GIS Transit Conference 2015 Presentations Available for Download

November 17, 2015

Making a Business Case for GIS Technologies

GIS in Transporatation

Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for its 27th installment in a quarterly webcast series that highlights applications of geospatial technologies in transportation.


Idaho Department of Transportation and King County (WA) GIS Center present on:

Making a Business Case for GIS Technologies

Thursday, November 4th, 2015

1:30 – 3:00 PM (ET)

No pre-registration necessary, and attendance is free. Use the following information to join the webcast:


Audio Number: 877-336-1274

Participant Passcode: 7838594#

In an era of fiscal constraint and declining transportation revenues,  geographic information systems (GIS) business units at State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies are increasingly asked to make a business case for GIS investments by demonstrating how benefits outweigh costs. While GIS practitioners at transportation agencies generally recognize the merits of preparing a business case for GIS investments, it can be difficult to develop an appropriate methodology that comprehensively captures the benefits and costs. This webinar will feature presentations by two agencies that have developed methodologies to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of the use of GIS for day-to-day operations in King County, WA, and to understand the value of using GIS to spatially display data with Idaho DOT’s IPLAN program..

Featured speakers:

·         Greg Babinsky, Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center –
King County, WA

·         Nicole Hanson, GIS Specialist – Idaho DOT


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This webcast series is intended for planners and GIS practitioners from State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, FHWA Division Offices, and State and Federal resource agencies. For questions about the webcast, or if you would like highlight one of your agency’s geospatial applications in an upcoming webcast, please contact Andrew Reovan ( or 617-494-3843). Information on previous webcasts can be found on FHWA’s GIS in Transportation website at

National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical (National RTAP) Assistance Conference

Easing mobility by displaying trip plans with multi-agency routes connecting intercity as well as your tribal partners is possible! Has your agency wanted to launch your schedules for online trip planning, but didn’t have a trained team member?

At the GIS/Transit Conference a few weeks ago we learned that some transit partners want to join online trip planning at Google, Bing, Yahoo & Apple Maps while the tech team members just need some training in publishing standardized data. Additionally, you may have heard that there are easy ways to get started.

The upcoming National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical (National RTAP) Assistance Conference “Reaching New Heights in Rural and Tribal Transit” will be held in Denver in October. One half-day session will teach and build out one of your routes using the standardized data process, known as General Transit Feed Specification, (GTFS) in a no-additional-cost session, on October 27. This session invites participants to attend with their PC laptop, data loaded and ready-to-learn. While our GIS or transportation planning professionals may be best suited for this task, any capable staff with some basic Excel skills will become capable in GTFS. Once registered the participant will be sent the pre-flight action plan.

Conference registration:

For more information on the conference, contact:

If your staff cannot attend this conference but may want to proceed with GTFS, on-line no-cost training tools are available at: or contacting: (360) 643 1002

RTAP scholarships may be available in your State. Here are your local contacts.

To those of you who attended our conference earlier this month, thank you.

WalkSaferNYC, an Interactive Guide to Walking Safely in the City

A NYC firm, Hecht Kleeger & Damashek recently created an interactive accident map for pedestrians and motorists who frequent New York City Streets. When visiting the WalkSaferNYC Map, viewers can view the most dangerous intersections per borough, via a heat-map. The map was created to assist with reducing accidents in the different boroughs of NYC, in relation to the recent city-wide speed limit reduction.



2015 Transit GIS Conference Call for Papers Open

Submit an abstract by DEADLINE EXTENDED NEW DATE  April 20th 2015

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference, September 1-3, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Managing data to drive decision making has never been more important.  As large data systems are capturing significant performance, operational and planning data in the transit industry.  These data can improve decision making, service evaluation, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and overall system performance. At the core of many of these data are spatial elements that describe the location of relevant transit data.  Transit boardings, customer location, activity centers, assets and transit service.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a unique platform for organizing, evaluating and communicating data; transforming data into information.

This conference will bring experts from around the country on how GIS is being used every day to improve transit systems.  The conference will provide a breadth of GIS experiences to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing its GIS data and improving transit service and ultimately customer service.

Share your research, projects and ideas with this informed audience. Abstract submissions are invited until March 23.  NEW DEADLINE April 20, 2015  For an online form and additional information, click here.

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