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Freeholders attend Signing of Legislation to comprehensively reform NJ Transit’s governance and management

Freeholder Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Angel Estrada joined Governor Phil Murphy, NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin S. Corbett, NJ DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, elected officials, union officials and NJ Transit employees in the signing of legislation to comprehensively reform NJ Transit’s governance and management to improve service and reliability for New Jersey commuters, institute regular disclosure of accident and safety performance reports; strengthen whistleblower protections; and create a Customer Advocate and Chief Ethics Officer positions within the agency.

Vice Chairman Kowalski is a trustee and Freeholder Bergen  is the Chairman for the Raritan Valley Line Rail Coalition which has been dedicated on both short and long term service and safety improvements for on-behalf of commuters who utilize NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line. Their trademark accomplishment was the establishment of a One-Seat direct rail service into New York Penn Station during off-peak hours. Temporarily suspended by NJ Transit because of the Positive Train Controls installation effort, the direct service is scheduled to be restored in 2019. Freeholder Estrada is also on the board of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the federally authorized Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the 13-county northern New Jersey region.