EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The South Jersey Transportation Authority today announced the selection of Bart Mueller as the Authority’s new executive director. Mueller has been with the SJTA for three years and has been the deputy director since May, 2005.
“I am confident that Bart Mueller has the vision and the management experience to address the changing needs of the traveling public,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “I fully expect that he will identify new efficiencies to deliver transportation services to our citizens, recognizing that safe and accessible transportation systems are a cornerstone to economic development in our state.”
In his years at the SJTA, Mueller has been responsible for a series of projects designed to provide safe and efficient transportation to residents and tourists, including managing the E-Z Pass system and overseeing implementation of Express E-Z Pass and E-Z Pass Plus.
Because of Mueller’s role in the E-Z Pass Interagency Group and his commitment to making it easier and more efficient for drivers to park, SJTA was the first transportation authority to use E-Z Pass Plus in an urban (non-airport) parking garage (New York Avenue in Atlantic City).
“Bart has been aggressive in implementing new technologies and I know that he plans to continue those efforts in his new role as Executive Director,” said SJTA Chairman Frank Spencer.
In the coming months, Mueller will oversee a number of key projects to reduce traffic congestion in and around Atlantic City and the shore communities and to advance transportation options for area residents. These include:
• Beginning the design process to widen the Atlantic City Expressway for 28 miles westbound and re-designing the Egg Harbor toll plaza to include E-Z Pass Express;
• Creating a full interchange at Exit 17;
• Completing construction projects at Atlantic City International Airport in order to attract new air carriers and additional air service; and
• Making the E-Z Pass Plus technology available in private parking garages.
Before joining SJTA, Mueller was Director of the Camden County Department of Parks for three years. Prior to his state government service, he worked for Bell Atlantic New Jersey for more than 24 years – working his way from lineman and cable splicer to network manager.
“Bart Mueller has a proven track record as a strong administrator with a keen interest in engaging and inspiring staff. I expect that he will continue to further the vital role the Expressway plays in this region,” said SJTA Commissioner Stanley Glassey, who has devoted more than 20 years to the SJTA and was a past chairman.
Mueller, of Oaklyn, succeeds Acting Executive Director James Iannone, who has announced he will retire at the end of the year.