Tech Talk! Micromobility’s Launch in NJ and Beyond

This Tech Talk Event will explore the current state of micromobility as a shared transport option in the U.S. and highlight recent research on cities that have begun to develop and/or refine policies for their bike-share and e-scooter programs. In NJ, Hoboken and Asbury Park have been on the leading edge by piloting micromobility programs. Speakers will discuss each city’s experiences with bike-share and the introduction of e-scooters, as well as the demographics of usage, user satisfaction, and community receptivity. The panel will explore the nuts and bolts and the challenges of ramping up shared mobility options including: needed infrastructure improvements; marketing and education to attract users and promote safety; law enforcement; and staffing, funding and revenue sharing arrangements with selected providers.

SPEAKERS
  • Charles T. Brown, Senior Researcher, Rutgers – Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Ryan Sharp, Director of Transportation & Parking, City of Hoboken
  • Mike Manzella, Director of Transportation, City of Asbury Park
DATE & TIME

Thursday, February 20, 2020
1:30-3:30 PM

LOCATION

NJ DOT Headquarters
Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625

REGISTER

This is a free event, but you must register to attend.  Click here to register:

https://techtalk-micromobility.eventbrite.com

21st Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, gave opening remarks.

David C. Woessner, Executive VP, LM Industries + Local Motors gave Keynote Address.

Panelists discussed how innovations in connectivity can improve safety, equity, and mobility.

The 21st Annual New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves to highlight the benefits of transportation research, including NJDOT's own research program. As part of the event, various awards were presented for implementation-minded research, innovation, and outstanding work performed by university students studying in a transportation-related field.

The day's Research Showcase Program included a plenary morning session with welcoming remarks, a keynote speaker and a knowledgeable panel of industry, university and NJDOT representatives offering their perspectives and fielding questions on how innovations in connectivity today and in the future may affect safety, mobility and equity.  The afternoon included several rounds of breakout sessions on innovation, safety, equity and mobility as well as a poster session.

NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, provided opening remarks along with the Federal Highway Administration's Assistant Division Administrator in New Jersey, Valeriya Remezova.

The morning's featured keynote speaker was David C. Woessner, an Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and External Affairs, at LM Industries + Local Motors.  His presentation included an overview of his firm's products, markets and initiatives and its orientation toward addressing the big challenges in the adoption of technology solutions to improve mobility.

His talk included an overview of the research, development and testing of Olli, a Low-Speed Autonomous Vehicle Platform, and the use of 3D printing for its production. During his talk, Mr. Woessner touched upon his firm's testing and validation activities deploying a shared autonomous vehicle (AV) in a controlled environment and preparing a Voluntary Safety Self Assessment (VSSA) in response to the U.S. DOT's voluntary guidance on automated driving systems.

Ollli is being deployed in campus-like settings including entertainment venues.

In discussing mobility challenges, he explained the long-term vision for deployment of shared autonomous vehicles as a last-mile/first mile connector service with transit nodes, and as an on-demand micro-transit solution to maximize service coverage and serve traditionally underserved populations such as persons with disabilities, the poor or others who live in transit "deserts" who may be inadequately served by existing fixed route transit routes.  However, at the current stage of design and testing, Olli is well-positioned for deployment in more controlled campus environments -- for example,  university campuses,  business and industrial parks, military bases, municipalities, entertainment and theme parks, private residential communities, and airports.  As the market matures and as testing and validation warrants, the expectation is that Olli will transition from private campuses to public roads.

During the event, several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners recognized at this year's showcase:

  • 2019 NJDOT Research Implementation Award - Peramulsamy N. Balagauru, Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Protocol for Accepting Over Paint on Steel. The Research Advisory Committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected this NJDOT project as one of 16 high-value research projects for 2019 in the category of Smart Maintenance and Preservation earlier in the year.
  • 2019 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap (BABM) Award - The 2019 BABM Award was given for a Bridge Fender Navigation Lighting Reflective Backup System to Gerald Oliveto in NJDOT Operations Support and Engineering. Retroreflective panels were installed on NJDOT bridges in navigable waters to better identify bridge piers and serve as a backup system for navigation lighting.  The backup system avoids the burden of potential fines for malfunctioning navigation lighting and additional costs for emergency work orders and overtime repairs to the bridge fender navigation lighting system.  The panels provide an enhanced safety feature to the maritime community by allowing for increased visibility of the bridge fender systems and can safely identify the channel margins should navigation lighting malfunction.  The low cost application can be transferred to any other agency with bridges spanning navigable waterways; such as NJ Transit, counties, port authorities/commissions, and other state DOTs.
  • 2019 Best Poster Award - Xiao Tan, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 2019 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award - Daniel Offenbacker, Rowan University

Those in attendance were also informed of recent awards given to NJDOT in recognition of initiatives in research and innovation.  Presented by Ms. Remezova of FHWA, the awards were given for the AASHTO 2019 Sweet 16 High Value Research Award and for AASHTO 2019 State Transportation Innovative Council (STIC) Excellence Award.

