One of the most productive research areas at NJIT is transportation. NJIT has built its program around several multidisciplinary transportation research centers that have attracted extensive federal and state funding. These centers draw expertise from such diverse areas as architecture, civil engineering, management, and electrical engineering. Transportation research is a major component of the university’s economic development initiative with programs designed to address questions of economic development, quality of life, and productivity in the northeast United States.

NJIT's transportation centers include:

  • The International Intermodal Transportation Center (IITC) which works closely with public and private sector transportation stakeholders to facilitate economic development and quality of life improvement efforts linked to the intermodal transportation corridor.
  • The National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity (NCTIP), created to find ways to increase industrial productivity through improvements in transportation.
  • TELUS, Transportation, Economic and Land Use System, an information management and decision support system designed to help Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Some transportation research projects include:

  • IMPROVING FREIGHT MOVEMENTS IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY: NJIT’s International Intermodal Transportation Center recently completed the “Freight Planning Support System” study. Read more.
  • UNDERSTANDING HOW NEW JERSEY DRIVERS VIEW ROAD CONGESTION: Transportation researchers designed a Web-based survey to gauge the public’s perception of congestion. Read more.
  • INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR FREIGHT TRANSPORT: Lazar Spasovic, NCTIP director, led a study to identify innovative technologies for container transfer. Read more.
  • ANALYSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS: An NCTIP research team provided technical support for the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation. Read more.
  • SIMULATING TRAFFIC FLOW: Janice Daniel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, uses mathematical analyses and computer simulations to try to improve traffic conditions on New Jersey’s roads. Read more.
  • IMPROVING TRAFFIC AT PENN STATION: NCTIP investigators used computer modeling to identify potential traffic improvements at Newark's Penn Station. Read more.
  • MINIMIZING FATIGUE FOR TRAIN OPERATORS: NJIT researchers are examining ways to reduce fatigue among railroad operating personnel. Read more.
  • IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSIT SCHEDULES: NJIT researchers recently studied bus timetables and proposed ways to make them more user-friendly. Read more.
  • MODELING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC: With support from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJIT researchers studied highway traffic signal timing plans. Read more.