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Bobby Approved 3.2

January 31, 2002


2002 Transportation Research Board

Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems


Washington Hilton, State Room

January 15, 2002

Summary of Committee Meeting


Ron Tweedie, Chair, opened the meeting at 8 a.m. and adjourned it at noon.   The participant total was 58 (19 members and 39 friends).   The agenda and list of participants are attached.   For the 81st annual meeting, the committee sponsored two paper sessions (128 and 237) and co-sponsored a workshop (Census Data 2000 and Beyond).  Ron Tweedie, Anita Vandervalk, and Bill Walsek participated in a Transportation and Operations Data meeting as committee representatives.   In addition, Anita Vandervalk is leading the NATMEC organization effort for the Florida DOT and Jonette Kreideweis chairs the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning (SCOP) data task force.


This year due to TRB rotation requirements, a new committee Chair and Secretary were introduced.  Ms. Anita Vandervalk, Florida DOT, is the Chair and Ms. Kim Hajek, Texas DOT, is the Secretary.   Their terms run for 3 years.


The meeting followed the agenda with a few minor exceptions.   Several handouts were provided during the meeting.   A list of the handouts is provided as a reference.   Copies of handouts or additional information about the presentations are available from the presenters.



1) Agenda item # 3 - Bill Walsek, Maryland DOT, summarized a TRB Conference Nov 27, 2001 titled “Strategic Issues for Improved Monitoring to Support Transportation Operations” in Wash. DC.   He focused on a draft paper that when finished will serve as a starting point for wider discussion and consensus development on identifying the data requirements for transportation management and operations, as a first step toward defining, developing, and implementing the necessary data systems.  Copy of Handout


2) Agenda item # 3A - Mike Freitas, FHWA, discussed the proposed “National Information Infrastructure” a legislative proposal being considered for the highway reauthorization to fund the establishment of a national data center to process data from established ITS Operation Centers.


3) Agenda Item # 4 - Tony Esteve mentioned the recent release of the Traffic Monitoring Guide; plans for an updated traffic monitoring NHI training course; and the recently established HPMS, motor fuel, and traffic monitoring Communities of Practice webpages.  Jim Getzewich mentioned an HPMS CD training course recently made available to the States.   Tom Howard and Ralph Erickson mentioned the Motor Fuel Smart Tool Application designed to improve the quality and timeliness of fuel data reporting.  Motor fuel conferences were held December 13-14, 2001 in Chicago and January 24-25 in Atlanta.


4) Agenda items # 5 and 6 - Rich Margiotta, Cambridge Systematics, discussed the status of the “Research Approach for Estimating the Transportation Contribution to Particulate Matter Pollution” and the ASTM Subcommittee E17.54 “Standards for Archiving ITS Data”.  The ASTM committee is looking for State members and funding is available to cover travel.  For information contact Rich at:


5) Agenda item # 7 - Jonette Kreideweis, MN DOT, discussed the activities of the Data Task Force of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning and the upcoming Spatial Data peer exchange meeting March 23-24 in Charleston, South Carolina.   Copy of Handout


6) Agenda item # 8 - Arnim Meyburg, Cornell University, discussed the results of the TRB conference “Data Needs in the Changing World of Logistics and Freight Transportation held in Saratoga Springs, New York on November 14-15, 2001.   Copies of the Synthesis report were distributed and are available at


Ron Tweedie recommended establishing a subcommittee to look at freight data needs.


7) Agenda item # 9 - Mark Hallenbeck, Wash. TRAC, discussed major data initiatives in Washington State brought in by a new DOT Secretary.   Accountability, openness, and the improved operation of facilities are new priorities.  Far greater emphasis is placed on the collection of data to address operational performance, freeway facilities, freight, and border crossings.     A data integration project using a web-accessible data center is getting underway.   Research continues on spatial and remote sensor systems.   Copy of Presentation


8) Agenda item # 10 - Ron Matzner, Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), discussed an FGDC/OMB Geospatial Information Initiative to build a National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Implementation teams will be used to carry out the plans.


TRB Report

Tom Palmerlee discussed the “TRB in the Future” summit to be held March 4-5 in Washington, to guide where TRB should be 5 years from now, and the results of this year’s paper review process.    Comments on the futures project should be directed to Anita Vandervalk.  TRB is planning to improve its paper review website.   TRB offices are moving to a new building in June.   Copies of a draft report “Enhancing the Value of Data Programs” from the peer review project in last July in Vail were distributed.   Comments should be provided to Jim Hall.


Ron McCready, NCHRP, mentioned several studies to be approved in March including the American Community Survey, the Environmental Information Management Support System, the A-36 SCOP plan for quick turnaround projects, and similar speed-up activities for environmental projects.   He encouraged State staff interested in getting projects approved to voice their support to their State NCHRP representatives.


