Stevens Students offer transportation ideas


The transportation brains of the future

Earlier this month, Stevens Institute of Technology Civil Engineering students took part in a meeting at Arthur’s Tavern to discuss various improvements that are possible within many modes of transportation.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers organized the meeting with over 60 members attending.

Stevens Students present traffic ideas at Arthurs Tavern in Hoboken NJ - Stevens Students offer transportation ideas

Many ideas including Washington Street!

Stevens Transportation Professor Leon Goodman managed the program, and attendees viewed presentations given by four students – which all concerned issues facing the NY/NJ area:

  • Matthew Larson talked about converting the express lanes on the Garden State Expressway to HOV lanes.
  • Nicholas Lowe conceived a plan to transform the PATH into a “people mover system.”
  • Kaitlynn White-Breit suggested countdown pedestrian signals for New York’s Time Square (similar to those in Hoboken).
  • Andrew Gennaro presented ways to improve traffic flow on Washington Street in the Mile Square.

Take a look at Andrew’s traffic plan below – which includes better signal devices, more efficient timing, and corner bump-outs (which Hoboken411 has been suggesting for years).

411 Money Saving Idea: Cut $140k from the Hoboken budget by scrapping the “Transportation Director” and enlisting students from our local engineering school to submit multiple projects on an annual basis (for school credit of course!)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 6:24 pm

Hoboken could use an adaptive traffic signal system at the exits/entrances into/out of town, like the kind that is going to be installed on Tonnelle Ave from Jersey City to Ridgefield.

Here’s info on how they work:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:14 pm

Now, you kids are probably saying to yourself, “Now, I’m gonna go out, and I’m gonna get the world by the tail, and wrap it around and put it in my pocket!!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably gonna find out, as you go out there, that you’re not gonna amount to Jack Squat!!” You’re gonna end up eating a steady diet of government cheese, and living in a van down by the river!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:32 pm

Great idea having Stevens kids supply improvement proposals. Why couldn’t they use Hoboken as a test bed for their concepts? A win win solution if you ask me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 12:53 pm

Take garden street and exclude single passenger vehicles from it? Do we have that much HOV traffic and won’t this make the traffic on other street that much worse? Plus what if you live on Garden and are driving home alone, will you get stopped by our crack cops while parking?

I give these kids credit for thinking outside of the box but their ideas don’t seem to take into account real world limitations or how displaced traffic will make other areas far worse.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:53 am

No no no to Washington St. curb extensions. I’ve dealt with a number of these in South Jersey, on much lower-traffic roads. They are a total nightmare to vehicle throughput as is, let alone adding a high volume bus route to the road as well.

They might work a lot of places in Hoboken, but definitely not the main thorofare.

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