Hoping to hi-lite the importance of mass transit to Monmouth County's shore tourism industry, State Senator Jennifer Beck took NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim and her staff on a tour Tuesday. Beck and members of the 11th District delegation visited Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations to see first hand the condition of the stations.

Among the topics discussed with Hakim, was the need to shorten the New York to Asbury Park commute and to eliminate the Long Branch transfer, more signage and pedestrian improvements for Long Branch and an inquiry on the status of the Red Bank's station's historic restoration.

"Monmouth County is both a highly desirable vacation destination and a commuting hub so our train stations play an invaluable role in our economy," said Beck. "The Executive Director got to speak to local officials in each town and see first hand the condition of the stations. Often it helps to put faces to the names and today NJ Transit did just that. A variety of needs were discussed and Executive Director Hakim made it clear that NJ Transit would work closely with our towns to address them."