The data will be used to improve transportation, event and development projects statewide
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has selected StreetLight Data for a pilot that will provide analyses of real-world travel patterns across the US state.
MnDOT will sign up to a regional subscription to the mobility analytic company’s InSight platform with the aim of transforming big data into useful mobility metrics.
The data will be used to improve transportation, event and development projects statewide, including major events like the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival and Super Bowl LII.
“To the ultimate benefit of Minnesotans, StreetLight Data is bringing MnDOT big data insights into travel behaviour that were impractical to get before,” said Paul Czech, planning manager with MnDOT Metro District’s office of planning, programme management and transit.
“We are piloting a comprehensive regional subscription so that we can get travel data when and how we want. We also aim to save budget compared to collecting data for individual projects.”
Potential insight uses for the InSight platform identified by MnDOT include:
Super Bowl planning for Super Bowl LII, to be hosted by Minneapolis;
Renaissance Festival relocation;
General modelling, forecasting, and planning -- especially public transit planning and freight/commercial truck studies;
Performance measurement for major construction projects;
“Like many states, Minnesota’s transportation needs vary greatly from border to border, and the regional subscription to StreetLight InSight makes collecting mobility data for every project -- no matter how big or how small -- easy and cost-effective,” added Laura Schewel, CEO and co-founder of StreetLight Data.
“This leaves transportation planners, engineers and modellers more time to focus on designing the policies and infrastructure the state needs.”
The platform will be available to designated employees of MnDOT, the Metropolitan Council, which is the metropolitan planning organisation for Twins Cities (Minneapolis/St Paul) region, the Minnesota division of the Federal Highway Administration, and specified consulting firms that carry out work on behalf of these agencies.
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