Transportation Operations Data Needs and Recommendations for Implementation

The operation and management of the transportation network generates enormous amounts of data. These data are a valuable asset to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) users and, increasingly, external users as well. Frequently, data formats are incompatible and the data reside on incompatible storage media with different levels of accuracy and resolution. As a result, districts are finding that managing their operations data is an increasingly difficult task, which is only getting worse as the amount of data produced continues to grow. These inefficiencies result in unnecessary data redundancy, data integrity and quality control problems, underutilization of the data, and higher operating costs. This report summarizes research conducted to assess transportation operations data characteristics, with a focus on data needs, data flows, and recommendations to help optimize the production, use, and archival of transportation operations data. The report describes the process to characterize current and potential data operations user needs, summarizes procedures and systems other state DOTs use for managing transportation operations data, describes a database model that represents information collected through surveys, summarizes relevant data management practices and implementation plans at TxDOT, outlines strategies for managing the data, and formulates implementation guidelines.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Title: Strategies for Managing Transportation Operations Data. Report Date: October 2006; Published: March 2007.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Quiroga, Cesar
    • Hamad, Khaled
    • Brydia, Robert
    • Rajbhandari, Rajat
    • Benz, Robert Joseph
    • Sunkari, Srinivasa R
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047433
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-07/0-5257-1, Report 0-5257-1
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-5257
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2007 12:59PM