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November 25, 2014

Re: Your Legislators Must Hear From You on Transportation Funding

Dear Mayor:

Last Thursday in Atlantic City, the Members of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee heard from a good number of Mayors, regarding the importance of renewing the State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).  The TTF has been a major source of funding for local transportation projects for almost thirty years. Now, with the Fund just months away from insolvency, New Jersey Mayors need to impress on THEIR OWN State Legislators the importance of decisive action.

We want to thank Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski for bringing the Committee to our Conference. And we want to thank all Committee members for their obvious interest in hearing from local leaders. Finally, we want to thank all the local officials who presented their testimony and shared their ideas at the Conference, last week.

Now, we ask all Garden State Mayors to take the next crucial step.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND YOUR TWO REPRESENTATIVES IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, URGING THEM TO COMMIT TO DECISIVE ACTION ON RENEWING AND REPLENISHING THE TRUST FUND IN 2015.

As we see it, New Jersey faces three challenges, with regards to transportation capital funding.

We must:

  1. Reauthorize the Transportation Trust Fund to ensure adequate and reliable funding to meet State and local transportation infrastructure funding needs for the next 10 years.
  2. Increase Local Aid funding to ensure adequate and reliable funding to meet all local transportation infrastructure needs. The NJDOT reports New Jersey Municipalities are responsible for 64% of road miles and 39% of bridges in New Jersey.
  3. Increase the municipal share of Local Aid funding and ensure fair funding for all municipalities.

Please let your Legislators know if you agree.

If you have any questions please contact, Executive Director, William G. Dressel at 609-695-3481 ext. 122 or bdressel@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

Timothy C. McDonough
Mayor, Hope Township
Chairman, NJLM Transportation Trust Fund Task Force
Robert D. Jackson
Mayor, Montclair Township

 

 

 

 

 

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