Menendez and Lautenberg Applaud USDOT’s $4.3 Million Award to National Transit Institute at Rutgers

Menendez and Lautenberg Applaud USDOT’s $4.3 Million Award to National Transit Institute at Rutgers

Funding will provide job training and education for public transportation workers

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) applauded Secretary Ray LaHood on a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the National Transit Institute (NTI) at Rutgers. Since 1991, NTI has served as the premiere research, training, and educational institute in the country dedicated to public transportation. This award will enable critical enhancements to NTI's ongoing work, including safety and security training, procurement, planning and advanced technologies.

"Transit is a critical element of our transportation network and recognition of its importance continues to rise," said Menendez. "Today, with gas prices around $4 a gallon and oil companies reaping record profits, with the threat of climate change and growing wealth disparity, transit is part of the solution for a number of interconnected challenges. NTI's work is essential for the industry to continue to create good, long term jobs, provide families with access to opportunity, and help our communities grow in ways that are smart and efficient."

"Millions of people count on efficient and reliable public transportation to get to and from their homes and their jobs, and transit workers make this possible," said Senator Lautenberg. "NTI at Rutgers provides critical training for transit operators around the country and helps ensure the best management, safety and security of our public transportation systems. This federal grant makes an investment in NTI so that it can continue its work to keep Americans on the move."

"This grant will ensure that the existing and importantly, the new generation of public transportation workers receive the training that they need to comply with federal regulations and operate safe and efficient transit services," said NTI's director, Paul Larrousse.

NTI works cooperatively through partnerships with industry, government, institutions, and associations to develop high quality programs that build careers and help make our communities healthier and more livable.