Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Collaboration Community

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Bureau of Research staff works directly with university and other research professionals to find solutions to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of New Jersey’s residents, workers, visitors and businesses. Our goal is to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.

NJDOT’s Bureau of Research is interested in soliciting ideas from NJDOT’s research customers and other transportation stakeholders for the NJDOT Research Program.   We are interested in your research ideas – particularly, ideas that can turn problems into solutions that can be implemented.  We use this website to gather and share ideas as a first step in the development of fundable research proposals. 

Register to Participate. Registered participants can log in to submit a new idea, comment on submitted ideas, or vote on the ideas to show your support.  You may submit ideas at any time. Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

Deadline for Next Research Round.  The deadline date for submission of new research ideas to help inform the next round of research RFPs is December 31, 2018. Research ideas will be prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee after this date, and high priority research needs will be posted as proposals.  RFPs will be posted on the research RFP web site: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/research/research_procurement.shtm.

Who Can Submit a Research Idea?  NJDOT’s research customers and other interested transportation practitioners (e.g., MPOs, county and local governments, and other transportation subject matter experts from trade, universities and NGOs).  Our interest is in soliciting research ideas to address critical existing and emerging transportation needs in New Jersey.

Who Are NJDOT’s Research Customers?  Subject matter experts from NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission are most often our research customers. Research ideas typically must have a "champion" among our research customers. Ideally, a "champion" is an individual holding a responsible position within a division, bureau, section or unit who is prepared to sponsor or advance a research idea from its inception to study completion. 

How Do Ideas Inform Research Needs Statement Development?  Ideas are not research needs statements or proposals. Submission of a research idea does not preclude individuals or groups from Institutes of Higher Learning or other eligible research organizations from subsequently bidding on a Request for Proposal prepared and issued by the Bureau of Research. 

How Do I Submit an Idea?  Only registered participants may submit an idea.  Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.

What Happened to My Idea? Ideas submitted in 2017 have been archived.  Several of these ideas have contributed to the development of RFPs, or are in the pipeline for the issuance of an RFP, or have been distributed to the appropriate research customer (i.e., agency, division, or unit) for consideration through other means. Other ideas may not have found their champion, or were not prioritized for funding.  Previously submitted ideas can be posted again.  We continue to encourage submission of new ideas.

Questions about How to Register?  Please email our site administrator: ideas@njdottechtransfer.net

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For more information about NJDOT Bureau of Research, visit our website: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/research/

Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website?   Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 530-5966.

Planning & Environment

Submitted by (@wzhang81)

Drone-based hyperspectral imaging technique for monitoring plastic pollution

We often see plastic bags or other garbage hanging on trees, along the roadside, slipping down the storm drain, and floating in the ocean. There are over 51 billion pieces of litter on our nation’s roadways, 4.6 billion of which are larger than four inches in size. Plastics takes 19 % of 51.2 billion pieces of litter on roadways nationwide. 1.4 billion beverage containers on our nation’s roadways: Beer bottles: 30%; Soft ...more »

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14 votes
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Design and Construction

Submitted by (@haowang)

Improved Climate Inputs for Pavement Design in New Jersey

Environmental conditions have significant effects on performance of both flexible and rigid pavements. In the current AASHTO Pavement ME, an Enhanced Integrated Climatic Model (EICM) uses climatic data to simulate internal pavement temperature, moisture, and freeze-thaw conditions as a function of time. EICM requires historical records of five weather-related parameters reported on an hourly basis: air temperature, precipitation, ...more »

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4 votes
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Planning & Environment

Submitted by (@gary.vetro)

Interference Channel for Dampening of Large Ocean Waves

When facing large ocean waves such as storm surges or tsunamis, there is little that can protect against the damage they cause. I am proposing to study the construction of a channel to separate out a portion of the incoming waves, alter the timing of their arrival and recombine them to cause interference that will dampen the strength of the incoming waves. This concept is done in the study of light. Physicists use ...more »

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3 votes
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Design and Construction

Submitted by (@rickyrab)

How to fix the Portal Bridge and other possible single points of failure?

The Portal Bridge, an important commuter rail bridge connecting New Jersey to the hub of New York City, is a vital component of our transportation system. When it gets stuck, commuters get delayed, complaints go up, and satisfaction with NJ TRANSIT services go down. Underfunding has delayed a bridge repair or replacement, and it may be worthwhile to look into ways of funding and creating a repair/replacement for the Portal ...more »

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3 votes
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Planning & Environment

Submitted by (@gary.vetro)

Mitigation of Heat Islands

In the science of global warming, there is a term I have learned called, "Heat Island." It is where the large areas of dark surfaces, and heat generating facilities in cities creates a bubble of artificially high temperature; an island of heat. As reported in the article located at the link below, there is a viable solution coming out of Los Angeles. They are coating their streets in a light colored asphalt based sealant ...more »

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3 votes
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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Submitted by (@gary.vetro)

New Transit Model Needed

The classic model of a train stopping at different stations along its track is no longer feasible in a state as densely populated as New Jersey. Technology is now at a point where we can adopt a model that has been suggested for decades in different forms, but until recently, it was not technologically feasible. The electric car model of having the batteries and motors built into the floor of the vehicle would allow ...more »

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2 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Submitted by (@meegoda)

Impact of State Aid on Local Roads

Renovation of local roads should depend primarily on the condition state of roads, and secondarily on traffic volume. However, those two important criteria are ignored by local governments while prioritizing roads for repairing upon receiving the state aid. State leverages local funds to renovate or resurface the roads with pedestrian paths and bike lanes. As a result, roads receiving state aid are only renovated or ...more »

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2 votes
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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Submitted by

Connection and Expansion of the Newark Light Rail with Existing Rail Infrastructure

Utilizing the existing rail infrastructure of the surrounding urban-suburban areas, connect the Newark Light rail with points north. Using a defunct section of the Erie R.R along the north section of Branch Brook Park to connect the existing Newark Light Rail to a portion of the Norfolk and Southern that runs along the Passaic River. Connecting to the Norfolk and Southern owned portion would further connect the system ...more »

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2 votes
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Traffic & Safety

Submitted by

SmartPath

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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2 votes
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Operations & Preservation

Submitted by (@gary.vetro)

Self-Healing Concrete as a Corrosion Preventative on Steel Structures

The universities of Binghamton and Rutgers are studying the use of a fungus to create a self-healing concrete. While the study still has to investigate the effect on key traits such as strength, I believe that the corrosion prevention aspect could be utilized in absence of the resolution of these issues. By coating a steel structure in a couple of inches of self-healing concrete that will continuously heal ...more »

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1 vote
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Traffic & Safety

Submitted by (@rickyrab)

Railroad Trespasser Sensors

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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1 vote
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Multi-Modal System Components and Users

Submitted by (@rachel)

Comprehensive Study of Newark Light Rail Transit

There are three Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in New Jersey: Hudson Bergen, Riverline and Newark. During the past decades or so, various studies on ridership, economic and TOD issues have taken places along HBLRT and Riverline while the oldest LRT in New Jersey, Newark Subway, has been chugging along without much systematic evaluation. Given the newly reinvigorated interests and revitalization effort in the City of ...more »

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