American Society of Highway Engineers
Southern New Jersey

ASHE SNJ/NCNJ Joint Meeting - NJDOT Local Aid & NJ Metropolitan Planning Authorities - 2018 and Beyond Capital Programs

  • September 14, 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Cranbury Inn, 21 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512



NJDOT Local Aid & NJ Metropolitan Planning Authorities
2018 and Beyond Capital Programs


Michael Russo, Director, Division of Local Aid & Economic Development, NJDOT
Jennifer Marandino, Executive Director, SJTPO
Mary D. Ameen, PE, Deputy Executive Director, NJTPA
John Ward, Deputy Executive Director, DVRPC

There are three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in New Jersey that cover the twenty-one counties of New Jersey, and four counties and the City of Philadelphia in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania. These organizations are the main decision-making forums for selecting projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in deliberations involving the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), county and municipal transportation planners and engineers, other transportation agencies, the public and elected officials at the state, county, and municipal levels. After an intense screening process, projects that are identified as potential candidates for inclusion in the regional transportation improvement programs of each of the three MPOs are placed in a “pool”. The resulting “pool” of projects is analyzed independently by the NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the MPOs to assign each project a priority based on the extent to which it would advance identified regional and statewide objectives, such as objectives set forth in the state and regional long-range transportation plans, the New Jersey Capital Investment Strategy, air quality objectives, and the broad social and economic goals of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan. NJDOT develops and circulates revenue projections for planning purposes to each of the MPOs, based on the best current assessment of available state, federal, and other funds. NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT and each of the three MPOs after intensive discussions and forums negotiate a list of deliverable transportation projects that best fit the composite statewide and regional priorities within a financially constrained program.

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5:00 PM - Social Hour
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Presentation
8:00 PM - Closing Remarks


ASHE Member - $55
Government Employee - $50
Non-Member / Door Price - $65
Student - Free

Speaker Bios

Mary D. Ameen, PE, Esq.

Deputy Executive Director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)

Mary D. Ameen is transportation professional with over thirty years of public sector leadership experience, and a multi-disciplinary background in engineering, management, and law. She currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), one of the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). She is a 2014 Alumna of Lead New Jersey, a fellowship which engages leaders from diverse backgrounds to create systemic change around New Jersey's most challenging issues. Mrs. Ameen joined the NJTPA in 2006 as the Director of External Affairs, where she coordinated staff and external agency liaison. The NJTPA has responsibility for decision-making, policy formulation and coordination of all transportation planning in the 13-county northern New Jersey region, including approval of federally-funded transportation projects and annual capital expenditures of over $2 billion. Mrs. Ameen is licensed as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey, and she is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and is a member of the Board of Directors of ITS – New Jersey. She also cochairs the Travel Information Services Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, which supports the development of a multimodal information system to provide agencies and travelers with accurate and timely information. Previously, Mrs. Ameen served as the Assistant Chief Engineer for the New Jersey Highway Authority and as the Director of Strategic Transportation Policy and Planning for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Jennifer Marandino, PE

Executive Director of South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO)

Jennifer became the Executive Director after the retirement of Tim Chelius who served in the position since its inception. Mrs. Marandino began with SJTPO in March of 2011, previously serving as Team Leader of Capital Programming and Safety, where she managed the regions Local Safety Program as well as the $10 million Local Leads Program. Prior to her working at SJTPO, Mrs. Marandino worked in the traffic and transportation engineering field for 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and Master of Science in Transportation from New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is a member of International Transportation Engineers (ITE) and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey.

Michael Russo

Director, Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Mike has over 30 years of experience with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and is currently the Director of Local Aid and Economic Development. Mike oversees the Department’s $500 million Local Aid grant program and the five Local Aid District Offices located throughout the State. Prior to that he held management positions in the Department’s Division of Project Planning and Development and the Division of Design Services. The balance of his career at NJDOT has been spent in project management and roadway design.

John Ward

Deputy Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Mr. Ward has been with DVRPC for over 30 years. As Deputy Executive Director, John is responsible for the oversight and guidance of the Planning and Transportation Planning programs and activities at DVRPC as well as providing guidance on the Commission’s policy formulation and partner coordination. He is also responsible for providing leadership in the development of DVRPC’s Annual Planning Work Program with emphasis on coordination with member governments and funding agencies. John earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Planning from West Chester University and his MBA from Rutgers University.

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