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REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CIVIC LEADERS TO HONOR REPRESENTATIVES ROE AND MOLINARI AND SENATORS MOYNIHAN, D'AMATO AND LAUTENBERG

 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CIVIC LEADERS TO HONOR REPRESENTATIVES
 ROE AND MOLINARI AND SENATORS MOYNIHAN, D'AMATO AND LAUTENBERG
 On Monday morning, May 11, regional transportation and civic leaders will honor Rep. Robert Roe (D-NJ); Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Senators Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY), for spearheading the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). The new federal legislation authorizes $151 billion over the next six years to help the nation's states and urban areas improve transportation services and expand public works construction.
 Representatives Roe and Molinari are expected to attend the event.
 The breakfast program will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Oval Room of the 43rd floor of One World Trade Center and is sponsored by the Bi-State Interagency Transportation Forum, an organization which is comprised of the heads of the New York-New Jersey region's major transpiration agencies.
 "These distinguished lawmakers have helped bring us closer to the goal of more, flexible, efficient and environmentally sound transportation of people and goods for all of the nation's metropolitan areas," said Port Authority Chairman Richard C. Leone. "Fulfilling that goal depends on building a regional partnership of public officials, business and labor leaders, and environmental and commuter advocates. This event convenes the core of that essential coalition."
 The chief executives of the region's major transportation and transit agencies are scheduled to participate, including NJ Transit, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York and New Jersey State Departments of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its PATH transit subsidiary.
 Members of the New York and New Jersey Congressional Delegation led a year-long campaign to replace the existing Interstate Highway Program with the new legislation that encourages balanced vehicular and transit systems, and assists densely developed regions here and across the nation in meeting federal mandates to reduce air pollution.
 ISTEA also includes special funding authorizations for a wide range of innovative transportation investments in the metropolitan area. These programs range from new transit connections in New Jersey and high-speed harbor ferries, to the development of regionwide "smart highway" systems for reducing traffic backlogs and providing motorists with information on traffic delays.
 The Act authorizes expanded and more flexible funding for bridge and highway reconstruction, transit projects, renewal of rail freight connections and other related improvements. ISTEA and the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 mandate much closer coordination of transportation programs across state boundaries and transportation services.
 CONTACT: Mark Marchese of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 212-435-7777 (24 hours) or 201-961-6600, ext. 7777.
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