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  • Dayana Salazar
    Project Coordinator Sought for Bay Area Web Congestion Mapping & Traffic Forecasting Pilot Project SVMG, a public policy trade organization, and OUTREACH,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 11, 2004
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      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@... or 408-501-7851.



      BACKGROUND

      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 probes-primarily 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 that
      conference.


      JOB DESCRIPTION
      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 developers.



      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.

       
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