With more than 1 million cases and 25,000 fatalities, New Jersey was one of the states hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Northeast region in particular was significantly impacted, with many structural shifts in how people work, travel, and play still in place today despite rising vaccination rates. From declines in public transit ridership to supply chain delays and workforce shortages across multiple industries, the region is confronting a new era of transportation challenges as it moves into 2022. New opportunities are arising as well, such as the proposed infrastructure bill that represents a substantial investment in roadways, bridges, and transportation infrastructure not seen on such a large scale in decades.

Dr. James W. Hughes, dean emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and a CAIT researcher has been tracking economic recovery from COVID-19 and its impact on transportation, demographic shifts, and more throughout the pandemic. In this free webinar, he will discuss these trends that transportation is facing, opportunities, and what the “new” normal might look like as we head into the new year.

Key Takeaways:

  • Review latest economic trends stemming from the pandemic and how they are shifting transportation
  • Discuss what structural changes might be here to stay over the long-term
  • Learn about new opportunities that could help foster economic recovery and support transportation and infrastructure