N.J. Leader Calls for Transportation ’Master Plan’

New Jersey’s Senate president is calling for a “master plan” to address aging bridges, roads and tunnels in the state.

Tue February 10, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey’s Senate president is calling for a “master plan” to address aging bridges, roads and tunnels in the state.

Sen. Steve Sweeney on Jan. 14 introduced Kris Kolluri and Martin Robins as advisers to help the Democrat craft a long-term plan. Kolluri served as former Gov. Jon Corzine’s transportation commissioner and Robins is director emeritus of Rutgers’ Transportation Policy Center.

The appointments come a day after Gov. Chris Christie failed to mention the transportation trust fund in his State of the State address. The fund is headed toward a shortfall for new projects by July 1.

Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto have called for raising taxes to pay for new projects, but have not embraced a specific plan. Christie has said he will consider any option, but also has not specified how to pay for projects.

Sweeney did not address how to pay for the fund on Jan. 14. He said the plan would be ready as quickly as possible.

“We’re focused on actually planning the future,” he said.