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Rep. Holt Joins Constituent on Daily Commute for ‘Take Your Legislator to Work’ Day

New Jersey Future highlights need for reform in Transportation Bill

Aug. 28, 2009

Cosabeth Bullock  (cbullockatmrssdotcom)   (202) 478-6128 or (619) 315-5992
Jay Corbalis  (jcorbalisatnjfuturedotorg)  , Policy Analyst, New Jersey Future (609) 393-0008 ext. 110

In an effort to raise awareness for the critical need for transformational change to our federal transportation program, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt joined a local constituent and Peter Kasabach of New Jersey Future for “Take Your Legislator to Work Day,” a challenge for local elected officials to experience the daily commutes of New Jersey constituents. Rep. Holt rode NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor line with West Windsor resident Paige Carlson-Heim on her commute, boarding the train at Princeton Junction and alighting in Trenton.

“For too many Central New Jersey residents, the daily commute is characterized by congested unsafe roads, crowded aging public transportation systems, and bridges and highways in a dangerous state of disrepair,” Rep. Holt said. “We should invest in a 21st-century transportation system that would spur economic growth, make us safer, healthier, and promote energy efficiency and security. Such a transportation system would provide safe, affordable, and reliable options for commuters like Paige.”

“Representative Holt’s continued support of transportation reform is a testament to the importance of this issue for New Jersey,” said Peter Kasabach, Executive Director of New Jersey Future. “If we hope to continue growing our economy while maintaining New Jersey’s high quality of life, we must continue to invest in projects that will expand transportation choices and spur economic development. For too long, transportation policy at the federal level has focused on adding new highway capacity, at the expense of mass transit, bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. It is time for a more balanced approach to our federal transportation policy, one that better serves the diverse mobility needs of a state like New Jersey.”

Today, many New Jersey residents have too few options for how to get around, not just for commuting but for all trips, and are forced to rely exclusively on the automobile. As a result, transportation costs are on average the second biggest household expense, and growing. Projects such as the extension of the Hudson-Bergen light rail line, expansion of PATCO service to Glassboro and the ARC tunnel under the Hudson River, coupled with sustainable, transit-oriented development, will provide New Jersey residents more opportunities to walk, bike and take public transportation to get around.

“Take Your Legislator to Work Day” was organized by New Jersey Future, a member of the Transportation for America campaign.

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