D3: Data and GIS in Transportation Planning

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:30 a.m. - noon EDT

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"Do you find the analysis of Census data cumbersome? Before we created a simplified analysis tool, we did too! 

During this presentation we'd like to introduce you to a tool that we created to compress over 500 columns of ACS data into four simple categories. We will show you how to access the tool, how to use the tool to perform geographic-specific calculations, and where you can reference the tool's training manual. This session is a must for any organization preparing to update a metropolitan transportation plan or a travel demand model.  "

"Travel demand management and multimodal planning are hot topics in transportation planning. But how can public agencies identify the best projects to invest in? What vehicle trips are most likely to convert to other modes if new options are introduced?  When every neighborhood is clamoring for better sidewalks, where do you begin? In this session, Kim Harrison of StreetLight Data and Scott Lane of Stantec will answer these questions using geospatial “big data” from mobile devices. They will discuss how beginning the TDM process with real-world big data that represents a large sample of the population has unique advantages – especially as compared to planning with potentially biased data such as resident feedback.  

Kim will begin the presentation by describing how seven key transportation analytics can be derived from big data: hourly traffic volumes, TAZ-level origin-destination matrices, trip speed, trip duration, free flow factor, traveler demographics, and trip purpose. Next, Scott will walk through two real-world case studies he conducted for Pinehurst, North Carolina. First, he’ll share a city-wide scan of travel patterns to identify the best opportunities for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects. Second, he will walk through a corridor-level study to diagnose a particular traffic jam. He will share the travel demand management solutions that, according to big data, have high potential to help combat it.

Kim and Scott will wrap up their discussion by illustrating that big data can save time and resources at the beginning of a project; they’ll also point out false positives that big data can indicate if not used properly. Big data cannot replace, but can greatly complement, other elements of transportation planning and public engagement. By the end of the session, attendees will understand that data alone doesn’t solve problems – planners do. The data can help you get the real-world information you need to solve challenges effectively and efficiently to create TDM solutions and multimodal project opportunities. "

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro (DCHC) MPO partnered with GeoDecisions to redesign their TIP database and application, as well as incorporate CTP and MTP data into the application. DCHC's redesigned application is map-centric and establishes linkages for projects across the various transportation planning phases, from CTP to final TIP. 




Suraiya Motsinger

Suraiya Motsinger serves as a Transportation Planning Project Manager in the AECOM Wilmington Office. Ms. Motsinger has more than 10 years of professional experience in transportation planning. She has experience managing high-profile planning projects, presenting to diverse audiences, and facilitating municipal and state committee meetings. Ms. Motsinger manages projects across ... Read More

Kory Wilmot

Kory Wilmot is an AICP certified urban planner who has been with AECOM in the Raleigh-Durham Office for the past 12 years. Mr. Wilmot primarily focuses on environmental planning, socio-economic analysis, and public involvement. His responsibilities consist of project management and technical studies related to community impacts and indirect and ... Read More

Adam Migliore

Adam Migliore Meyer is a Transportation Planner in the AECOM Raleigh office. He has worked on a variety of projects that include comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian planning, community impact assessments, public transportation studies, preparation of FTA Small Starts/New Starts Applications, and NEPA documentation. Projects have involved public engagement, socioeconomic ... Read More

Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison has nearly 25 years of experience providing database and data solutions to a range of industries and clients. She currently serves as StreetLight Data’s Eastern Region Territory Manager, where she works with public agencies and engineering firms that use Big Data-derived transportation analytics for engineering, planning, and ... Read More

Scott Lane

"Scott has more than 24 years of planning and policy development experience including directing metropolitan planning organizations and serving as a senior project manager in the private sector. Between that private and public work, he’s seen just about everything when it comes to transportation planning and policy matters at ... Read More

Caitlyn Meyer

Caitlyn Meyer serves as a project manager for GeoDecisions®, a division of Gannett Fleming. Caitlyn is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and leads GIS business efforts in North Carolina. She is trained in project management, business analysis, and user acceptance testing best practices, and employs those skills on several transportation-related ... Read More

Aaron Cain, AICP

Aaron Cain, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner for the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Transportation Organization. Prior to joining DCHC MPO in 2016, he was with the Durham City-County Planning Department for ten years working primarily in long-range planning, including small area plans, transportation planning, and affordable housing initiatives. He also ... Read More

Durmus Cesar

Durmus is the Application Support, Database, and GIS Manager at the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO. Read More

Contact Info

Neil Burke, nburke@ci.charlotte.nc.us