Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Ideas Portal

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. The deadline date for submission of new research ideas to inform the next round of research RFPs is December 31, 2020. 

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) can submit a research idea.  We are particularly interested in research ideas focused on addressing 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. After the deadline date of a research idea solicitation round, research ideas are prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee and high priority research needs are posted as 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. RFPs will be posted on our research RFP web site: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/requestsforproposal.shtm

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, 2018 and 2019 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: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/

Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website?   Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 963-2242

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Mobility and Operations

Access to bathrooms trending idea

As a women that works in a field that requires me to work on the road 5 days a week 40 hours a week, and sometimes more, its very hard sometimes to use the bathroom when on the road, especially with the virus going around, most businesses are not allowing their customer's use the bathroom, AND during winter operations, some places are closed.

if someone is working 20 to 45 minutes from their yard, it could be time consuming... more »

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Safety Management

Using humor in roadside Dynamic Message Signs

Recently, towns such as Robbinsville have taken to using humor in dynamic message signs in an effort to warn drivers to slow down, obey traffic laws, drive safely, and otherwise make the road a safer place. Humor might be an effective technique to aid driver memory and reduce crashes and damage to New Jersey roads, as well as increase the effectiveness of passive law enforcement.

(For reference: news article, https://www.nj.com/news/2019/12/only-in-jersey-traffic-safety-served-up-with-a-side-of-attitude-humor.html)... more »

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Planning & Environment

Vertical Cities – Reduce need for transportation and fuel consumption

In order to fit the ever increasing population into the same size areas, we have been growing our cities vertically for decades. However, we are still doing so based on the same old two dimensional zoning structure. We should modify the zoning laws to allow for vertical cities. Construct city high-rise buildings with multiple zones inside. So people can move from residential to commercial, to park, to school zones... more »

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Safety Management

Using Topological Data Analysis to determine better directions for financial investment. trending idea

When considering serious problems such as the safety of pedestrians and/or motorists, or mitigating excessive traffic in areas where there is no room for expansion and multiple transportation types are used, the amount of data that needs to be processed in order to properly predict what types of projects would be the most effective is voluminous. Currently there are any number of ways that the data can be analyzed.... more »

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Multimodal

Bureau of Aeronautics 21st Century Airport Directory

The Bureau of Aeronautics with the New Jersey Department of Transportation is currently updating the State Airport System Plan (SASP) which provides an analysis of each public-use airport and an overview of New Jersey's overall air transportation needs for the next 20 years. The Bureau of Aeronautics is required to produce a comprehensive and current directory of airports in New Jersey in print, electronic, and mobile... more »

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Safety Management

Pedestrian signal lights trending idea

The pedestrian signal lights should correspond to the universal traffic signal colors. Red to stop and Green to cross. In New Jersey and some other states, the colors are orange to stop and white to go. Those colors may not be easily recognized in another language. Crossing a street should not make you hesitate to think if it is safe or not. The universal color of Red and Green will elicit a quicker response when faced... more »

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Safety Management

Rollers on guide rails trending idea

We know how important it is to have a guide rail on turnings. When big trucks or cars lose their control and hit the guide rail its important to have a strong guide rail even on the bridge if the guide rails and not strong enough it may cause a big accident and vehicle can roll over from the road. so instead of focusing on guide rail, I found if we can put rollers on guide rail colors it will divert the impact force into... more »

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Safety Management

COVID-19 Susceptibility of gas stations trending idea

New Jersey is unique in requiring gas station attendants fill the gas in cars. During COVID-19, that may be an advantage (fewer people handling pumps/register or going inside to pay) and also a disadvantage (risk to workers and customers talking through windows). We could account for the risk of transmission by contact with surfaces and the benefit of reduction in contact with surfaces and the risk still present through... more »

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Policy and Organization

Design-Build for Process Condensation and Savings trending idea

It was suggested several years ago, in response to a Commissioner's question, that the only way to eliminate the massive amount of overhead and the massive time and money to be spent on projects is to move the DOT into a design-build company. At the time, it was said that it could not be done without legislation; and legislation would not be coming. Now, however, that legislation is moving forward.

I propose that the... more »

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