ITSNJ Hall of Fame Award

Each year an individual who has contributed significantly to achieving ITS in New Jersey throughout their career is honored as an inductee into the ITSNJ Hall of Fame. The ITSNJ Hall of Fame inductee should be a recognizable pillar of the ITS industry. Someone who serves as a champion, leader, subject matter expert and an ITS advocate. The inductee is a dedicated driver of ITS, is often referred to as innovative, a leader, a mentor, an icon working tirelessly to advance ITS through sustained participation.

This prestigious award is selected by the Executive Committee.


JohnWardHOFAward2021 Hall of Fame Recipient
John D. Ward
DVRPC (retired)

John Ward retired as the Deputy Executive Director of DVRPC this year. A champion of ITS for many years in the Delaware Valley region, John graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and received his MBA from Rutgers University in 1998. Along with Stan Platt, John developed entire DVRPC ITS Master Plan back in the late 1990's early 2000. Together, they established the current committee structures at DVRPC that included Transportation Operations Task Force Committee (Initially known as the ITS Technical Task Force). It was there in the ITS Technical Task Force where DVRPC brought all the various agencies together for the first time. John was also

instrumental in developing the framework for Delaware Valley Regional ITS Architecture. Under his leadership DVRPC created the Regional Integrated Multi-Modal Information Sharing (RIMIS) Project. His team established an ITS Coordinating Council that met for the initial 5 years or so. This was a biannual or quarterly meeting with the upper level, executive leadership of each agency that built and fostered a lot of the collaboration we see now.

Another big effort that was led by John was establishing DVRPC’s Traffic Incident Management Program. It started in Pennsylvania with the I-76/I-476 Incident Management Task Force in 1999. This was followed up 3 years later in 2002, by forming the first TIM team in NJ - I-295/I-76/NJ 42 Incident Management Task Force. This group is now called NJ SAFR (Southern Area First Responders) and encompasses the better portions of Camden and Gloucester Counties. He promoted and supported all regional TIM efforts and we were able to showcase these efforts at many national conferences. In his role as the Deputy Executive Director, John continued supporting and funding for Trans Ops, ITS and TIM programs. John always went to bat for Operations and ITS at both internal and external meetings. He was a vocal advocate and ally of using technology and agency collaboration to address congestion and other transportation challenges. advance ITS implementation and encourage innovation throughout one's career..