ATTENTION TRANSPORTATION, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS, for more information please contact Jon Carnegie, executive director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, 848-932-2840.
NJTIP JOINS RUTGERS’ VOORHEES TRANSPORTATION CENTER TO EXPAND TRAVEL, TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC), a national leader in transportation research and education and the nucleus of transportation-related policy research, training and education at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will join with the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), a not-for-profit organization based in Livingston, N.J. The merger will expand and complement VTC’s current portfolio of expertise to include travel training for individuals with disabilities, the elderly and other transportation-disadvantaged populations on how to use existing public transit services to help achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
NJTIP has provided innovative travel instruction programs and services since 2007, including individualized training, programs for high school special-education students, group training for senior citizens and workshops for job coaches and vocational counselors. NJTIP has trained more than 900 individuals to use public transportation services.
“This merger represents an exciting opportunity for VTC, NJTIP, and New Jerseyans of all ages who struggle with mobility issues and who could benefit from NJTIP’s diverse program of travel instruction services,” said Jon Carnegie, VTC executive director. “We hope to expand NJTIP’s services both in terms of activities and the geographic area within which we offer travel instruction services. NJTIP’s focus on serving the transportation disadvantaged fits well with VTC’s other equity-focused transportation research and projects. Having NJTIP as part of our organization will allow us the opportunity to evaluate more directly the effectiveness of various travel instruction approaches.”
The impacts of travel instruction can yield tremendous benefits to individuals, such as increased independence, increased mobility options with associated cost savings and decreased isolation from their community. Societal benefits include cost savings associated with use of fixed-route transit service in place of more costly paratransit services.
“I am extremely pleased and confident that NJTIP will continue to grow and prosper under the guidance, support and creative leadership of the Voorhees Transportation Center,” added Barbara Small, founding director of NJTIP. “The possibilities for NJTIP’s success at Rutgers are limitless.”