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The Past, Present, and Future of Data for Traveler Information

Michael Berman, AICP, Senior Strategic Planner, ICx Transportation

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The Past, Present, and Future of Data for Traveler Information

  1. 1. The Past, Present and Future of Data for Traveler Information Michael Berman ICx Transportation Group
  2. 2. Act I
  3. 3. New technologies are changing transportation data
  4. 4. We can use these changes to meet travelers’ needs
  5. 5. Existing practices—and inertia— make it difficult to see opportunities
  6. 6. There are creative and safe ways to explore the possibilities
  7. 7. Focus on needs and match the data source to those needs
  8. 8. Act II, Scene 1
  9. 9. Transportation data collection is based on available technologies
  10. 10. Traffic counts were first done manually, and then with tubes
  11. 11. Inductive loops represented a significant leap forward
  12. 12. New technologies—GPS, cell phones, and more—expand the options
  13. 13. Act II, Scene 2
  14. 14. Uses of data have been driven by the available data, not by needs
  15. 15. Traffic Management Systems are built to use what loops provide
  16. 16. By extension, traveler information systems were built to use that data
  17. 17. Or, radio reports used helicopters (another form of “technology”)
  18. 18. Act II, Scene 3
  19. 19. We can now start to provide what people really want and need
  20. 20. Most people want to know “How long will it take to get there?”
  21. 21. Information can now come from cars
  22. 22. Instead of this…
  23. 23. We can do this… Tb-Ta=TT
  24. 24. Creative partnerships, rights, and institutional structures are needed
  25. 25. How can agencies take advantage of these opportunities? Ownership not needed
  26. 26. Act III
  27. 27. Travelers want better information than they have been getting
  28. 28. Focus on needs and match the data source to those needs
  29. 29. Traveler Information—when and where travelers want it
  30. 30. Michael Berman michael.berman@icxt.com 425-367-4403

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