Rutgers Students Needed to Newark Subway survey and off-ramp survey

May 16, 2022 | News

The Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers is conducting an onboard survey of riders of the Newark Subway (light-rail) and along an off-ramp from I-280 near Orange St. light-rail station. The goal is to obtain information about travel patterns and ridership demographics. This information is needed to examine the origins and destinations of transit users and the feasibility of developing the Orange St. station as a park/ride lot. These surveys are an essential means of research to inform service planning and long-range planning for NJ TRANSIT.

Position: Surveyors

Wage: $16 to $20 per hour depending on experience and having access to a vehicle to drive to/from the survey location. Drivers with a car will be compensated at a higher rate than non-drivers.


  • Late August or early September for mandatory preliminary training
  • Surveys will be distributed from mid-September to mid-October
  • Some weekend surveying may be conducted
  • 4–8-hour survey shifts plus travel time

Job Description

  • Conduct onboard surveying with a partner to distribute/collect surveys; count riders and refusals at terminal stops of Newark Subway (Newark Penn, Grove or Broad St.) and the exit ramp of I-280
  • Ride designated subway for the duration of the shift, distribute and organize surveys; return surveys to staff supervisors
  • All surveyors will be compensated for travel time to survey locations (from either Rutgers-New Brunswick or Rutgers-Newark)
  • Persons driving surveyors to and from survey locations will be paid for the entire duration of travel, including leaving campus/home and arriving back to campus/home.
  • Non-drivers will be picked up and dropped off on campus or at Newark Penn Station, depending on residence location.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to Rutgers’ Travel and Business Expense Policy

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Punctual, dependable and able to communicate effectively with subway drivers and riders
  • Must have cell phones and must be willing to share the number with partners and supervisors
  • Must obtain Rutgers CITI (IRB) certificate upon hire. (Will be compensated two hours for completing the CITI course certificate.)
  • Availability of car to drive to survey site is preferred, not required
  • Availability for whole days preferred; not required
  • Spanish communication skill is a plus; not required

To Apply: Email your resume to with the subject line “Application for surveyor position.”