Information Services in Social Networked Transportation

Over the past 20 years the transportation sector has experienced an information technology (IT) revolution, as the national program in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planned and launched a wide variety of IT-based systems. Today the transportation sector is poised for a second IT-driven revolution, this one more far-reaching than the first. This second IT revolution, "social networked transportation" (SNT), realizes the functionality of social networks, already well known in the IT sector, in the transportation sector. Social networked transportation leverages pre-existing IT investments to realize new services and functions that significantly enhance mobility. Based on the experiences of other sectors in the economy where social networking is well underway, the project predicts that social networked transportation will require less investment than traditional ITS even as it can generate similarly enormous benefits. This research combines research in social networking and research in transportation to achieve useful insights into social networked transportation (SNT). We seek to understand the functions and the benefits of SNT, the processes that make SNT possible, and the institutional innovations needed to facilitate those processes. The project expects that the results of this research would interest a wide audience, from transportation researchers to field practitioners.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    One Georgia Center
    600 West Peachtree Street, NW
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Public Policy
    685 Cherry Street
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332-0345
  • Principal Investigators:

    Watkins, Kari

    Klein, Hans

  • Start Date: 20120501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33609

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640928
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC12, A0-UTC-041
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2017 1:02AM