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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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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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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Planning & Environment

Test Sites to Determine BMP of Unmaintained Sites along Roadways

The state of New Jersey has a complex and interwoven roadway network that creates many areas needing maintenance. Although large swathes of areas are regularly maintained, often times there are small parcels or areas that are often forgotten or neglected for long periods. These areas wedged between ramps, under bridges, behind fences, or on a slope become breeding grounds for invasive plant species where the plant growth... more »

Idea Submitted by Jonathan Lahoda

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

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

At the DOT, now more than ever, there is a growing demand on our maintenance crew, the need to be more cost effective in our designs, as well as provide solutions for green infrastructure. Creating cost effective, environmentally sustainable practices that can be replicated throughout the state will allow maintenance resources to be allocated to more urgent needs as well as help to create hundreds of nearly self sustainable sites across NJ. The sites will also help to reduce the spread of invasive plants, which will allow for our native planting to thrive on our Capital projects. The low maintenance sites can become a model to be used not only for the DOT but for the county and local municipalities to use along their roads.

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Planning & Environment

Using road salt and street sweeping to reduce pollution

It seems that there are considerable air quality problems on our roads. The majority of our PM2.5 on roadways comes from wear on tires, brakes, and clutches, and these contain metals that have the ability to harm our lungs' immune response--particularly worrisome with the COVID-19 pandemic (Selley et al., 2020). Once airborne, these metal particles seem to be made more toxic as they are solubilized by acidic atmospheric... 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?

This is a priority, because areas where there are high concentrations of roads (e.g., cities) tend to have worse air quality. Although combustion emissions are a component of that, wear products from brakes, tires, and clutches are significant pollutants, as well. Using road salting and street sweeping, which are existing operations, there is an opportunity to address a significant component of air pollution due to roadways.

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Planning & Environment

Reverse transportation planning model by applying machine learning technic

Transportation models are used for predicting future traffic, especially in urban areas. Their traffic forecasts are applied to plan new infrastructures such as highways, bridges, new transit lines, and/or enhancing current public transportation modes. They use the specific areas' socio-economic data together with sample travel survey data to build a transportation model. The initially developed model usually is calibrated... more »

Idea Submitted by Hojatollah Behrooz

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

Surveying and collecting socio-economic data is time-consuming and costly for transportation planning. Combining available real-time traffic data such as navigation data with historical socio-economic data to predict future community status would be a huge saving on data collection and prediction cost and time. This implemented model can help the NJDOT, and local transportation planners swiftly track their changes to better plan the transportation infrastructures.

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