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 current federal law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, was enacted in December 2015 and continues those provisions laid out in MAP-21. The objective of such programs is to ensure that states invest resources in projects that collectively make progress towards achieving national transportation goals. These goals are outlined in Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 490.
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.
OKI was presented with the 2017 Achievement Award, for the CORIS Application, at the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Annual Conference.
Geographic Information Systems
OKI’s GIS department was awarded the 2017 Exemplary System Award by The Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals at their annual conference. The award recognizes an outstanding GIS or mapping program providing service within the state of Kentucky. The GIS team partnered with Ohio River Paddlefest to develop the Digital Guide to the Ohio River. The Digital Guide allowed Paddlefest participants to identify and learn about points of interest along their float down the Ohio River. An Innovation Lab was established to further the undertaking of integrating advanced technology into the data collection and planning process at OKI. An early proof of concept from the lab, a data logger capable of capturing flight data for the Greater Cincinnati region, was built with the hope of utilizing the data to better understand air freight movements into and out of the region. Ongoing support was provided to the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) for the CORIS port inventory project which led to OKI receiving the NARC Major Metro Area Award for 2017. The GIS team developed four Freight Dashboard apps and made updates and improvements to the Project Application Assistant and Performance Measures applications.
Regional Online Interactive Freight Data
At the 2017 Ohio Conference on Freight, OKI staff revealed a new website dedicated to the sharing of regional freight data. Incorporating data from multiple local, state and national sources, Freight.oki.org houses the most current river, road, rail and runway information available through interactive freight “dashboards” and maps. Links to OKI’s three state freight plans are also available from this website. As new data becomes available and freight collaborations yield new resources, features will continue to be added.
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 2017, OKI continued intensive data collection from traffic counts. OKI analyzed data from the American Trucking Research Institute and the establishment survey data collected in 2016. In addition, OKI made significant progress on the next generation of travel model and is continuing calibration, validation, reporting and testing. A new project in 2017 was the construction of five permanent counting stations at five of the seven Ohio River bridges in the region. These counting stations will collect the number of cars and trucks crossing the bridges every day and will be remotely monitored and collected from the OKI office.
Use of ATRI Data in Regional Freight Planning
OKI purchased ATRI (American Trucking Research Institute) data in 2017 to analyze truck data and identify potential applications to regional freight planning. Staff used ATRI data to assist with the better understanding of truck parking, congestion, and movement concerns as part of the Boone County Transportation Plan. The data was used to identify high areas of illegal truck parking on public right-of-way and develop project recommendations for the countywide transportation plan. ATRI data was also used to assist with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs) final submission to USDOT. OKI was praised by KYTC staff on our data-driven process and streamlined methodology for determining CUFCs. It was used as an example to other Kentucky MPOs. Staff continue to examine other ways that ATRI and other sources of freight data may further be used.