Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Collaboration Community

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Bureau of Research staff works directly with university and other research professionals to find solutions to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of New Jersey’s residents, workers, visitors and businesses. Our goal is to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.

NJDOT’s Bureau of Research is interested in soliciting ideas from NJDOT’s research customers and other transportation stakeholders for the NJDOT Research Program.   We are interested in your research ideas – particularly, ideas that can turn problems into solutions that can be implemented.  We use this website to gather and share ideas as a first step in the development of fundable research proposals. 

Register to Participate. Registered participants can log in to submit a new idea, comment on submitted ideas, or vote on the ideas to show your support.  You may submit ideas at any time. Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

Deadline for Next Research Round.  The deadline date for submission of new research ideas to help inform the next round of research RFPs was December 31, 2018. Research ideas will be prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee after this date, and high priority research needs will be posted as proposals.  RFPs will be posted on the research RFP web site: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/research/research_procurement.shtm. The next deadline date for solicitation of research ideas for a subsequent round of research RFPs will be set a later date

Who Can Submit a Research Idea?  NJDOT’s research customers and other interested transportation practitioners (e.g., MPOs, county and local governments, and other transportation subject matter experts from trade, universities and NGOs).  Our interest is in soliciting research ideas to address critical existing and emerging transportation needs in New Jersey.

Who Are NJDOT’s Research Customers?  Subject matter experts from NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission are most often our research customers. Research ideas typically must have a "champion" among our research customers. Ideally, a "champion" is an individual holding a responsible position within a division, bureau, section or unit who is prepared to sponsor or advance a research idea from its inception to study completion. 

How Do Ideas Inform Research Needs Statement Development?  Ideas are not research needs statements or proposals. Submission of a research idea does not preclude individuals or groups from Institutes of Higher Learning or other eligible research organizations from subsequently bidding on a Request for Proposal prepared and issued by the Bureau of Research. 

How Do I Submit an Idea?  Only registered participants may submit an idea.  Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

What Happened to My Idea? Ideas submitted in 2017 have been archived.  Several of these ideas have contributed to the development of RFPs, or are in the pipeline for the issuance of an RFP, or have been distributed to the appropriate research customer (i.e., agency, division, or unit) for consideration through other means. Other ideas may not have found their champion, or were not prioritized for funding.  Previously submitted ideas can be posted again.  We continue to encourage submission of new ideas.

Questions about How to Register?  Please email our site administrator: ideas@njdottechtransfer.net

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For more information about NJDOT Bureau of Research, visit our website: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/research/

Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website?   Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 530-5966.

(@dsarkar)

Planning & Environment

Developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan for New Jersey Transit

New Jersey has the third highest percentage of commuters that use public transportation, behind only New York and the District of Columbia. NJ Transit is the largest statewide public transit system in the United States covering more than 5000 square miles of service area. Given this tremendous expanse and scope, the role of NJ Transit in upholding superior environmental and sustainability standards cannot be overstated. ...more »

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25 votes
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(@wzhang81)

Planning & Environment

Drone-based hyperspectral imaging technique for monitoring pollution and corrosion

We often see plastic bags or other garbage hanging on trees, along the roadside, slipping down the storm drain, and floating in the ocean. There are over 51 billion pieces of litter on our nation's roadways, 4.6 billion of which are larger than four inches in size. Plastics takes 19 % of 51.2 billion pieces of litter on roadways nationwide. 1.4 billion beverage containers on our nation's roadways: Beer bottles: 30%; Soft ...more »

Voting

20 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Methodology Development for Bicycle Parking Investment Prioritization

NJ TRANSIT rail stations operate as multimodal hubs, often with access to at least one other transit mode in addition to vehicle and non-motorized access. Over the past five years, select stations on the rail network have experienced significant increases in bicycle parking demand. This study will consist of three phases, with an end goal of developing a methodology for prioritizing locations of future bicycle parking ...more »

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11 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Bus Ridership Data Analysis System

Developing a comprehensive Bus Ridership Data Analysis System would allow NJ TRANSIT to better anticipate travel demand, more effectively ensure that all communities are provided equitable service, and better target its customer outreach efforts. Currently, NJ TRANSIT uses fare revenue as an indicator of passenger ridership. The agency also relies on passenger surveys to obtain samples of ridership demographics as well ...more »

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10 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Planning & Environment

Understanding the Needs of Current and Potential Bus Transit Riders

Conduct research to identify best practices used by transit agencies to better understand the needs of current and potential bus riders. The research should explore the survey methodologies used which could include telephone surveys, online surveys, face-to-face interviews, onboard surveys, public outreach events, interviews with local stakeholders or other innovative techniques to reach users, non-users, and former users ...more »