The 21st Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are presentations and posters from the afternoon breakout sessions.  All the files below are in PDF.

Accepting the Better Mousetrap Award, Gerald Oliveto, Operations Support and Engineering. with Assistant Commissioners Michael Russo, Andrew Tunnard, and Bureau of Research Manager, Amanda Gendek

Poster Award Recipient Xiao Tan, Improving Bridge Performance Using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP), Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) and Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC)

2019 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award, Daniel Offenbacker, Rowan University

 

2019 NJDOT Research Implementation Award, Peramulsamy N. Balagauru, Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Protocol for Accepting Over Paint on Steel.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
INNOVATION

EQUITY AND MOBILITY

SAFETY

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Tech Talk! Green Infrastructure in Transportation

Welcome to the NJDOT Bureau of Research Tech Talk!

NJDOT Bureau of Research Tech Talk!

The NJDOT Bureau of Research hosted a half-day Tech Talk! Event, Green Infrastructure in Transportation, that highlighted examples of transportation-related green infrastructure projects that have been planned and implemented for stormwater management and flood protection. The event included speakers from state DOTs, county and local governments, the consulting engineering sector and the policy advocacy community.  The speakers reflected a multi-disciplinary orientation of engineering, planning and environmental science specializations. Their talks touched upon both planning and project implementation activities at the state and local levels that have been undertaken in response to the increasing intensity and frequency of severe weather events and subsequent flooding. Registration was full for this half-day event held in the NJDOT Multipurpose Room on June 5, 2019.

Representatives of New Jersey, Maine and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation presented Stormwater Best Management Practices to control and treat highway and parking lot runoff. Local agencies in Passaic County and the City of Hoboken presented their priority strategies and actions for addressing stormwater management through the adoption and implementation of Green Infrastructure Strategic Plans. A representative of New Jersey Future, a statewide non-profit advocacy organization that promotes smart growth policies, discussed opportunities to advance green streets throughout New Jersey.

Sandra Blick, P.E., NJDOT, Bureau of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Solutions

Sandra Blick, P.E., NJDOT, Bureau of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Solutions

Sandra Blick, P.E., NJDOT, Bureau of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Solutions.  Ms. Blick provided key background definitions for green infrastructure, descriptions of the elements of green infrastructure, and a brief history of green infrastructure in New Jersey related to state standards, testing and design criteria, and proposed NJDEP rule changes. She also discussed NJDOT’s implementation of green infrastructure best management practices over the past decade, including bio-retention basins and swales, constructed wetlands, infiltration basins, and porous sidewalks, among others. Ms. Blick noted that green infrastructure for roadways involves complex design and construction and requires intensive maintenance. She emphasized that these strategies only work if the water treatment processes continue to function.

Brian Luce, P.E., Maine Department of Transportation, Pavement Quality and Design

Brian Luce, P.E., Maine Department of Transportation, Pavement Quality and Design

Brian Luce, P.E., Maine Department of Transportation, Pavement Quality and Design. Mr. Luce described MaineDOT’s experience with installation of porous asphalt pavement on Maine Mall Road and at the International Marine Terminal (IMT) in Portland, Maine. He described the initial design and construction in 2009 of porous asphalt on Maine Mall Road, a relatively high-traffic segment of roadway, and current road conditions. His talk touched upon the success and durability of the project along with some lessons learned in select distressed sections due to sub-optimal temperatures during construction and the tracking of sands and salts onto porous sections that require patching. Mr. Luce noted that the success of the Maine Mall installation gave Maine DOT the confidence that a similar porous pavement structure could work for a chassis yard pavement project at the IMT to filter pollutants in stormwater runoff before it entered a nearby waterbody. After installation, a storm event provided evidence of the pavement’s effectiveness.  However, a subsequent review of the IMT revealed some raveling at joints and in isolated areas, most likely due to cold air and base temperatures during construction, as well as cooler mix temperatures due to a long haul to the site. The repair techniques that were subsequently required at the IMT site offered lessons, Mr. Luce observed, potentially applicable to the Maine Mall Road when repair and replacement of porous structures are needed.

Edwina Lam, P.E., AECOM

Edwina Lam, P.E., AECOM

Elaine Elbich, P.E., Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Edwina Lam, P.E., AECOM. In their presentation, “21st Century Stormwater Management: Designing and Building Gray and Green Infrastructure on I-95,” Ms. Elbich and Ms. Lam discussed this highway reconstruction project that slices through Philadelphia along the Delaware River. In addition to designing for stormwater best management practices, they sought to improve waterfront access, lighting, and access to usable green spaces, and described solutions in response to challenges in this urban environment, such as right-of-way, contaminated soils, historic properties, underground utilities, and maintenance. The presenters described the Sustainable Action Committee, formed to coordinate decision-making among agencies and ensure integration of stakeholder and community needs in the design and planning process. Their talk also highlighted the value of an ongoing and productive partnership with Villanova University in providing critical research on the performance of green infrastructure solutions such as rain gardens off an elevated highway as part of their stormwater management solutions. Ms. Lam described the primary stormwater management elements, and the materials and extensive planting involved.

Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works

Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works

Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works. Ms. Perry presented on “GREEN and Complete Streets: Designing Streets for People, Cars, AND Stormwater.” She introduced the New Jersey Future’s New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit and presented several examples of green infrastructure implementation in New Jersey communities, and potential sites for implementation. She noted that the publication, Complete & Green Streets for All, currently being circulated in draft form, provides a model policy and guide for local agencies for planning and implementing Complete Streets that incorporate green street features. Ms. Perry suggested that NJDOT could support green infrastructure by adding green streets into the state’s Complete Streets policies and programs, prioritizing green streets through the Local Aid grant program, partnering with local agencies on demonstration projects, and integrating green streets into the NJDOT Roadway Design Manual.

Jason Miranda, Passaic County Department of Planning & Economic Development

Jason Miranda, Passaic County Department of Planning & Economic Development

Jason Miranda, Passaic County Department of Planning & Economic Development.  After highlighting the benefits of green infrastructure, Mr. Miranda spoke about the County’s recently undertaken planning process that preceded the adoption of the green stormwater infrastructure element of the Passaic County Master Plan. He discussed the County’s Stormwater Management Guidance Manual and Green Streets Guidelines as key parts of this Master Plan element. Mr. Miranda provided an example of a green streets initiative, the Haledon Avenue Green Streets Pilot Project in the City of Paterson. The County is working on a monitoring plan to evaluate the project and is working with community groups to ensure maintenance. The County has formed a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Committee to identify future projects.

Caleb Stratton, AICP, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken

Caleb Stratton, AICP, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken

Caleb Stratton, AICP, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken.  In his presentation, “Infrastructure as Adaptation,” Mr. Stratton discussed the storm events that resulted in extensive flooding in Hoboken and propelled the development of a citywide Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan to manage stormwater. He emphasized the importance of leveraging funding for road resurfacing and lighting projects to acquire funding to implement green infrastructure projects and mentioned how Hoboken has effectively worked with the state’s infrastructure bank. Hoboken’s green infrastructure strategy defines green infrastructure techniques that address retention, detention, and infiltration in specific areas of the city. He showed examples of rain gardens, pervious pavement, bio-swales, cisterns, and other infrastructure that have been implemented in the city.  This included visualization and photos of green street elements incorporated into street design improvements on First Street and Washington Street to address stormwater. He also referred to the city’s ongoing development of the Hoboken Street Design Guide to guide design and construction of Complete Streets and green streets.

The presenters made several additional points in response to audience questions and comments.

  • The market is driving public/private partnerships that support green infrastructure. In Philadelphia, a development corporation is working with PennDOT to make it easier for people to access the waterfront. The agency is also working with various entities in communities along the project corridor.
  • It is often difficult to determine which green infrastructure alternatives to use but industry is learning. Speakers agreed that green infrastructure will not be the solution in all situations; these projects must pass the benefit/cost test.
  • Green infrastructure installations make extensive use of plant material, at times unsuccessfully due to the effects of contaminants. Research is continuing in order to determine which plants will stand up to the absorption of contaminants, in particular road salts.
  • Planners need to be aware of where water is going once it is collected via stormwater management techniques. Speakers cautioned that water cleaned through such a system may migrate to a contaminated zone.
  • The speakers noted that green infrastructure is increasingly discussed, but implementation varies depending on the capabilities of the transportation agency or engineering firm. The proposed NJDEP rule changes that require inclusion of green infrastructure in future development projects will lead to broader awareness and implementation through the state.
Resources

Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit

Green Infrastructure Element of the Passaic County Master Plan

Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan

New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

New Jersey Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide

Philadelphia Innovates on Green Infrastructure (Click here to watch video)

Sandra Blick described elements in NJDOT”s green infrastructure toolbox and emphasized that successful Green Infrastructure requires that treatment processes function after implementation.

Maine DOT’s Brian Luce described the design, performance and lessons learned from installation of porous pavements on Maine Mall Road and at intermodal terminal facility.

Kandyce Perry of NJ Future, a statewide advocacy organization, offered recommendations on how NJDOT could advance green streets into its policies, programs and projects.

Edwina Lam and Elaine Elbich highlighted many of the lessons learned from the integration of green infrastructure design elements into the reconstruction of I-95 in an urban section of Philadelphia.

