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ITSNJ-The_Connector-April2016

QUARTERLY

JOURNAL OF THE

INTELLIGENT

TRANSPORTATION

SOCIETY

OF NEW JERSEY

THE CONNECTOR

Coordination Meeting

ITS State Chapters

March 4, 2016

Leadership from ITSNJ, ITS-NY

and ITS Pennsylvania met at

the DVRPC offices in

Philadelphia to collaborate

and share ideas. Topics

included the following:

A Local Chapter of

this issue

Message from the President P.2

Committees P.2

Forum on Technology Event (cont.) P.3

Regional Awards P.4

Board Officers and Members P.5

2015 ITE Transportation Advancement Award P.5

Upcoming Events P.6

ITS News Links and Audio Clips P.6

How to Get Involved P.6

• State Chapter Updates

• ITSNJ Best Practice Audit

• Chapter Lessons Learned &

Best Practices

• Possible Opportunities for

Collaboration

FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY

February 5, 2016

Each chapter discussed an

overview of their successes,

challenges, changes in officers

and new initiatives since the

last coordination meeting in

2015. An interesting

discussion took place about

the papal visit and the

coordination required when

the Secret Service comes to

town.

ITSNJ shared our experiences

with the recently completed

outside best practice audit.

Various topics were discussed

including working with ITSA,

event formats and topics, use

of polls, strategic planning/

goals/initiatives and how to

address growing sectors in

the ITS industry.

On Friday, February 5th, ITSNJ members braved a winter snow storm to participate in the

latest Forum on Technology entitled “Severe Weather Expected: Is Your ITS Infrastructure

Stronger than the Storm?” Nearly 40 attendees packed the Rutgers Center for Advanced

Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) auditorium to hear presentations on transportation

resiliency, preparedness and operations as it relates to extreme weather events. The forum

was moderated by Jennifer Bates of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

(Continued on Pg. 3)


About ITSNJ

The Intelligent Transportation Society of

New Jersey (ITSNJ) is a non-lobbying,

non-profit, 501(c)3 organization of public,

private and academic sector

organizations. ITSNJ's primary interest

and focus is promoting the accelerated

deployment of Intelligent Transportation

Systems and Services (ITS) in New Jersey.

ITSNJ is a State Chapter of ITS America

and provides ITS education and outreach

to foster the understanding of ITS

applications and technologies, as well as

a forum for ITS interaction, discussion,

professional networking and information

sharing.

Committees*

Executive Committee

Stephen Dilts, President

HNTB

Administration and Finance

Lynn LaMunyon, Chair

Maser Consulting

Awards and Hall of Fame

TBD

By-Laws

Stephen Dilts, Chair

HNTB

Data Sharing

Solomon Caviness, Chair

North Jersey Transportation Planning

Authority (NJTPA)

Events & Technical Meetings

Brian Tobin, Chair

Rutgers University

Forum on Technology

Rizwan Baig, Chair

Port Authority of NY & NJ

Membership

Uzoamaka Mangar, Chair

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Newsletter

Bernie Wagenblast, Co-Chair

Bernie Wagenblast Communications

Chris King, Co-Chair

Delaware Valley Regional Planning

Commission

Nominations and Elections

James R. Hogan, Chair

Advantage Engineering Associates

Women in ITS

Jeevanjot Singh, Chair

New Jersey Department of Transportation

Emerging Professionals

Keith M. Hall, Chair

Maser Consulting

Strategic Direction

C. William Kingsland, Chair

New Jersey Department of Transportation

Website and Social Media

Pavani Borra, Chair

New Jersey Institute of Technology

*Click on the Committee Chairs’ names,

which are links to their email addresses.

We encourage all ITSNJ members to get

involved. Reach out to the Committees

that interest you and see how you can

participate!

Message from the President – Stephen Dilts, HNTB

I am grateful and full of pride to have the

opportunity to serve as the ITSNJ president for

2016. Our organization represents the kind of

partnership, coordination and collaboration that it

takes to innovate and accelerate the deployment of

technology across our transportation system for the

benefit of New Jersey and our region. Our

membership spans the best of the public, private

and academic sectors, and our Board of Directors

includes a great mix of state and nationally

recognized experts and dedicated public servants, across the country beckons more exciting

all of whom are people with integrity and creativity potential in the years ahead.

who are committed to making a difference.

