The Committee on Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems--A1D08,
our cousin, maintains The
Most Comprehensive Listing of current, future and past
conferences. A visit to their website is a must for this type of information.
North American Travel Monitoring Exhibition and Conference
FHWA s Office of Highway Information Management and the North Carolina
Department of Transportation are presenting NATMEC 98 during May 11-15,
1998 in Charlotte, NC. This is a continuation and expansion of the National
Traffic Data Acquisition Conference (NATDAC) series. The conference will
provide an opportunity to examine and share state-of-the-art technology,
knowledge, and progress in traffic data collection, analysis, and use.
A comprehensive program will include informative presentations on traffic
counting, vehicle classification, weigh-in-motion, vehicle occupancy, freight
movement, travel time, etc. Opportunities for data collection from intelligent
transportation systems (ITS) and the impact of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be covered. There will also be an exhibition
by equipment vendors and technology demonstrations on current issues involving
traffic data. The contact for FHWA is Ralph
Gillmann, HPM-30, (202) 366-5042 and for NCDOT is Pat Strong, 919-715-0137.
The 77th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board will be held
on January 11-15, 1998 in Washington, DC. Check
out TRB for more information.
for Data: aka Information Needs to Support State
and Local Transportation Decision Making into the 21st Century.
Irvine, California, March 25, 1997
The Proceedingsfrom this invitation-only conference are now available online from
BTS. The confernence included participants from state departments of transportation
(DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and federal agencies
who provided a broad representation of the transportation planning and
policy communities. Significant effort was made to include a full spectrum
of policy, management, and front-line analysts who had extensive experience
in answering policy questions, supporting the planning process, and responding
to federal reporting requirements.
The conference provided an opportunity for participants to (a) identify
the types of data that are critical for planning and policy analysis; (b)
identify data-collection requirements; (c) discuss the appropriate roles
of and relationships among federal, state, and local agencies in the context
of data collection and dissemination; and (d) review the impact of technological
advances on data collection and dissemination.
Participants developed recommendations regarding the data needed to improve
state and local transportation decision making in the future. Among the
critical information-related challenges are how to (a) take advantage of
new data-collection and dissemination technologies; (b) improve data-collection
efficiency with no new net burden; (c) produce and deliver the right information
to decision makers; (d) effectively measure system performance; and (e)
respond to new demands for information from the public and other organizations.
A major focus of the conference was the development of findings to assist
the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies in their
development of new data-related activities aimed at improving transportation
planning at all levels of government. Take a look at the
proceeding available on the BTS web site.