Caleb Stratton, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Hoboken, recounted how the commuity is using a City-Wide Green Infrastructure Strategy to prepare for future weather events like Hurricane Irene.

Jason Miranda, Senior Planner for Passaic County, NJ, detailed the process and results of their Green Stormwater Infrastructure Element & Green Streets Pilot Project

2019 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Discussion

Below you can view 2019 presentations and session notes provided by NJDOT staff who attended the 98th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is grouped by their bureau or unit. Click on the image in each section to view the slides. You can also download the entire set of presentations here: 2019 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Slides (9 MB). The TRB AMOnline portal provides access to all available TRB papers, presentation slides, and visual aids.

I. Introduction to TRB

A summary of the Annual TRB Meeting, along with the presenters represented.

II. Statewide Planning

• Performance Management
• Federal TPM Structure
• De-carbonizing Transportation
• Equity in Pedestrian Planning
• Shared Mobility

III. Environmental Resources

Integrating Extreme Weather Resilience Into Transportation Asset Management (Session 1713):

• FHWA Pilot Overview
• New Jersey's Approach
• Case Study Area
• Linking Extreme Weather and Asset Management
• Top Project Findings - Results

IV. Transportation Systems Operations & Support

• Artificial-Intelligence-Aided Automated Detection of Railroad Trespassing
• Task Force on Transit Safety Meeting
• St. Paul, Minnesota – Vehicle x Pedestrian Accident Prevention
• Best Practices and Techniques for Clearing Various Interchange and Intersection Configurations
• Clear Roads Winter Maintenance Pooled Fund
• Impact of Utilizing CEI Consultants on Highway Construction Project Cost and Schedule Performance

V. Transportation Mobility

• Examining the Disruptive Forces Facing DOTs
• Expanding and Enhancing the Capabilities of Traffic Management System
• Today’s Teen, Tomorrow’s Transportation Professional: Adapting and Preparing for the Future of Work
• A National Dialogue on Highway Automation: Advancing the Conversation
• Automated Vehicles (AV) 3.0
• Knowledge Management
• Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies
• Shared Mobility, Ride hailing and Emerging Transportation Trends
• Intelligent Transportation System Project Updates-International
• Visibility of Signs and Roadway Markings: LiDAR-based Assessment of Highway Traffic Sign Visibility
• Speed Limits 2019: Current Perceptions, Technologies, and the Future
• State DOT Innovation Programs: Identifying New Technologies and Practices from the Front Lines
• Connected Vehicles Pilots: Lessons Learned

VI. Bureau of Statewide Strategies

• Making Asset Management the New Normal: Moving from Implementation to Integration
• Transportation Asset Management Committee
• Emerging Asset Management Tools, Techniques, and Performance Measures
• Operations Resilience: How to Keep Operating When the Sh*t Hits the Fan
• Integrating Extreme Weather Resilience into Transportation Asset Management
• Knowledge Management Task Force
• Visualization in Transportation Committee
• Connected and Automated Vehicles
• Pricing in an Evolving Mobility Ecosystem
• Best Papers from the 2018 Access Management Conference
• Advancing Community Vitality with 21st Century Mobility
• International Programs on Road Vehicle Automation
• Connected Vehicle Pilots: Lessons Learned

VII. Local Aid & Economic Development

• Facilitating Equitable Outcomes: The Intersection Between Public Engagement & Equity in Transportation
• Strategies to Enhance Public Involvement
• Transportation & Public Health

VIII. Civil Rights & Affirmative Action

• Successful DBEs
• Commercial Useful Function
• Safety and Health in Environmental Justice Communities
• Study: Documenting Transportation Inequities
• National Environmental Policy Act Documentation Effects of Current Presidential Executive Orders
• NEPA Updates
• The Equity Equation: Meaningful and Innovative Strategies That Define and Address Unmet Needs in Under-served Communities
• Sub-committee on Environmental Justice

IX. Bureau of Structural Engineering

• Resilience, Safety, and Security of Bridges and Tunnels: US and International Topics
• Latest Innovations in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)
• General Structures Committee, Traffic Structures Subcommittee, Steel Bridges Committee, Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges Committee, Accelerated Bridge Construction Committee
• AASHTO COBS / FHWA Structures Collaboration
• Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Addresses “Our Transportation Future"
• FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBP)
• Advances in Structural Engineering: Bridges and Ancillary Structures
• Advances in Seismic Bridge Analysis and Design

X. Bureau of Research

• The Innovation Culture: Building New Bridges Between Research and Practice
• Asphalt Concrete Cracking: Testing, Modeling, and Field Studies
• U.S. DOTs Safety Data Initiative: Visualizing and Using Data for Safety
• State DOT Innovation Programs: Identifying New Technologies and Practices from the Front Lines
• Visibility of Signs and Roadway Markings
• Exhibits: Provide free training
• Beyond Research: From Innovation to Economic Growth
• No Boundaries Roadway Maintenance Practices
• Standing Committee on Polymer Concretes, Adhesives, and Sealers; Standing Committee on Concrete Bridges; Standing Committee on Corrosion
• Corrosion Protection of Metallic Structures and Marine
• Evaluation of Transportation Structures Using Non-Destructive Testing Methods

