Leveraging Big Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management

The objective of this research is to provide guidelines that: (1) describe current and emerging sources of Big Data that could improve traffic incident management; (2) describe potential opportunities to leverage Big Data that could advance traffic incident management state of the practice; (3) identify potential challenges (e.g., security, proprietary, inter-operability issues) for Traffic Incident Management agencies to leverage Big Data; and (4) develop a matrix of Big Data options for Traffic Incident Management agencies to use based on their current capabilities. The research should address a broad range of issues related to Big Data and its use to enhance traffic incident management such as, but not limited to the following: (1) An assessment of research, practices, and innovative approaches in the United States and other countries that complement the research objective; (2) Data (including non-traditional public and private sources) that are available and the range of costs to access them; (3) Relationships that could be identified between the objectives of improved safety, quick clearance, reduced delay, and existing data that would support improved protocols or resources; (4) Critical actions, using Big Data analytics, that could result in significant improvements in safety and incident delay; (5) Data sharing limitations, regulations, and agreements that need to be addressed to fully realize the potential of Big Data in traffic incident management; (6) Big Data uses for identifying and evaluating traffic incident management performance measures, including, but not limited to roadway clearance time, incident clearance time, and secondary crashes; and (7) The use of Big Data analytics for predictive traffic incident management.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 17-75

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Energy Management Corporation

    13880 Dulles Corner Lane
    Herndon, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pecheux, Kelley

  • Start Date: 20160815
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180601
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40215

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572385
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 17-75
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 1:01AM