Q:What is your job at GMTMA?
Adele: I maintain GMTMA’s Rideshare database. I find carpool matches for people that live and work in the same area and have similar schedules. I refer people to existing vanpools or help them to start their own vanpool. I also assist vanpools with the paperwork needed for NJ TRANSIT’s Vanpool Sponsorship Program. GMTMA has 50 registered vanpools in Mercer and Ocean Counties.
I respond to travel planning inquiries .These days I get many calls from people who are Amazon employees at the Robbinsville distribution center and help them find a personalized transportation plan and connections to the Zline, more than 90 people called this month.
Q: What is a favorite thing about your job?
Adele: I like talking to people, I have been here for quite a while and in talking to them I feel like I know them, and I really enjoy this part of my job.
Q: Why is transportation important for you?
Adele: It is such a vital part of our lives, if you can’t get from point A to point B then what do you do?
Q: What motivates you to want to change the way people commute?
Adele: Reducing congestion and pollution.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Adele: “Sleepless in Seattle”, my all-time favorite.
Q: Favorite transportation/commuting story
Adele: This one is not a favorite story but definitely memorable – being stuck in traffic during a winter storm and it took me 6 hours to get home. I was working in New Brunswick and travelling on Route 18, the blizzard had covered everything, you could not see the median, could not see where you were going.
Q: What else would you like to do if you were not working in transportation?
Adele: I would probably work in social services, maybe work with the Veterans, helping them put their life back together , get housing, jobs, get back to civilian life.
Adele: Rubberneckers (unless you are stopping to help, keep going ahead, don’t slow the traffic).
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Adele: Spend time with family and friends.
Q: Favorite food?
Adele: Eggplant parmigiana .
If you want to start carpooling or vanpooling or if you need to rent a bike locker at the Princeton Junction train station, Adele can help with that.