Data Use and Organizational Innovations in Transportation Planning

This project will bridge gaps between existing and future transportation planning processes by considering new and emerging sources and uses of data made available through advanced technologies. Although there have been many efforts to develop real-time, operational applications for data generated by new technologies (e.g., dynamic route guidance), relatively few have studied the implications of new data for strategic planning applications. We propose to examine existing methods of capturing and using data generated by advanced technologies among transportation agencies. Moreover, we will construct and evaluate innovative mechanisms for integrating potential new sources of data with the transportation planning process. Finally, we will identify organizational and process design features that limit the integration of data with planning processes. These limits on data usage will suggest areas for improving organizational and process designs, for the ultimate benefit of surface transportation system performance.