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NJ TRANSIT'S Chief Civil Rights & Diversity Officer Takes Part in Panel Discussions


September 23, 2019

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT participated in NJ Connects, the first-ever state summit designed to connect minority, women, veteran, and LGBTQ-owned businesses with roughly one billion dollars in public and private sector contracting opportunities held on Friday, September 20th.                            

NJ TRANSIT’s Chief Civil Rights and Diversity Officer Leotis Sanders took part in two panel discussions, Contract Opportunities- Goods & Construction, where industry experts discussed what contract opportunities are available and what businesses need to do to be contract ready. 

“NJ TRANSIT is working closely with Governor Murphy to create programs and strategies that lead to increased contract awards to minority, veteran, LGBTQ, and women-owned firms,” said
NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “The reason why is simple: It makes NJ TRANSIT stronger, it makes small businesses stronger, and it makes our state stronger. In the months and years ahead, we will continue to improve and expand opportunities for all our region’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, which is what
NJ Connects is all about.”

Since taking office, Governor Murphy has made it a priority to create a more diverse state contracting supply chain by fostering opportunities for minority, women, veteran, and LGBTQ business enterprises (MWVBE).

In March, NJ TRANSIT hosted an open house for prime contractors, small businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs), showcasing upcoming capital construction projects, and opportunities to connect and do business with the agency. Approximately 150 people attended the event to learn about more than $800 million in contracting opportunities in capital projects NJ TRANSIT has available in the upcoming year.

NJ Connects was held Friday, September 20th at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

For more information please visit the NJ Connects webpage.  



NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.