The federal transportation bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) outlined the need for states and MPOs to establish performance and outcome-based, multimodal programs in order to strengthen the U.S. Transportation system. The objective of such programs is to ensure that states invest resources in projects that collectively make progress towards achieving national transportation goals.
OKI is working with local, state and federal partners to establish transportation performance measures and targets for all performance goals areas, including: safety, infrastructure conditions (notably pavement and bridges), system performance and environmental sustainability. MAP-21 further requires OKI and all MPOs to include “a system performance report and subsequent updates evaluating the condition and performance of the transportation system with respect to the performance targets.”
The current federal law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, was enacted in December 2015. The FAST Act continues those provisions laid out in MAP-21.
Travel Demand Model
Travel demand is one of the critical factors considered in transportation investment decision making. The travel demand model is a computer tool used to forecast traffic volume based on information such as land use patterns, socioeconomic characteristics of the population and the transportation system. The model forecasts volume on roadway segments and transit ridership on transit routes. The model is constantly being monitored, updated and enhanced.
Throughout 2016, OKI continued intensive data collection from traffic counts and collected survey data at area businesses. In addition, OKI completed several improvements to the current version of the model as well as making significant progress on the next generation of travel model, expected to be under test throughout the second half of 2017.
Interactive Regional Freight Mapping
With the OKI 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, 2016 Update came the opportunity to enhance our freight mapping capabilities. Traditional, static pdfs were replaced by interactive, state-of-the-art freight maps with multi-layer search options. The Rail Freight Map allows viewers to explore railroad infrastructure, ownership and 2016 estimated train volumes. The Truck Freight Map allows viewers the ability to click onto hundreds of traffic count locations across the OKI region to learn the most recent Average Annual Daily Trucks and percent truck data.
OKI’s Solar Ready map, won 1st place in the Ohio GIS Conference’s Digital Map Gallery Contest.
Geographic Information Systems
Providing detailed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) information, analysis and web mapping applications for many of the programs managed by OKI was a major focus for OKI’s GIS Department during 2016. A Transit Analyst application was developed in conjunction with our regional transit partners to assist them with evaluating existing routes and planning for new transit service. The Transit Analyst provides key demographic and employment data for a user defined buffer around transit stops, allowing for the scenario testing of multiple route and stop combinations. The GIS team assisted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with QA/QC of their sidewalk dataset by developing an automated routine that compared KYTC data with locally available sidewalk datasets. Support was also provide to the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) with their port inventory project through a GIS based survey instrument and a web map of port facilities within the OKI region. Additionally, support for the RAVEN911 project continued, updates for the various performance measure web applications were processed and GIS databases were kept up to date. Development of online web-mapping applications will continue to be an area of emphasis for the GIS department as we continue to push more data and analytic capabilities to our stakeholders.