XI. NJDOT Research Library

• Workshop: Developing a Roadmap for Ecologically Sustainable Transportation
• Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) Subcommittee Meeting
• TRB Information Services Committee Meeting
• Workshop: The Long Engagement: From Writing Data Management Plans to Actually Managing Data
• Workshop: Knowledge Management 101: Strategies for Discovering the Best Fit for Your Organizational Needs
• Poster Session: Current Issues in Ecology and Transportation
• Poster Session: Making Transportation Research Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Through Libraries, Information, and Data
• Event: Developing Climate Adaptation Strategies That Address Ecological Concerns Associated with Transportation Facilities
• Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST) Committee Meeting

XII. Division of Multimodal Services

• Eye In The Sky – Use of Unmanned Aerial Technology
• Corridors and Freight Performance Measurements

Tech Talk! Data Visualization in Transportation: Communicating Transportation Findings and Plans

Communicating Transportation Findings and Plans: Charts, Renderings, and Interactive Visualizations

In November 2018, the NJDOT Bureau of Research hosted a half-day Tech Talk event, Data Visualization in Transportation, that highlighted recent research and examples of innovative data visualization methods used by state DOTs and MPOs.

The NJDOT Bureau of Research hosted a half-day Tech Talk event that highlighted research and featured innovative examples of data visualization methods in use by transportation agencies.  Five speakers discussed tools and resources that they use to create visualizations to connect with target audiences, and to provide information to their constituencies.  Select visualization tools in use by New Jersey's MPOs and innovative best practices being deployed at other State DOTs were featured.  Registration was full for the event which was held in the NJDOT Multipurpose Room on November 29, 2018.

Data visualization includes such applications as modeling, animation, simulation, and virtual reality. In 2006, through draft guidance for implementing provisions in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETY-LU), FHWA required states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to use visualization techniques in the development of transportation plans and programs to promote improved understanding on the part of the public, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders. Visualization applications allow planners, designers and engineers to communicate complex multidimensional information in a way that is comprehensible to a general audience in order to facilitate collaboration, resulting in more informed decisions, fewer delays, and more buy-in at each step of the design and project implementation processes. Visualizations can also improve understanding of the project among planners, designers, and engineers, improving cost effectiveness.

The first speaker, Nathan Higgins, is the author of Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies, the summary document from his research conducted for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Mr. Higgins’ presentation, “Data Visualization in Transportation: NJDOT,” discussed that written report and the associated website that provides guidance for the visualization process. He navigated the website to show examples of visualizations for transportation applications, chart types and software tools available, and data and style resources. He emphasized the importance of each visualization as a critical opportunity to communicate information, and noted that, although intensive work with data requires a specific skill set, visualizations are possible to create without elaborate tools and software.

Nathan Higgins, author of the NCHRP Report, Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies, shared examples of effective visualizations used by state DOTs and other transportation agencies. The project website is an informative resource for transportation professionals interested in honing their skills in communicating ideas to an audience through illustrations and visualizations.

Attendees learned how such tools and best practices can be used to foster more effective involvement with the public and an agency's various customers. In his presentation, “Visualizing Your Project,” Matt Taylor, PE, Alabama DOT described various visualization methods, with an emphasis on reality mesh, renderings, photomatching, and animation to create 3D environments that bring transportation projects to life. He noted that 80 percent of Alabama DOT’s data visualizations are used at public hearings to help stakeholders understand projects and how they will fit into the community. He provided several examples, including one of a Divergent Diamond Interchange which creates a traffic pattern that is unfamiliar to most drivers. He developed a visualization that helped to explain the new traffic flow. He noted that visualizations can provide models for contractors to use in planning, and can be useful for catching design problems. In response to a question, he noted that there are often multiple conceptualizations over the design life of a project, for example, to present all the alternatives for a transportation project, and the details needed to support a preferred alternative, or to model the construction stages.

Nicholas Johnson from Nevada DOT explained how visualizations, including virtual reality simulations, are being used to build awareness and foster support by illustrating how completed projects may function and be experienced by affected communities.

Nick Johnson, PE, PMP, CPM, Nevada DOT presented on “Interactive Visualization,” which he described as an emerging, virtual-reality-based mode for visualizing transportation projects. The Interactive Visualization innovation is a peer-selected focus innovation for the AASHTO Innovation Initiative, which seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology to accelerate adoption by agencies nationwide. Mr. Johnson discussed the value of this technology for assisting interested parties in understanding a transportation project during the public engagement process. His agency’s outreach events have featured simulations and virtual reality. Mr. Johnson gave an example of a Native American community that was concerned that a noise wall would block the rising sun from their view, preventing them from knowing the time for worship. The visualization alleviated the community’s objections by demonstrating that the sunrise would not be blocked by the wall. He emphasized the importance of visual communication to Millennials and GenXers.

