Malloy Taps Redeker for Another Stint as Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner

AASHTO Journal, 19 December 2014

     Commissioner James Redeker

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he will re-appoint James Redeker as commissioner of the state Department of Transportation when the governor begins his second term on Jan. 7.

Malloy tapped Redeker in March 2011 as his interim ConnDOT chief, and appointed him commissioner that August.

Earlier this month, the department released a five-year capital spending plan.

Malloy said Redeker “has demonstrated the kind of expertise, forward thinking and leadership ability it takes to bring our transportation infrastructure into the 21st Century.”

Under Redeker, the governor said, “we are making investments now that are laying the foundation for a more modern, efficient and accessible transportation network that will drive economic growth throughout the state – investments that will not only benefit us in the short-term, but 20, 30 and 40 years down the road. I look forward to continue working together to make this vision a reality.”

The governor’s announcement said among the department’s achievements is that ConnDOT topped its own goal of advertising $1 billion worth of construction project bids in the last federal fiscal year, with $1.2 billion in bids for 107 projects. And since 2011, Connecticut has received five federal TIGER grants totaling $53.1 million for road, rail, transit and port projects.

Malloy also highlighted some transit system work including the new CTfastrak rapid-transit bus line that will run between Hartford and New Britain, and was featured in the Dec. 5 AASHTO Journal.

Redeker said he is “grateful for the solid support of Governor Malloy and the entire administration in carrying out our mission,” and is “enthusiastic about the chance to continue to shape the future of transportation in Connecticut and in this region.”

Until he took the agency CEO position, Redeker had headed ConnDOT’s Bureau of Public Transportation, responsible for the rail and bus programs. He joined ConnDOT in 2008 after a 30-year career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit.

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