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Virginia is using Big Data to help with traffic analysis

Virginia is using Big Data to help with traffic analysis

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Big Data Helps Virginia Tackle Traffic Congestion

Virginia went big with Big Data in 2017, partnering with a San Francisco company on traffic pattern analysis that contributed to 360 studies in the state.

VDOT executed the first year of a three-year contract with San Francisco-based StreetLight Data, Inc. to get transportation intelligence that can be used by any state agency.

VDOT had previously been working with StreetLight Data on a project-by-project basis. In 2017, signed up for a Regional Subscription to StreetLight Insight, an online platform that gives planning agencies across the state with unlimited access to transportation studies. The subscription also makes the data available to engineers and other contractors working on VDOT projects.

StreetLight essentially takes geospatial data produced by mobile devices and breaks it down into useful information on traffic volume and patterns.

“Using StreetLight InSight, we now have the ability to collect up-to-date mobility data for any project, no matter the size,” said Nick Donohue, Virginia’s deputy secretary of transportation. “Different agencies and consulting firms are all working with the same set of data, so everyone is on the same page. This power and flexibility help us maximize our efficiency and gain a better overall understanding of how our State moves.”

StreetLight said it is already involved in providing analysis for traffic mitigation on I-95 and other key corridors, and on the impact of commercial trucks traveling on I-66.

Virginia claims it saved $14 million by using the Regional StreetLight Insight Subscription.

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