THE CONNECTOR

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ITSNJ-The_Connector-August2016

QUARTERLY

JOURNAL OF THE

INTELLIGENT

TRANSPORTATION

SOCIETY

OF NEW JERSEY

THE CONNECTOR

A Local Chapter of

this issue

Message from the President P.2

Committees P.2

Goethals Bridge Replacement Program(cont.) P.3

Grow Together - Collaborative Learning –

NJDOT/ITE/ITSNJ P.4

ITSNJ Annual Meeting Sponsor/Exhibitor Form P.5

Board Officers and Members P.6

Upcoming Events P.6

2016 ITSNJ Scholarship Program P.7

ITS News Links P.7

How to Get Involved P.7

The Goethals Bridge Replacement Program

By Jennifer Bates, PANYNJ

The Goethals Bridge was constructed in 1928 to criteria and standards of an era gone by. Given present-day traffic

volume, commercial vehicle growth and the advancement of design standards and operating requirements, the

existing structure is now functionally obsolete. The existing 10-foot-wide narrow lanes are substandard as

compared to current standards of 12-foot-wide lanes, and present a safety issue for trucks and wider vehicles. The

lack of roadway shoulders with only two lanes of traffic in each direction causes congestion during peak traffic

periods and impedes access during emergencies. The current design provides no access for pedestrians or

bicyclists. Even more importantly if the bridge is not replaced, hundreds of millions of dollars in additional repairs

would be necessary and the structure would still be functionally obsolete.

On April 24, 2013, the Port Authority authorized a $1.5 billion project to advance the implementation and delivery

of the replacement of the Goethals Bridge through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contract to NYNJ Link

Developer, LLC.


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

Jennifer Marandino

SJTPO

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,

all of whom are people with integrity and creativity

who are committed to making a difference.

Chapters to adopt best practices and ensure that

our voice for improved technology and ITS is

heard region-wide. We are inviting businesses

I am proud to report that ITSNJ that are innovating and disrupting and improving

membership continues to grow and diversify as

we strengthen our position as a leading

mobility to join us. We have an active and broad

Committee structure – a place for members to

get more involved and make a difference. We are

organization within New Jersey and our region,

tackling policy challenges like better data

committed to achieving our Vision –

accessibility and data sharing, we are providing

Technology for World Class Mobility.

scholarships to top students to encourage

In 2014 we were recognized by ITS America for

our Membership growth, and in 2015, we were

recognized by ITS America with its prestigious State

Chapter Award. Indeed, over the past 5 years we

have built ITSNJ into a powerful and positive public,

private and academic partnership, 92 members

strong with additional individual student members.

We are a community that cares deeply for the

Garden State and its future, and we are a

accessible paths into our industry, and we are

supporting our public members in their critical

initiatives particularly through our Forum on

Technology and Strategic Direction Committees.

We eagerly look forward to our Annual

Conference, scheduled for the beautiful and

conveniently located Heldrich Hotel in New

Brunswick, on October 19. There we will have

government, business and academic leaders

committed advocate for bridging areas of gather from across the region to demonstrate

technology, digital, technical and policy divides

across our region to best CONNECT people and

freight as efficiently and conveniently as possible

across our dynamic transportation system.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to

invite you to let us know how we can better serve

your needs, especially as we continue to mature

and grow. Let me or our other Board members

know your ideas. We have recently made it a

priority to ensure our membership can easily

connect to each other and better work through new

ideas and challenges that can open up new

and highlight ideas and innovations in technology

that promise to enhance mobility, improve safety,

and grow the economy of New Jersey and the

region. We look forward to reviewing the

abstracts that many of our members have

submitted and will develop a comprehensive and

exciting agenda under our theme, “ITS Connects!”

Look for much more from us about details and

ways you can participate. On behalf of the ITS NJ

Board of Directors, thank you to our Members

and volunteers for all you do to make our ITSNJ

better. As always, please let me know how we are

opportunities that will benefit our state and region.

doing and to share your perspective at

We are working with other regional ITS State

sdilts@hntb.com.