ITSNJ seeks to be a portal for what’s next

During the first quarter of 2016, ITSNJ has been and what can be in this exciting field of

hard at work coordinating with and supporting our transportation. Please let us know how we can

membership across our region. You will see a good support your efforts and be an effective

summary of our recent activities, including the advocate for building on the momentum that

recent ITS Forum on Technology’s Severe Weather promises a tremendous amount of safety and

event at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure mobility advancements for New Jerseyans and

and Transportation (CAIT) and coordination session our Region.

with ITS Pennsylvania and ITS-NY leadership to I hope you enjoy this latest edition of our

discuss regional priorities and share best practices. Newsletter. Please allow me a moment to

Thanks to our many volunteers who help make recognize two volunteer Board members that

ITSNJ a leading voice for our industry, always have made a great difference. Tim Chelius has

amplifying our Vision – Technology for World Class recently retired from his position as Executive

Mobility.

Director of the South Jersey Transportation

How fortunate we are to be part of this Planning Organization (SJTPO). As a Board

industry at a time of such change and potential. member, Tim worked tirelessly every year to

There is so much happening within our industry. make sure outstanding people and projects

There are many new grant opportunities through were recognized. He brought great wisdom and

the FHWA, including Advanced Transportation and perspective to our Board discussions.

Congestion Management Technologies, Connected Tim Lange joined our Board from BMW a

Vehicles and Smart Cities Programs. The Obama few years ago and quickly championed the

Administration has proposed $4 billion in its budget need for better data sharing among the public

for Automated Vehicle research. And in New Jersey and private sectors. He served most recently as

there are accelerating advancements in ITS and Co-Chair of our Data Sharing committee and

TSM&O initiatives through the coordinated work of always brought great passion and perspective

our public, academic and private sector members. from his experience in his native Germany of

Throughout our Region we are seeing technology how to model the sharing of valuable data. Tim

and logistical innovations spring from the work of has recently accepted a new position with

entrepreneurs and private sector enterprises. BMW in Seattle. Both Tim C and Tim L made a

Tesla’s announcement of its Model 3 and the great difference and will be missed. Please let

tremendous outpouring of interest from consumers us know how we are doing: sdilts@hntb.com

-Steve

THE CONNECTOR Issue 09 April 2016 – Page 2


FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY (cont.)

Severe Weather Expected:

Is Your ITS Infrastructure

Stronger Than The Storm?

(continued from pg. 1)

While each of the speakers highlighted different parts of

resiliency, they did have some common themes. Eric Daleo

(NJTransit) kicked off the forum with an engaging discussion on

NJ Transit’s TransitGrid program which includes NJ Transit

generating and distributing its own power to critical rail and bus

systems. (www.NJTransitResilienceProgram.com).

Bill Kingsland (NJDOT) followed with a presentation on ways

NJDOT prepares its ITS systems for extreme weather events,

including addressing four critical areas of possible failure –

hardware, software, power and communications. NJDOT also

uses ITS Readiness Metrics (see image on this page) to track and

improve device uptime.

David Liebgold (Michael Baker) illustrated planning, design,

construction, operations and maintenance aspects of resiliency

through the example of the Meadowlands Adaptive Signal

System for Traffic Reduction (MASSTR) weathering Superstorm

Sandy. Frank Dobiszewski (Jen Electric) capped off the

presentations with a look at some of the damage to signal

systems during Superstorm Sandy and suggestions for design

steps to improve resiliency. For example, simple design changes

such as elevating equipment and sealing electrical connections

can yield major benefits. Also, agencies should be familiar with

FEMA documentation requirements for assessment, repair and

reimbursement.

Through these presentations and the audience question and

answer period that followed, the experts echoed how resiliency

is essential to providing transportation services during major

storms and how resiliency is a sound business practice for

agencies. From major investments, such as generating power to

transit, to providing redundant communications for traffic signal

control, agencies and their private sector partners continue to

strengthen our transportation system so they are resilient for the

storms that inevitably will come.