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9 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Analyzing the Impact of Transit-Oriented Developments on Transit Usage

While there is a broad consensus that TODs induce additional ridership on the transit system, the actual net impact remains unclear. This project will seek to survey residents of TODs to determine how their trip patterns have shifted and to explore the attitudes, values and preferences in the choice of living adjacent to a transit station or stop. An additional task may seek to survey customers of TOD retail. The results ...more »

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9 votes
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(@gary.vetro)

Planning & Environment

Mitigation of Heat Islands

In the science of global warming, there is a term I have learned called, "Heat Island." It is where the large areas of dark surfaces, and heat generating facilities in cities creates a bubble of artificially high temperature; an island of heat. As reported in the article located at the link below, there is a viable solution coming out of Los Angeles. They are coating their streets in a light colored asphalt based sealant ...more »

Voting

8 votes
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Traffic & Safety

Effectiveness of LPIs in Reducing Pedestrian Crashes at Signalized Intersections on State Highways

Lead Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) are utilized at signalized intersections to allow pedestrians a three to seven second head-start to enter the crosswalk before turning traffic may proceed. This allows pedestrians to better establish their presence in the intersection, improving their visibility and safety. A study exploring the potential effectiveness of LPIs on New Jersey state highways, and the considerations that ...more »

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8 votes
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(@leighann)

Planning & Environment

Measuring the Benefits of Green Streets in New Jersey

Green streets use green infrastructure practices within the public right-of-way to manage stormwater while preserving the primary function of a street as a conduit for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. In a densely populated state like New Jersey, the management of stormwater runoff is an important consideration for developed areas as impervious surfaces like roofs, roads and parking lots prevent ...more »

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8 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Planning & Environment

Impact of Real Estate Development in the City of Newark on NJ TRANSIT Rail and Light Rail Ridership

The recent investment (estimated at $2.6 billion) in Newark real estate development will have a significant impact on Newark Light Rail and Rail ridership. This proposed study will assess ridership and current service, analyze potential growth, and allow for future adjustments to address service needs. Mayor Baraka has expressed an interest in the redevelopment of Newark and in the investment in transportation. This ...more »

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7 votes
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(@meegoda)

Operations & Preservation

Impact of State Aid on Local Roads

Renovation of local roads should depend primarily on the condition state of roads, and secondarily on traffic volume. However, those two important criteria are ignored by local governments while prioritizing roads for repairing upon receiving the state aid. State leverages local funds to renovate or resurface the roads with pedestrian paths and bike lanes. As a result, roads receiving state aid are only renovated or ...more »

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6 votes
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(@sodonnell)

Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Multi-Modal Circulation in and around Hoboken Terminal

On a daily basis, approximately 10,000 pedestrians walk or bicycle from the City of Hoboken to the Hoboken Terminal, with many people heading to the PATH Station and others headed to the trains, buses, light rail or ferry. The pedestrians, cyclists and motorists (including private autos, taxis, transportation network company vehicles like Uber and Lyft, trucks and buses) make the area around the Hoboken Terminal very ...more »

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6 votes
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(@rickyrab)

Design and Construction

How to fix the Portal Bridge and other possible single points of failure?

The Portal Bridge, an important commuter rail bridge connecting New Jersey to the hub of New York City, is a vital component of our transportation system. When it gets stuck, commuters get delayed, complaints go up, and satisfaction with NJ TRANSIT services go down. Underfunding has delayed a bridge repair or replacement, and it may be worthwhile to look into ways of funding and creating a repair/replacement for the Portal ...more »

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5 votes
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(@haowang)

Design and Construction

Improved Climate Inputs for Pavement Design in New Jersey

Environmental conditions have significant effects on performance of both flexible and rigid pavements. In the current AASHTO Pavement ME, an Enhanced Integrated Climatic Model (EICM) uses climatic data to simulate internal pavement temperature, moisture, and freeze-thaw conditions as a function of time. EICM requires historical records of five weather-related parameters reported on an hourly basis: air temperature, precipitation, ...more »

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5 votes
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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Connection and Expansion of the Newark Light Rail with Existing Rail Infrastructure

Utilizing the existing rail infrastructure of the surrounding urban-suburban areas, connect the Newark Light rail with points north. Using a defunct section of the Erie R.R along the north section of Branch Brook Park to connect the existing Newark Light Rail to a portion of the Norfolk and Southern that runs along the Passaic River. Connecting to the Norfolk and Southern owned portion would further connect the system ...more »

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5 votes
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