A three-day conference is under way in Washington, D.C, this week. The 9th National GIS in Transit Conference is jointly organized by the National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the Transportation Research Board to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing geographic information systems (GIS) data and improving transit service.
Researchers from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Transit Mobility Program, Mobility Management Program and Research and Implementation Division are participating in the following sessions:
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
- Size Matters/Transit Planning for Rural Areas and Medium Cities
- David Galicia (speaker), “Multimodal Level of Service for Medium Cities.”
- Smita Sharma (speaker), “Identifying Transit Markets in Rural America: Development of a National Rural Community Classification System.”
- Safety and Emergency Management
- Boya Dai (speaker), “The Use of GIS in Bus Crash Analysis for Capital Metro.”
Thursday, September 3, 2015
- Surveying the Transit Market
- Jon Brooks (speaker), “Communicating Commuter and Employer Preferences: Case Study of Houston.”
- Bus Stop Management
- Todd Hansen (speaker), “Using GIS to Prioritize Investment in Bus Stops.”
Both Linda Cherrington, Austin Planning Division Head, and Assistant Research Scientist Jon Brooks are moderating sessions and sit on the conference planning committee, which helps bring together experts from around the country to discuss how transit agencies can benefit from GIS applications.
“The conference is a rare opportunity for researchers, consultants and practitioners to discuss how, for example, GIS data and tools can help improve personal and regional mobility, target capital investments, and mitigate risk in transit,” Brooks said.
Follow TTI’s involvement and other conference activities on Twitter by searching the hashtag, #TransitGIS, and join the conversation.