The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its Winter Meeting. The meeting began with FHWA and NJDOT providing a recap of the Every Day Counts Round 5 (EDC-5) Regional Summit. FHWA's Innovation Coordinator & Performance Manager provided a brief overview of the EDC-5 Initiatives. New Jersey along with all other states assessed its current efforts and set goals for implementation of the EDC-5 Initiatives for the next two year period, ending in December 2020 with reference to five stages of innovation.
EDC-5 Innovation Initiatives and NJ’s Baseline and Goals, 2019-2020
|EDC-5 Initiative||Baseline: January 2019||Goal: December 2020||Comments|
|Advanced Geotechnical Exploration Methods||Demonstration||Institutionalized||With proposed activities expect to move it forward to institutionalized|
|Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)||Demonstration||Demonstration||EDC-4 carryover|
|Reducing Rural Roadway Departures||Development||Demonstration||New initiative under EDC-5|
|Project Bundling||Institutionalized||Institutionalized||Part of NJDOT toolbox|
|Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)||Assessment||Institutionalized||EDC-4 carryover|
|Use of Crowdsourcing to Advance Operations||Institutionalized||Institutionalized||Part of NJDOT toolbox|
|Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)||Assessment||Institutionalized||NJDOT has been a national leader with many advancements planned|
|Value Capture||Not implementing||Not implementing||Not formally advanced by STIC|
|Virtual Public Involvement||Not implementing||Not implementing||Not formally advanced by STIC. Agencies may be making use of this initiative.|
|Notes: Not Implementing: State is not currently using the innovation anywhere in the state; Development: State is collecting guidance and best practices and building support with stakeholders and partners and developing an implementation process; Demonstration: The State is piloting and testing the innovation; Assessment: The State is assessing the performance of and process for carrying out the innovation and making adjustments to prepare for full deployment; Institutionalized: The State has adopted the innovation as a standard process or practice and uses it regularly on projects.|
Presentations from the three Core Innovation Area (CIA) Teams -- Safety, Infrastructure Preservation, and Mobility and Operations -- highlighted what has already been accomplished (in prior rounds of EDC Rounds 1 through 4) and further described how NJDOT plans to accomplish the goals for EDC-5 Initiatives.
Participants were informed about the availability of innovative funding programs through FHWA's Center for Accelerating Innovative Programs to advance EDC-5 Initiatives and what New Jersey projects have already been funded through STIC Incentive Funding and the Accelerated Innovation Deployment Grant Programs. The meeting concluded with a roundtable discussion of the topics covered.
NJDOT will host the national STIC meeting on April 11, 2019.
Forthcoming NJ STIC meetings are scheduled for: May 7, August 8, and November 19, 2019.