Prieto Statement on First Assembly Hearing on Transportation Funding Crisis

‘A first-class transportation network is a must’

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday on the Assembly transportation committee’s first of several special hearings on New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis:

“Today’s hearing was exactly what I was hoping for when I first began discussing New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis. We must focus on reality and we must understand the facts, no matter how uncomfortable.

“I look forward to further discussion in the weeks ahead as we hopefully move toward a sensible bipartisan solution that will ensure New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure remains robust and reliable. A first-class transportation network is a must for moving goods, services and commuters, and is essential to attract businesses and create jobs in the state.

“The status quo is unacceptable, so today was a positive first step in the right direction.”

The next transportation funding crisis hearing is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Rutgers University. It will be held at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation in Piscataway.