Subject Matter Experts
Planning, Multimodal and Grants Administration
Mike Russo, Assistant Commissioner
609.963.2255 Cell 609.433.5910
Statewide Planning |
Multimodal Services | Local Aid and Economic Development |
Andrew Swords, Director - 609.963.2236
The Bureau of Commuter Mobility is made up of three primary units: the Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, the Park and Ride Program and Congestion Management.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Daniel LiSanti Manager - 609.963.2203
• Description DescriptionThe Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs is responsible for a variety of bicycle and pedestrian planning and program activities along with the Complete Streets initiative and SME support to the Safe Routes to School program.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks Advance walk and bicycle initiatives and options.
Be an advocate for Bicycle and Pedestrian projects and programs. Reviews and approves all NJDOT projects as SMEs to ensure compliance with the Complete Streets policy
Initiate bicycle and/or pedestrian concept development studies.
Participate in project scoping meetings. Conduct/participate in Road Safety Audits (RSAs) and Pedestrian Road Safety Audits (PRSAs)
Provide for Bicycle and Pedestrian research and develop policies.
Support a marketing/education program.
Institutionalize the Bike/Ped Master Plan.
Advance pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives.
Assisting counties and municipalities with planning for bicycle and pedestrian transportation and helping to build and connect the state’s trail network
Support Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in assisting local governments and school districts with Safe Routes to School activities.
Specific unit guidance:
New Jersey Commuter Information Web site
Complete Streets Web site
Local Aid and Economic Development, Safe Routes to School
James B. Lewis - 609.963.2220
• Description Description The Bureau of Statewide Strategies performs an array of functions of which the following relate to the Capital Project Delivery Process. The Statewide Planning section of the Bureau conducts performance based planning, which includes preparing the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP), the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) and managing the Performance Center Intranet page of performance targets and inventory information. The section maintains and updates Appendix B of the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code that identifies the Desirable Typical Section (DTS) and Access Level of all state highway segments. The DTS defines the Department's long-range vision of state highway configurations (number of through lanes for state highway segments). The Access Level defines the allowable turning movements between the state highway and a lot or site based on the access classification, which regulates access to all state highways. These elements shall be evaluated and considered for all of the Department's projects.
The Transportation and Livable Communities section ensures that the principles of livability, smart growth and consistency with New Jersey's State Development and Redevelopment Plan are integrated into the Department's regulations, plans, policies, programs and projects. Activities include designation of municipalities as Transit Villages, preparation of Access Management Plans under the State Highway Access Management Code and participation in the endorsement of county and municipal plans under SDRP by the State Planning Commission.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Liaison section serves as intermediary between the Department and New Jersey's three MPOs: the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
The Air Quality and Travel Demand Modeling section works with Department staff, the MPOs and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to ensure capital projects meet air quality conformity requirements and prepares an investment strategy for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.
The Congestion Management Technical Analysis section provides support to the Department's decision-making and project delivery process by providing congestion evaluation and congestion relief strategies.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks
Prepare the Department's Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP) and Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP).
Maintain the Performance Center Intranet web page with performance targets and inventory information.
Collaborate with external entities on planning studies to integrate land use development and transportation.
Maintain and update Appendix B of the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code (NJSHAMC) and administer the access classification process, including Desirable Typical Sections (DTS) and Access Levels.
Coordinate with the State Planning Commission and the Office of Planning Advocacy.
Provide reports from the Smart Growth Management System to quantify the smart growth consistency of a project.
Manage Statewide Strategies consultant Term Agreements.
Manage the Transit Village Initiative.
Coordinate the Department's Smart Growth Implementation Team.
Serve as intermediary between the Department and New Jersey's three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO): the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commissioner and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority,and manage the MPO grant program to ensure compliance with Department, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements.
Maintain the Department's statewide travel demand and air quality models in conformance with federal requirements to support the air quality conformity process.
Prepare an investment strategy for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds and maintain a database of CMAQ projects.Use the Division’s transportation modeling tools to develop future growth rates, upon request, for various capital projects.
Provide data requests from the Congestion Management System (CMS-21).
Develop targeted and effective Problem Statements for congestion relief projects.
Collaborate with other Department units (e.g., Transportation Operations Systems and Support, Multimodal) and other agencies and organizations such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Federal Highway Administration, NJ TRANSIT, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Turnpike Authority in congestion relief efforts through the Complete Team.
Develop System Performance targets to fulfill the federal requirements.
Danielle Graves 609.963.2213
Transportation and Livable Communities
Susan Weber 609.963.2240
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Liaison
Monica Etz 609.963.2208
Air Quality and Travel Demand Modeling
Jamie DeRose 609.963.2207
Congestion Management Technical Analysis
Sudhir Joshi 609.963.2217
Specific unit guidance:
Asset Management Web site
Long Range Transportation Plan Web site
Transit Village Initiative Web site
NJIT: Future in Transportation
Amanda Gendek, Manager - 609.963.2242
• Description Description The Research Bureau works directly with institutes of higher education, Treasury-contracted consultants, and other research professionals to deliver customer focused, quality research in order to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the engineering policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.
