NJ Transit board members approved the appointment and contract of former Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein as the state commuter agency's new executive director Jan. 28, the Asbury Park Press reports. Weinstein was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this month. The contract is effective Jan. 30. Former executive director Richard Sarles is retiring.
Officials cited Weinstein’s
extensive experience in transportation, having served as state Transportation
Commissioner from 1998 to 2002. After leaving the DOT, Weinstein served as
senior vice president of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. After that he served as
senior vice president of AECOM, a global transportation consulting and
engineering firm and was responsible for the firm’s highway and bridge projects
throughout the United States.