Louis Gambaccini

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Louis J. Gambaccini
New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation
In office
May 22, 1978 – September 25, 1981
Preceded by Russell Mullen
Succeeded by Anne Canby
Personal details
Born (1931-05-06)May 6, 1931
Died August 19, 2018(2018-08-19) (aged 87)
Alma mater University of Connecticut, MPA, Syracuse University

Louis J. Gambaccini (May 6, 1931 – August 19, 2018) was an American government official who spent his career in the area of transportation.

He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received a masters in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

He spent 32 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including 12 as Vice President and General Manager of the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) rail system and as Assistant Executive Director.[1][2] A resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, he was nominated by Governor Brendan Byrne in 1978 to serve as New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation.[3] He held that post until the end of the Byrne administration in 1982.[4] Gambaccini later served eight years as the General Manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). He served as chair of the American Public Transportation Association from 1992 to 1993.[1] In 1998, he established the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center[1] at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and was a senior fellow emeritus at that institution.[2]

He was born May 6, 1931 and died August 19, 2018.


  1. ^ a b c "In Memoriam: Gambaccini: Half a Century of Service". Passenger Transport. American Public Transportation Association. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "The Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series: Toward Better Citizenship". www.eagleton.rutgers.edu. Rutgers University. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sulliban, Joseph F. (April 6, 1978). "Byrne to Name Gambaccini Transport Commissioner; 'Manipulations' Assailed Plan to Aid State Railroads". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2016. The Governor said he had conferred with Senators from Bergen County and expected no problems in getting Mr. Gambaccini, a Ridgewood resident, confirmed as Transportation Commissioner once Mr. Byrne submitted the nomination to the Senate on April 17. 
  4. ^ Stessel, Dan. "NJ TRANSIT HQ DEDICATED TO HONOR TRANSPORTATION VISIONARY LOUIS J. GAMBACCINI". www.njtransit.com. New Jersey Transit. Retrieved March 22, 2016.