Cheryl Kastrenakes, executive director of the Greater Mercer Transit Management Authority (TMA) at 15 Roszel Road, will address the Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the township municipal building on Lawrenceville Road to discuss ways to reduce traffic congestion and promote mass transit and shared rides in and around Mercer County.

Kastrenakes, who came to the nonprofit TMA as a transportation planner in 2006, took over as executive director from Sandra Brillhart last year. During her tenure she has been responsible for the organization’s grants and program operations and has worked with employers on transportation assessments and recommendations.

Kastrenakes earned a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers.

Prior to joining the TMA Kastrenakes was a senior planner at NJ Transit, where she developed a rail station choice model in 1988 to allow the agency to forecast rail ridership to specific stations and served as the project manager for the Princeton Area Transportation Study in 1990.

Kastrenakes says she sees TMA’s evolution through the context of the region’s evolution. “I see our work in the region increasing as more companies and individuals begin to recognize the need for sustainable transportation options,” she says. “Open communication is key.”

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