On December 9th from 1-2 pm, CAIT researcher and dean emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, Dr. James W. Hughes, discussed economic trends the Northeast region is facing as it heads into the new year and continues to recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Watch a recording of his presentation as part of the CAIT Seminar Series below.


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 infrastructure bill that represents a substantial investment in roadways, bridges, and transportation infrastructure not seen on such a large scale in decades.

In this webinar, Dr. James W. Hughes discussed his research tracking economic recovery from COVID-19 and its impact on transportation, demographic shifts, and more throughout the pandemic.