Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities

The Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state transportation, including bridge and highway construction, motor vehicle inspections, expansion of light-rail train systems, and management of the toll road authorities.
Democratic Research Aide:  Jillian Dempsey   
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Speaker Coughlin: Portal Bridge Problems Reminder of Need for National Investment

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement after the 111-year-old Portal bridge once again became stuck early Friday, causing major commuter rail delays to and from New York's Penn Station:

"It's been difficult to understand the lack of support from the White House for a new commuter rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York and improvements to the Northeast Corridor, but for those who still needed evidence of the need for this investment, just look at Friday morning.
"Friday morning's delays were caused by a bridge built when Teddy Roosevelt was president. It was built before the Model T hit the road. It was built when we only had 46 states..."

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Benson Statement on Portal Bridge Malfunction

Deputy Speaker and Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chair Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) released the following statement Friday regarding the Portal Bridge malfunction which disrupted morning commutes:

“This morning’s mechanical issue at The Portal Bridge which left thousands of commuters stranded is yet another example of why the Gateway Tunnel Project is crucial to New Jersey’s transportation system. This incident proves that it is as much about having vital projects like the Portal Bridge that connects to the Gateway Tunnel as it is having the additional tunnel itself.

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McKeon Statement on Proposed NJ Transit Spending

Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), who has led the Assembly's inquiry into NJ Transit's continued woes, released the following statement on Wednesday:

"After working nearly 18 months with my co-chair, Senator Bob Gordon, investigating the rampant mismanagement and misallocation of precious resources at NJ Transit, I have been extremely heartened to see the great hires and recommendations being made and followed at NJ Transit..."

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Benson Statement on Proposed Transportation Spending

Assembly Transportation Chairman Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) released the following statement on Tuesday:

""I welcome the governor's proposals on transportation spending. We need a thorough discussion of New Jersey's transportation future if we're to ensure a strong economy going forward..."

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