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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Set to Address Data Conference

Matt Ball on May 25, 2014 - in Announcement, Projects, Transportation

When transportation data collection, management and visualization professionals gather for their three-day annual meeting in Crystal City June 2-4, they will be joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Secretary Foxx is kicking off the conference sessions that include a U.S.-DOT sponsored Data Palooza workshop track.

The Secretary’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion on the “future role of data in transportation,” moderated by USA Today’s Transportation Reporter Larry Copeland. Panelists include Transportation Research Board Executive Director Bob Skinner, Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Research, Development and Technology Michael Trentacoste, U.S.-DOT Chief Information Officer Richard McKinney, Intelligent Transportation Systems Associate Administrator and Director Kenneth Leonard and the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Rolf Schmitt.

“We have enjoyed working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop such a strong, multimodal data and performance focused conference,” said Robert Dingess, president of the Geospatial Transportation Mapping Association (GTMA). “Improving the way that transportation programs are managed was a focus of the last enacted transportation bill (MAP-21) and our members collect, organize, analyze data and then help policymakers visualize, interpret and explain it to improve the decision-making process,” he continued.

The meeting will include sessions on how pavement, asset and safety assets are measured and scheduled for replacement through cutting edge technologies (LiDAR, Retro, LCMS, etc.). The integration of demographic, environmental and operations data to improve planning and safety analysis will also be highlights, as will rail, aviation and transit issues.

“Bringing public, private and non-profit industry leaders together from various modes to discuss data issues creates synergies and serves as a catalyst to future innovations,” said Dingess. “We certainly are grateful Secretary Foxx is attending.”

To see the full conference schedule, visit http://www.gtma2014.com/Schedule.html. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting at the conference, more information can be found at www.gtma2014.com. Press inquiries should be sent to datapalooza@gtma.com.

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