Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

Needs Assessment for Transit and GIS Data Clearinghouse

  • Sponsor: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
  • Contact: Dr. Fabian Cevallos, (954) 234-4183, fabian.cevallos@fiu.edu

  • FDOT has developed several transit forecasting and evaluation tools that require the use of up-to-date transit route and stop data in a geographical information system (GIS) format. These tools were developed to support the preparation of Transit Development Plans, compare new transit alternatives, and assess and compare the performance of transit systems throughout the state and country. One of the challenges for local transit systems is to transfer existing geographical data for use by other transit applications. FDOT is considering the development of a Transit GIS Data Clearinghouse (TGDC) to collect, store, maintain the data for easy access and use by the transit agencies.

    The objective of this project is to get feedback from the transit agencies regarding the use of current transit applications, and the need(s) for transit GIS data and information that can enhance their current planning capabilities. This project will survey transit agencies on the existence of transit data sets that have a geographical component, investigate the degree of current and planned GIS use, and explore the potential creation of the Transit GIS Data Clearinghouse. An expert panel will be assembled to guide this research and the development of future transit applications. Lastly, an action plan based on the agencies' feedback and guidance from the expert panel will be prepared. It is expected that this project will open opportunities for greater and more efficient use of transit GIS data that can help improve the delivery of transit services in the State of Florida.