NJTIP@Rutgers: Travel Instruction for Senior Citizens and people with Disabilities
New Jersey Travel Independence Program at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Travel Instructions Services Offered by NJTIP@Rutgers
One on One Travel Instruction:
NJTIP offers One-on-One travel instruction, which pairs each customer with a Travel Instructor. The instructor teaches travel skills by riding on the bus or train with the customer until the customer is ready to travel independently.
There are several ways to obtain One-on-One travel instruction:
*Option 1: One-on-One travel instruction is available to customers who have applied to Access Link and live in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Middlesex and Union Counties, except for those with visual impairments. The only cost to customers during instruction is paying their own fares. Each graduate receives a free one-month bus pass.
*Option 2: One-on-One travel instructions is available to residents of select counties free of charge based on available grant funding.
*Option 3: One-on-One travel instruction may also be available on a fee-for-service basis depending on the circumstances of the request.
For more information on Option 2 and 3, please contact NJTIP@Rutgers.
Small Group Travel Instruction:
Our Small Group Travel Instruction familiarization and orientation programs benefit senior citizens and people with disabilities who do not need intensive one-on-one training and enjoy the camaraderie of learning in a group setting.
Groups participate in classes and escorted trips to popular local destinations including shopping malls, transit hubs and supermarkets.
Services offered by NJTIP@Rutgers are available in Spanish.
NJTIP Travel Instructors teach professionals and volunteers from social service agencies, schools, and senior residences how to become informed advocates for public transportation, so they can better assist their clients, students and residents with navigating the public transportation network.
In-School Travel Instruction:
NJTIP has developed classroom curriculum for students in high school transition programs. NJTIP Travel Instructors teach weekly classes at each school and lead monthly field trips for practical experience.
We also teach traffic safety skills and bus familiarization for students who are not ready for independent travel.
What is Travel Instruction?
Travel Instruction teaches individuals how to travel safely by themselves using public transportation: the bus, train, light rail, country and private systems.
NJTIP customers learn how to read bus and train schedules: plan their; pay their fares and take safety precautions.
After finishing training, our customers enjoy traveling on their own to go to work or school; to get to shopping malls and medical appointments and to visit family and friends.
NJTIP Travel Instructors are seasoned professionals with experience in teaching, special education and assisting individuals with special needs.
Confused about using the bus or train? NJTIP@Rutgers can help!
What is NJTIP@Rutgers?
The mission of the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) is to increase the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, older adults and others by empowering them to use the public transit system safely and independently.
In 2013, NJTIP merged with 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 University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Since 2005, NJTIP has worked with a variety of government agencies, community organizations and schools to teach travel skills to more than 3,500 individuals
For more information about NJTIP services, please visit our website:
njtip.rutgers.edu or contact:
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue, Fourth Floor
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Telephone: (848) 932-4499
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Rutgers, NJTIP program and I give them full credit for the information. I have never used the program before so I have no opinion on it either good or bad to how it works. Please call or email them for more information.