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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joseph Fiordaliso
609-530-4280

RELEASE: July 21, 2004


NJDOT presents $800,000 for Sayreville Park & Ride

 

(Sayreville)   Furthering Governor James E. McGreevey's promise of creating 20,000 new Park & Ride spaces throughout the State, NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Assemblyman Joseph Vas presented a check to Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O'Brien for $800,000 for the construction and development of a new Sayreville Park & Ride facility that will add 290 new parking spaces to provide mass transit options. (See Graphics)

"An important component of Governor McGreevey's aggressive smart growth and congestion relief efforts is the Park & Ride program, which focuses on giving people reasonable transportation alternatives to using their cars," said Department of Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. "Two years ago, the Governor announced a bold initiative to create 20,000 Park & Ride spaces throughout the State over the next 5 years. I am proud to say that we are meeting his challenge.   This Park & Ride in Sayreville will be a critical asset to the region and I would like to thank Chairman Wisniewski, Assemblyman Vas, and Senator Vitale for their dedication in advancing the Governor's ambitious goal."

The parking expansion supports Governor McGreevey's “Smart Growth” initiative and promise to add 20,000 new parking spaces that will provide an increase of 23% in park and ride availability for New Jersey commuters.   By the end of this year, over 12,000 new parking spaces will have been added since the Governor announced his plan in 2002.   Under the five-year plan, the NJDOT, NJ Transit and regional agencies are coordinating the 16-county parking expansion program.

"For many Sayreville residents who commute into New York City and

Northern New Jersey every day, this park and ride will make their commute and their lives a little bit easier," said Assemblyman John Wisniewski. "In my conversations with commuters, I have become convinced our residents need real relief from our congested highways. This park and ride will be heartily welcomed by those who would otherwise find themselves stuck in traffic."

"We are happy to be able to assist Governor McGreevey and Commissioner Lettiere in their mandate to expand and improve Park and Ride services throughout the State,” said Michael Lapolla, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike.

"I commend Commissioner Lettiere for making the Park & Ride a reality, and Assemblyman Wisniewski for his hard work in achieving this goal," stated Senator Joe Vitale.   "Our residents will greatly benefit from the decreased congestion and increased quality of life that this will bring."

Since he took office, Governor James E. McGreevey has worked to improve the quality of life for all families in New Jersey.   In the most densely populated state in the nation, the congestion on our roads, bridges, trains, buses and ferries significantly impacts the daily lives of working people and adversely impacts our State's economy.   Traffic and congestion costs the New Jersey economy over $7 billion each year in lost time, operating cost and wasted fuel.   In addition, motorists lose over 260 million hours each year to congestion delays.   Governor McGreevey's Park & Ride initiative provides congestion relief and significantly improves the quality of life of New Jersey residents.

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