The AMPO GIS and Data Visualization Working 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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Charlene Howard, GISP
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
Charlene 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.
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
James possesses 15 years of professional experience within the realm of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and 5 years of Transportation Planning, including 4 years of GIS training and software support, and 3 years of management/supervisory experience. He has experience with GIS within the fields of: Defense, Utilities, Mining, Transportation, State and Local Government and Marketing.
Denver Regional Council of Governments
Originally from Minnesota, Rachel received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Denver and has worked in the Denver region since then. She has been a GIS Specialist for DRCOG for 15 months and loves working on local, public datasets. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and backpacking in the mountains with friends.
Mark Sarmiento: Mark.Sarmiento@dot.gov
Caitlin Cook: email@example.com