-Steve

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 August 2016 – Page 2


The Goethals Bridge Replacement Program (continued from pg. 1)

The replacement bridge will be located directly south of

the existing bridge and will provide:

• Three 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction replacing

the current two narrow 10-foot-wide lanes

• A 12-foot-wide outer shoulder and a 5-foot-wide

inner shoulder in each direction

• A 10-foot-wide sidewalk/bikeway along the northern

edge of the New Jersey-bound roadway

• Improved safety conditions and performance

reliability by meeting current geometric design,

structural integrity, security and seismic standards,

and reduces life-cycle cost

• A central corridor between the eastbound and

westbound roadway decks, sufficient to

accommodate potential transit service

• State-of-the-art smart bridge technology

• A 138 foot clearance - similar to that of the existing

bridge - permitting passage of deep-sea vessels

through the Arthur Kill

The Goethals Bridge is to be outfitted with the latest in

ITS technology, including traffic detection for speed,

volume, occupancy and travel times. Weather stations

strategically located on the bridge will detect wind,

barometric pressure, temperature and roadway icing

conditions. CCTV cameras are located across the bridge

for complete and redundant coverage of the entire span

and approaches. High resolution, full color variable

message signs have been selected to provide

information in the best manner possible using full

graphics and colors in accordance with MUTCD

standards. The selection of these signs allows them to

seamlessly match those of the New Jersey Turnpike for

consistency of messaging to motorists. Lane control

signals provide the facility a means to manage traffic

during construction, maintenance, or incidents on the

facility.

Smart bridge technology provides continuous electronic

monitoring of bridge structures using a network of sensors

at critical points. The sensors can spot potentially serious

problems before they might be apparent to a human

inspector, as well as help determine how a bridge will

behave under heavy traffic, in severe weather conditions

and during other potentially hazardous situations.

A significant portion of the information we will be

providing our customers is about the conditions that

exist beyond our borders. Although we will advise our

customers about delays at our facility, it is more

important to provide information so that they can make

decisions on how to manage their travel as they continue

onto the regional network. Conversely we work closely

with our partners, NYSDOT, NYCDOT, NJ Turnpike and

NJDOT, so that they can advise customers about

incidents at our facilities, well before they arrive at our

door and can then decide on alternate travel routes.

As one of the first true surface transportation publicprivate

partnerships in the northeast, the Goethals

Bridge Replacement Program is a milestone for the Port

Authority. The creation of a P3 has allowed the Port

Authority to move forward with this critical project much

faster than it would have been able to using traditional

procurement methods. Construction is expected to be

completed in late 2018.

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 – August 2016 – Page 3


Growing Together - Collaborative Learning - NJDOT/ITE/ITSNJ by Jeevanjot Singh, NJDOT

The New Jersey Department of Transportation,

along with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE),

the Women in Intelligent Transportation Systems – NJ

(WITS-NJ), a subcommittee of ITS-NJ, and NJDOT’s Equal

Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee (EEO-AC),

collaborated to host a Brown Bag lunch session at NJDOT

headquarters on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016. The event

was sold out!

Attended by professionals from the public and

private sectors, presentations focused on Transportation

Systems Management & Operations (TSM&O) Planning,

Monitoring and Asset Management. Bill Kingsland,

Assistant Commissioner, Transportation Systems

Management (TSM), shared his vision as the keynote

speaker. He highlighted the achievements and forthcoming

challenges of new technologies and packages, such as

Active Traffic Management (ATM), Integrated Corridor

Management (ICM), and Connected and Autonomous

Vehicles (CAV). He also emphasized the importance of

updating and maintaining the ITS Architecture. Since there

are only limited resources at our disposal, it is important

that we collaborate with our transportation partners in the

public and private sectors, to deliver the quality of service

that our customers expect of us. Bill also acknowledged the

collaborative effort of all agencies responsible for hosting

this event.

Amir Rizavi, President of the ITE Metropolitan

Section of NY & NJ, echoed Bill’s sentiments in terms of the

collaboration involved and re-iterated ITE’s commitment to

foster such events in the future. He also indicated that ITE

has not helped to host a Brown Bag Session in a long time,

and he looks forward to hosting more of these functions in

the future. Amir and Jeevanjot (Jeevan) Singh, Chairperson,

WITS-NJ, thanked Bill for providing the keynote address and

on behalf of all agencies involved, presented Bill with a

certificate recognizing his leadership and his vision.

