Students Propose Local Transportation Solutions in Hoboken, New Jersey




   Story by Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

October 22, 2010

Modal Thinking...Inside and Outside of the Box

Students at Stevens Institute of Technology are engineering the transportation solutions of the future.

On October 14, students and recent graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Stevens presented traffic operations engineering and transportation planning solutions as part of the presentation, “Multi-Modal Thinking...Inside and Outside of the Box.”

Held at Arthur’s Tavern in Hoboken, the proposals were part of a larger meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey (ITE Met Section), which had more than 60 members in attendance.

The program, which was coordinated and moderated by Stevens Transportation Professor Leon Goodman, was based on papers submitted for Goodman's Spring 2010 Transportation Engineering course at Stevens. In a lively question and answer session after the PowerPoint presentations, further details of the proposals were explored. This was not simply a class assignment, as some traffic and transportation professionals who might be involved in implementation offered comments and suggestions on the proposals.

The proposals all concerned traffic and transportation issues facing Hoboken and New York City, as well as New Jersey roadways: Transitioning Garden State Parkway Express Lanes to HO/T Lanes (Matthew Lawson), Transforming PATH Into a People Mover System (Nicholas Lowe), Improved Traffic Control for Washington Street in Hoboken (Andrew Gennaro), and Countdown Pedestrian Signals for Times Square (Kaitlynn White-Breit).

Commenting after the session Prof. Goodman, a Past- International President of ITE, noted that “these potential entrants into the transportation field were getting industry exposure and presentation experience even before graduating.”

This is the first collaboration between Stevens students and the ITE Met Section. Based on the success of this Hoboken program, student participation may be considered for a Section meeting in 2011.

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