The AMPO GIS and Data Visualization Interest Group seeks to build capacity amongst MPOs and advance the state of practice for GIS capabilities within MPOs. Emerging technology, big data, shared mobility, and consumer preference are fundamentally changing the transportation network in many metropolitan areas throughout the country. In addition, MPOs are planning for activities that go well beyond the traditional federal requirements. As a result, GIS has become a critical element of the metropolitan transportation planning process. Focus areas to be addressed include, but are not limited to…
- Best practices
- GIS analysis
- Data acquisition and management
- Data partnerships
- New technologies, services, and application development
In 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) emphasized the importance of transportation performance management by introducing performance measures to be integrated into the transportation planning process. GIS will serve as a critical tool as these measures and subsequent targets are developed and reevaluated on an ongoing basis.
Provide a forum for peer exchange and sharing of GIS tools, best practices, guidance, and resources that support:
- Advancing the state of practice as it relates to data, map, and application development;
- Integrating GIS capabilities into the metropolitan planning process;
- Coordinating with a diverse group of multi-jurisdictional policymakers and stakeholders;
- Developing strategies, techniques, and methods to meet the diverse needs of MPO stakeholders, projects, programs, and activities;
- Identifying opportunities, challenges, needs, and emerging issues as they relate to GIS, data, mapping, and application development;
- Communicating and sharing best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with other MPOs and at transportation planning events, as appropriate; and
- Communicating and sharing best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with, AASHTO, FHWA, FTA, and regional planning partners, as appropriate.
GIS and Data Visualization Discussion Forum
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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Kim Korejko is DVRPC’s Manager, Office of Data Coordination. Kim is responsible for establishing and implementing planning data policies, standards, organization, and innovation of data at the enterprise level. Her work also involves researching and improving the way DVRPC discovers and shares planning data between departments, member agencies, and the public. Prior to this role, Kim worked in DVRPC’s GIS department, where she focused on data management and cartography.
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
Charlene Howard, GISP, is the Planning Data Resources Manager for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) in Washington, DC, where she oversees the organization’s spatial data resources. She and her team support TPB by working with staff to identify opportunities for leveraging GIS and other technologies for developing data visualization products for TPB programs. In her spare time, you can find Charlene running mountain trails and generally enjoying the great outdoors with her dogs.
Ozarks Transportation Organization
Dave Faucett has worked as a GIS Analyst at the Ozarks Transportation Organization since 2016 where his responsibilities include data analysis and visualization support for OTO plans and programs. Prior to employment at the OTO, Dave worked as a Planner at the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments. Mr. Faucett holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Geospatial Science from Missouri State University.
Acadiana Planning Commission
Ashley Moran is a transportation planner with the Acadiana Planning Commission’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. She has a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners, and primarily works in data analysis, project development, and public involvement.
City of Chattanooga
Melissa Taylor is the Director of Strategic Long-range Planning for the City of Chattanooga. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has been a land use and transportation planner in the City for 23 years. She has spent the last 15 of those years directing federal transportation planning and programming for the region’s MPO, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/N. Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). In 2020, she received AMPO’s Individual Staff Achievement Award for Leadership in the Field of Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Programming. She was the driving force behind the TPO’s 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Award from FHWA and FTA for Community-Sensitive Performance-based Planning. Much of her work has been distributed nationally as best practice by FHWA and Transportation for America, most notably in the areas of performance-based planning and programming, active living and safety, and meaningful public engagement.
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Santa Fe MPO
Erick is a Transportation and Urban Planner employed with the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization as the MPO Officer. He has practiced land use and transportation planning in the Southwest since 1996 and began his career working for the USDA Rural Development AmeriCorps Program in Aztec, NM. He has served as Planning Director for Aztec, NM and La Plata County, CO and worked with the New Mexico MainStreet Program as Aztec’s Mainstreet Director and directly as Program Associate.
Mark Sarmiento: Mark is a Community Planner at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C., with over 25 years of experience using GIS, working with geospatial data, and enabling transportation agencies to become more effective through these technologies. For the last 10 years he has concentrated on providing capacity building resources that highlight the noteworthy efforts by transportation agencies to apply GIS and use geospatial data in the work that they do. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
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