In response to questions about the cost of creating visualizations, the speakers responded that cost depends on the project location, complexity, and the detail required to communicate needed information to the target audience. Speakers noted that their agencies have two to three full-time employees to work intensively with data to create databases and visualizations. A small Complete Streets project that is not very complex may take two weeks to finish and larger transportation projects may require multiple visualizations over the course of the planning and construction stages. Mr. Johnson’s public involvement events have offered an opportunity to use a driving simulator and Virtual Reality goggles, available through a contractor, to help immerse stakeholders in the experience of a proposed project.

Representatives from two of New Jersey’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations spoke about the data visualization tools that they have created and made available to local agencies to assist in planning. In his presentation “Web Maps, Open Data, and more!,” Christopher Pollard, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Council, described the data that the MPO has compiled for use in making regional planning decisions. He underscored the importance of accurate and reliable geospatial data as the basis for visualizations, and the MPO’s use of ESRI GIS mapping software to communicate this data. He discussed the datasets and interactive maps available to all the agency’s constituents, and provided detail on Travel Monitoring and Philly Freight Finder. He mentioned that the initial development of the data required a significant investment of time in order to make the data accessible. He added that the MPO will take on a limited number of data visualization projects needed by their constituents.

Gabrielle Fausel, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority presented on “Data Visualization in Transportation: GIS and Planning Tools at NJTPA,” and discussed NJTPA’s use of five visualization tools: ViZtools illustrates the various factors that support the Regional Transportation Plan; NOTIS shows how state and federal tax dollars are being invested in the transportation system in the NJTPA region; Freight Activity Locator provides an overview of goods movement activity in the region; County Profile Application, a mapping tool, provides county-level demographic data for the region; and Open Data Portal, which supplies publically available geospatial data. Ms. Fausel emphasized that the MPO made use of ESRI software that they had already purchased for other applications.

These speakers noted that they are always working to make the visualization process more efficient and enjoyable for the user. In response to an audience member’s question about how they deal with a tool that has incomplete or fuzzy data, they noted the need to: constantly update the data to look for the most complete information and to identify gaps; assess the data for reasonableness; request user feedback and provide references and disclaimers; and create visualizations of uncertainty in data. Before a tool is released to the public, there is internal testing, and a pilot test with a small external group. This is an iterative process, with trying and testing to develop useful tools.

Please see below for the presentations, as well as several simulation videos and links to data products that were presented during the event.

Resources

AASHTO Innovation Initiative, Interactive Visualization.

Alabama Department of Transportation Visualization Group.

Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies.

Presentations

Nathan Higgins, AICP, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Data Visualization in Transportation

Matt Taylor, PE, Alabama DOT, Visualizing Your Project

Nick Johnson, PE, PMP, CPM, AASHTO, Interactive Visualization

Christopher Pollard, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Council, Web maps, Open Data, and More!

Gabrielle Fausel, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Data Visualization in Transportation: GIS and Planning Tools at NJTPA

20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, delivered a keynote address that included remarks on innovation, noting the importance of fostering an organizational workplace culture that is conducive to risk-taking and learning from past mistakes to advance innovative solutions in transportation.

The morning's featured speakers included representatives of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation which funds "The Ray," an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in western Georgia. This highway segment is an ambitious proving ground for how the highways of the future can be free of carbon, waste, traffic and accidents. Highways currently dominate the American landscape, and design of “The Ray” is based on the belief that, with the adoption of the right technologies, highways can become models for environmentally and economically sustainable practices.  For example, in addition to leveraging solar power to contribute to the energy grid, the Ray is focused on demonstrating technologies that could decarbonize the highway system, such as harvesting wind energy created by heavy trucks and growing perennial wheat that sequesters carbon.  See this overview video about "The Ray."

During the event, several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners presented at this year's showcase:

  • 2018 NJDOT Research Implementation Award - Dr. John R. Schuring and Dr. Robert Dresnack (Scour Evaluation Model Implementation Phase)
  • 2018 Best Poster Award - Weina Meng (Stevens Institute of Technology for Design and Performance of Cost Effective UHPC for Transportation Infrastructure)
  • 2018 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap Award - Crew 333 (The Roncovitz Post Pusher & Post Pulller)
  • 2018 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award - Jingnan Zhao (Rutgers University)

The Build a Better a Mousetrap Award, for the Roncovitz Post Pusher and Post Puller, was given to NJDOT Crew 333 which devised a way to put posts in the ground without using a sledge hammer and pounding cap. The approach is a very efficient way to handle placement of post stubs while reducing the risk of injury.

