In the midsts of working on a $33 billion fiscal 2009 budget, New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri reminded lawmakers of the need to devise a financing plan by year-end for the state's $1 billion to $1.5 billion contribution towards a new passenger rail tunnel to Manhattan.

On Tuesday, Kolluri spoke before the Assembly Budget Committee regarding transportation issues within the state's $33 billion budget for fiscal 2009, which begins July 1. Discussion went beyond next year's budget and included future transportation infrastructure needs for the state.

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