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Future of urban transportation data.

  Members of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems (A1D08) lead the research community in many of the following areas: using census data in transportation planning, monitoring traffic and transit systems, using intelligent transportation systems-generated data in planning, using household survey data in describing traveler characteristics and metropolitan travel patterns, combining data sources, studying issues of data privacy and confidentiality, and creating standards for meta-data and meta-analysis. This paper provides a perspective on these issues and a look at the opportunities and challenges that will face urban transportation planners in the 21st century. The themes explored in this paper include the issues related to continuous data collection, the use of global positioning systems and other technologies in urban transportation data, the use of small area land use and socioeconomic data in metropolitan planning, privacy and data ownership concerns, and the concept of information from data.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    30 November 1999

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Transportation Research Board

  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation


Limoges, E., Purvis, C. L., Turner, S., Wigan, M. & Wolf, J. (1999). Future of urban transportation data. In Paul, H. (Ed.). Transportation in the new millenium: state of the art and future directions. Transportation Research Board



Accuracy; census; data collection; data quality; global positioning system; households; Information systems; Intelligent transportation systems; land use; meta-analysis; monitoring; ownership; public transit; socioeconomic development; standards; surveys; technology; traffic; transportation planning; travel patterns; travelers; urban transportation

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