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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Benson, Jones Statement on Reopening of Critical Rail Lines for NJ Commuters: Brings Us Closer to Being Back on Track

Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Dan Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Vice-Chair Patricia Egan Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester) issued the following statement on today's announcement that NJ Transit will re-open the Princeton Dinky and the Atlantic City Rail Lines on May 12:

"This is welcomed news for Atlantic City and Princeton residents who depend on these transit lines daily and have been waiting for their service to be returned. As summer quickly approaches, the early reopening of the Princeton Dinky and the Atlantic City commuter rail lines brings us closer to being back on track with more complete rail service in the state. For More

Freiman, Zwicker, Bateman on Early Opening of Dinky Line

Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman and Andrew Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset), joined by State Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset), issued the following joint statement Wednesday regarding the governor's announcement that the New Jersey Transit Princeton Branch (Dinky) line will be fully restored on May 12--nearly two weeks ahead of schedule:

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Benson, Zwicker & Lampitt Measure Creating Task Force to Study Autonomous Vehicles Now Law

Makes NJ 4th State to Establish Task Force - To ensure self-driving cars are safely integrated on New Jersey roads, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Andrew Zwicker and Pamela Lampitt to establish a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was signed into law by the Governor Monday.

"As major auto companies explore developing semi and fully autonomous cars, we need to prepare for the day when we'll see only self-driving vehicles on our roadways," said Benson (Mercer, Middlesex). "The goal of this task force will be to assess how we can introduce autonomous vehicles to our roadways while keeping drivers safe."

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Swain, Tully, Benson, Jones Bill Reinforcing School Bus Safety for Student Riders Clears Assembly

Continuing to strengthen state policies concerning school transportation, the Assembly approved legislation today, 80-0, sponsored by Assembly members Lisa Swain, Chris Tully, Daniel Benson, and Patricia Egan Jones that would expand current law to keep students safe on school buses.
The measure was part of a bill package introduced in response to the bus incident on Route 80 in Morris County last year involving Paramus students from the legislative district of Assembly members Swain and Tully. Each of the other measures in the package has become law.

"Student safety is our top priority. This bill is the next step in ensuring proper school bus protocols are in place to protect students," said Swain (D- Bergen, Passaic). "Parents, students and teachers should feel confident in the safety of our school buses whether as a way to get to school or for a school trip."

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