Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 128. Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies

Sharing technical transportation data in ways that both inform and enhance understanding is both necessary and challenging. With the advent of performance-based planning and programming, transportation agencies are finding it essential to relay information across a number of performance areas in ways that are easily understood by a broad audience. Data visualization methods (DVM) can be especially effective in analyzing, mapping, displaying, and reporting a wide range of data to support planning functions; however, research is needed to produce a systematic classification of data visualization methods and an assessment of how these methods can best be used by local agencies and state transportation departments to enhance the analytical process. It is not only important to share the data, but also to explain the decisions that result from analyzing that data. Visualization techniques can enhance both objectives. The types of data addressed by this approach include but are not limited to travel-related data, environmental information, safety data, Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) reporting, asset management information, and operations data. These data resources are representative of the range of information that modern systems are currently displaying and reporting as an aid to the planning profession. Given the continuing demand for information sharing to facilitate effective decision-making, there is a critical need for guidance on how to identify and select effective data visualization tools and techniques. The objective of this research is to evaluate Design Visualization Methods and their applicability to transportation planning and analysis. This study will produce a systematic classification of tools and techniques that can be employed for analyzing, displaying and reporting information, and it will provide guidance on how to select the most appropriate tools and techniques as a function of the desired application. This research should address relatively simple and commonly available DVMs as well as those that are more complex and/or expensive. It should not address project design and construction project visualization.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task 128

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive
    Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Higgins, Nathan

  • Start Date: 20150618
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160617
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40785

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  • Accession Number: 01598841
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task 128
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 4 2016 1:00AM