State Roundtable

Montana - Bill Cloud - New initiatives include the Infrastructure Information Management Project to convert data systems from mainframe to Oracle, establishing GPS coordinates for local roads to complete the highway system, and establishing a complete GIS statewide system.


Ohio - Jim McQuirt - Work continues on several fronts to create a ramp inventory, a website videolog system, a GIS warehouse for legacy systems, the statewide model and origin/destination surveys, a latitude/longitude systems for crash data, and preparing the Access Ohio 25 Year Plan.


Minnesota - Jonette Kreideweis - The State is implementing a Moving Minnesota initiative to reduce bottlenecks, is focusing on internal organization performance, and is working on a statewide data model.   A WIM quartz piezo system was acquired, and the installation of continuous classification data is planned.


Pennsylvania - Barbara Mason Haines - The State continues its best practices study, has a project with West Virginia University to study the factoring process and the location of permanent sites, continues to track the performance and maintenance of pavements, and puts much emphasis on data to support the 2002 Pavement Design Guide.


Kentucky - Rob Bostrom - Work is underway to provide GPS coordinates for the State road system, improve the Mobile 6 model, modify the AP model for air quality, develop a model to estimate VMT by county, improve truck flow information, develop a traffic control analysis to help maintenance, and continue improving the archive of ITS data.  


Maryland - Bill Walsek - Maryland is in the early stages of building a more comprehensive GIS road network to better serve the needs of traffic operations staff in the agency.  The new GIS road network will be database driven and developed using principles contained in the NCHRP 2-27, NSDI, and Unetrans models.  One design goal is to have the database serve as a common foundation for GIS line work, cartography, and web page content publishing.


Texas - Kim Hajek - The STARS system work continues to migrate the traffic data sets into an Oracle web-based system.   A GPS inventory of the on-system roads is expected to be complete in 18 months.  A crash record information system will be enhanced and include intersection data.    A GIS strategic mapping program will cover the complete State system.  A GIS rail update is being done to better identify line abandonment and provide better information on line operation and crossings.


California - Martha Tate-Glass - Work continues on a data integration prototype to tie in traffic data and traffic operations.   The statewide GIS program involves a major collaborative effort and will tie in the business processes and identified needs.   A truck travel survey was completed.   A household travel survey is underway.


Florida - Anita Vandervalk - The staff is busy with the preparations for NATMEC.  Efforts are underway to coordinate traffic data and ITS operations to improve the data process.   Remote sensing research projects are being pursued.


Future Meetings

Using Spatial Data, Tools and Technologies to Improve Delivery of Transportation Programs, TRB Peer Exchange, March 23-24, 2002, Charleston, South Carolina.   Information on upcoming peer reviews and conferences is available at


The mid-year meeting has been scheduled in conjunction with NATMEC and the International WIM Conference May 12-16, 2002, in Orlando Florida.   For details see .  An agenda item for the mid-year meeting will be discussion of forming several subcommittees (freight, environmental, and urban data)


Follow Up Items

Establish a subcommittee on Freight Data Needs (Ron Tweedie).


Recommend that TRB committee members provide educational, experience, and interest resumes to the committee chairs to allow a better match of papers to members in the paper review process (Anita Vandervalk).



1. Agenda

2. List of participants


Reference List of Handouts

1) Bill Walsek “Summary - Strategic Issues for Improved Monitoring to Support Transportation Operations.


2) Tony Esteve - 2001 Traffic Monitoring Guide brochure

Highway Community Exchanges, Office of Highway Policy     Information:

     Tom Howard - Motor Fuels “Smart Tool Application, Motor Fuel Seminar Registration Form, Highway Finance Data Smart Tool Project, CD on Attribution and Apportionment of Federal Highway Tax Revenues: Process Refinements, and brochure titled “Your State’s Share: Attributing Federal Highway Revenues to each State


3) Rich Margiotta - Research Approach for Estimating the Transportation Contribution to Particulate Matter Pollution

                              - ASTM Subcommittee E17.54 “ Standards for Archiving ITS Data”


4) Jonette Kreideweis - Short list of 2001 activities of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning

- Handout describing the Spatial Data peer exchange March 23-24, 2002 in Charleston, WV


5) Arnim Meyburg - Conference synthesis report “Data Needs in the Changing World of Logistics and Freight Transportation


6) Mark Hallenbeck - “Washington State Dot Sponsored Data System Improvement”, Powerpoint presentation


7) Ron Matzner - The I-Team Geospatial Initiative


8) Tom Palmerlee - Draft report “Enhancing the Value of Data Programs” from the peer review in July 23-24,2001 in Vail, Colorado


9) Shawn Turner - Guidelines for Developing ITS Data Archiving Systems.



Committee Website:  

Committee Chair: Anita Vandervalk,  

Secretary: Kim Hajek,