In service fatigue fracture of highway signs and signal support structures due to wind induced oscillations is the primary concern for cost-effective life cycle performance of these structures. Recognizing the impact of potential life and property damage from structural failures and economic burden of inspecting, maintaining and replacing the sheer volume of these structures in the inventory, the American Association... more »
Of the 50 states New Jersey ranks third for the number of movable bridges. With an average age of approximately 40 years, more than 50 percent of these bridges are structurally deficient, mainly due to their bridge decks. Many of these bridges, whether state or locally owned, are subjected to significant average daily truck traffic (ADTT). Because of their condition and their location on significant commercial routes... more »
Understanding the effectiveness and optimal timing of bridge preservation, maintenance and repair activities 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 documented and/or understood. One reason for this lack of understanding is the sheer complexity involved. The effectiveness of bridge... more »
In Idea 1 (originally titled "Project Gain"), I propose new concepts for roadway intersections that may provide improved performance over conventional intersections. Specifically, the concept intersections blend together certain key elements from different kinds of existing intersections in order to create alternative options in traffic signal control. With their unique design, operation, and usage, the concept intersections... more »
In Idea 2 (originally titled "Project Boost"), I propose new concepts for passenger rail systems that may provide improved performance over conventional rail systems. Specifically, the concept rail systems put forth major changes in the passenger boarding/deboarding processes in order to address the frequent and inevitable train stops that occur during conventional rail travel. With their unique design, operation, and... more »
NJ TRANSIT would like to conduct a comprehensive market segmentation study to identify and quantify discrete personas of both riders and non-riders of our system, in order to develop new products, services and compelling marketing campaigns to drive ridership and revenue.
Transit Oriented Development is a form of real estate development that concentrates development around transportation hubs, such as train stations, significant bus facilities, or light rail stations. Typically, these developments emphasize a mixture of dense primary uses, combining residential and commercial uses in close proximity to one another in order to promote the use of public transit, as well as pedestrian and... more »
There is growing public interest in new technologies that make motor vehicle travel safer and more convenient. These systems of increasing complexity and vehicular control are commonly described by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as "Levels" 0 or no assistance, to 5 or complete automation with no navigation or vehicular control by a human driver. The vision is that increasing levels of driver assistance can avoid... more »
The consultant team will evaluate various models of flat (distance-based) fare options for Access Link, NJ TRANSIT's statewide ADA complementary paratransit service. The study will involve reaching out to peer agencies to compile a matrix of fare models utilized in comparable programs and will identify any industry-wide best practices. The study will also feature models of different tier structure options developed... more »
There must be an alternative to school busing. Investigate options to school busing.
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 »
Dr. Pietro Milillo (currently working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is working on a method of performing bridge inspections using, "computer modeling and high-resolution satellite images to detect subtle shifts in a bridge's structure that could indicate that it's starting to fail." (as stated by Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky in her article at https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/tragic-bridge-collapse-spurs-creation-new-space-based-inspection-method-ncna1028281... more »
The recent publication of the 6th Edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (2016) introduced a chapter on Ramp Terminals and Alternative Intersections that assesses the performance of Median U-turn, Restricted crossing U-turn and Displaced left-turn intersections. Despite the widespread use of jug-handles in New Jersey and elsewhere, the HCM does not provide a methodology for the performance of jug-handles. The operational... more »
The Meadowlands Sports Complex and American Dream Mall are two major entertainment and employment centers in Northern New Jersey. Located in East Rutherford, this combined complex is the location of MetLife Stadium, the Meadowlands Racetrack, and the newly opened American Dream Mall. As such, it is an area where multiple individuals with disparate interests come together from the entire New York Metropolitan Area and... more »
According to the National Household Travel Survey, women account for 55% of transit riders in the US. LA Metro's "Understanding How Women Travel" study found that women use the Metro system more. Women are a larger portion of the population. Women have different travel patterns than men and have different commute demands. Similar research by Transport for London's series of reports "Understanding the Travel Needs of... more »