THE CONNECTOR Issue 09 – April 2016 – Page 3


Regional Awards

New Jersey Turnpike Authority Receives

CIO Magazine

2015 CIO 100 Award

For nearly three decades, CIO Magazine has sponsored an

award program known as the CIO 100. This program honors

and celebrates organizations from both the public and

private sectors that clearly demonstrate the innovative use of

technology to deliver business value. In January of 2015, the

New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) submitted an

application for this prestigious award competition

highlighting the business partnership between our Traffic

Operations and Integrated Technology Services (ITS)

departments that led to the creation of our Advanced Traffic

Management Program (ATMP). In April of 2015, both

departments were informed that NJTA was selected as a

2015 winner of the CIO 100 award. Receipt of this award

places NJTA among the top 100 organizations in the nation

who are using technology to deliver measurable business

value to both customers and employees.

What does ATMP do?

ATMP presents our Traffic Management Supervisors at the

Statewide Traffic Management Center (STMC) in Woodbridge

For nearly three decades, CIO Magazine has sponsored an award program with known a single as the system CIO 100. and This an at-a-glance program honors control and mechanism celebrates to

organizations from both the public and private sectors that clearly demonstrate the innovative use of technology to deliver business value. In

post messages, graphics and speed limits on both the New

January of 2015, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) submitted an application for this prestigious award competition highlighting the

business partnership between our Traffic Operations and Integrated Technology Jersey Services Turnpike (ITS) and departments the Garden that State led Parkway to the creation regardless of our of

Advanced Traffic Management Program (ATMP). In April of 2015, both departments sign type. were informed that NJTA was selected as a 2015 winner

of the CIO 100 award. Receipt of this award places NJTA among the top 100 organizations in the nation who are using technology to deliver

measurable

This at-a-glance

business

design

value to

uses

both customers

a linear representation

and employees.

of both roadways to facilitate message management and message

What dissemination does ATMP on do? any individual sign or group of signs. A sophisticated set of business rules eliminates the need to differentiate

ATMP among presents sign types our Traffic and Management allows traffic Supervisors operations at professionals the Statewide to Traffic focus Management on "Message Center Management (STMC) in Woodbridge, and Delivery." New In Jersey essence with a a

single sign system is a sign! and an Speed at-a-glance and accuracy control mechanism of message to posting messages, for our graphics motorists and is speed essential limits in on helping both the us New to fulfill Jersey the Turnpike NJTA’s and safety the

Garden objectives. State Parkway regardless of sign type.

This at-a-glance design uses a linear representation of the both roadways to facilitate message management and message dissemination on

any individual sign or group of signs. A sophisticated set of business rules eliminates the need to differentiate among sign types and allows

traffic The operations New Jersey professionals Turnpike Authority to focus on is dedicated "Message Management to the safe and efficient Delivery". movement In essence of a people sign is a and sign! goods Speed over and two accuracy of the of busiest

message toll roads posting the for United our motorists States is – the essential New Jersey in helping Turnpike us to fulfill and the NJTA’s Garden safety State objectives. Parkway.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is dedicated to the safe and efficient movement of people and goods over two of the busiest toll roads in

the United States – the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

What is the Business Purpose of ATMP?

What is the Business Purpose of ATMP?

• • To To improve and and ensure ensure the safety the safety of our of motorists our motorists and employees. and employees.

• • To To help help maximize maximize throughput throughput and revenue and revenue on two on of two the busiest of the busiest toll roads toll in roads the nation. in the nation.

• To consistently deliver the highest quality customer experience under a wide variety of unpredictable roadway conditions.

• • To To guarantee consistently services deliver by dramatically the highest improving quality Business customer Continuity experience and Disaster under Recovery. a wide variety of unpredictable roadway

• To conditions. sunset legacy unsupportable hardware and software.

• • To To improve guarantee the utilization services of by new dramatically roadway capacity improving and Business technology Continuity investments and Disaster Recovery.

• To sunset legacy unsupportable hardware and software.

The Advanced Traffic Management Program (ATMP) has enabled NJTA to achieve the true meaning of innovation – “that of doing something

different • not To just improve doing the the same utilization thing better”. of new roadway capacity and technology investments

The Advanced Traffic Management Program (ATMP) has enabled NJTA to achieve the true meaning of innovation – “that of

doing something different not just doing the same thing better.”

