Menendez, Lautenberg Announce USDOT Grant of More Than $650,000 to Rutgers University

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce USDOT Grant of More Than $650,000 to Rutgers University

Funding will help cultivate transportation workforce

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that Rutgers University will receive more than $650,000 in federal funding to establish The Transit Virtual Career Network with local transportation agencies to support and promote the transportation industry. The funding, through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program, will support the development of an online network designed to recruit students and veterans to the industry and provide information and job training.

"Working with the Banking Committee I helped create this competitive grant program, so it is especially gratifying to see a New Jersey applicant win," said Senator Menendez. "We have an aging transit workforce, so we need to do all we can to attract new talent to run our ever-expanding national transit network. Rutgers University will use this grant to help create a new generation of transit workers that will in turn enhance safety and build stronger, more sustainable communities around the country."

"Investing now in our transportation workers will benefit our state for years to come," said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds DOT. "Transportation is the backbone of New Jersey's economy, and this federal funding will help Rutgers and local agencies recruit talented students and veterans to lead this important industry."

The DOT's Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program helps local public transit agencies and institutions of higher education to train a future generation of transportation professionals and recruit more women and minorities into the transportation field.

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