Build a Better Mousetrap Competition 2020

People involved in the transportation industry often find better ways to do their jobs. Whether it’s a new gadget that improves the quality and safety of a project, or an innovative process that reduces costs and improves efficiency, it is typically the people on the front lines who discover the latest and best practices!

Now is the time to share those new ideas with others in New Jersey’s Build a Better Mousetrap Competition.

We are looking for submissions from employees of local or state public agencies (municipalities, counties, parks commissions, NJ Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT) who have created innovative solutions to problems or found better ways of doing things. The best ideas from around the state will be gathered and judged using a 5-point rating system (cost, benefits to the community, ingenuity, ease of transferability, and effectiveness.)

Based on these criteria, a state winner will be selected from all of the local public agency entries, and that entry will be elevated to the National Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

This competition is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration’s Local Technical Assistance Program and Tribal Technical Assistance Program, and winners will be announced at the annual National LTTAP/TTAP Conference in July 2020. A state winner will also be selected from the NJDOT/NJT entries for the 2020 NJDOT Innovator Award, to be presented at the Annual NJDOT Research Showcase in October.

Want to learn more about past winners? See Share Your Ideas – Build a Better Mousetrap.

Ready to Enter?

If you have something you think would qualify for this competition, submit your entry by July 1 (local agency) or August 15 (state agency).

Please include a photo(s) or sketch of your project with submission.

Remember, this competition is open to employees of any local, county, or state  public agency, including New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT. Two winners will be selected; one for the best local agency and another for the NJDOT/NJT Submission.

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