THE CONNECTOR Issue 09 – April 2016 – Page 4


Board Officers

PRESIDENT:

STEPHEN DILTS

Vice President

HNTB

1ST VICE PRESIDENT:

RIZWAN BAIG, P.E., PTP, PTOE

Assistant Chief Traffic Engineer

PANYNJ

2ND VICE PRESIDENT:

C. WILLIAM KINGSLAND

Assistant Commissioner,

Transportation Systems

Management

New Jersey Department of

Transportation

SECRETARY:

UZOAMAKA MANGAR

Project Manager

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

TREASURER:

LYNN A. LaMUNYON, P.E., PTOE, IMSA II

Discipline Leader, Transportation

Maser Consulting P.A.

Board Members

Mary D. Ameen

NJTPA

Jennifer Marandino

South Jersey Transportation

Planning Organization

Steven Chien, Ph.D.

NJ Institute of Technology

Matthew Edelman

TRANSCOM

James R. Hogan, P.E.

Advantage Engineering Associates

Amit Jain

Verizon Communications

Christopher King

Delaware Valley Regional Planning

Commission

Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D.

ALK Technologies

Princeton University

Charles McManus, P.E., P.P.

Stantec Consulting

Christopher Montgomery

NJ Transit

Barry Pelletteri

NJTA

Ken Philmus

Transportation Solutions

Xerox Corporation

William Roseboro

South Jersey Transportation

Authority

Brian Tobin

Rutgers University

Harry Voccola

Navteq Company

2015 ITE Transportation Advancement Award

The Institute of Transportation

Engineers Metropolitan Section of NY

& NJ (ITE Met Section) awarded their

2015 Transportation Advancement

Award to Sal Cowan, NJDOT’s Director,

Division of Traffic Operations Systems

Management.

This award is given annually by the ITE

Met Section to a non-engineer who is

dedicated to promoting the field of

Transportation. Previous awardees

include former NJ Transit Executive

Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim

(2014) and former New York City

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2010).

Mr. Cowan was recognized for his

successful preparation and

implantation of traffic operations

plans for several major events and

construction projects in and around

New Jersey. These projects include

Super Bowl XLVIII, which was held at

the NJ Meadowlands in February

2014, the papal visit to New York and

Philadelphia in September 2015 and

the closure of the northbound lanes of

the Pulaski Skyway.

“Every day our traffic operations staff

led by Sal Cowan are working to keep

traffic moving and motorists safe,”

NJDOT Acting Commissioner Richard T.

Hammer said. “While their efforts are

often unseen, untold hours of

planning, preparation and

implementation of traffic

management plans under Sal’s

leadership have made traveling New

Jersey’s roadways to major events like

the papal visit this fall or the Super

Bowl in 2014 go smoothly and safely.

His leadership in developing an

aggressive plan to provide alternate

routes during long-term projects such

as the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation

also have allowed the state to make

critical infrastructure repairs while still

making sure motorists can get where

they need to go safely and with

minimal disruption.”

Sal is responsible for oversight and

management of the Statewide Traffic

Management Center and Central

Dispatch unit, which are both staffed

24 hours a day, seven days a week; as

well as the Traffic Operations Center in

Cherry Hill and NJDOT’s Safety Service

Patrol, which provides motorist

assistance and safety for emergency

responders along 225 linear miles of

interstate and state highways

throughout New Jersey.

He also works closely with the New

Jersey State Police as part of NJDOT’s

Statewide Incident Management

Program and prepares traffic

operations plans for major

construction projects such as the

Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Project

and the I-295, I-76 and Route 42 Direct

Connect Project.

Source:

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press

/2016/012116.shtm

THE CONNECTOR Issue 09 – April 2016 – Page 5


Visit our Website

For up-to-date information,

event registration and other

resources, please visit our

website at:

www.itsnj.org

Get Involved

Attend and encourage

colleagues to attend ITSNJ

events to gain access and

experience from New Jersey’s

leading transportation and

technology decision makers

and innovators. Connect with

public and private sector

industry partners to build

relationships and develop

business opportunities. Take

advantage of valuable

informational resources at

ITSNJ meetings, networking

events, conferences, forums

and earn PDH credits. Join the

various ITSNJ working

committees to help improve

ITS in New Jersey.

