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    Lewis tftn fgdccg_08102010 Lewis tftn fgdccg_08102010 Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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”
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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: http://www.transportationresearch.gov/TFTN/default.aspx
      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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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”
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Questions?
      Steve Lewis
      (202) 366-9223
      steve.lewis@dot.gov