Transportation Blogs & Reports

Report Release: The Transportation Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 29th, 2024|Comments Off on Report Release: The Transportation Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Robert Noland, Hannah Younes, Evan Iacobucci, and Wenwen Zhang. The COVID-19 pandemic had major impacts on transportation behavior in New Jersey and throughout the world. Our research sought to examine these changes and whether any changes will be long-lasting [...]

Rethinking Complete Streets

November 20th, 2023|Comments Off on Rethinking Complete Streets

By Hannah Younes, Robert B. Noland, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Jeffrey Dennis, Colin Roche, and Sam Rosenthal. Governor Phil Murphy signed S-147 into law in January 2023 directing the New Jersey Department of Transportation [...]

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Voices from Camden County – Amplifying Community Transportation Priorities and Recommendations

November 3rd, 2023|Comments Off on Voices from Camden County – Amplifying Community Transportation Priorities and Recommendations

By Carla Villacis, M.A., Devon Ziminski, M.S., Kristin Curtis, M.A., & Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong, J.D., M.P.H. Transportation continues to be an area of focus in the Southern New Jersey region. In recent months, Senator Walter Rand Institute (WRI) researchers [...]

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What Will It Take to Eliminate Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities in NJ?

August 24th, 2023|Comments Off on What Will It Take to Eliminate Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities in NJ?

By Hannah Younes, Ph.D., Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Robert Noland, Ph.D., Sean Meehan In 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its Vision for Roadway Safety in which the agency aims to eliminate deaths [...]

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Roadside Tree Removal: The Need for Collaborative Decision-Making

June 22nd, 2023|Comments Off on Roadside Tree Removal: The Need for Collaborative Decision-Making

By Ellen Oettinger White and Robert B. Noland. Many state highway agencies approach transportation safety from the perspective of maintaining fast and free-flowing traffic. As such, highway design guidelines specify a “clear zone” along highways [...]

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Fifteen-Minute Neighborhoods in New Jersey

May 15th, 2023|Comments Off on Fifteen-Minute Neighborhoods in New Jersey

By Jacob Thompson and Jon Carnegie Over the past several months, researchers from the Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy have been leading a graduate planning studio exploring how [...]

Walking During and After the Pandemic

March 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Walking During and After the Pandemic

By Robert B. Noland, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, James Sinclair. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when non-essential businesses were closed and entertainment options were limited, one could observe a noticeable increase in walking activity [...]

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Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Spark a Bicycling Boom?

February 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Spark a Bicycling Boom?

By Robert B. Noland, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, and James Sinclair During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020, there were reports of a surge in bicycling activity.  [...]

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15-Minute Neighborhoods:  Lessons from Outside New Jersey

January 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on 15-Minute Neighborhoods:  Lessons from Outside New Jersey

By Jon Carnegie, James Kenah, and Maarten Roose. Fifteen-minute neighborhoods provide residents with access to frequent and reliable public transit, parks, schools, gathering places, social services, places to buy healthy fresh food, and other amenities within a comfortable walk or bike ride [...]

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Exploring Stress Levels of E-Scooter Riders

October 20th, 2022|Comments Off on Exploring Stress Levels of E-Scooter Riders

By Wenwen Zhang, Hannah Younes, Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Clint Andrews, and Robert B. Noland. E-scooters are a low-emission and affordable mode of transportation that contributes to environmental and mobility equity goals [...]

Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

September 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

By Jon Carnegie Over the past several years, a number of policy threads have gained prominence in New Jersey. These include adapting to climate change, advancing social justice, and addressing the needs of overburdened communities [...]

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What to do with all the new transportation funding?

June 6th, 2022|Comments Off on What to do with all the new transportation funding?

Robert B. Noland The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), more commonly known at the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will soon be delivering large amounts of transportation funding to the states, including New Jersey. The Bill [...]

What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?

March 24th, 2022|Comments Off on What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Here we are in mid-March of 2022 and the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline in New Jersey is $4.335; a year ago [...]

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Now is the Time to Save Oil in a Hurry

March 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Now is the Time to Save Oil in a Hurry

Robert B. Noland and Lewis Fulton The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a sharp increase in the price of oil in the last couple weeks. In New Jersey, a gallon of gasoline [...]

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New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-2019

February 4th, 2022|Comments Off on New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-2019

by Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, R/Econ™ The latest report from R/Econ™ examines the migration trends across counties within New Jersey between 2018 and 2019. This report uses Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, rather than [...]

Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

January 4th, 2022|Comments Off on Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

Tia Azzi, R/ECON Not all bike lanes are created equal. New Jersey is trying to encourage bicycling as a main form of transportation by enhancing existing ways and expanding bike lanes. But only about 0.3% [...]

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Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?

December 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?

Tia Azzi For many years, New Jersey has lost population via net in- and out-migration. From 2011 through 2019, this has resulted in the state hemorrhaging a total of more than $23.6 billion in net [...]

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The Benefits of Not Commuting to Work

November 18th, 2021|Comments Off on The Benefits of Not Commuting to Work

Robert B. Noland and Wenwen Zhang The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes in how people work and travel. Our research suggests that some of these changes are likely to endure. While not every [...]

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How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

October 18th, 2021|Comments Off on How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

Robert B. Noland and Wenwen Zhang Over the last year and a half, the transportation system in New Jersey and throughout the country has seen dramatic impacts due to the pandemic. The lockdowns in effect [...]