SENATE, No. 146

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2022 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Senator  KRISTIN M. CORRADO

District 40 (Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Lagana, Gill, Holzapfel, Durr, Madden and O'Scanlon

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain transportation research to consider needs of individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Senate Transportation Committee with technical review.

  


An Act concerning transportation research and amending P.L.2019, c.196.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 4 of P.L.2019, c.196 (C.27:1B-21.36) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    a.  [There is hereby established within the Department of Transportation, the] The New Jersey Transportation Research [Center] Bureau within the Department of Transportation, hereinafter referred to as the [center] bureau, shall serve as a transportation research center for the State.

     b.    The [center shall be located within the Department of Transportation, and the center] bureau shall award research contracts to New Jersey public research institutions of higher education to conduct the research activities of the [center] bureau.  The award of those research contracts shall be subject to all relevant existing State and federally established public bidding regulations and processes.

     c.     The [center] bureau shall identify specific areas of transportation expertise for New Jersey public research institutions of higher education, where all research undertaken by the [center] bureau in that area of expertise is to occur, and shall be subject to all relevant existing State and federally established public bidding regulations and processes.

     d.    The Commissioner of Transportation shall appoint a [director] manager for the [center] bureau.  The duties of the [director] manager shall include but not be limited to:

     (1)   Administering and operating the [center] bureau;

     (2)   Overseeing research undertaken by the [center] bureau;

     (3)   Establishing and maintaining relationships with New Jersey public research institutions of higher education;

     (4)   Supporting New Jersey public research institutions of higher education in obtaining and maintaining University Transportation Center status under the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's University Transportation Center Program; and

     (5)   Authorizing competitive bidding for research contracts to include entities in addition to New Jersey public research institutions of higher education, notwithstanding the provisions of subsections b. and c. of this section to the contrary, after making a written determination that the department stands to benefit from additional competition in terms of quality of work product, timeliness of work product delivery, or availability of expertise in one or more specific transportation areas.

     e.     Any contract entered into pursuant to this section shall include a provision that requires research conducted under the contract to consider the transportation and mobility needs of New Jersey residents with physical, sensory, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

     f.     For purposes of this section, "entities" means an entity that is organized as a non-profit organization.  "Entities" shall not include a municipal planning organization or a municipal planning organization-related entity, regardless of whether it is organized as a non-profit organization.

(cf: P.L.2019, c.196, s.4)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.