Upcoming T3 Webinar: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit – Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic Opportunities – Part II

A T3 webinar on the topic “Learn from the Experts: Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit – Maximizing Real Time and Schedule Data-Legalities, Evolutions, Customer Perspectives, Challenges, and Economic Opportunities – Part II” will be hosted by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U. S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO).

As transit agencies continue to address increasing service demands and decreasing budgets, maximizing technology and data investments through open data policies is necessary to retain and attract customers. Webinar participants will be introduced to the opportunities that open data provide and the challenges to overcoming technology and implementation strategies. This session will also focus on the legalities of open data in transit, including copyright laws, licensing, political and legal barriers, customer perceptions, confidentiality, governance, and economic development .

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge


Mr. Martin Catala, Manager, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Informatics Group, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, will give a brief overview of the project underway with the Federal Transit Administration on “Open Data Policy Guidelines for Transit.” The webinar will focus on transit data relating to legal frameworks, 3rd party developers, schedules and situational status, such as passenger load, predictive arrival time, and vehicle location. The findings from this webinar will be incorporated into a guide for transit agencies interested in successfully implementing and sharing open data within the transit industry.

Dr. Larry W. Thomas, J.D., Ph.D, founder of The Thomas Law Firm in Washington, D.C., will discuss whether and to what extent there is legal protection for an agency’s real-time or other data. Dr. Thomas will discuss whether data may be protected under the copyright laws and whether there are alternative means that agencies may use to protect their proprietary rights in data.

Mr. Lou Milrad, B.A., LL.B, founder of MilradLaw in Toronto, Canada, will relay an overview of the legal framework and economic development opportunities for open data. This will include open data opportunities for collaboration; differentiating open data terms’ uses from commercial licensing, addressing privacy and confidentiality concerns, and economic development and community engagement.

Dr. Kari Edison Watkins, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, will share her experiences working as the interface between developers and transit agencies both locally in Atlanta and nationally. She will discuss the evolution of the presentation of transit data, how data standards enable better communication to riders, and case study findings from discussions with transit agencies about open data.

Mr. Dan Overgaard, Supervisor, Systems Development and Operations, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA, will address King County Metro’s evolution in providing real-time information, managing customer expectations, and the data management and organizational challenges involved in improving the quality of real time information.

For registration and more Information please click here.

Webinar: CTPP Data Release – Thursday, July 17, 1-3pm EDT

The Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee of the Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (a subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board) invites you to a webinar and discussion on the newest CTPP data release.

Webinar will have three speakers present their work with the CTPP data followed by an open discussion on user’s experiences accessing and working with the new data set.  This will be a great opportunity for CTPP users to share their knowledge as well as see what others in the field are doing.  For those who do not work with CTPP, this will be a chance to learn what the data set is about and how it can be used.


I.  Jim Hubbell, Mid-America Regional Council 101 Exciting Uses of CTPP Data

II. Vladimir Livshits, Maricopa Association of Governments Developing and validating regional travel forecasting models with CTPP data: MAG experience

III.Brian Bresolin, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Santa Barbara County State of the Commute: A comparison of the CTPP and LEHD Commute Flows

If you have any questions, please contact Clara Reschovsky at creschovsky@mwcog.org or Mara Kaminowitz at mkaminowitz@baltometro.org.

Join the conference call:

Phone: 866-528-2256

Access Code:  763-7719

Meeting ID: 248-570-913

To join the meeting please click here.



Upcoming FHWA Webcast: Enterprise Geographic Information System (eGIS)

The Federal Highway administration will host a webcast on the topic “The Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA)’s Enterprise Geographic Information System (eGIS)” on  June 11, 2014 . Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA)s eGIS is an Esri API for Flex-based geospatial data portal that allows internal agency staff to quickly and easily access an array of geospatial data and mapping applications for data analysis and data driven decision support.

The eGIS system supports MDSHA’s asset management program and performance based planning.  The portal functions as an aggregator, making it possible for users to query and visualize information from one source without needing to gain access to multiple databases. The webcast will include an overview of the portal, demonstrations of a few specific functions of the portal, and a discussion of statistics on the portal’s use.

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Time: 2.00-3.00 PM ET


  •  Mike Sheffer, GIS Coordinator / Assistant Division Chief, MDSHA
  • ·Laurie Goudy, Assistant Division Chief / eGIS Program Manager, MDSHA
  • ·Erin Lesh, GIS Project Manager, MDSHA

No pre-registration necessary, and attendance is free.

Audio Number: 877-336-1274

Participant Passcode: 7838594#


Census Explorer: New Interactive Map by U.S Census Bureau


U.S Census Bureau  has introduced Census Explorer a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods. The Bureau has also  released the new commuting edition of the interactive map Census Explorer, which gives Web visitors easy click-and-zoom access to commuting statistics for every neighborhood in the U.S. It also shows how commuting has changed since 1990 at the neighborhood, county and state level — including how long it takes to get to work, commutes longer than an hour, and number of bikers. Census Explorer includes not only the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics (2008-2012) but also information from the 1990 and 2000 censuses. County Business Pattern data are available for 2000 and 2011, for both states and counties.

The topics currently available in are people, education and  income.

To make new discoveries about your neighborhood  and for further information please click here.

FTA Webcast: Public Transportation Priorities in the GROW AMERICA Act, May 22, 2014

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be hosting a live webcast on the topic ” Public  Transportation Priorities in the Grow America Act”.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will provide kick-off remarks for a public webcast highlighting the major public transportation priorities and new programs in the Administration’s four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, known as the GROW AMERICA Act.  At the conclusion of the presentation, FTA will address selected questions submitted through an online chat function. The entire webcast will be made available on FTA’s website for later viewing.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 Time: 3:30-4:30 pm Eastern

The live webcast will be conducted by FTA and to view  online please click here.

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