Planning & Environment

Hydraulic Modeling for Climate Change Resiliency

Pilot study should be undertaken to look at the impacts of climate change on NJDOT's bridge assets in a watershed that includes riverine and tidal influences, and varying topography. The analysis should look at rainfall increases, based on the NJDEP's referenced Cornell model, and give NJDOT insight on the impacts to future flow increases anticipated in the context of studied FEMA streams. The precipitation increases... more »

Idea Submitted by Scott Minnich

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Having pilot models to present to NJDEP, will help guide the discussions on how formulate the NJPACT regulations based on climate data and factors of safety. NJDEP is trying to define the FHA to account for climate change projections. By having the pilot studies available, NJDOT will be able to present a side by side analysis of how the current regulations and the proposed regulations will impact projects. Having pilot projects to present, will allow NJDOT to discuss how linear developments will be impacted by proposed NJPACT regulations.

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23 votes
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Mobility and Operations

Access to bathrooms

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 »

Idea Submitted by Rebekkah Richards

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) NJDOT

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

this is a priority because , when working on the road, its 80% time if very hard or takes time to even get to the bathroom when it need.

Makes it easier for women to have access when needed.

Benefits:

this would be able to put more workers on the road actually working, then having to drive from the work place on the road, to the yard, then drive back, wasting time that could be spent working on the road.

this would also factor out health issues of holding it for a long time, especially when out don't have any truck to drive you back to the yard or if you are out doing safety, MORE EYES ON THE ROAD THE BETTER

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9 votes
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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 »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

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When you are facing eight to ten billion people in the next few decades, you need to drastically rethink your logic in city block construction.

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5 votes
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Safety Management

Using computer vision to detect pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle near-misses and high risk events

Using computer vision, video cameras, and AI to detect, count, measure speed, and intent on pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicles at intersections, crosswalks, multimodal lanes and other higher-risk sites. We are using edge computing, computer vision, and deep learning neural networks to automatically detect presence, count, and measure speed of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to inform traffic signaling systems and digital... more »

Idea Submitted by Roger Brook, Boulder AI

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

This idea is aligned with Vision Zero and traffic safety goals ... as well as public health goals (e.g. touchless cross walks). The technology can be used in urban, suburban, and highway scenarios. Data is generated so transportation engineers can remotely monitor traffic risk scenarios for both planning and real time operational purposes.

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5 votes
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Safety Management

Using humor in roadside Dynamic Message Signs trending idea

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 »

Idea Submitted by Richard Rabinowitz

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Richard Rabinowitz

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Potential for reduced traffic deaths and less damage to roads, lower pedestrian fatalities
Increases goodwill through humor
More memorable messages

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4 votes
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Capital Improvement & Infrastructure

Structure Preservation(no time to weight)

Construct Scales or WIM(each with license plate photo capabilities) at bridges with toll booths/EZ-Pass. Generate tickets for those trucks using the bridge that are overweight.

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Structure preservation, safety.

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4 votes
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Planning & Environment

BREAKING THE LEGAL AND POLICY SHACKLES OF SINGLE USE PARKING

Problem:

Many factors prevent around the clock shared uses for privately constructed and owned parking areas that otherwise could meet demand for a variety of trip purposes with a lower overall demand for total square footage committed to asphalt. These include land use driven-parking policy requirements, market-driven development practices, single-point insurance and indemnification requirements, lack of community-level... more »

Idea Submitted by Jeffrey Vernick

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

- Increased multimodal travel safety and land area security

- Less land devoted to parking equals more for businesses and public spaces in sustainable designs

- Improved traffic flow and safety due to community-wide parking access management

- Increased permeable surfaces / reduced stormwater management

-Optimized parking capacity vs. temporal demand

- Increased transit parking availability in built-out areas

- Reduced / shared parking construction and maintenance cost burdens on businesses

- Increased productive and taxable land areas in communities

- Potential new business model for parking management companies and community parking authorities

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4 votes
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Policy and Organization

FMIS

Update FMIS with Microsoft Windows(or other suitable 21st Century technology).

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

It's time.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

Crash prevention and structure preservation

In an effort to minimize/eliminate vehicle/overhead structure conflicts, construct advance monitoring and warning systems regarding vehicle height. There has to be something in addition to signage.

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Safety, overhead structure preservation.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

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

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 »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Every year planning becomes more and more important as the need for funds grows faster than the available funds at hand. A tool that can give greater confidence and understanding of the effects of such funds would be an important advantage.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

Pedestrian signal lights

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 »

Idea Submitted by Louann Wonski

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Louann Wonski

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

There are a large number of pedestrian fatalities and this change may save a life or several.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

COVID-19 Susceptibility of gas stations

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 »

Idea Submitted by William Pennock

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

COVID-19 is predicted to get worse over the coming months, and local governments need to continue to innovate to keep ahead of the virus. New Jersey's model may be instructive for other states, but it is also wise to reevaluate the strategy in light of the pandemic and see where potential vulnerabilities can be best mitigated.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

Development of Bus Collision Avoidance Warning and Automated Emergency Braking (CAWS/AEB)

Collision avoidance warning systems are available for cars and trucks to detect and warn drivers of potential forward collisions and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. These systems offer the potential to significantly reduce fatalities, injuries and casualty and liability expenses. However, more development is needed to apply them to buses.

In the five year period from 2015 to 2019, NJ TRANSIT reported... more »

Idea Submitted by Jerry Lutin

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Each year, NJ Transit buses incur an average of 4 fatalities, 500 injuries, and $22.4 million in casualty and liability expenses. Technology is currently available for cars and trucks that automatically detect potential forward collisions with vehicles and pedestrians and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. However, more development is needed to apply these systems to transit buses. FTA funded research and development is underway at other transit agencies but more activity is needed. CAWS/AEB systems offer the potential to eliminate most of collision-related fatalities, injuries, and associated casualty and liability expense.

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3 votes
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Multimodal

Evaluation of New Jersey Public Use Airports

New Jersey's airport system is one of the most unique and complex in the U.S. The State's diverse airports range in size from small general aviation airports with turf runways to Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the nation's busiest commercial airports. From Newark Liberty International Airport to the state's smallest public use turf strips, New Jersey's airport system must support all aspects of the State's... more »

Idea Submitted by Kimbrali Davis

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Kimbrali Davis

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

New Jersey Congress passed a 2018 Bill - A4377 that requires DOT and OIT to develop materials concerning capabilities of airports in NJ and establishes the "Public Use Airports Task Force". Within this recently approved legislation, section 2 of P.L.2019, c.483, there are 18 objectives to be undertaken. These are the first four identified within the legislation. The Task Force must present report of findings to the Governor and to the Legislature no later than 24 months after organization of task force. This research project would benefit meeting this legislative goal.

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3 votes
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Safety Management

Safety Town

Construct an interactive off road learning facility designed to mimic real road conditions in order to teach young students and first time drivers about pedestrian and bicycle safety, including traffic signals, jughandles, road signs, sidewalks, bike paths, virtual hazards and computerized monitoring of participants.

Idea Submitted by Bill Neary

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Such a regional asset could be used by schools, camps, advocates in order to assist New Jersey in its Towards Vision Zero safety campaign.

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3 votes
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