The 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are some of the presentations and other information from the 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files below are in PDF.

20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

NJ Transportation Research Ideas

Capital Program Management

90 Minute Rule: Is It Time For A Change?

Planning, Multimodal and Grant Administration

Field Study on Removal of Dissolved Metals from Parking Lot Runoff by Catch-basin Filters Augmented with Media Containing Water Treatment Residuals

New Jersey Marine Channel Usage Research and Analysis

Evaluating the Impact of Activated Carbon on the Engineered Properties of Cement-Stabilized Contaminated Dredged Sediment

Go Bus: A Job Access Link

Transportation Operations Systems & Support

Analysis of Incident Injury Severity on NJ Roadways

Calibration / Development of Safety Performance Functions for New Jersey

Use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in Transportation Operations

Poster Presentations

Validation of Paratransit Skills Assessment for Using Paratransit Services

Design and Performance of Cost-Effective Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) for Transportation Infrastructure

Fiber Optic Sensors for Real-time Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure

Keynote from NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti

Allie Kelly, Executive Director of "The Ray"

Accepting the Better Mousetrap Award on behalf of Crew 333, James Nunn, Crew Supervisor and Ronald Dagostino with Assistant Commissioners Michael Russo and Andrew Tunnard

Audience members at the 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

Poster Award Recipient Weina Meng: Design and Performance of Cost-Effective Ultra-High Performance Concrete for Transportation Infrastructure

2018 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Discussion

Below you can view 2018 presentations and session notes provided by NJDOT staff who attended the 97th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is grouped by their bureau or unit. You can also download the entire set of presentations here: 2018 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Slides. The TRB AMOnline portal provides access to all available TRB papers and presentation slides and visual aids.

Introduction to TRB (326 KB, 11 slides)

Traffic Operations Notes (622 KB, 38 slides)

  • Automated Vehicles Symposium 2017 (Session 129)
  • Mobility of the Future Session (Session 203)
  • Regional Transportation Systems Management & Operations (RTSMO) Committee, Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group (AHB10)
  • After Hurricanes (Session 191)
  • Physical Security Sub-committee Meeting
  • CyberSecurity Sub-committee Meeting
  • Cybersecurity Challenges for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Fact vs. Myth (Session 592)
  • Maintenance and Operations Workforce: Assessing the Effects of Technology and Demographics (Session 285)
  • Diets, Diamonds, and Daring New Ideas for Intersections (Session 547)
  • Vision Zero Evaluation Workshop (Session 881)
  • Next Steps in Automated Vehicles
  • Advanced Traffic Signal Performance Measure (ATSPMs)
  • Innovation in Control Delay Calculation
  • Work Zone Lane Capacity (Session 451)
  • Proactive Signal Control Systems for Congestion Mitigation on Arterial

Notes from TRB Focus Area: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Statewide Planning Notes (2 MB, 63 slides)

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, which includes an overview of AV state legislation and developing a connected AV vision and notes on the following sessions:
    • Metropolitan Policy Considerations for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (Part 1) (Session 265)
    • Impacts of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation Forecasting and Planning (Session 271)
    • The Future of Transportation Infrastructure: What? Where? How? (Session 329)
    • Planning for a Future with Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (Session 406)
  • Smart Transportation: Getting Organized (Session 471)
  • International Progress Toward Vehicle-Highway Automation (Session 546)

Bureau of Research Notes (3.3 MB, 43 slides)

  • Optimizing Work Zone Lighting (Session 384)
  • Roundabout Topics: Safety, Design and Operations (Session 777)
  • Evaluation of different paints systems for over-coating exiting structural steel, Corrosion Committee (AHD45)
  • Vision Zero at a Crossroads: Identifying Challenges and Developing Partnerships to Eliminate Traffic Deaths in the United States (Session 477)
  • Competing Visions of Transportation’s Future (Session 268)
  • The Future of Transportation and Reliance on Knowledge Sharing Among Transportation Organizations (Session 461)
  • Humanizing Highway Landscape Design (Session 537)
  • Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse: Avoiding the Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations (Session 661)

Notes from TRB Session 777: Roundabout Safety, Design & Operations

Multimodal Notes (1.4 MB, 8 slides)

