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, 2017. 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.

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.

Planning & Environment

Retrofitting stormwater retention ponds to alleviate harmful effects of road salts: A pilot study

Application of deicing road salts during winter months results in contamination of surface and groundwater. The serious ecological impact on aquatic life is caused not only by the increased salt ions, but also because salinity increases mobility of metals that are generated by road transport activities. Studies have shown that existing best management practices (BMPs), such as routing salt-contaminated stormwater to retention ...more »

Submitted by (@dsarkar)

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19 votes
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Planning & Environment

Drone-based hyperspectral imaging technique for monitoring plastic pollution

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 »

Submitted by (@wzhang81)

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13 votes
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Planning & Environment

Biochar to reduce NOx emissions and nutrient runoff from soils in urban/suburban areas

Mitigation of nitrogen, N, pollution is a central component of pollution control and stormwater and runoff management. Excess nitrogen, N, in soils is an extremely important problem for water and air quality, with nitrogen sources in soil ranging from wastewater, agriculture, and atmospheric deposition. Motor vehicles, electric utilities, and industrial processes are the largest sources of atmospheric NOx in the United ...more »

Submitted by (@lrfreire)

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12 votes
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Design and Construction

Benchmarking Bridge Deck Deterioration with Advanced Infrastructure Materials

Deterioration of bridge decks and other components results in costly maintenance preservation, increased traffic, and reduced service life. Federal, state, and local transportation agencies have increasingly been deploying advanced infrastructure materials, such as MMFX reinforcing steel, ultra high-performance concrete (UHPC), and stainless steel reinforcement, among others, to improve the long-term durability of bridge ...more »

Submitted by (@bandelt)

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10 votes
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Design and Construction

Smart Roadway Energy Harvesting

The Piezoelectric Electric Generator utilizes the phenomena that electricity is generated when crystal is under pressure. The application of this technology is widely used in our daily life, from the rubber tube that DOT uses to count vehicles on the roads, to the cigarette lighters that utilize piezo ignition to give us fire. By embedding a series of Piezoelectric Electric Generators under the pavement, piezoelectric ...more »

Submitted by (@site.admin2)

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9 votes
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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Understanding the Impact of Transportation Network Companies on Conventional Transit in NJ

The rapid growth of transportation network companies (TNC) in the US has prompted some researchers/planners to predict a future marked by coordinated services provided by TNCs and transit agencies that would benefit TNCs, transit agencies, and people at large. However, it has also led others to predict the annihilation of conventional public transit by TNCs because of the convenience of the latter. It has thus become ...more »

Submitted by (@devadeka)

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9 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Quantifying the Effectiveness of Bridge Interventions

Understanding the effectiveness and optimal timing of preservation, maintenance and repair activities (termed interventions) are pivotal for bridge asset management. Although extensive resources are dedicated to these activities annually, their impact on the long-term performance of bridges is not well understood. One reason for this lack of understanding is the sheer complexity involved. The effectiveness of interventions ...more »

Submitted by (@yunbai)

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8 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Infrastructure Capital Planning for Top-level Decision-Makers

Strategic capital planning for infrastructure asset management is a complex decision making process, involving the identification, screening, evaluation, comparison and prioritization of multiple activities under alternative funding scenarios. It is especially challenging for agencies when managing a large number of assets that compete for limited financial, material and manpower resources to produce smooth cash flows ...more »

Submitted by (@yunbai)

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8 votes
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Policy and Organization

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 »

Submitted by (@sodonnell)

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7 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Influence of Platooning Trucks on Bridge Strength, Serviceability and Durability

Given the significant savings in fuel consumption (due to improved air dynamics) and the relatively simple control schemes required (compared to other autonomous vehicle scenarios) truck platooning is expected to be one of the first applications of autonomous vehicles. Although much work is ongoing in the realm of control schemes, communication protocols, signage, driver training, and policy, little (if any) attention ...more »

Submitted by (@dmasceri)

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7 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Lifecycle Data Repository for Bridges

Realizing the full potential of bridge asset management requires a cradle-to-grave “biography” of each bridge asset, which fully documents its design, construction, and operations, inclusive of inspection, maintenance, preservation, and repair activities. To be truly useful, the data repository that would house this information needs to be comprehensive in nature, facilitate seamless (if not automated) data entry, and ...more »

Submitted by (@saeed.babanajad)

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7 votes
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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 »

Submitted by (@leighann)

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7 votes
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