Prior to the panel presentations, Jeevan offered an

overview on the various TSM&O initiatives that NJDOT is

pursuing. Due to significant advances in transportation

technology, NJ needs to “up the ante” in participating as a

collaborative member on the national level. Michael

Pilsbury, Supervising Engineer, NJDOT, provided insights

into how NJDOT is working with its academic partner, NJIT,

to develop a Work-Zone Interactive Monitoring Application

(WIMAP) tool which incorporates delay and travel time to

help predict lane closure hours, in addition to volumecapacity

ratio. Mike indicated that the travel time

information is readily available in real time but the

collection and compilation of volumetric data is expensive

and time consuming. Combining these two methods,

NJDOT will have a better understanding of the traffic flow

for proposing lane closure hours.

The panel presentations continued with NJDOT’s

Jonathan Martinez, Assistant Engineer, Traffic, providing

attendees with an overview of the Smart Moves program at

DOT. The Smart Moves program is one of five initiatives

that has been advanced under the leadership of Wasif

Mirza, NJDOT’s Director, Division of Mobility and Systems

Engineering. The main objective of Smart Moves is to offer

low-cost, quick turnaround improvements in traffic flow by

providing timely and accurate traveler information at the

right decision point. The systems deployed in this program

include: Camera Surveillance Systems, Dynamic Message

Signs, and Travel Time Systems. Jonathan also talked about

the planning, construction and maintenance processes for

these systems.

Maryam Khan, another member of the NJDOT

family, concluded the presentations for the Brown Bag

lunch by delivering a pertinent and concise informational

session on the Development of a Statewide Programmatic

Concept of Operations for Urban Arterials. This

presentation was based on FHWA guidance, Model Systems

Engineering for Adaptive Systems, and NJDOT’s experience

of deploying Adaptive and Centralized Traffic Signal

Systems.

On behalf of NJDOT, ITE and WITS-NJ, Jeevan

thanked all Panel Presenters and attendees for making this

Brown Bag Collaborative event a success! The session

ended with networking and dessert, courtesy of and

sponsored by WITS-NJ. The discussion was lively, the

desserts delicious and the environment inviting.

Collaboration and Networking – the heart of conducive

professional advancement and the key ingredients for

learning.

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 – August 2016 – Page 4


2016 ITS New Jersey Annual Meeting

S0ONSOR AND E8HIBITOR O00ORTUNITIES

October 19, 2016

The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center

10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The Intelligent Transportation Society of

New Jersey is pleased to announce that the

theme for this year’s annual meeting is “ITS

Connects!” Exciting speakers and sessions

will highlight revolutionary trends and the

accompanying latest ITS developments

including traveler technology and smart

goods movement. Our member agencies

and companies can use this insight to

improve travel in New Jersey as well as

New 9ork and 0ennsylvania.

REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION

Registration is not currently available,

but will be soon. Contact Brian Tobin at

btobin@rci.rutgers.edu for info or check

itsnjNorg in the coming weeks.

Sign up now to be an official sponsor or exhibitor at the 2016

ITS New Jersey Annual Meeting! Promote your product or

service to more than 200 consultants, engineers, designers,

government agency personnel, academia, and others in

transportation. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with

ITS industry leaders.

Complete the form below and mail it with your check no later

than September S0th, payable to ITS New Jersey and to the attention

of Lynn A. LaMunyon, Maser Consulting P.A.,1000 Waterview Drive M

Suite R01, Hamilton, NJ 08691. If you would like to pay by credit card

using PayPal please email LLamunyon@maserconsulting.com.

Check one, enclose appropriate fee, and submit by September 30th:

Sponsors, exhibitors, and supporters at all levels will be acknowledged

and their logos will appear on conference materials.

I will be a Platinum Sponsor for $3,000.

Includes prominent recognition on conference materials as well as four complimentary

registration and either an exhibit space or one additional registration.

I will be a Gold Sponsor for $1,000.

Includes two complimentary registrations and your logo featured on all conference

materials plus recognition associated with a specific item such as breakfast, lunch, or

reception signage, totebags, or ID lanyards. Lanyard and bag sponsors will provideitems

separate of the sponsorship level fee.

I will be a Silver Sponsor for $750.

Includes your supplied materials in the totebag that is given to every attendee. Please

note, there is no complimentary registration offered at this level.

I will be an Event Supporter for $300.

Includes your logo on conference materials. Please note, there is no complimentary

registration offered at this level.

I will be an Event Exhibitor for $500.

Includes exhibit space, one free registration, and reduced rate for additional attendees.

Spaces go quickly, sign up now.

