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The Transportation Data & Analytics (TDA) Office has identified a need to educate and inform our customers (internal and external to FDOT) of the services and products we provide to the public. Our mission is to provide leadership for informed transportation decisions through data collection, analysis, integration and dissemination. In order to further our mission and educate our customers, we are utilizing our data and performing analytics to provide examples of how the data can be used, in a series known as DataLytics. What follows below is the end result of those efforts.Note: These products have been developed with Adobe Products. Other PDF readers may not be capable of viewing the PDF, to experience the full functionality of Datalytics, please use the latest Adobe PDF Reader.For additional information or to request data regarding any of the products provided below. Please click here to contact us.
Truck parking is nationally recognized as a top issue for truck drivers. It is anecdotally understood to be a statewide issue based on surveys and interviews. However, prior to the analysis that inspired this edition of DataLytics, it had not been quantified or understood well enough to take appropriate action. As with other strategic planning and investment decisions, a data-driven approach can effectively help alleviate this issue in locations experiencing the greatest over-utilization at designated truck parking locations or where unauthorized parking is most severe. Truckers park for a multitude of reasons, including; 1) home-stays (after multiple days on the road), 2) FMCSA Hours Of Service (HOS) compliance, 3) overnight parking, other than for HOS compliance, 4) staging to meet a delivery window, and 5) regular breaks and refueling. Each of these reasons is associated with different dwell times, which is the duration of a stopped truck. Likewise, each reason can lead to different solutions the Department could consider to help improve work conditions for truck drivers.
Statewide truck GPS analyses were further analyzed to identify where and when trucks were stopped for the time period of September 2017 through August 2018. A stopped truck is defined as a dwell time of greater than 1 hour. An inventory of known (designated) truck parking locations, both public and private, was conducted and is considered the supply (or capacity). The demand (or volume) is the number, and location, of stopped trucks. These statistics can help transportation planners better understand where volume exceeds capacity, resulting in an over-utilized truck parking location. The data can also identify where trucks are stopped in an unauthorized fashion, namely within public right-of-way (ROW). This insight can then be used to identify where and why truck parking is of the greatest concern. Then, appropriate solutions (projects, partnerships, policy updates, etc.) can be identified and tailored to each unique problem area. For more information, please see the final report on TDA’s Multimodal Data System Program’s webpage, here.
This edition covers the time lapse, in 3-hour increments, of traffic impacts caused by Hurricane Michael from Sunday, October 7th through Tuesday, October 16th (2018). Hurricane Michael made landfall just east of Panama City around noon on Wednesday, October 10th. Hourly traffic volumes, represented as percent change between days (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) in October of 2018 and average historical days for September (2015, 2016, and 2017), before, during, and after the storm are illustrated in this video. This edition also incorporates public utility power outages reports as provided by the Florida Public Services Commission, in addition to evacuation status changes provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. This compilation of data from multiple sources helps us to tell this story with the intent to provide insight to improve strategies and operations following future storms.
This edition covers the time lapse, in 3-hour increments, of traffic impacts caused by Hurricane Irma from Monday, September 5th through Friday, September 15th in 2017. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys the morning of Sunday, September 10th. Traffic volumes, represented as percent change between 2017 days and average historical days for September (2015 & 2016), before, during, and after the storm are illustrated in the video above. FDOT's permanent continuous count stations that collect data on volume, speed and vehicle classification, as well as evacuation status changes from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, helped us tell this story.
In May of 2018, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Transportation Data and Analytics Office installed a permanent non-motorized counter at the Main Trailhead along the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail. The counter possesses the capability to capture total non-motorized travel volume, time of use, and direction of each user that passes through the counter’s field of vision. The counter installation was made in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
Tourism is a major industry and economic advantage for the state of Florida, and as such, understanding visitation data is a key performance indicator for many aspects of transportation planning. The importance of visitor expenditure (in dollars) within Florida cannot be overstated as it directly supports our capacity to deliver the nation’s best transportation infrastructure. Understanding Florida’s global influence in the international tourism market serves as a reminder of how each of us contributes to the success of the state's economy.This edition of DataLytics shows the status of Florida’s tourism economy as it relates to other global leaders. This resource also allows you to consider how the fluidity of travel between states within the United States compares to the fluidity of travel between nations in Europe. Whether by car or by train, using a passport or driver’s license, each transportation mode directly affects the frequency for both domestic and international visitation.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), this past holiday season had the highest travel in recent history according to an article they published online titled: “Have Holiday Plans, Will Travel: Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away from Home.”1 So, for this month’s edition of DataLytics we wanted to use our traffic count data to see the effect of holiday travel on Florida’s Interstates. We compared 2017 data from November 1 to January 2, 2018 with prior years data. Our numbers show a 13% increase over previous years. Also, it is very apparent by looking at the graph when the majority of holiday travel was occurring. We hope you find this informative and find other creative ways to use our data.1. AAA News Room “Have Holiday Plans, Will Travel: Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away from Home”, Jeannette Casselano. December 14, 2017. http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/12/holiday-plans-will-travel-record-breaking-107-million-americans-celebrate-holidays-away-home/
This edition utilizes the Certified Public Roadway Mileage (CPRM) report, as signed by Assistant Secretary Tom Byron on May 1, 2017. The CPRM report reflects road ownership mileage as reported by the owning local agency. The line work utilizes the U.S. Census TIGER products and represents public road networks based on administrative boundary lines.Data Purpose: Certified public roadway mileage is reported by FDOT to USDOT, as required by Section 402(c) of Title 23, United States Code. The data for each local government is supplied by that government to FDOT each year, as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 218.322. Please click here for more information on available roadway mileage data.
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