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Planning & Environment

Permanent Dredging System In Reserve

When considering how many dredging contracts we have just to maintain a navigable channel that will naturally, continually attract sediment, you cannot help but realize how much is unnecessarily spent. Each contract has ancillary costs, such as mobilization and field office set up, and of course the allowable profit and overhead. This is all extra money on top of the cost of keeping the waterway clear. In effort to... more »
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Policy and Organization

Tradeable, on-street parking allowances in cities to reduce inequity and increase livability In Reserve

Free parking on public streets in residential areas of cities is not equitable. Car owners are provided with publically owned and maintained space to store their private property at no charge, while the non-car-owners derive no benefit; rather, they are harmed by externalities linked to this subsidy of car ownership. I propose a novel strategy to address this inequity: tradeable parking allowances. Each resident receives... more »
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Policy and Organization

Bus Ridership Data Analysis System In Reserve

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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Policy and Organization

"How Will Grandma Get There?" -- Enhancing Mobility for an Aging Population In Reserve

Much of New Jersey's existing transit infrastructure is oriented toward commuters' needs, with peak services providing access to historic employment centers in major cities, especially New York. However, demographics are changing, and longevity is growing in NJ, nationally and around the world. The NJ Department of Human Services projects that between 2015 and 2034, New Jersey’s age 60 and older population will grow... more »
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Policy and Organization

Institutionalizing Collaboration and Cooperation in Maintenance, Operations, and Traffic Engineering In Reserve

An emerging shift in the transportation industry recently has been state and local DOTs shift to a Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) centric approach. TSMO is defined by FHWA as "a set of strategies that focus on operational improvements that can maintain and even restore the performance of the existing transportation system before extra capacity is needed. The goal here is to get the most performance... more »
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Policy and Organization

Identification of Data Collection Methods for All Infrastructure Assets In Reserve

Asset management is defined by FHWA as "a strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, and improving physical assets, with a focus on engineering and economic analysis based upon quality information, to identify a structured sequence of maintenance, preservation, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement actions that will achieve and sustain a desired state of good repair (SOGR) over the lifecycle of the... more »
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Safety Management

Comprehensive Analysis of Wrong-Way Driving Crashes in State of New Jersey In Reserve

Wrong-way driving (WWD) occurs when a driver, either inadvertently or deliberately, drives in the opposing direction of traffic along a high-speed, physically divided highway or its access ramp. WWD crashes are known for their tendency for being more severe than other types of freeway crashes and resulting in more fatalities because they are mostly head-on or opposite-direction sideswipe collisions. On a nationwide scale,... more »
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Safety Management

An evaluation of the usage & effectiveness of disability roadway warning signs in New Jersey In Reserve

American Community Survey data (2015) shows that over ten percent of New Jersey’s population has one or more disabilities, with increased prevalence rates for certain disabilities in recent years. For example, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that New Jersey has the highest rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder of any state in the nation, with one in every 41 NJ children affected with ASD.

Over the past decade,... more »
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Safety Management

Railroad Trespasser Sensors In Reserve

Recent train wrecks and people getting killed by trains have been in the news, becoming a major headache for America's railways. The wrecks and rollovers might be mitigated if a way were found to make the railroad tracks "feel" the trespassers or blocking objects. The idea would work like this:
1) Person or object is stuck on the tracks or trespassing.
2) Sensors/ detectors lining the tracks, or cameras, detect the person... more »
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Safety Management

SmartPath In Reserve

SmartPath is an idea and concept to better and more efficiently and effective be productive and reduce road traffic and save resources. SmartPath makes it possible to allocate from 25% to up to 75% or higher, of the normal, in-office productivity, to be accomplished at alternative sites, including, but not limiting to, at home and at other business sites.

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Safety Management

Quantitative landslide hazard assessment in New Jersey: an integrated field and laboratory approach In Reserve

Landslides in New Jersey occur in geologically weak regions with moderate to steep slopes, which has been a big concern for transportation safety. Typical landslides mapped by New Jersey Geological Survey include rock falls and rockslides. Rock falls, very common in roadway cuts and steep cliffs, refer to the abrupt movement of rock and boulders detached from slopes or cliffs. Rockslides indicate the movement of rock... more »
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Safety Management

Pedestrian Walkway over Lalor St and 129. In Reserve

The pedestrians in the Lalor Street area need a safer route across the 129 highway. The Senior Housing is on one side of 129 and the Shopping center that includes a grocery store, a Dunkin Donuts, a bank, a pizza restaurant are on the other side. Crossing guards are on duty during the day but I believe the time has come to look toward a safer and more permanent solution for both the
safety of pedestrians as well as... more »
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Safety Management

Automated Variable Speed Limit Systems In Reserve

Variable Speed Limit (VSL) systems have grown in use across the United States in a number of states including New Jersey, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, according to a study by the FHWA. A VSL system can be used to manage maximum and minimum speeds based on congestion, weather conditions, accidents, and ongoing construction.In New Jersey, VSL systems are currently used on the New... more »
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Advanced Signal Hardware and Timing Using Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures In Reserve

Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM) are an emerging technology promoted by the FHWA in the fourth round of their Every Day Counts (EDC-4) initiative. The technology and its benefits are described by the FHWA as "a high-resolution data-logging capability added to existing traffic signal infrastructure and data analysis techniques. This provides agency professionals with the information needed to proactively... more »
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Effectiveness of LPIs in Reducing Pedestrian Crashes at Signalized Intersections on State Highways In Reserve

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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