First Name

Last Name

Title

CompanyOOrganization

The 2016 ITS New Jersey Annual Meeting is made possible with

assistance from Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure

and Transportation (CAIT), a USDOT National University

Transportation Center.

Street Address

City, State, ZIP

Work Phone

Mobile Phone

Email

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 – August 2016 – Page 5


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

Dennis Motiani

Kimley Horn

Barry Pelletteri

NJTA

Ken Philmus

Transportation Solutions

Xerox Corporation

William Roseboro

South Jersey Transportation

Authority

Brian Tobin

Rutgers University

Harry Voccola

Navteq Company

Upcoming Events

August 14‐17, 2016

ITE Annual Meeting

Anaheim, CA

August 28‐30, 2016

ITS Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic ITE

Joint Annual Conference

State College, PA

September 11‐14, 2016

IBTTA Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

September 28, 2016

ITS Connecticut Annual Meeting

Berlin, CT

October 10‐14, 2016

ITS World Congress

Melbourne, Australia

October 19, 2016

ITSNJ Annual Meeting

The Heldrich, New Brunswick

(See Page 5)

November 12‐15

AASHTO Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 – August 2016 – Page 6


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:

2016 ITSNJ Scholarship Program

ITS NJ is proud to announce its 2016 Scholarship Program to assist student(s) in their

education. The scholarship program is directed towards undergraduate and graduate

students in related majors with a stated interest in the field of Intelligent Transportation

Systems (ITS), which includes the following three scholarship categories:

• Outstanding Undergraduate/Graduate Student Award

• Student of the Industry Award

• The Future of ITSNJ Award

The goals of the ITSNJ Scholarship Program are to provide an opportunity for

recipients with financial needs to complete academic requirements and also promote

the ITS industry at our academic institutions and encourage student interest as a

potential career path.

Pertinent information and guidelines for eligibility can be found on our website at:

http://www.itsnj.org/.

The Scholarship Committee will present each award to recipients at its Annual Meeting

in October.

Application materials are due by August 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Committee:

c/o Keith Hall, Maser Consulting P.A., 1000 Water View Drive, Suite 201, Hamilton, NJ 08691

C: 908.581.1490 P: 609.587.8200 ext. 4341, KHall@maserconsulting.com.

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

Christie Makes Counter Offer on

Transportation Trust Fund Renewal

Link to Burlington County Times article

Two NJ Transit Rail Unions Ratify New

Contract, Ending Strike Threat

Link to Star-Ledger article

Poll: NJ Gas Tax Constitutional Amendment

Would Pass, But Barely

Link to NJ Advance Media article

NJ Transit Caught in Road Funding Fight

Link to Record article

Arthur Imperatore a Steady Hand on NY

Waterway Ferry Empire

Link to Record article

Christie Orders Shutdown of Road Projects Amid

Gas Tax Standoff

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Controversial Audio Surveillance of NJ Transit

Riders Comes to Quiet End

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Why New Jersey's Toll Plazas Aren't Going Away

Anytime Soon

Link to NJ Advance Media article

NJ Transit Unveils Expanded Light-Rail Vehicle on

Newark Lines

Link to Progressive Railroading article

Mass Transit Repairs Prompted by Sandy Still

Years Away

Link to AP article

Campaign Targets Preventing Pedestrian Deaths

on the Jersey Shore

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Port Authority to Spend $170 Million to Upgrade

Toll System, End Cash Tolls

Link to NJ Advance Media article

NJ Transit Targets Pedestrian Safety After 10th

Death This Year on Train Tracks

Link to WKXW Radio story

New Jersey Towns Balance Traffic Worries

Against New Development

Link to WKXW Radio story

Engineers' Group Give New Jersey Infrastructure

D-Plus

Link to CBS New York story

Officials Urge Port Authority to Study Widening

Outerbridge Crossing

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Booker, Menendez: NJ Transit, Amtrak Need

Safeguards to Prevent Terrorist Attacks

Link to Jersey Journal article

Port Authority to Temporarily Suspend Weekend

PATH Service to 33rd Street

Link to NJ Advance Media article

Fiscal Hurdles Not the Only Obstacles Facing NJ

Transit

Link to WCAU-TV story

THE CONNECTOR Issue 10 – August 2016 – Page 7

THE CONNECTOR Issue 08 – December 2015 – Page 6

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