ITSNJ Young Professional Award

ITSNJ celebrates the Young Professionals in the field of ITS. This category recognizes an individual, 35 years old or younger, who has advanced ITS in New Jersey.


MelvinJones2021 ITSNJ Young Professional Award Recipient
Melvin H. Jones, Jr
NJ Transit

Since 2017, Melvin has served as a Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer and UX/UI Designer of Digital Commerce, Point of Sale, and Fare Collection at NJ TRANSIT. As a technical lead with deep expertise in mobile wallet and RFID technologies, intelligent transport systems, and data analysis, Melvin is supporting NJ TRANSIT’s shift to an automated fare collection landscape. Melvin spearheaded the “MyTix'' mobile ticketing system redevelopment, improving the customer experience by delivering comprehensive trip planning tools, contactless payments, and mobile wallet solutions all from the NJ TRANSIT Mobile App — which received a star rating of 4.7 out of 5 (up from 1.7 for its predecessor).Melvin also served as the technical lead on these recent projects: Mobile Validation Device (MVD), enabling crewmembers to collect fares electronically FLEXPASS, a flexible ticket option for riders VAXRIDE, a campaign to ensure transit equity in vaccine access Melvin’s work has resulted in the following gains for NJ TRANSIT:$13.5M in savings on ticket vending machine maintenance fees annually $2M in savings for the 24M tickets sold through mobile Fraud prevention through mobile validation, projected to save $15.5M annually. It is difficult to overstate the impact of Melvin’s contributions at NJ TRANSIT, which serves as one of the main transportation arteries for the tri-state area and is depend upon by a million riders each day.
Submitting a Nomination
  • Nominations are currently closed. Nominations will be open in summer 2022.
  • Submissions must include a Statement on how the individual meets the evaluation criteria and a Photo of Nominee
  • Submissions must not exceed five (5) pages
  • A resume may be submitted, but shall be included in the 5-page limit

Pictures of all winners may be displayed at the Annual Meeting.