James S. Simpson, New Jersey's Transportation Commissioner, will leave his post on June 6th. This was reported by Karen Rouse of the (Bergen County) Record, and published earlier tonight on the paper's web site, www.northjersey.com.

Simpson was appointed to head the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ-DOT) by Gov. Chris Christie when he took office in 2010. By law, the Commissioner of Transportation also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of New Jersey Transit (NJT). He is one of the few commissioners who came to the post with a background in transit administration. He sat on the Board of Directors of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and headed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the Bush Administration.

Simpson distinguished himself from his predecessors by taking a more active role at NJT Board meetings, asking questions of senior NJT managers, and occasionally criticizing an agenda item of which he was skeptical. He also made a few changes in Board practices at the request of Coalition members and other advocates.

Two months ago, Simpson outlined a number of policy changes that he recommended; many of which the Lackawanna Coalition supports, as well. Executive Director Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim, who was recommended by Simpson for the job and began her tenure in March, will now lead NJT into the future, but she will have to do it without Simpson.

The NJT Board will meet this Thursday, May 15th at 6:00 for its first meeting on an evening schedule, as Simpson had directed. Its next meeting is scheduled for June 6th, Simpson's last day in office.

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