Contribute to the

Newsletter

Send Comments and/or

articles for consideration to

the Editors:

Lynn LaMunyon, P.E., PTOE

llamunyon@maserconsulting.

com

Adam Allen, P.E., PTOE

aallen@maserconsulting.com

Newsletter Committee:

Bernie Wagenblast, Co-Chair;

Chris King, Co-Chair; Lynn

LaMunyon, Co-Editor; Adam

Allen, Co-Editor; Yehya Asker;

Patrick Chan; Uzoamaka

Mangar; Paul Menichelli.

Newsletter Layout By:

Upcoming Events

ITE Brown Bag Lunch

May 17, 2016 - NJDOT Multipurpose Room

Followed by a Dessert Reception

hosted by the Women of ITSNJ

Link to ITE Met Section Website for More Info

Timely NJ ITS-Related News Stories – Compiled by Bernie Wagenblast

Links & Audio Clips

Audio Interview with Eric Daleo and Bill Kingsland

at the ITSNJ Forum on Technology

Link to interviews on Transportation Radio

New Jersey Residents Still Against Higher Gas

Tax Despite Alarm Over Transportation Funding

Link to WKXW Radio story

Port Authority's Bus-to-Train Transfer Plan May Get

Some Takers

Link to Record article

NJ Transit Trains and Buses Breaking Down More Often,

Stats Show

Link to NJ Advance Media article

OMG, New Jersey Lawmaker Wants to Ticket

Pedestrians Who Walk and Text

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Could There Be an All-Electric Bus in NJ Transit's Future?

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Advocates Warn of Mass Transit Doom Without

Increased Funding

Link to NJTV News story

NJ Transit's Proposed Ad Ban Raising Eyebrows

Link to Record article

NJ Transit Adds Ticket Options to App, More

Smartphone Charging Stations

Link to NJ Advance Media article

New Jersey Won't Get Federal Funds to Improve Safety

on Rail Lines Carrying Oil Tankers

Link to Record article

Impending Gas Tax Hike Opposed by Nearly 60% of New

Jersey Residents

Link to news release from Rutgers University

No Transportation Trust Fund Plan in Christie's 2017

Budget

Link to Courier Post article

Many in New Jersey Would Pay More at the Pump for

Better Roads, Survey Shows

Link to WKXW Radio story

More Traffic Drives Up NJ Turnpike Authority Earnings

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Assemblymen Wisniewski and Rumana Clash on NJ

Transit Funding

Link to PolitickerNJ article

Coalition Finds Flaws in New Jersey Road Safety Laws

Link to Record article

New Jersey Spent $25 Million on Plows, Materials

During Winter Storm

Link to Asbury Park Press article

Raritan Valley Rail Coalition's New Video Makes Case

for Expanded One-Seat Ride to New York City

Link to Cranford Patch article

Moody's: New Jersey Credit Rating Depends on

Pension, Transportation Trust Fund Decisions

Link to NJBIZ article

Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Continues to Press for

One-Seat Rides to Manhattan

Link to TAP Into Scotch Plains/Fanwood article

New Hudson Rail Tunnel Proj Would Dwarf Initial Plan

Link to Record article

New Jersey Voters to Decide if All Gas Tax Dollars Go

to Transportation Projects

Link to NJ Advance Media article

New Jersey DOT Chief: Trust Fund Half the Battle

Link to AP article

NJ Cops Talk Pedestrian Safety After Multiple Crashes

Link to NJ.com article

New Jersey Assembly Approves Bill Requiring Electric

Vehicle Recharging Stations

Link to Bergen Dispatch article

New Jersey Senate, Assembly Leaders Negotiating on

Road Funding

Link to Star-Ledger article

NJ Transit Rail Reliability Crumbling After Capital-

Fund Raids

Link to Bloomberg article

NJDOT Planning Several Major Road Projects in 2016

Link to WKXW Radio story

Hoboken Traffic 'Better Than Expected' on

Reconfigured Observer Highway

Link to NJ Advance Media article

THE CONNECTOR Issue 09 – April 2016 – Page 6

THE CONNECTOR Issue 08 – December 2015 – Page 6

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