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Robins to Speak About Direct Train Service at Hale Series

Westfield resident Martin E. Robins, director emeritus of the Alan Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, will discuss “New York Direct” in the third talk of the 2013 series of the Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series.

Robins’ speech is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at Westfield Memorial Library.

 As Union County’s representative on the board of trustees of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, Robins is involved in the campaign to ensure that NJ Transit deploy new dual-powered locomotives on the Raritan Valley Line to provide a one-seat ride to Penn Station in New York.  

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Robins, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, founded the Voorhees Center’s predecessor organization, the Transportation Policy institute, in 1998. At Rutgers he wrote a number of reports and studies on transportation finance, pedestrian safety, organization of intercity rail, etc.

From 1994  to 1998, Robins was project director of access to the Region’s Core that examined the need for a new trans-Hudson passenger rail tunnel. His previous posts included service as director of NJ Transit’s Waterfront Transportation office, director of planning and development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and deputy executive director of NJ Transit.

A Westfield resident since 1967, Robins is past chairman of the town’s Planning Board.  

The Speaker Series, now in its sixth year, is named in honor of Anne Hale, an active community member who died in 2007, and her husband, Lee, the Series founder who passed away earlier this year. Funding comes from the Thomas Glasser Foundation and the Lee and Anne Hale Fund. The series is hosted by the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library.

Previous speakers in the 2013 series included Dave Brown, ex-quarterback for the New York Giants, and Dr. Margaret McMenamin, Union County College president. Band leader David Aaron will wind up the series with a talk on Nov. 6.

The Robins talk is open to the public but pre-registration is required by calling the library at 908-789-4090 ext. 0 or by registering online at wmlnj. (click on Online Calendar)

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