The Bureau conducts technology and knowledge transfer practices, such as training, education, demonstrations, an annual showcase, communications, marketing efforts, and local technical assistance, all of which are intended to help new technologies get implemented.
The Bureau is also home to the New Jersey State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), whose mission is to identify, evaluate, and rapidly deploy new technologies and process improvements that will accelerate project delivery and improve the safety and quality of transportation in NJ. STIC members review innovative ideas, vet them, and make recommendations for development and implementation of those ideas.
The Bureau also provides library services to NJDOT and other state government employees and the general public. The NJDOT Research Library is a branch of the New Jersey State Library and is funded by FHWA State Planning and Research Program. The Research Library collects documents from a variety of sources, including the Transportation Research Board, FHWA, other State DOT's and NJDOT. It provides reference and referral services, an online catalog and lending materials on site or by an inter-library loan through another library, photocopying, literature searches and notification of new materials.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks
Administer New Jersey’s State Planning and Research Program
Solicit and assess the research needs of the Department on a regular basis.
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships among NJDOT, FHWA, NJ Transit, MVC, university professionals and consultants.
Facilitate transportation-related research for NJDOT, NJ Transit, Motor Vehicle Commission, and others.
Provide contract administration support for transportation research projects.
Performance and Risk Measurement/Management of transportation research projects from authorization to close-out.
Administer NJ STIC activities
Technology Transfer (Research Showcase, Tech Talks, newsletters, training, etc.)
AASHTO RAC participation
Bureau Manager is liaison to the National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Coordinate NCHRP activities
Pooled Fund Research Coordination
National Survey Coordination
Keep abreast of the state of practice and conduct of research and implement regular program changes and improvements.
Bureau Management, Bureau Policy/Procedures, Technology Transfer, Innovation, STIC, TRB Rep, Environmental
Amanda Gendek 609.963.2242
Materials, Bridge, Construction, Structural Design, Infrastructure, Pavement, AASHTO RAC Rep, Engineering
Natn’l Survey Coordination, Highway Geometric Design, Bike/Ped, Traffic Calming, Park/Ride, Access Management, Zoning, Engineering
Stefanie Potapa 609.963.2227
Commuter Mobility, Highway Geometric Design, Bridge, Construction, Planning, Structural Design, Safety & Security, Infrastructure, Pavement, Contract Management, Engineering
Priscilla Ukpah 609.963.2228
Local Technology Assistance, SHRP2, Local Aid, Engineering, Bureau Policy/Procedures
Pragna Shah 609.963.2232
Intelligent Transportation, Bridge, Energy, Infrastructure, Materials, Pavement, Technology Transfer, Implementation, Innovation, Structural Design, Pooled Fund Projects, Research Project Mgmt. Software, Engineering
Giri Venkiteela 609.963.2239
Research Contract Management, Bureau Policy/Procedures
Suzanne Rizzo 609.963.2231
Stephanie Nock 609.963.2224
Research Library Services
Laurie Strow 609.963.1897
Specific unit guidance:
Research Bureau Web site
Research Library Website
NJDOT Technology Transfer Website
New Jersey STIC Website
Nicole Minutoli, Director - 609.963.2080 Description Description The The Division of Multimodal Services performs a range of functions which support public transportation, rail freight, ports and waterways, and aviation. The Bureau of Aeronautics is responsible for the inspection and licensing of general aviation airports and other aviation facilities and is the home for the Unmanned Arial System/Drone Program which was implemented in 2017. The Office of Maritime Resources is administers the State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program and Dredged Material Management Program. The Office of Freight Planning is responsible for the identification and formulation of strategies to advance the multimodal movement of freight throughout New Jersey and development of the Statewide Freight Plan. The Office of Grants Management is responsible for the administration, inspection and oversight for all multimodal grant programs. The Office of Multimodal programs includes the administration of State Safety Oversight program which oversees the 5 light rails in New Jersey and the online oversize/overweight commercial vehicle permitting system.
The Bureau of Transportation, Data & Support is responsible for the Highway Performance Monitoring System, collection of crash records, the administration of the Straight Line Diagram and Video Log and Traffic Monitoring System Program. The Bureau utilizes weigh in motion technology to collect and analyses traffic data.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks Provide SME across all modes of transportation: Marine, Maritime, Navigation Dredging, Dredged Material Management, Ferry, Freight, Freight Rail, State Safety Oversight Program/Fixed Guideway, Aeronautics, UAS/Drones, OS/OW Trucking, Federal and State Grant Management, Data Collection and Straight Line Diagram (SLD).
Provide and oversee Aviation, Rail, and Maritime, Ferry, Boating, Freight and CMAQ gGrants.
Provide freight planning, data collection and project coordination.
