Robert A. Roe, one of the key House architects of 1991’s landmark Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), died July 15 at his home in New Jersey. He was 90.
His godson, New Jersey assemblyman Scott Rumana, confirmed the death and said the former congressman had congestive heart failure.
At the time of its passage, ISTEA was the largest highway and transit investment law in the nation’s history.
From 1969-93, Roe represented New Jersey’s 8th district, which included a good portion of Passaic County, including Paterson and Wayne Township. In 1991-92, he was chairman of the House Public Works & Transportation Committee. Beyond his leadership on ISTEA, he was instrumental in securing funding for the development of the I-95/I-295 complex in the Trenton area and the Hudson-Bergen light rail system in northern New Jersey.
As part of ARTBA’s 100th anniversary back in 2002, Roe was named one of America’s “top officials” of the 20th century for his transportation advocacy work.