  • Aero Sessions:
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Session 237)
    • Stating the Initiative: Aviation Programs, Funding, Support, and Development Among States (Session 372)
    • Current Trends in Aviation System Planning: System Performance and Resiliency (Session 563)
    • Essential Elements for Airport Operations: Pavement Repair, Aircraft Arresting and Anti-Icing (Session 628)
  • Maritime Sessions:
    • Where to Go with Transportation Taxes? Past evidence and future visions (Session 260)
    • Emerging Technologies: The role of LIDAR and Unmanned Aerial Systems in supporting the transportation spatial information infrastructure (Session 263)
    • Transportation Agency Data Governance and Open Data Efforts (Session 337)
    • Freight Systems and Marine Transportation Work in Progress (Session 368)
    • Marine Safety and Human Factors Committee Meeting
    • A Comparison of Existing and Potential Ferry Services in Norway, Australia, and Washington, D.C. (Session 501)
    • Freight Day, Part 1: Making Short-Haul Intermodal Work (Session 504)
    • Improving Ferry Operations and Planning with Digital Information (Session 559)

 

Notes from TRB Session 598: Technological Advances in Road Ecology Science

Environmental Resources Notes (2 MB, 27 slides)

  • Climate Change Response: Where Are We Now and What Happens Next? (Session 331)
  • Environmental Justice AASHTO Community of Practice, TERI Database, EJ Courses
  • Decarbonization & Greenhouse Gas Reductions: Progress, Priorities, and Research Needs (Session 466)
  • Technological Advances in Road Ecology Science (Session 598)
  • What’s Hot in State DOTs (Session 342)
  • Increasing Infrastructure Resilience through Bioenhancement (Session 629)
  • Virtual or Augmented Reality (Session 205)

Civil Rights & Affirmative Action Notes (5.3MB, 48 slides)

  • Revenue and Finance: The Uncertainty of Funding
  • Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee
  • Community Impact Assessment Committee Meeting
  • DBE Program
  • The Interstate: Mitigating Past and Current Project Impacts (Session 269)

“Mending the Divide” — Notes from Session 269: The Interstate: Mitigating Past and Current Project Impacts

Capital Program Support Notes (2.5 MB, 11 slides)

  • Public Engagement for Crisis Situations (Session 157)
  • Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee
  • Planning Process and Environmental Justice (Session 805)
  • Joint Subcommittee on Community Impact Assessment

Structural Engineering Notes (740 KB, 7 slides)

  • Truck Size and Weight: What You Need to Know (Session 120)
  • Bridging the Gap Between Non-Destructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring (Session 164)

19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The theme for the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was “Innovation in Transportation Mobility” and the event provided an opportunity for NJDOT customers to learn more about ongoing research initiatives, technology transfer activities, and academic research being conducted by university research partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. Several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts, including: outstanding university student in  transportation award to a student involved with a NJDOT sponsored research project and an annual implementation award, among others.

Student researchers answer questions about their work

In addition to providing a glimpse into research projects funded by NJDOT, inspirational projects sponsored by other organizations are also invited for presentation. The Research Showcase included a general session in the morning featuring Jim Shurbutt, from FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research Program at Turner-Fairbank’s Highway Research Center as well as presentation that highlighted recent successes of NJDOT’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program including a NJDOT-sponsored UAS peer exchange. The day’s events included afternoon topical breakout sessions and a poster display area. The event was attended by 250 NJDOT, NJ Transit, MVC, FHWA, local government, consultant and academic representatives.

The 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was hosted by the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) on behalf of the event sponsors NJDOT Bureau of Research and the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are several presentations and other information from the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files listed below are in PDF.

Michael Russo, Assistant Commission, Capital Investment, Planning, and Grant Administration, and Amanda Gendek, Manager, Bureau of Research

19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

Keynote Presentation: The Exploratory Search for Innovation and Mobility (3 MB)
Jim Shurbutt, Exploratory Advanced Research Program Coordinator, FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Environment
Infrastructure

250 NJDOT, NJ Transit, MVC, FHWA, local government, consultant and academic representatives attended the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

Multimodal/ITS
Safety

 

 

18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

On behalf of the NJDOT Bureau of Research, the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP) at Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) invites NJDOT staff and customers to come learn about research and technology transfer activities being conducted by university research partners and their associates at the 18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. The Showcase took place on October 26, 2016.

The 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase will be held on October 25, 2017.

Below is a list of presentations from the 18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files listed below are in PDF.

Environment

Green Sorbent Media for Mitigation of Urban Road Runoff Pollution (3.7MB)

General

An Overview of U.S. DOT’s Multi-modal Research (1.7MB)

TRB Overview (3.2m)

Infrastructure

Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) (3.7MB)

Performance-Related Mix Design and Balanced Mix Design (5.1MB)

State of Practice for the Design of Bridge Fender Systems with Polymeric Materials (1.2MB)

Mobility

Personal Intersection Speed Advisory System (PISAS) (1.6MB)

The Use of Technology Enabled Rideshare Services in New Jersey: An Examination of Uber Usage in the Garden State(6.8MB)

Safety

Truck Side Guards (2.8MB)

Truck Side Guards Specifications (343KB)

Virtual Guide Dog: The Next Generation Pedestrian Signal for the Visually Impaired (1.6MB)