TRENTON – Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, the Senate sponsor of legislation, S-1470, to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, made the following remarks as the measure received final legislative approval today in the Senate by a vote of 25-13:
“We need to keep investing in our highways, our bridges, our rail lines and our buses so our residents can get to work, to stores and to school. What’s clear is that we need to take the steps necessary to make everyday life livable, productive and fulfilling.
“This proposal is not the final answer to our transportation needs, but it keeps us focused in the right direction. Our residents know from more than 22 years of the Transportation Trust Fund that our quality of life depends on continuing transportation improvements.
“This (proposed) renewal will help us fight congestion, promote mass transit and improve safety while we augment local transportation aid and help take the burden off local property taxpayers.”