David Antonio, Essex County’s Director of Planning, and Andras Holzmann, Supervising Planner for Passaic County’s Department of Planning, were elected to two-year terms as chair and vice chair of the NJTPA’s Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), respectively, during its meeting Monday.
Antonio, who has represented Essex County on the Committee for more than 20 years, replaces Mark Jehnke, Assistant Ocean County Engineer, who served two terms as RTAC chair. Holzmann, who replaces former Hudson County Supervising Planner Byron Nicholas, has represented Passaic County on RTAC for more than two years. Prior to joining Passaic County, Holzmann previously worked for Somerset County and served on RTAC in that capacity.
RTAC is comprised of technical staff (planners, engineers) from each of the NJTPA’s 15 subregions — the 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey and the cities of Jersey City and Newark — as well as representatives from NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Office, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Jehnke’s strong leadership and friendly, collaborative approach helped RTAC navigate through the many difficulties of the pandemic. He was thanked by NJTPA staff for remaining on as RTAC chair through a second term, providing critical continuity amid the challenges of virtual meetings and presentations. Jehnke will continue to represent Ocean County on the Committee.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for February 14.