. The Park & Ride will serve primarily commuters who will park at this site and board Lakeland Bus Lines buses to New York City.

This parking lot will relieve parking pressure on municipal lots, especially the Smithfield Park lot. This lot serves users of Smithfield Park but has become popular with commuters due to overcrowding at commuter lots. As a result, Smithfield Park lot is overcapacity as well. The new lot will also supplement the parking capacity at the Beverwyck Road lot, which has been overcrowded for a number of years. NJDOT’s investment in the Route 46 Park & Ride will not only provide new parking spots for commuters, it will also relieve parking pressure on municipal lots and save Parsippany from having to invest in additional municipal parking, providing indirect property tax relief to Parsippany.

Since he took office, Governor James E. McGreevey has worked to improve the quality of life for working families in New Jersey. In the most densely populated state in the nation, the congestion on our roads, bridges, trains, buses and ferries significantly impacts the daily lives of working people and adversely impacts our State’s economy. Traffic and congestion costs the New Jersey economy over $7 billion each year in lost time, operating cost and wasted fuel. In addition, motorists lose over 260 million hours each year to congestion delays. Governor McGreevey’s Park & Ride initiative provides congestion relief and significantly improves the quality of life of New Jersey residents.

NJDOT’s proposed Fiscal Year 2005 Capital Program includes $7.5 million for the Governor’s Park & Ride program and will create thousands of additional spaces.

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