Construction and Maintenance of State Navigation Channels.
Provide post-storm emergency response in the state’s navigable waterways.
Statewide Dredged Material Management (DMM).
Oversight and regulation of rail transit agencies not overseen by the FRA: Fixed Guideway, State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA)
Oversize and Overweight Truck Permitting
Bureau of Aeronautics
Oversight of 42 public use airports and 400 restricted use facilities, including airstrips, heliports and balloonports.
Lead agency for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones operations at NJDOT
Collects and verifies data used in the planning and design stages of capital program project development.
The Bureau is also responsible for submitting monthly and annual reports, by way of the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) Administers the Automated Straight Line Diagrams (ASLD) Administer the NJDOT Video Log application Crash reports (NJTR-1 forms) collection Manages New Jersey’s Safe Corridor Program (SCR) BTDS also manages the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) a Federal grant program that provides financial assistance to States to reduce the number and severity of crashes and hazardous materials incidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The goal of the MCSAP is to reduce CMV-involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries through consistent, uniform, and effective CMV safety programs. Ensures Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) inspection and crash data is managed to maintain “green” status overall for CMV Data Quality measures in New Jersey. Import/upload CMV inspections, correct errors and run matches and queries daily. Import/upload CMV crashes, correct errors and run matches and queries at least once a week. Answer Data Quality challenges from Carriers, Drivers, and FMCSA representatives. Manage CMV crash and inspection data used to determine crash completeness, timeliness and accuracy ratings and overall State Safety Data Quality (SSDQ) ratings. Review fatal crash records in SAFETYNET against data received from the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) Unit. Work with the National Institute for Safety Research (NISR) on special projects to improve SSDQ ratings
Office Management: Maritime Resources, Freight Planning and Grants Management
Genevieve Clifton 609.963.2108
Office Management: Aeronautics, UAS/Drone Program, Fixed Guideway and Federal Programs, OS/OW Truck Permitting
Kimbrali Davis 609.963.2203
Office Management: Transportation Data and Support, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, Grants Management (MCSAP)
Stephen Choborda 609.963.2258
Dredging, Channel Engineering, Project Management, Dredged Material Management, Navigation Dredging, Environmental, Research, Storm Response
Scott Douglas 609.963.2104
Federal Coordination, FHWA Ferry Boat Program, NJDOI Boating Infrastructure Grant; Construction Field Manager, RE and Inspector Oversight
William Henderson 609.963.2107
Federal and State Grant Oversight and Management
Bhavin Kapadia 609.963.2096
Freight Planning, Freight Plan Implementation, Freight Management System and Freight Data Coordination
Andrew Ludasi 609.963.2086
Glenn Stott 609.963.2102
South Jersey Regional Airport/
Greenwood Lake Airport
Gerry Leipfinger Chris Rinaldi 609.963.2098
Fixed Guideway and OS/OW
Himanshu Patel Todd Kropilak 609.963.2081
Traffic and Innovative Tech; MCSAP
Chris Zajac 609.963.1893
Peter Brzostowski Eric Oberle 609.963.0868
Crash Records, Straight Line Diagram, HPMS, Safe Corridor Program
Paul Thomas 609.963.1889
Jorge Zapata (contractor) 609.963.1934
Traffic Counts / Traffic Monitoring
Antoun Abraham 609.963.1977
Local Aid and Economic Development
Laine Rankin, Director - 609.963.2021
Description Description The Division of Local Aid and Economic Development selects and manages Federal and State grants for county and municipal roads and bridges.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks Select grants.
Administer grant contracts.
Local Aid and Economic Development
Thomas Berryman 732.625.4287
Specific unit guidance:
Local Aid and Economic Development Web site
Local Aid and Economic Development Publications
Elkins Green, Director - 609.963.2065
Description Description The Division of Environmental Resources provides environmental support for projects initiated by Local Aid, Multimodal, and Operations and serves as the Department’s central point of contact for environmental policies and or procedures. The Division also provides environmental oversight of remedial activates at NJDOT owned facilities and rights of way. Finally the Division, in collaboration with Operations is responsible for maintaining a Storm Water Asset Management Program for the Department.
• Major Tasks Major Tasks Provide environmental support for projects initiated by Local Aid projects, Multimodal, and Operations.
Responsible for environmental policy and planning.
Provide environmental oversight and remediation on New Jersey Department of Transportation-owned facilities.
Responsible for Storm Water Asset Management Program.
Environmental Program Resources
Lauralee Rappleye - 609.963.2069 Major Tasks None provide
Paula Scelsi - 609.530.5464
Major Tasks None provided.
Air/Noise Technical Issues
Marie Limage - 609.530.3291 Major Tasks None provided.
Environmental Services Support Unit
Mohammad Yousef - 609.530.2973 Major Tasks None provided.
Storm Water Asset Management/Operations Support
Brett Hunger - 609.530.4834
Major Tasks None provided.
Specific unit guidance: