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  • 1. Strategic Planning for Transportation for the Nation (TFTN)
    Steve Lewis
    Geospatial Information Officer, USDOT
    Director, Office of Geospatial Information Systems, USDOT/RITA/BTS
    August 10, 2010
  • 2. Background
    Influenced by several different efforts:
    NSGIC’s For the Nation (FTN) initiatives that called for the development of TFTN and Imagery For the Nation (IFTN)
    OMB Circular A-16 identifies the USDOT as the “lead agency” for the “transportation theme” of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
    Emerging USDOT data requirements for geospatial data for all roads, such as accident reporting for enhanced safety and bridge inventory.
    Aligned with several initiatives such the emerging federal Geospatial Platform concept. - one element of the “geospatial portfolio”
  • 3. TFTN Concept
    “Creation and maintenance of high-quality, nationwide transportation data that is in the public domain”
    An initial focus on street centerlines, but eventually multi-modal
    Nationwide data spanning all states and territories
    All roads, not just Federally funded roads
    Provides a common geometric baseline
    Road naming
    Persistent segment ID numbering
    Advanced functionality is built on top of baseline
    Data is in the public domain and readily shareable
  • 4. Strategic Planning Effort - History
    RITA/BTS agreed to fund and manage the effort
    Funds obligated and contractor selected in October 2009
    Koniag Technology Solutions
    Applied Geographics
    Suffered through many contracting glitches associated with “end-of-year” money
    Contract finally awarded in March 2010
  • 5. Strategic Planning Effort – The Process
    Identify and engage the entire stakeholder community
    All levels of government
    Private Sector
    Citizens (e.g. OpenStreetMap community)
    Define requirements, challenges and opportunities
    Document progress already made, good ideas & challenge current assumptions
    Explore implementation issues
    Evaluate funding requirements and sources
  • 6. What Has Been Done?
    USGS/Census Bureau sponsored meeting of federal stakeholders, October 2009
    Presentation at the NSGIC Annual Conference, October 2009
    Presentation at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2010
    Presentation at the ESRI Federal User Conference, February 2010
    Presentation at the NSGIC Midyear Conference, February 2010
    Creation of TFTN Website, Spring 2010:
    Press Releases, Spring 2010
    Workshop at the AASHTO GIS for Transportation Symposium, April 2010
    Creation of TFTN Steering Committee, June 2010
    Initial Stakeholder Interviews, June 2010
    Workshop at the ESRI User Conference, July 2010
  • 7. The Road Ahead
    More interviews, workshops, meetings, surveys, case studies, etc.
    Workshop at the NSGIC Annual Conference, September 2010
    Workshop at the URISA GIS Pro Conference, September 2010
    Through these, we will:
    Identify what’s working, what’s needed – current practices, requirements, strategies, standards, documentation
    Identify institutional constraints, capacity, operational authority, motivation, benefits, etc.
    Formulate strategies for implementation
    Identify potential sources of funding
  • 8. Trends from the Workshops and Interviews
    Near Unanimous Support
    All of those interviewed and most of those who attended the workshops have indicated their support for this effort
    Learned of a number of similar efforts underway that benefit from TFTN
    Safety could be a key to the success of TFTN
    A geospatial representation of ALL ROADS is needed to meet many of the USDOTs Safety Initiatives
    A geospatial representation of ALL ROADS is needed for emergency response
    Lots of federal money for safety initiatives
  • 9. Trends from the Workshops and Interviews
    “Think Regionally Act Locally”
    States and counties are beginning to look beyond their borders
    States and counties are the authoritative data source for their transportation data
    “Can you live with that?”
    The Stakeholders have different needs
    Need to find a baseline that works with everyone
    Once the baseline is established, the consumers can add their own “special sauce”
  • 10. Baseline Geometry with “Special Sauce”
    “Special sauce” can be content and/or capabilities
    The specifics of what’s included in “baseline geometry” requires further definition
    We need ideas and input from stakeholders on what’s feasible
    Initial, minimal components might be:
    Road naming
    Basic attributes (e.g. functional classification)
    Persistent segment ID numbering
  • 11. Additional Potential Components
    Address ranges/geocoding (could be a minimal component?)
    • Advanced attributes (e.g. width, lanes)
    Full routability (e.g. speeds, turn restrictions, etc.)
    Enhanced cartographic display (e.g. annotation, symbolization, etc.)
    Linear referencing systems (LRS)
    Integration with photo/imagery catalogs
  • 12. A Potential Model for TFTN - HPMS
    FHWA reporting requirements for the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) include the submission of a geospatial network of all Federal-aid roads by each State DOT
    Current reporting requirements for the HPMS could be expanded to require all roads
    Detailed HPMS attributes would continues to be provided for only Federal-aid roads
    Annual nature of HPMS reporting provides a data update mechanism
    USDOT works with states to develop basic standards
    Reporting requirement would enable states to utilize FHWA funding for creation and maintenance of inventory
  • 13. Obstacles Associated With This Model
    FHWA has to change the HPMS Reporting Requirements to include all roads in the geospatial submission
    States are not required to work with neighbors for connectivity
    The level of quality/accuracy varies from State to State
  • 14. How Can These Obstacles Be Overcome?
    State-level Best Practices for Creating Statewide Road Inventories
    Activate government partners at County and Local level
    Provide funding and technical support
    State collects and aggregates into statewide data
    Examples of this approach include: AR and OH
    Public-Private partnership with commercial mapping firms
    State contracts with private sector for creation and maintenance of statewide inventories
    State obtains licensed data and a mechanism for posting update requests
    Examples of this approach include: NY and MA
  • 15. Potential Benefits of TFTN
    Core business benefits to the USDOT
    To the HPMS program: see HPMS in the context of complete transportation
    To Highway Safety for nationwide accident mapping
    To bridge inventory effort
    Benefits to “sister” federal agencies
    Reduces costs from redundant nationwide data sets
    Provides public domain data for sharing with partners
    Potential collaboration and synergy with other significant mapping programs at USGS and US Census
  • 16. Potential Benefits of TFTN
    Benefits to State and Local Governments
    Potentially opens up FHWA resources for statewide road inventories
    Streamlined requests for data
    Provides public domain data
    Facilitates sharing with partners
    Better data – particularly for rural areas – for GPS-based navigation
    Easier cross border /multi-jurisdiction coordination and collaboration
    Benefits to the General Public
    Consistent data across agencies and programs to support citizen services
    Publically accessible data for citizen and commercial innovation
  • 17. Questions?
    Steve Lewis
    (202) 366-9223