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Friday, December 10, 2021

Upcoming Webinar on Leveraging GIS to Ensure an Equitable Transportation System

FHWA will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 15th from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET to discuss the Greater Nashville Regional Council’s (GNRC) Vulnerable Populations Index and their Transportation and Equity Evaluation Application.

This webinar will discuss the development and implementation of the Vulnerable Populations Index and the Transportation and Equity Evaluation Application. This webinar will also examine how these tools are used to inform individual project evaluations in the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) as well as how GNRC expanded and fine-tuned the index methodology since the RTP’s adoption and how GNRC is continuing equity work through the implementation of the RTP, in their Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Plan Work Program (UPWP) & other programs (Active Transportation Program/ATP, COVID-relief funds/CRSSA, etc.)

Carson Cooper from the GNRC will present information about GNRC’s lessons learned from the development and implementation of the Vulnerable Populations Index and the Transportation and Equity Evaluation Application
Register for the webinar here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

2022 GIS for Transportation Student Presentation Contest

AASHTO seeks student research to feature at the 2022 AASHTO GIS for Transportation (GIS-T) Symposium!

The 2022 GIS-T Symposium, to be held from April 19-22 in North Charleston, SC, will feature a Student Research Contest. Undergraduate and graduate GIS students with an interest in transportation applications of GIS are encouraged to submit their research in the form of a paper to the GIS-T Symposium's Student Paper review panel.

Contestants' submissions will be judged on their ability to develop and document useful, original research based on GIS-T issues and on their ability to present their results in a complete, clear, and well-referenced paper.

The winner will receive $100, travel expenses, 4 nights' lodging, and complementary registration to the 2022 GIS-T Symposium to present their paper!

Submit today! The deadline to submit is December 22nd, 2021.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Report and Materials from AMPO Peer Exchange on GIS and Equity Now Available

The FHWA GIS in Transportation Program's most recent peer exchange report provides highlights from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) peer exchange focused on how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) can use GIS and other geospatial tools to advance equity goals within their agency. The peer exchange, held on June 22 and 23, 2021, provided an opportunity for MPOs to share experiences, lessons learned, successes, and challenges related to the following topics: how to define equity at an agency and project level, how to use data to inform decision-making, and how to use data and GIS to share information and “tell the story” about equity populations and projects.

This event was hosted by AMPO and sponsored by sponsored by the FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program.

Available materials include:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

New GIS Resources Coming Soon

Stay tuned for new resources from the FHWA GIS in Transportation program. We are excited to share new content with you in the coming weeks, including:

  • A summary and recording of the latest peer exchange, sponsored by the FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program focused on how Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) can use GIS and other data tools to advance equity goals in their agencies. Hosted by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO), this peer exchange featured MPOs from across the country sharing notable practices and lessons learned, and identifying needs.

  • A case study on Asset and Performance Management, featuring interviews with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that discuss notable practices for employing data collection for asset and performance management.

  • A case study focused on the use of crowdsourced data collection methods and how transportation agencies use this data to improve transportation safety. This case study features interviews and notable practices from State DOTs and MPOs with experience implementing, deploying, and creating organizational “buy-in” to safety-related GIS tools and other planning products using crowdsourced data.

This new content and more will be available soon. Subscribe to the FHWA GIS newsletter using the link on the right-hand side of the page now to learn when new information will be available.

What We Do

The GIS in Transportation program facilitates the knowledge transfer of GIS skills, best practices, and technical resources among State, regional, and local transportation organizations. This website captures the respective lessons learned and makes them available to all GIS practitioners and transportation professionals.

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The HEPGIS website is an interactive, web-based geographic map server that enables users to navigate, view, and print geospatial maps using only their web browser.

Geospatial Data Collaboration

Geospatial Data Collaboration (GDC) is an FHWA Every Day Counts 2 initiative that encourages transportation agencies to use geospatial tools to share data, increase collaboration, and improve the quality and speed of transportation decision-making.


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Mark Sarmiento
FHWA Office of Planning

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