Cutting costs, saving time and managing traffic
The 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard puts the cost of traffic congestion in the U.S. at $160 billion annually. That includes 3 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 7 billion extra hours of commuter drive time.
Two of the most gridlock-plagued roads are in the N.J./N.Y. metro area, and New York-Newark pays the highest cost in the nation for congestion and loses the most hours in delays.
These fundamentals drive the research of Lazar Spasovic, who is the director of NJIT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Resource Center and one of the country’s top experts in the field of intelligent transportation management. Research by Dr. Spasovic and his team at NJIT aims to help New Jersey transportation leaders use technology and big data to manage traffic more intelligently, implement “smart” road networks, and give drivers real-time and predictive information to aid decision-making. By capturing live streams of granular data on traffic speed and volume on roads throughout the state, Dr. Spasovic, also a professor of civil and environmental engineering at NJIT, hopes to use the information superhighway to unclog real-world roadways.