Special Features

Transportation History

“Connecting Us” is a special course developed and conducted by Lee Goodman, a transportation engineer and planner with more than 40 years of experience in planning, design, and operations of transportation systems and programs. Goodman, now a transportation project consultant, formerly worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is a past international president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

On this page you'll find links to course segments and a video interview in which Goodman provides insights, observations, and reflections on his work in transportation.

The course reviews the development of the region’s extensive and heavily-traveled arterial highway network, focusing on the decades since the 1920s, the present, and the future. The course’s 10 segments—all of which will be posted here in sequence—examine key influences and “influencers,” system milestones, points of controversy, the current system’s status, and the outlook ahead. It also presents and analyzes past, current, and emerging concepts for policy, planning, design, and operations of the arterial highway system, including its role in the region's transit systems.


  1. Regional Transportation at the Turn of the 20th Century 

  2. Emergence of Automobiles 1920s–1930s

  3. Influences on New York/New Jersey Arterial Highway Development

  4. Bridges and Tunnels

  5. Highway Programs of New York and New Jersey and Various Authorities

  6. Post World War II 1950s–1960s

  7. New Twists 1960s–1970s

  8. Recent Developments

  9. Missed Opportunities

  10. Question & Answer Session