Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Morris County Freeholder Gene F. Feyl was elected chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority at the agency’s Jan. 9 board of trustees meeting.

The NJTPA oversees regional transportation planning and more than $2 billion annually in surface transportation funding for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

“Transportation is the lifeblood of our regional economy,” said Feyl, who became a member of the NJTPA Board of Trustees in 2007. “The NJTPA must continue to focus on making wise transportation investments that fuel economic growth, job creation, and job retention. All this must be done with limited resources, as we carry out our duty to be responsible stewards of public funding.”

Feyl said he looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead as the NJTPA works to improve transportation and encourage economic development.

“The investments we plan and implement today will shape the region’s economic future,” he said. “Transportation is vital to the future of this region and every county and town within it.”

The NJTPA in 2009 approved Morris County’s request for nearly $6 million in federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to rehabilitate the Chester Branch Railroad. This four mile active rail line extends from Wharton to Roxbury, where it now serves commercial users and has the potential to serve customers in Randolph as well, creating future economic opportunities in the county, Feyl said.

“Being chairman of this influential board allows me to continue to advocate for critical regional projects, many of which have local implications here in Morris County,” Feyl said.

Feyl noted funding for improvements to Sussex Turnpike in Randolph and the Route 10 and Commerce Boulevard intersection in Roxbury is also provided through NJTPA. He said he will also be working through the agency to gain funding for necessary upgrades to the Route 24-Columbia Turnpike-Park Avenue intersection in Hanover and Morris Townships.

Feyl served as First Vice Chairman of the NJTPA Board and Chairman of the Project Prioritization Committee in 2010 and 2011. Feyl is a former Denville mayor and councilman who joined the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders in January 2007.
He served as director of the board in 2009 and 2010.

A brief interview with Feyl following the NJTPA board meeting is available at on the NJTPA website.