Project Coordinator Sought for Bay Area Web Congestion Mapping &
Traffic Forecasting Pilot Project
SVMG, a public policy trade organization, and OUTREACH, Santa Clara
County's paratransit operator, are launching a pilot program in the
Bay Area to provide commuters and all travelers with real-time and
forecast traffic information. We are looking for a project manager to
help with specific aspects of the project. This is a volunteer
position. It would be a great internship or masters project. More
details are provided below. If you are interested in volunteering, or
would like more information about the project, please contact Laura
Stuchinsky at SVMG at lstuchinsky@...
Transit agencies around the region have been increasing their use of
technology to maximize the efficiency of our transportation system.
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) run the gamut from signal
synchronization, to electronic toll payment (Fastrak), to MTC's phone-
based traveler information system (511), which provides real-time
information on area traffic conditions. All are designed to maximize
traffic flow on our roads, facilitate seamless movement for transit
riders across county boundaries and transit operators, and provide
more accurate information to commuters.
In an attempt to enhance those efforts, SVMG and OUTREACH, are
collaborating on a pilot program to expand the amount, and accuracy,
of real time traffic information available to Bay Area commuters. The
project will also demonstrate the feasibility of projecting future
travel times based on historic data. The information will be
initially distributed via the Internet and eventually integrated into
MTC's 511 system.
The project will use commercial-off-the-shelf software and hardware
along with Internet- based communication to collect and analyze
roadway data. The data will be collected from a variety of sources,
including transportation agencies, private companies, and volunteers
using low cost in-vehicle probesprimarily GPS-equipped personal
digital assistants (PDAs) in vehicles. Both real time and historical
data can be collected on most current model PDAs. Volunteers will be
able to download a free program from OUTREACH's web site enabling
them to participate as data collectors.
This pilot project is being developed entirely through donated labor,
equipment and software. The project will be launched in stages over
the next 12 months and will be fully operational when the 2005 ITS
World Congress in San Francisco opens its doors in November 2005.
This pilot is one of a handful chosen by Caltrans to be profiled at
The Project Coordinator will provide day-to-day technical project
coordination, monitor progress, and provide routine status reports to
Outreach and SVMG. Activities include daily updates of the ITS Portal
site, routine email and voice communication with volunteer
developers, arranging meetings with potential data providers and
providing technical coordination between data providers and software
Candidate should be familiar with Microsoft SQL and other back-office
systems. Familiarity with real time databases, statistical
forecasting tools and data translation tools and techniques will be
valuable. Candidate should also have familiarity with GPS and
wireless technology including GPRS real time connections to the
Internet. Microsoft VB or VB.NET programming experience will also
help provide overall project technology base. Probe development using
Windows Mobile or Windows CE experience will also be valuable.
Coordinator will be expected to spend a minimum of one hour per day
on this project. Familiarity with Web development tools including
FrontPage will be helpful. Routine meetings with the ITS volunteers
will take place at Outreach headquarters.