About

Mission

Through collective action and collaboration, NJCAN is dedicated to creating and promoting better public transit solutions in the New Jersey region. We advocate for holistic and long-term transportation planning that benefits all New Jersey commuters.

VISION

Our vision is to transform New Jersey into the first “car-optional” state in the country. To make this a reality, NJCAN seeks to unify transit advocacy efforts and put pressure on state leaders to commit to investing more in New Jersey’s mass transit infrastructure. As rail and bus ridership continues to grow, legislators and transit officials must focus on increasing transit capacity and targeted expansion. We aspire to be the leading influencer behind this cause.

NJCAN is not-for-profit and is entirely run by volunteers. As commuters and transit enthusiasts, we know firsthand the import role that efficient public transit plays in our communities and the lives of New Jersey commuters.

GOALS

  • Create and Spread Awareness

  • Inform and Engage Elected Officials and New Jersey Commuters

  • Enable and Empower Grassroots Movements to Push for Better Transportation Solutions

LEADERSHIP

Liam Blank

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Liam is an urbanist and a mass transit expert. He has worked in Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York on various projects in the fields of planning, policy and urban design. As an advocate for public transit, Liam co-founded the New Jersey Commuters Action Network (NJCAN) before joining ReThink Studio in June 2015 as a Transportation Analyst. Liam received his Bachelor’s in Planning & Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Michael Phelan

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As a partner with the New Jersey For Transit Coalition, Michael has experience working with commuters to call for proper investment in affordable, efficient high-quality public transit in New Jersey. Michael first gained attention from using the #DelayedOnNJTransit hashtag on Twitter to capitalize on the media attention given to transit problems at Super Bowl XLVIII. His subsequent tweets, Facebook posts, letter-writing campaigns, op-ed pieces and media interviews have continued to shine a spotlight on the conditions and service about which everyday commuters have voiced concerns since 2012.

DISCLAIMER

The statements and opinions published by NJCAN are exclusively those of the author(s). NJCAN is not affiliated with New Jersey Transit, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, or any other organization unless explicitly stated.