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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 »

Idea Submitted by Richard Rabinowitz

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

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

Potential lifesaver. Potential cost saver (due to fewer losses to equipment). Possibly fewer complaints. Could reduce delays due to crash investigations and thus traffic/overcrowding.

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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.

Idea Submitted by Christopher Rinaldi

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other NJDOT Bureau of Aeronautics

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

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

SmartPath is a priority because of the mass congestion and inactive and unsafe road conditions currently enacted by our current types of work force environments. Through SmartPath we can reach higher and more effective and more efficient productivity while also reducing unsafe road conditions throughout the state, county and city.

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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 »

Idea Submitted by Cheng Zhu

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other Rowan University

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

Existing practice to deal with rockfalls and rockslides remains passive. It is challenging to predict the rockfall and rockslide events due to the insufficient geological, geometrical and geomechanical information. The proposed idea will help quantify and assess the potential landslide hazard through an integrated field and laboratory investigation. It will provide a better guideline to the future reinforcement of potential failure zones and contribute to the safety of NJ roadways.

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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 »

Idea Submitted by Patrick Farley

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

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

Over a five year period between 2013 and 2015, approximately 33% of pedestrian crashes that occurred on New Jersey's state highways were located at signalized intersections. During this same time period, approximately 21% of pedestrian fatalities on state highways occurred at signalized intersections. LPIs may be an appropriate measure to reduce pedestrian crash rates and improve safety at these locations.

Potential Study Focus Areas
-941 out of 2,895 (33%) total reported pedestrian crashes on New Jersey state highways occurred at signalized intersections between 2013 and 2018.
-Crashes at signalized intersection resulted in 68 out of the 327 (21%) recorded pedestrian fatalities on New Jersey state highways during this five year period.
-The problem is worth exploring along the entire state highway system. 73 different state highways recorded at least one pedestrian crash at a signalized intersection ― 60 of these highways had more than one crash. Pedestrian fatalities occurred at a signalized intersection on 32 different state highways ― 14 of these highways had more than one pedestrian fatality.
-In terms of focused study, the state highways with the most pedestrian crashes at signalized intersections are shown in Table 1. The state highways with the most pedestrian fatalities at signalized intersections are show in Table 2.

Table 1 - Top Five NJ State Highways for Pedestrian Crashes at Signalized Intersections (2013-2017)

Rank State Highway # of Pedestrian Crashes
1 NJ 27 103
2 US 1 65
3 US 130 59
4 NJ 35 57
5 (tie) US 9 47
5 (tie) NJ 21 47

Table 2 - Top Five NJ State Highways for Pedestrian Fatalities at Signalized Intersections (2013-2017)

Rank State Highway # of Pedestrian Fatalities
1 (tie) US 1 8
1 (tie) US 130 8
2 NJ 27 6
3 US 30 4
4 (tie) NJ 440 3
4 (tie) NJ 36 3
4 (tie) NJ 38 3
4 (tie) NJ 47 3
5 (tie) US 22 2
5 (tie) US 9 2
5 (tie) NJ 70 2
5 (tie) NJ 37 2
5 (tie) NJ 73 2
5 (tie) NJ 21 2

Data Source: NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety Numetric Crash Analysis Tool

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NJ needs more 10 hour Truck parking In Reserve

There is a law that truck drivers may not drive more than 14 hours in a 24 hour period, causing a 10 hour parking need. When drivers are tired they may be dangerous drivers, so 10 hour parking is needed for long distance truck drivers. Recent articles lamented the lack of enough 10 hour parking spaces, so truck drivers lose time (sometimes hours) looking for parking and sometimes end up on unsuitable roads while trying... more »

Idea Submitted by Nicole Einthoven

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

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

Safety: by helping truckers find 10 hour parking before they get sleepy.
Economic: It can help the economy because with ample 10 hour parking, the truckers can make progress delivering their goods rather than spend time looking to comply with the 10 hour law.

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Build a monorail over Rt 1 In Reserve

To reduce congestion, we can build a monorail over Rt 1 and other highly congested highways. This can be done within the existing right of way, possibly over the median. The end points need to connect to common destinations such as commuter parking lots, malls, airports, train stations, etc. It Is a big undertaking, but it can get cars off the road. And, of course it has to be terrorist-proof. The monorail can host... more »

Idea Submitted by Nicole Einthoven

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

benefits would be the same as for bus lines, NJ Transit, Light Rail, etc.

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Researching methods for lowering driver stress at Rest Areas In Reserve

Research has shown that exposure to nature has emotional and physical benefits. Exposure of as little as ten to fifteen minutes can help to lower blood pressure, elevate mood, lower cortisol levels, and have other physiological benefits. These benefits only increase with the prolonged exposure to not only large natural areas but even smaller simplistic natural settings and even technological simulations. Each rest stop,... more »

Idea Submitted by Jonathan Lahoda

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

Stress, anxiety, and fatigue are real factors in unsafe driving. With the increasing number of cars on the road and growing congestion these factors will only increase. By researching methods for lowering driver stress at rest areas we are helping to counteract these distractions and begin a growing movement to not only promote driver safety on the road but off of it too. By understanding what factors can help to reduce driver stress, we can begin to create a culture around driving in New Jersey that can become, over time, as ingrained in the driver's psyche as wearing a seat belt. Rest stops and pull off areas are only the beginning and stepping off point to conduct research that will benefit all drivers, whether directly or indirectly.

