Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA), the regional Transportation Management Association for Mercer and Ocean Counties, recognized 17 local businesses as 2014 New Jersey Smart Workplaces at an awards ceremony at GMTMA’s Annual Luncheon and 30th Anniversary at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, on Thursday Oct 30th. NJ TRANSIT Executive Director, Veronique Hakim was Guest Speaker at the Luncheon.
Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim was named Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT in 2014 and is responsible for the agency’s bus, light rail, and commuter rail network. She also oversees the agency’s 11,000 employees, and capital and operating budgets of more than $3 billion annually.
In her speech, Ms. Hakim acknowledged the importance of private/public partnerships and the important role GMTMA played in the development of the Zline and also the 655 bus service. “We also appreciate your support on the 655 Bus including your recent marketing and outreach plans helped raise awareness of that, first completely new bus routes to be directly operated by our agency since 2005. This brought two private partners, two MPO’s, one county, a nonprofit and the State’s public transportation agency to get together and get something done, a great collaboration.” These collaborations have long lasting effects, both economic and social.
Ms. Hakim also stressed the importance of creating more public/private partnerships that will maximize the service where needed and help the economy of the region. There is a link between the economic opportunity of the state and helping the local businesses and people that are supported by access to public transportation.
According to Mrs. Hakim “The TMA here has a great purpose and vision and it is a reminder of what can happen when likeminded people get together with a vision.”
The New Jersey Smart Workplaces (NJSW) program is a prestigious recognition earned by employers for offering outstanding commuter services to their employees. The awards program is a partnership of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Association and GMTMA.
“GMTMA congratulates these outstanding employers who are offering their employees a wide variety of commuting options, taking steps to improve regional quality of life, traffic, air quality, and public health,” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, GMTMA’s Executive Director. “We are honored to be awarding these companies and helping to promote programs that support sustainable, environmentally-friendly transportation.” GMTMA Board President Jack Kanarek noted that the efforts of these companies “impact all of us by making our communities cleaner and more sustainable.”
Employers are awarded at one of four levels: bronze, silver, gold or platinum. Levels are based on the scope and number of transportation activities they offer to employees.
Examples of qualifying activities include:
Regularly promoting commute options to staff, hosting on-site commuter events, providing transit schedules, forming carpools or vanpools, offering teleworking, offering flextime, providing bicycle racks, and offering a pre-tax transit program.
The 2014 awardees are:
PLATINUM: A-1 Limousine Inc., Albridge Solutions an affiliate of Pershing LLC- BNY Mellon Company, Amazon, Bank of America, Educational Testing Service, Horizon NJ Health, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst, New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, TYCO, Princeton University
GOLD : Bloomberg LP, Municipality of Princeton, Princeton HealthCare System
SILVER: Greater Mercer TMA
GMTMA would like to congratulate to all the NJ Smart Workplaces Awardess and thank all the participants for being there for our 30th Anniversary.