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interview: james p. redeker, connecticut dot Aiding economic growth Redeker looks to make an impact as the DOT’s new commissioner When James P. Redeker joined the Connecticut DOT in 2009, he didn’t know he’d be leading the agency two and a half years later. Redeker joined the state DOT to lead its Bureau of Public Transportation, which oversees the MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line as well as the Shore Line East commuter-rail service, the statewide bus service, and state ridesharing programs. In March, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named Redeker acting commissioner of the DOT, which is based in Newington and has more than 3,100 employees, while a national search for a commissioner was conducted. And in August, the position was made permanent. Redeker replaced Acting Commissioner Jeffrey A. Parker, a holdover from the administration of Gov. M. Jodi Rell who resigned in February. Redeker joined the Connecticut DOT after a 30-year career with the New Jersey DOT and New Jersey Transit, the third-largest transit agency in the nation. Before leaving New Jersey Transit, he was its vice president of technology services. Redeker said New Jersey and Connecticut face many of the same challenges when it comes to transportation infrastructure. “We live in the Northeast, and our systems are old, relatively speaking, so we’re faced with an aging infrastructure, and we have weather conditions that states in the South do not that cause additional stresses and strains on all of our facilities,” he said. “We have rather significant challenges, given the infrastructure that we have and the density of use for our systems.” According to a May article in The Connecticut Mirror, almost 80 percent of commuters travel alone to their jobs in Connecticut, while 8.4 percent carpool, and 4.1 percent take the train or bus. Given his roots in mass transit, Redeker would like to change those numbers. In May, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded Connecticut an additional $30 million for improvements to the rail corridor going from New Haven to Hartford and then to Springfield, Mass., though the state had asked for $227 million in federal aid. The proposed improvements would allow Amtrak trains to travel as fast as 110 CONNstruction / Fall 2011 / 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2011

Riding on Private Investments
Clean Water Fund Helps Create Infrastructure Jobs and Grow the State’s Economy
Public PLAs – Good or Bad?
Bioscience Connecticut Initiative: A Timely Investment
Shovel ready
Aiding economic growth
Wearing two hats
Jammed roadways and full trains
Major transportation initiatives in Connecticut
The Young Contractors Forum Summer Meeting
Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Connecticut Environmental and Utilities Contractors Association Spring Luncheon Meeting
The Connecticut Road Builders Association Spring Dinner Meeting
Connecticut Ready Mixed Concrete Association Annual Meeting
CTASLA/CCPC Pervious Concrete Workshop
Index to Advertisers/

CONNstruction - Fall 2011