Good morning - I hope this finds you all doing well! Over the past year,
ABJ30 members have been developing the framework and process to create an
inventory of urban transportation data. The goal is to develop a
community-wide resource in wiki form that lists the type of data, what the
data are used for, and links to resources should someone want additional
As members and friends of ABJ30, we are asking for your help in developing
the wiki content. We are interested in the type of data you use on a
regular basis, what you use it for, and the resources you have found most
helpful in using that data. Whether you collect the data directly, purchase
it from a vendor, or access it from an open source site, we'd like to
capture it all in this inventory.
We've created a short form/survey to collect this information. Please
provide input by *Thursday December 15*.
It only a few minutes to complete, especially for those data sources you use
on a regular basis, so please take a few minutes and respond today!
Thanks in advance for your assistance with this effort-
PS - If you are planning to attend the TRB annual meeting in January, just a
reminder that the early bird registration ends tomorrow!
Apologies for any cross-postings!
Hope you each have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving-
From: Weinberger Penelope [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Briseno Coco <Coco.Briseno(a)dot.ca.gov>; Stacey Bricka
(sgbricka(a)gmail.com) <sgbricka(a)gmail.com>; Mara Kaminowitz
(mkaminowitz(a)baltometro.org) <mkaminowitz(a)baltometro.org>; Knight Peggi S
<peggi.knight(a)dot.iowa.gov>; Reschovsky Clara <clara.reschovsky(a)dot.gov>;
Polzin Steven E. <polzin(a)cutr.usf.edu>; Nambisan, Shashi (Shashi)
Cc: Christopher Ed <edc(a)berwyned.com>
Subject: FW: Request for Letters of Interest to write tech papers for the
upcoming Applying Census Data for Transportation Conference
Hello ABJ 10, 20, 30 and Census Data Subcommittee Chairs,
Please forward this ROI to your friends lists, thanks!
From: Weinberger Penelope
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:34 PM
To: 'ctpp-news(a)chrispy.net' <ctpp-news(a)chrispy.net
Subject: Request for Letters of Interest to write tech papers for the
upcoming Applying Census Data for Transportation Conference
Request for Letters of Interest - Papers - Applying Census Data for
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
(AASHTO), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and
transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and
Puerto Rico. Our primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and
maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. The Census
Transportation Planning Products Program (CTPP) is a Technical Service
Program of AASHTO. The CTPP is seeking letters of interest for the
preparation of commissioned papers and presentation of those papers at an
In November 2017, AASHTO CTPP and the Transportation Research Board (TRB),
are hosting a conference; Applying Census Data for Transportation.
Qualified authors are sought to prepare four commissioned papers. The papers
will be presented at the conference and used to assist the CTPP in the
development of future products. Four separate paper topics have been
identified and are presented below.
1. TAZs - How do we move forward? TAZs have been a part of the CTPP/UTPP
data product since the inception of the tabulation. However, over time TAZs
have become very costly to produce, redundant with other geographies and
confusing in their structure. This paper will take an objective look at the
CTPP TAZs and produce an assessment of the issues surrounding the continued
production of TAZs for Census data. This assessment shall include
examination of TAZ costs, their usefulness/utility, and data quality. The
paper shall also discuss the other geographies that exist, and the pros and
cons of continuing to use TAZ geography. This paper will help frame the
discussion for future TAZ requests.
2. Workplace Data - Achieving its potential. Workplace data is one the
keystones of the CTPP/UTPP data products that separate it from all other
standard Census data products. While the workplace data has been available
since the first (1970) UTPP, the Oversight Board believes that this data is
underutilized. To help remedy that situation this paper will discuss the
myriad uses of workplace data beginning with examples from current
applications, and include perspectives of other possible uses of the data.
3. Keeping the Census data relevant. The data landscape is changing in terms
of both data availability and the demands for new and more types of data.
New data from sources such as mobile devices, GPS, social media and
crowd-sourcing expand the possibilities of data collection and analysis.
This paper will explore how Census data
(CTPP, ACS, LEHD) relates to these emerging and evolving data sets. Will
Census data stay relevant? Can Census data be combined or integrated with
these private data sets? Can Census data answer the policy questions of
4. Supporting Transportation Performance Management and Metrics with Census
data. Transportation Performance Management (TPM) and Metrics are an ever
increasing component our transportation decision and policy processes. As
these TPM processes mature Census data will likely be used to support them.
This paper will describe the best uses of ACS and CTPP data to support
different TPM activities. The importance of the Census data and the need for
guidance on consistent data uses should be emphasized.
The Conference Planning Team will select one author or team of authors per
topic. Anyone may submit a Letter of Interest that demonstrates expertise in
the topic area, and an author commitment to attend the conference to present
the work. Authors must submit a separate Letter of Interest for each topic
they wish to develop. TRB and the CTPP will retain all rights to publish the
papers in the conference proceedings and will provide proper citation to the
author. Selected authors will work with two Conference Planning Committee
members who will provide direction and support for the development of each
paper. Papers should be between 12 to 15 pages in length, but may be shorter
or longer depending on content. Funding (up to $8,500 per paper), is
available to cover conference travel, registration expenses and a stipend
for producing the paper. Authors who are unable to accept the funding may
still submit Letters of Interest and will be considered viable contenders.
Letters of Interest shall demonstrate experience and expertise in the
subject matter, and detailed qualifications to write a paper on the selected
topic. Letters of Interest should not exceed three single-spaced pages.
Letters are due by 5 p.m. CDT on December 9, 2016 via email to Ed
Christopher (edc(a)berwyned.com <mailto:email@example.com> ), with a copy to
Penelope Weinberger (pweinberger(a)aashto.org <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
). All authors will be notified via email regarding the disposition of their
Please direct any questions you may have in email to Ed Christopher
(edc(a)berwyned.com <mailto:email@example.com> ) before November 23, 2016.
AASHTO reserves the right to reject any or all Letters of Interest, to waive
any or all information or irregularities, and to negotiate with selected