Freeholder Estrada named second vice chairman of NJTPA

NEWARK – Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada was elected Second Vice Chairman of North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority at today’s Board of Trustees meeting. NJTPA oversees regional transportation planning and annually authorizes more than $1 billion in federal surface transportation funding for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

“A well-functioning transportation network is essential to our quality of life here in northern New Jersey,” said Estrada, who joined the NJTPA Board of Trustees in 2012. “I look forward to working in my new capacity to improve mobility and infrastructure for residents in Union County and throughout the region.”

At the meeting, the NJTPA Board selected four other members of its Executive Committee. In addition to Estrada, the elected members of the Executive Committee are: Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, Chairman; Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, First Vice Chairman; and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Secretary.

The Executive Committee provides guidance and leadership to the full Board on a wide range of planning, policy and administrative issues. It meets as needed to review financial, personnel and policy matters. Board membership is an uncompensated position.

Estrada was first elected as a freeholder in 1999 and has more than 30 years of business and public service experience.

NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization for 13 northern New Jersey counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs. It establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.