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New Jersey Real-Time Traffic Flow Data Integration In Reserve

New Jersey is part of the nationwide 511 traveler information system that provides real-time traffic information to the general public. NJDOT can provide travelers with real-time travel time and event information on NJ highways with probe travel time data from TRANSMIT, Inrix, and HERE and incidents and special events data from OpenReach. Furthermore, real-time XML data feeds can be accessed by public and private sector... more »

Idea Submitted by Peter Jin

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other Rutgers University

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

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

Including traffic flow data in real-time traffic management and traveler information system can provide NJDOT and the general public with more complete pictures of traffic conditions and data to support proactively rather than reactively congestion mitigation strategies. This outcome of the project can potentially maximize the values of the NJDOT's existing infrastructure investment on traffic detectors and build the foundation towards the integration of other emerging advanced traffic detection and management technologies and methods.

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Elevated Pedestrian Network In Reserve

In places where there is a large number of pedestrians crossing streets and navigating intersections, the amount of time given to pedestrian crossing time on traffic signals exacerbates an already overcrowded transportation system. When you have an area expanding in three dimensions, and a transportation system that is (including subways in with streets for simplicity) fixed in two dimensions, you have a system where... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

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

Pedestrian safety is always a concern. By removing pedestrians from intersections and removing the need for pedestrian vehicle interaction, it is better for both the pedestrians and vehicles.

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Integrating Real-Time Traffic Data with NJDOT Signal PerformanceMeasurement System In Reserve

The NJDOT is currently piloting the FHWA ATSPM (Advanced Traffic Signal Performance Measure) system with modifications made to take in the existing NJDOT InSync and SCATS controller data. The modifications addressed the limitations of the FHWA version of ATSPM system of only accepting data from high-resolution traffic signal controllers. However, there are still a significant number of existing NJDOT low-resolution signals... more »

Idea Submitted by Peter Jin

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

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

The outcome of the proposed research can help enhance and expand the capabilities of the NJDOT ATSPM system pilot system. The integration with real-time sensor data will provide NJDOT arterial management crew with powerful tools for their real-time decision making to monitor, manage, and maintain NJDOT signal systems.

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STOP: Are disability roadway warning signs effective and safe for continued usage 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. Protecting these often... more »

Idea Submitted by Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT) & The Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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

The prevalence of these types of roadway warning signs are evident throughout New Jersey in both urban and suburban locales, with families of persons with disability often encouraged to advocate for the sign placement in their respective community. However, are these signs effective in terms of meeting desired roadway safety goals? Does the presence of such signage influence driver speed and/or crash rates? Currently, these vital findings are unknown, yet disability-specific traffic/roadway warning signs continue to be utilized throughout New Jersey. A study evaluating the effectiveness of these warning signs should be prioritized, as findings will benefit all roadway users, persons with disability, as well as New Jersey policy makers, legislators, and medical and transportation professionals. Further, due to the lack of research on this topic, findings will also benefit state departments of transportation and safety professionals nationwide seeking to achieve safer, more accessible roadways for all users.

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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 »

Idea Submitted by Rosanne Fairbanks

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

Construction of a safe walkway is a priority as it will save lives first and foremost but it also will provide a better link to businesses and commerce on both sides of the highway. Residents with children may be able to safely take their children for a walk in the park along the river. Businesses in the Lalor Market will also benefit as more customers will surely frequent the stores in the plaza as well as the restaurants in the that area. It will be a win win and money well spent.

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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 »

Idea Submitted by site.admin2

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Transportation Operations Systems & Support

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

It would be a great benefit for New Jersey to look into the implementation and operation practices currently being used by some of the states that have automated systems, including Washington, Oregon, and Virginia. Should the state be interested in shifting from a manual system to hybrid or automated and/or expanding the use of VSL systems on other roads that have high rates of incidents during inclement weather, study and information gathering from these states could be of a great benefit.

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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 »

Idea Submitted by site.admin2

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

As of the EDC-4 Progress Report #3 released in summer 2018, NJDOT is in the demonstration phase of ATSPMs, installing the technology on Route 202 and evaluating the performance measures it can provide. According to the report, the agency is looking to institutionalize the system throughout the state, with a goal of local agencies developing traffic signal management plans.

With this goal in mind, a study of the agencies that have pioneered the technology can be of use to NJDOT. By conducting an analysis in coordination with UDOT, GDOT, and other early adopters, a report can be developed in order to streamline the integration of the technology statewide. Ideal outcomes of a report would include practical guidance on using the technology day-to-day to identify hardware and timing issues, best practices for wider adoption, and potential roadblocks to implementation and how to mitigate them.

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Grade Crossing Safety In Reserve

Research will be conducted on counter measures by incident and grade crossing type that have been implemented and successfully reduced crashes and incidents at grade crossings throughout the country. Working with the NJ TRANSIT Planning and Engineering Departments, a list and map of grade crossings that are used by NJ TRANSIT will be provided to support this work. Statistical and other safety data provided by NJ TRANSIT... more »

Idea Submitted by Susan O'Donnell

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Jim Merritts, NJT Acting Chief of Office of System Safety

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

The safety of our customers and crews is a top priority at NJ TRANSIT. Identifying and prioritizing the grade crossings with the most crashes and developing concept plans for improvements that can be implemented will help improve safety and having concept plans will allow us to work jointly with roadway owners and communities to see that the improvements are implemented.

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