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Deepening Crowdsourcing for Operations Roots for More Fruitful Benefits

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Crowdsourcing is the practice of addressing a need or problem by enlisting the services of a large number of people via technologies. The crowdsourced landscape for local and state transportation systems management and operations has matured through vehicle probe, mobile application, and social media data. By leveraging free or vendor-provided data, agencies represented in this session have improved their decision-making at tactical, real-time, and more strategic programmatic levels to improve safety, trip reliability, and operations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to be a champion for leveraging crowdsourced data in an agency with a clear vision of how crowdsourced data can help transportation managers, planners, engineers, and systems operators make decisions with greater timeliness, confidence, and impact.
  • Increased awareness of open-source code and communities of practice to help agencies quickly realize the safety, reliability, and cost-saving benefits of crowdsourcing.
  • Understand lessons learned and best practices to quickly and efficiently overcome initial deployment challenges of crowdsourcing for operations and avoiding costly mistakes others have made.

Moderator:
James Colyar, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration

Speakers:
  • James Colyar, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Olympia, Washington
  • Ed Blayney, Civic Technology Manager, City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Justin Effinger, Lead Writer and Proposal Manager, No Traffic, Franklin, Wisconsin
  • John Roberts, Engineering Manager, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

Contributors

  • Moderator: James Colyar, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Olympia, Washington

    James Colyar is a Transportation Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Operations and co-lead of the Every Day Counts, Round 6 (EDC-6) Crowdsourcing for Operations innovation. He has been with FHWA for 20 years and has worked in offices in Arizona, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Washington state. He has experience in traffic engineering, traffic analysis and modeling, and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO). He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Idaho, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, and M.A. in Transportation, Policy, and Logistics from George Mason University.

  • Justin Effinger, Lead Writer and Proposal Manager, No Traffic, Franklin, Wisconsin

    Justin R. Effinger, P.E. is the Lead Writer and Proposal Manager for NoTraffic. Prior to joining NoTraffic, he was a principal engineer with the Lake County Division of Transportation where he specialized in the field of traffic signal and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) operations. He received a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a master of science in engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

  • John Roberts, Engineering Manager, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

    John Roberts is a Systems Technology Engineering Manager in the TSMO division of Arizona DOT. John has worked at ADOT for 14 years in various IT and Management roles. John has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Information Management.

  • Ed Blayney, Civic Technology Manager, City of Louisville, Kentucky

    Ed Blayney (@edblayney) is the Civic Technology Manager in the Office of Civic Innovation and Technology for Louisville Metro Government (KY), and previously served as an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation. In 2016, he received the Route 50 Next Gen Innovator Navigator Award for his work in Civic Technology and Innovation. His projects focus on Smart Cities, Smart Mobility, digital inclusion, and civic tech. Before joining Louisville Metro, he served as an infantry officer in US Army and completed his graduate studies at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

July 28, 2021
Wed 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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