Transportation: Observations and Moving Forward
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Transportation: Observations and Moving Forward

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      In 2004, the Transportation Research Board published “Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Transportation Organizations: Toward a Foundation for Improved Decision Making.1 ” The report provides recommendations for improving geospatial information infrastructure among and across all modes of transportation. The findings of the report, which drew on information presented at three workshops during 2002, focused on institutional roles and responsibilities; capacity and commitment building; and geospatial information. The recommendations made were based on these findings and were addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) – an agency the report authors viewed should take a leadership role in coordination of geospatial technology initiatives for multimodal transportation. In response to the report’s recommendations, as well as to a growing need and capacity at transportation agencies to successfully implement geospatial technologies, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored the Executive Scan Tour on Geospatial Technology for Improved Decision Making in Transportation (Executive Scan) in the fall of 2005. The focus of the Executive Scan Tour was on noteworthy practices that are leading to the advancement of cutting edge geospatial applications. By highlighting the success stories, methodologies, and lessons learned of several public and private organizations, the Executive Scan Tour aimed to identify the critical information needed by transportation executives to enhance decision-making through breakthroughs in the implementation of geospatial technology and expertise. The Executive Scan Tour team was comprised of transportation leaders from State Departments of Transportation (State DOT)2 . In requesting their involvement in the tour, it was anticipated that these executives could successfully influence the use of current and future geospatial technologies at their agencies and identify the business strategies conducive to widespread, successful implementation at State DOTs nationwide. Other scan team members included representatives from FHWA’s Office of Interstate and Border Planning, the FHWA Resource Center, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the U.S.DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, and Virginia Tech University.
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