The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) seeks to lead an informed public discussion of transportation policy issues. In the context of New Jersey as a living laboratory, VTC is committed to conducting research and finding innovative approaches to transportation problem solving. Through its research, VTC identifies and explores transportation linkages to other public policy areas, such as economic development, land use, political governance, finance and social policy. Through the National Transit Institute’s (NTI) training and education activities, VTC develops and delivers workforce development programs for the transit industry, government officials and the public at-large.
VTC is a leader in transportation research and education at the national, state and regional level and the nucleus of transportation-related training and education, policy and research at Rutgers University.
The center’s primary activities include a blend of applied and academic research, education and training, and service to the state and region on a variety of transportation planning and policy topics.
Research – VTC conducts interdisciplinary applied and academic research on aspects of transportation policy and planning which are of a critical nature and which are not otherwise addressed by conventional sponsors.
Education & Training
- In collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration and other transportation agencies at all levels, VTC develops and delivers training and education programs for the transit industry, government officials and the public at-large.
- VTC provides educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students through opportunities to participate in “hands-on” research projects and transportation planning studio courses.
VTC provides transportation expertise to citizens and policy makers on a range of transportation issues; convenes forums, conferences, and seminars on critical issues involving transportation, focusing especially on the complex interrelationship with other sectors of society and the long-term implications of short-term choices; and maintains a communications function with a commitment to disseminating information related to critical transportation issues, and simplifying and clarifying transportation data and information for popular understanding, leading to improved quality of choices made by voters and public officials.