2013 MassDOT Visualizing Transportation Hackathon Dataset
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At the MassDOT Visualizing Transportation Hackathon, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in partnership with the Mass Big Data Initiative, will release a series of related data sets on travel in Massachusetts and will open a challenge to the public to collaborate around analyzing this data and visualizing resulting insights to help inform the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. We invite participants to explore a collection of transportation data with a specific focus on travel behavior, road-rail comparisons, and the energy, environmental, and social impacts of transportation mode-choice.
Each day in Massachusetts, travelers throughout the state make individual decisions on how to reach their destinations. Together, the public?s transportation ?mode choice? translates into significant outcomes which impact residents across the Commonwealth in many ways, including through traffic congestion, travel costs, and carbon emissions. To better understand traffic flows throughout the state, MassDOT installed pilot network of roadway sensors to provide real-time traffic management (RTTM) information on three major roadways- 93, I-90, and Rt. 3. Each of these roadway ?corridors? is paralleled by at least one light rail line. Participants are encouraged to show compelling insights from the available data, with a special priority around presenting the differences between driving vs. riding the train through specific corridors. The event is designed to encourage participants to choose their own most compelling ?lens? through which to analyze the data, which may include: travel cost, emissions, time delays, etc.
The event will draw upon several ?core? datasets covering travel behavior. This will provide a foundation from which comparisons can be made within the data and across additional, related regional datasets.
Real-time Traffic Management Data
Real-time Traffic Management (RTTM) data is collected by MassDOT via a pilot network of sensors that monitor traffic speed in three major roadway corridors (the ?three corridors?) in the Boston Metro area: I-90, 93, and Rt. 3. Sensors at regular intervals at the road level recognize and report the signals of bluetooth-enabled mobile devices in cars as they travel along roadways, calculating a the vehicle travel speed associated with travel between specific road-segments. No personally identifiable information is collected. Already successfully tested, this initial pilot network is already in the process of expanding statewide throughout 2014.
The roadway speed data is then processed and made public in two ways:
? A map display of road speeds available online at the following link: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TrafficTravelResources/TrafficInformationMaps.aspx
? A real-time xml feed provides the same processed speed data (not the raw capture data) that feeds the map, and is available through a listed on the MassDOT developer?s page at the following link: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/DevelopersData.aspx
Roadway Volume Data
Roadway Volume data provides information on the number of vehicles travelling along the corridors
Highway Planned & Unplanned Event Data
Highway Planned & Unplanned Event data covers scheduled and emergency roadwork and traffic accidents along major Massachusetts roadways.
Commuter Rail Corridor Data
Commuter Rail Corridor data includes arrival and departure times of trains, ridership ?load counts?, and fare data.
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