Interim Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker is the choice of Governor Malloy to lead the department permanently.

Redeker steered DOT as interim commissioner since last March, after overseeing Connecticut’s rail and bus programs as chief of the department’s Bureau of Public Transportation.

In accepting the nomination, Redeker praised Gov. Malloy’s “focus on improving our infrastructure, increasing the use of and access to public transportation and using our ports and airports as part of a larger economic development strategy.”

He joined the DOT in 2008, after a 30-year career with New Jersey’s transportation agency, where he wasa top official of New Jersey Transit,the third-largest transit agency in the country.

Mass transit is an important part of the governor’s transportation focus in revitalizing Connecticut’s economy.

Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure is outdated and not keeping pace with the demands of highly competitive national and global marketplaces.Strategic, prioritized transportation investments can help bring the system into the 21st century and enable our economy and jobs to grow.

The DOT employs around 3,000 people across the state and is comprised of six bureaus: Aviation & Ports, Finance & Administration, Highway Operations, Policy & Planning, Engineering & Construction and Public Transportation.