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9/23/2003



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Robins to head Rutgers' renamed transportation center


Rutgers University recently named Martin Robins director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC).

A nearly 30-year transportation policy and planning veteran, Robins founded the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute (VTPI) in 1998. VPTI formerly comprised the federally funded National Transit Institute and VTC, but Rutgers has renamed the institute the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, dedicated to analyzing transportation land use and financing, and freight movement.

From 1994 to 1998, Robins served as project director of Access to the Region's Core, an agency that studied the feasibility of a rail transit tunnel between northern New Jersey and midtown Manhattan. He previously served as director of NJ Transit's Waterfront Transportation Office, which planned the Hudson-Bergen light-rail line; director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Planning and Development Department; and deputy executive director of NJ Transit.

In 2001, Robins co-authored "A Recent History of NJ Transit's Operations and Capital Budgeting: Too Many Objectives, Too Few Resources, No Accountability," a report exploring the transit agency's financial decline.



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