Coalition Names New Officers

The Lackawanna Coalition has named new governing officers for the year 2016.

Our new Vice Chair is Stephen E. Thorpe, a resident of Winfield, in Union County. Steve is currently Chair of the Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Advisory Committee (SCDRTAC) at NJ Transit. He has also served as Chair of the Union County Transportation Advisory Board. Steve was previously Technical Director of the Coalition, and his primary technical interest is the field of railroad operations. He has been instrumental in promoting the campaign to extend “Quiet Commute Cars” to trains that operate outside peak-commuting hours.

Our new Treasurer is Brad Payeur, a resident of Gilette. Brad is a world traveler who has ridden trains and rail transit in more than 50 countries. He brings knowledge of “best practices” on a global level to the Coalition.

Former Treasurer Jesse Scott Gribin is the new Technical Director. He lives in Roebling (on the River Line light rail, south of Trenton), and his primary interest is in railroad equipment. He plans to help us push for NJ Transit to buy new equipment that will provide efficient and reliable service to our primary lines of concern: the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton, and Gladstone Lines, as well as elsewhere on the NJT system.

I will remain as Chair and Donald Winship will continue as Communications Director. During his time in that post, Don has upgraded this web site and has established a presence for the Coalition on social media.

Wherever you live, we welcome you. Our members represent most of NJT’s rail lines. There are still plenty of opportunities to help us to improve our transit, including space on our committees and task forces. We welcome your participation and, yes, that means YOU!

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