Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Presented by: Melody Bundy, Research Coordinator, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University & Louis Hoffman, Research Coordinator, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University

Melody Bundy and Louis Hoffman are co-program managers with a collective over 20 years of experience in travel training. Most of their research initiatives target improving access to transportation for disadvantaged populations, including people with disabilities and older adults. Recent examples of their transportation-equity focused projects include a pilot project funded by the Henry H. Kessler Foundation, Travel Instruction and Traumatic Brain Injury. The project focused on the development and refining of a comprehensive public transportation orientation that included small group and one-on-one travel instruction to facilitate the employment of NJ adults living with traumatic brain injury. Most of Ms. Bundy’s work includes training individuals to use public transportation to become independent travelers. She has experience as a trainer with community organizations and high school transition students, and her professional strengths focus on program/curriculum development and implementation. She received her Master of Public Administration degree in Non-Profit Management from Capella University and Bachelor degree in Economics from Seton Hall University. Mr. Hoffman currently manages multiple projects including a new multi-county mobility management program and leads targeted projects with schools and human service agencies. Throughout his tenure, he has created customized local guides using public transit. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of the School of Social Work at Rutgers University with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management as well as an area of emphasis in aging. He was a recipient of a 2012-13 Fellowship in Aging.

Course Objectives:

  • – Planning trips–schedules, maps, help over the phone and online
  • – Accessible features on NJ Transit buses, trains and light rail vehicles
  • – Reduced fares for older riders and people with disabilities
  • – Benefits of training through NJTIP at Rutgers University
  • – Additional transportation resources and local transit options

NJTIP tech sheet and Trans Alternatives