FHWA Data Business Planning National Workshop


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed a Data Business Plan Guide for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and regional agencies to assist them with organizing their mobility data – including addressing technology and institutional issues associated with sharing and integrating operations and planning data. The Guide includes techniques to: develop data partnerships and governance, address gaps, conduct capability maturity assessments and get ready for regional data platforms. FHWA assisted three agencies in developing pilot Data Business Plans to address mobility data challenges. These are Hillsborough MPO, Maryland State DOT and Mid America Regional Council (MARC). FHWA has also sponsored training and facilitated workshops for regional agencies interested in working on improving mobility data access and partnering. These agencies include The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). A workshop is being planned for The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC).
This webinar provides information about the Guide and features presentations from many of the agencies listed above, where they will share best practices and lessons learned in mobility data business planning and governance. The guide can be accessed here.

Target Audience
MPOs, Regional Transportation Agencies and State DOT Planning, Operations, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O) offices

Learning Objectives

  1. To be aware of the FHWA Office of Operations Data Business Plan Guide and the resources it includes
  2. To learn about how the Guide is being applied within MPOs and State DOTs
  3. To know where to find additional resources to assist with local mobility data business planning and data governance efforts

Walter During, FHWA and Anita Vandervalk, Iteris, Inc.
Johnny Wong, Hillsborough MPO; Caitlin Zibers, Mid America Regional Council (MARC); Subrat Mahapatra (Maryland State Highway Administration); Kofi Wakhisi (Atlanta Regional Council); Rodney Schilling (Nevada DOT)

Presenter Bios

Kofi Wakhisi (Atlanta Regional Commission(ARC)): Kofi works in the Transportation Access and Mobility Group at ARC, supervising the Regional Planning and External Coordination team. This team is responsible for carrying out the federal planning process relating to active modes, freight and logistics, transportation systems management and operations, livability, and transportation equity. Kofi is an ITS Georgia Board member, participates in numerous TRB research panels and committees, and is the current Technical Committee Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO). Kofi holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, and juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University. He’s a member of the Georgia Bar and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Johnny Wong (Hillsborough MPO):Johnny King Alaziz Wong is a Principal Planner for the Hillsborough MPO in Tampa, Florida. He spent a decade in academia studying economic geography before finding a role in the planning industry. He currently manages the performance measures and data & analytics programs for his agency, and his team’s latest accomplishment is the ClearGuide deployment.

Walter During (FHWA): Walter During is a Transportation Specialist in the Office of Transportation Management at the Federal Highway Administration and joined the Administration in 2009. He manages the evaluation of the ongoing $45M Connected Vehicle Pilots Program. Outcomes of this program would provide information on safety, mobility, environmental, and public agency impacts. Walter led the development of a white paper entitled: Needs and Gaps in the Operation and Coordination of U.S. DOT Data Capture and Management Programs. As a follow-on to this effort, he successfully implemented a charter among FHWA mobility data program offices and chairs its on-going Implementation Phase. This program also provides assistance to States and local governments in the development of their Mobility Data Business Plans. Walter was the Regional Design Engineer at VDOT and subsequently, the Traffic Engineer for the Winchester area. Earlier, Mr. During worked for a local government and for consultancy services in the areas of traffic management and transportation planning.

Anita Vandervalk (iteris): Ms. Vandervalk-Ostrander, PE, PMP serves as Vice President of Business Development for Iteris’ Transportation Systems division. She has extensive experience managing transportation programs and projects in the disciplines of planning, engineering, TSM&O, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and data management. She is nationally recognized for her research and application of transportation data governance across the country. She is Past Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Statewide Data and Information Systems Committee, Past President of ITS Florida and currently serves as Vice President of Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) in Tallahassee, Florida. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada.

Subrat Mahapatra (MSHA): Subrat Mahapatra is the Deputy Director at MDOT SHA Office of Transportation Mobility & Operations. He oversees the development and implementation of TSMO & CAV Programs. At MDOT SHA, Subrat spent 12 years in the Office of Planning leading various data analytics and performance management efforts before moving to Operations. Subrat has a Masters in Civil Engineering from UMD College Park and is regarded as a national expert in TSMO and performance management.

Operations Area of Practice

  • Business Processes/Policies and Procedures
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
  • Data Acquisition, Support and Hosting
  • Regional environmental data sets and models

Event Type

  • Webinar

Content Type

  • Presentation

Publishing Organization

  • NOCoE

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Issue Date
July 8th, 2020
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