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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc Lavorgna or Brendan Gill

RELEASE: May 19, 2005


NJDOT's Lettiere receives Regional Business Partnership's Transportation Person of the Year Award

Lettiere: “We are committed to keeping the State's economy moving”

(Newark) At a reception at the Newark Club this morning, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere was named the 2005 Transportation Person of the Year by the Regional Business Partnership, a membership organization dedicated to improving the Greater Newark region's business opportunities.

Regional Business Partnership Chairman Robert A. Marino, a senior vice president for market business units at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey saluted Commissioner Lettiere at the group's Annual Transportation Awards breakfast, where the group honored individuals for their contributions to transportation in the region.

“Lettiere is a tireless advocate and consummate professional” Marino said. “Lettiere led the charge for essential reform of the State's nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund and has insisted that both reform and renewal are necessary for the state to maintain its infrastructure that is so vital to economic development. We are honored to salute his achievements this morning.”

“Unfortunately in New Jersey , we have not put the necessary emphasis on transportation investments. Our transportation network is the lifeline of our economy, facilitating the movement of over $7 billion worth of goods and services,” noted Lettiere. “Not only do investments in transportation help get your employees to and from work, but transportation investments produce jobs at an exponential rate—and I'm not talking about only construction work.”

Lettiere noted that the department's Fiscal Year 2006 Capital Construction Program, which will invest $2.6 billion in safety and congestion relief projects, will support over 100,000 jobs in the region. The Federal Highway Administration has stated that for every billion dollars spent on transportation projects over 42,000 jobs are supported, with roughly half of those jobs related to construction.

Currently, NJDOT has over 115 projects valued at more than $640 million dollars ongoing in Fiscal Year 2005. They include 50 capital projects estimated at over $500 million dollars and 65 maintenance and operations projects estimated at more than $140 million dollars. Each project will make an improvement in safety and in the everyday quality of life of commuters that utilize those roadways.

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