Department of Transportation

Subject Matter Experts

Statewide Planning | Multimodal Services | Local Aid and Economic Development | Environmental Resources

Planning, Multimodal and Grants Administration
Michael Russo, Assistant Commissioner
609.963.2255
Cell 609.433.5910

Statewide Planning
Andrew Swords, Director - 609.963.2236

Bureau of Safety, Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs (BSBPP)
Daniel LiSanti - 609.963.1879
#Description
The Bureau of Safety, Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs (BSBPP) is made up of two primary units: Safety Programs and the Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs.

Safety Programs
Amon Boucher - 609.963.1913
#Description
Safety Programs is responsible for the administration of the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and provides safety subject matter expertise on a wide variety of analyses, programs, projects and initiatives.
#Major Tasks
Administer the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for New Jersey.
Sub-Programs include:
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program Planning
  • Intersection Improvement Program
  • Crash Reduction Program
  • Utility Pole Mitigation
  • Segment Program
  • Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program
  • Local Safety Program – High Risk Rural Road Program
Develop and maintain Safety Programs.

Prepare and submit the Annual Safety Report to the FHWA

Develop NJ’s Safety Performance Targets to meet federal performance management requirements.

Complete Safety Management System (SMS) and Crash Analysis/ Design Exception requests.

Develop/Implement/Evaluate Safety Projects

Develop/Implement/Evaluate Systemic Safety Projects.

Perform/Review Highway Safety Manual Analyses

Review and assist MPOs with Local Safety Projects.

Conduct/participate in Road Safety Audits (RSAs) and Pedestrian Road Safety Audits (PRSAs).

Participate in Safety Focused Conferences, National Webinars and Federal Peer Exchanges
Area SME Phone
Highway Safety Improvement Program Support Amon Boucher 609.963.1913
Crash Analysis and Design Exception Amon Boucher 609.963.1913
Safe Routes to School William Riviere 609.963.2230
Complete Streets Elise Bermer-Nei 609.963.2203
Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Nipa Maniar 609.963.2222

Specific unit guidance:
HSIP
NJ 2015 SHSP
New Jersey Commuter Information Web site
Complete Streets Web site

Local Aid and Economic Development, Safe Routes to School

Statewide Strategies
James B. Lewis - 609.963.2220
#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
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.
Area SME Phone
Statewide Planning 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

Research Bureau
Amanda Gendek, Manager - 609.963.2242
#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
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

Library Services

Keep abreast of the state of practice and conduct of research and implement regular program changes and improvements.
Area SME Phone
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 Vacant
Infrastructure resilience representative, research  contract management, business process mapping, visual accessibility document conversion, and  SimpliGov development Stefanie Potapa 609.963.2227
Commuter Mobility, Highway Geometric Design, Bridge, Construction, Planning, Structural Design, Safety & Security, Infrastructure, Pavement, Contract Management, Engineering Priscilla Ukpah 609.963.2238
AASHTO RAC Representative, Local Technical Assistance Program, SHRP2, Local Aid, Bureau Policy/Procedures, Technology Transfer, Research Showcase, Research Library, Research Project Management, Bike/Ped. 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,, National Survey Coordination Suzanne Rizzo 609.963.2231
Stephanie Nock 609.963.2224
Research Library Services
Librarian
Pilara Koch
Shaaron Warne
609.963.1897
Specific unit guidance:
Research Bureau Web site
Research Library Website
NJDOT Technology Transfer Website
New Jersey STIC Website

Multimodal Services
Nicole Minutoli, Director - 609.963.2080
#Description
The The Division of Multimodal Services performs a range of functions which support public transportation, rail freight, ports and waterways, and aviation. Multimodal 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. We administer the State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program and Dredged Material Management Program. Multimodal 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 and the administration, inspection and oversight for all multimodal grant programs. The Division of Multimodal 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. Multimodal is also 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.
#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 Grants.
Provide freight planning, data collection and project coordination.

