South Plainfield -- Senator Patrick Diegnan said that the findings of the NJ Transit audit confirm the need for passage of comprehensive reform legislation to make NJ Transit more responsive, transparent and accountable to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride their trains and buses every day.

Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman McKeon (D-Middlesex), the sponsors of NJ Transit reform legislation that has passed the Senate and is awaiting Assembly action, and Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said they would work with the Governor's Office and NJ Transit to add needed procurement reforms identified in the audit to the bill.

"Many of the recommendations in the audit should be able to be implemented quickly, and those that require legislative approval can be added to the existing reform legislation," said Senator Diegnan. "We will work cooperatively to ensure that NJ Transit returns to its proper place as one of the nation's leading mass transit agencies."