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Solving problems. Sharing knowledge. Informing decisions.

About Us

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) is a national leader in the research and development of innovative transportation policy. Located within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the Center brings to bear the full array of resources of a major research university on transportation issues of regional and national significance. VTC includes the National Transit Institute, which was created by Congress in 1992 to design and deliver training and education programs for the U.S. transit industry.

 

Our Mission

Edward J. Bloustein School buildingThe Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) solves problems, shares knowledge, and informs decisions. We do this by engaging with our research customers, policy makers, and civic leaders, conducting leading-edge research, delivering high-quality training and education programs, and providing insightful technical assistance on a range of critical transportation planning and policy topics. We pursue our mission with a strong commitment to equity, empathy, empowerment, and social justice.

Our Core Activities

VTC addresses a broad array of transportation and mobility topics. In addition to addressing emerging topics in transportation such as shared mobility, micro-mobility, automated vehicles, and big data in transportation, the Center has long-standing, core strengths related to:

  • Transportation and the built environment, including transit-oriented development, pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety, complete streets, “healthy community” design, and smart growth.
  • Transportation and social equity, including access for the transportation disadvantaged, environmental justice and safe routes to school.
  • Transportation and the environment, including energy consumption, air pollution, climate change, and green infrastructure solutions to mitigate the negative effects of transportation on the environment.
  • Transportation finance and the economy, including the costs of transportation, sustainable funding, and the economic impacts of transportation investments.

Other areas of expertise include strategic governance, motor vehicle licensing policy, transportation resilience, and the role transportation plays in emergency management and evacuation planning.

Consistent with the missions of both the University and the Bloustein School, VTC undertakes activity in three core areas.

What We Do

Motion of pedestrian zebra crossing or crosswalk in asia. Feet of the pedestrians crossing on city street closeup.

Research

We conduct 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

We provide educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students through opportunities to participate in “hands-on” research projects and transportation planning studio courses. In collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration and other transportation agencies at all levels, we develop and deliver training and education programs for the transit industry, government officials and the public at-large.

Service

We provide transportation expertise to citizens and policy makers on a range of transportation issues; convene forums, conferences, and seminars on critical issues involving transportation; and maintain a commitment to disseminating information related to critical transportation issues, simplifying and clarifying transportation data and information for popular understanding, to improve the quality of choices made by voters and public officials.

Our Staff & Faculty

Robert B. Noland, PhD

Robert B. Noland, PhD

Director

Jon A. Carnegie

Jon A. Carnegie

Executive Director

David Aimen

David Aimen

Assistant Director of Planning and Technical Assistance

Karen J. Alexander

Karen J. Alexander

Managing Director

Catherine Bull

Catherine Bull

Research Project Coordinator

Melody Bundy

Melody Bundy

Training Coordinator

Jeffrey Dennis

Jeffrey Dennis

Travel Instructor

Stephanie DiPetrillo

Stephanie DiPetrillo

Senior Research Specialist

Jon Dugan

Jon Dugan

Research Project Coordinator

Sudha Eswaran

Sudha Eswaran

Business Manager

June Greeman

June Greeman

Research Data Analyst

Hiyabu Habtemichael

Hiyabu Habtemichael

Research Project Coordinator

Cate Heady

Cate Heady

Research Project Coordinator

Louis Hoffman

Louis Hoffman

Training Coordinator

Andrea Lubin

Andrea Lubin

Senior Research Specialist

Sean Meehan

Sean Meehan

Senior Research Specialist

Kelcie Ralph, PhD

Kelcie Ralph, PhD

Associate Professor and Research Associate

Samuel Rosenthal

Samuel Rosenthal

Research Project Coordinator

Miriam Salerno

Miriam Salerno

Senior Public Relations and Outreach Specialist

James Sinclair

James Sinclair

Research Project Coordinator

Michael Smart, PhD

Michael Smart, PhD

Associate Professor and Research Associate

James Tagerty

James Tagerty

Business Assistant

Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

Rsearch Project Coordinator

Jessica Tixi

Jessica Tixi

Rsearch Project Coordinator

Leigh Ann Von Hagen

Leigh Ann Von Hagen

Managing Director

Greg Woltman

Greg Woltman

Research Project Coordinator

Hannah Younes, PhD

Hannah Younes, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Wenwen Zhang, PhD

Wenwen Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor and Research Associate

Advisory Board

Robert E. Skinner, Jr

Robert E. Skinner, Jr

Chair

William D. Bierman

William D. Bierman

Flora Castillo

Flora Castillo

Thomas B. Deen

Thomas B. Deen

Mortimer L. Downey, III

Mortimer L. Downey, III

Emeritus

Arthur E. Imperatore, Jr.

Arthur E. Imperatore, Jr.

Eva Lerner-Lam

Eva Lerner-Lam

Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr.

Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr.

Lawrence Pesesky

Lawrence Pesesky

Martin E. Robins

Martin E. Robins

Ruby Siegel

Ruby Siegel

Alan W. Voorhees

Alan W. Voorhees

Paul J. Wiedefeld

Paul J. Wiedefeld

Partners

Bloustein Center for Survey Research (BCSR)

BCSR is a full-service research center offering clients assistance with study design, sampling, multiple method data collection, focus groups, analysis, reports and presentations.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

CAIT is a  National University Transportation Center  aimed at advancing the safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods in the nation and beyond.

Environmental Analysis and Communications (EAC)

EAC is a University-based center of research, outreach, training and service focused on the analysis and communication of environmental issues facing communities, governments, businesses and organizations.

New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative (NJHIC)

NJHIC promotes the integration of public health impacts into planning and decision-making about projects and policies.  NJHIC advances the practice of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a tool to improve planning and decision-making throughout New Jersey.

Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement

The Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement is a collaboration of university faculty, students and community development actors that seeks to enhance educational opportunities, facilitate innovative research, and build community development capacity.