Maritime Resources, Freight Planning and Grants Management
Genevieve Clifton, Manager - 609.963.2103
Area SME Phone
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

Aeronautics & Multimodal Programs
Kimbrali Davis, Manager - 609.963.2100
Area SME Phone
UAS/Drone Program Glenn Stott 609.963.2100
South Jersey Regional Airport/ Greenwood Lake Airport Gerry Leipfinger 609.963.2100
Balloon and Airport Licenses Clare Mansfield 609.963.2100
Fixed Guideway – State Safety Oversight Agency Himanshu Patel 609.963.2090
Oversize/Overweight Truck Permitting Himanshu Patel 609.963.2085

Transportation Data and Support
Stephen Choborda, Manager - 609.963.2258
Area SME Phone
Traffic and Innovative Tech Chris Zajac 609.963.1893
Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Shahina Kazmi
Jorge Zapata
609.963.1734
609.963.2276
Weigh-in-Motion Peter Brzostowski
Eric Oberle
609.963.1869
609.963.1881
Crash Records, Straight Line Diagram, HPMS, Safe Corridor Program Paul Thomas 609.963.1889
Traffic Counts / Traffic Monitoring Antoun Abraham 609.963.1911

Local Aid and Economic Development
Laine Rankin, Director - 609.963.2021
#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
Select grants.

Administer grant contracts.
Area SME Phone
Local Aid and Economic Development Thomas Berryman 732.625.4287

Area SME Phone
State Aid David Bruccoleri 609.963.2003
I Bank Brian Wirtz 609.963.2000

State Funded Programs
The State Aid Program is one method by which the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) can work with county and municipal governments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s transportation system. The State funded programs administered by Local Aid are as follows:
Area SME Phone
Federal Aid: Local Safety; Local Concept Development; Emergency Relief(ER) Deven Patel 609.963.2008
Federal Aid: Transportation Alternatives/Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Policy Julie Seaman 609.963.2004

Federally Funded Programs
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations currently administer these Federal Aid Programs:

These programs encourage investment in those transportation projects that will yield the greatest mobility, have the least environmental impact, and make the most cost-effective use of available resources. All of these programs are reimbursement programs.

Area SME Phone
System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE); Project Management Reporting System (PMRS) Komila Pandit 609.963.2015


The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) online grant management system, SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically), is a method of accepting, reviewing, approving and managing grants.

SAGE users can submit grant applications, communicate with Grant Program staff, request changes and manage grants.

This system requires authorization for access. If you belong to a county or municipality, you already have an Authorized Official registered with access to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) SAGE. If not, please contact your organization's Authorized Official who can grant you access to the system from NJDCA SAGE. You will then be able to log into both systems, NJDCA and NJDOT SAGE. If you belong to any other type of organization, you may request access as an Authorized Official directly through NJDOT SAGE.

Area SME Phone
Local Aid Division Office 1035 Parkway Avenue PO Box 600 Trenton, NJ 08625-0600 Programs and Policy Laine Rankin 609.963.2021
Local Aid, District 1 Mount Arlington Roxbury Corporate Center 200 Stierli Court, 1st Floor Mount Arlington, NJ 07856 Counties: Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Adam Iervolino 973.601.6700
Local Aid District 2, Newark 153 Halsey Street, 5th Floor Newark, NJ 07102 Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Eileen Schack 973.877.1500
Local Aid, District 3, Trenton 1035 Parkway Avenue PO Box 600 Trenton, NJ 08625-0600 Counties: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Thomas Berryman 609.963.2020
Local Aid, District 4, Cherry Hill Salim Mikhael 856.486.6618
One Executive Campus Route 70 West, 3rd Floor Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem    
Local Aid Resource Center 1035 Parkway Avenue PO Box 600 Trenton, NJ 08625-0600 Veronica Murphy 609.963.1854

Specific unit guidance:
Local Aid and Economic Development Web site
Local Aid and Economic Development Publications

Environmental Resources
Elkins Green, Director - 609.963.2065
#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
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
Area SME Phone
Environmental Project Compliance (NEPA, EO 215) Lauralee Rappleye 609.963.2069
Historic Resource Technical Issues Lauralee Rappleye 609.963.2069
Environmental Policy/Legislation Paula Scelsi 609.963.2072
Ecological & Permit Technical Issues Paula Scelsi 609.963.2072
Air/Noise Technical Issues Marie Limage 609.963.2066

Environmental Services Support Unit
Mohammad Yousef - 609.530.2973
Area SME Phone
Hazardous Waste/Site Remediation Mohammad Yousef 609.530.2973
Solid Waste Tim Steinbeiser 609.530.4293
Storm Water Asset Management/Operations Project Support Brett Hunger 609.530.4834
Specific unit guidance:

Last updated date: December 12, 2019 1:28 PM