Strategic Plan (SP) Development for Transportation for the Nation (TFTN)
Strategic Planning Effort 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
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 US-DOT as the “lead agency” for the “transportation theme” of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
US-DOT all roads data requirements such as accident reporting for enhanced safety, highway performance monitoring and bridge inventory.
Aligned with several initiatives such the emerging federal Geospatial Platform concept. - one element of the “geospatial portfolio”
TFTN and US DOT US DOT is a full partner in TFTN Transportation Theme Lead for the NSDI Produce and Maintain the National Transportation Atlas Databases (NTAD) FHWA HPMS Program collecting data from State DOTs Funding the Strategic Planning Effort
What Has Been Done? Outreach Activities
USGS/Census Bureau sponsored meeting of federal stakeholders 10/09
The Road Ahead 6 Perform outreach activities: interviews, workshops, meetings, surveys, case studies, etc. Identification of what’s working, what’s needed – current practices, requirements, strategies, standards, documentation Identification of institutional constraints, capacity, operational authority, motivation, benefits, etc. Potential ways of implementations Potential sources of funding
What is the purpose of TFTN?Is it to…
Improve economic efficiency by minimizing duplicate spending on collecting and maintaining the same road geometry and attributes across multiple levels of government and the private sector?
Identify the business processes and inter-governmental data flows that support the repeatable roll-up of local roads to the national level (i.e. a supply chain)?
Establish a consensus choice for the most complete, consistent, maintained, and public version of fully routable street centerlines for the nation?
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
Achieved via coordinated efforts from multiple levels of govt.
Provides a common geometric baseline
Persistent segment ID numbering
Advanced functionality is built on top of baseline
Data is in the public domain and readily shareable
TFTN Strategic Planning Findings to date
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:
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.)
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 TFTNDifferent benefits to different groups of stakeholders Core business benefits to the US-DOT To the HPMS program: see HPMS in the context of complete transportation To Highway Safety for nationwide accident mapping To Bridge inventory efforts 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 TFTNDifferent benefits to different groups of stakeholders(Continued) Benefits to State and Local Govt. 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