GIS Best Practices for Transportation Agencies in the Inland Empire of Southern California

The project has the straightforward goal of adding value to the use of Geographic Information Systems (hereafter GIS) by public and quasi-public transportation agencies in the Inland Empire region, defined for these purposes as San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Despite evidence of dramatic improvements from the application of GIS in both the operations and efficiency of transportation agencies, the transportation community nationwide has been a late (and as yet partial) adopter of GIS technology. Moreover, there have been no systematic studies of actual transportation agency uses of GIS, or of best practices in transportation agency use of GIS. The project is thus simultaneously extremely practical, and a broadly valuable contribution to the state of knowledge regarding transportation GIS in practice. Two important steps toward achieving the project's goal are to determine current GIS practices by the region's transportation agencies and to establish the state of knowledge regarding best practices for transportation agency use of GIS. A comparison of the two will reveal potential GIS service extensions - a universal wish list of possible GIS applications in transportation. From the potential extensions the research team will recommend a prioritized sequence of GIS service extensions for various agency types and sizes, with an eye toward helping agencies get the most out of their GIS systems given real budget constraints. The final report will be targeted to the regional community of transportation agencies and local policy makers, with an express focus on recommended GIS practices for agencies of varying size and type. The project will also benefit significantly from the GIS and regional research capabilities resident at Cal Poly Pomona. In particular, deliverables will include two products that capitalize on these opportunities. The first is a special workshop on GIS for transportation agencies, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Inland Empire and targeted to the region's transportation agency professionals and policy makers. The second is a featured content channel on the Regional Research Portal, a web-based geospatial metadata portal currently under construction at the Cal Poly Pomona Center for GIS Research. Accordingly, an important secondary goal of the project is to build lasting links between transportation agencies and professionals in the region and the University's GIS faculty, staff and resources.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $73609.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Thornton, Rusty

    • Performing Organizations:

      California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

      3801 West Temple Avenue
      Pomona, CA  United States  91768
    • Principal Investigators:

      Reibel, Michael

    • Start Date: 20080801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20091201
    • Source Data: RiP Project 18137

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01462573
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Leonard Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 2008-NBG-1024
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:06PM