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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-11-0058
Project Name:   Dynamic Mobility Applications Analytical Needs Procurement
Project Status:   Programmed
Start Date:  August 1, 2011
End Date:  July 30, 2012
Contact Information
Last Name:  VanGorder
First Name:  Randy
Telephone:  202-493-3266
E-mail:  randall.vangorder@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Ops Concepts and Analysis Team [HRDO-20]
Project detail
Project Description:   The purpose of this work order is to: Conduct a needs assessment for a set of U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)-identified applications that leverage wirelessly connected vehicles and travelers to determine potential performance measures, data, and modeling needs.Conduct a scan of current practices, tools, methodologies, and methods that can be used for the evaluation of the set of USDOT-identified high-priority applications enabled by connected vehicles and travelers.Map appropriate tools, practices, methodologies, or methods to these high-priority applications and identify potential gaps or challenges in impact assessment.Propose a collective impact assessment approach to evaluate these selected applications, both individually and concurrently.Produce a research implementation plan that will guide potential future tool development activities.
Background Information:   Traffic congestion in major cities in the United States is becoming worse and consequently resulting in reduced mobility, more energy consumption, and higher emissions. Unless such congestion is adequately controlled and mitigated, the transportation system could become a key barrier for economic growth/recovery and a threat to the quality of life. Astoundingly, Americans spent 4.8 billion hours of extra time and 3.9 billion gallons of extra gas due to congestion in 2009, an increase of 26 to 30 percent compared to the previous decade. Nationwide, the United States wasted about $115 billion due to congestion, a 35 percent increase from the previous decade. In addition, transportation accounted for about 30 percent of all carbon-dioxide emissions (EPA, 2007). Recognizing these dire situations, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has leveraged advanced technologies to improve the efficiencies of existing transportation systems. The recent connected vehicles initiative incorporates wireless vehicular networking technology to enhance dynamic mobility and to achieve sustainable transportation efficiencies.
Test Methodology:   The contractor will (i) conduct a needs assessment for Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMAs) that will benefit from connected vehicles and travelers; (ii) assess current best practices, modeling tools, and methods that can evaluate DMAs enabled by connected vehicles and travelers; (iii) identify gaps and challenges by comparing the needs and modeling capabilities; (iv) propose an assessment approach evaluating the performances of DMAs collectively and individually; and (v) develop a research implementation plan for advancing modeling capabilities.
Expected Benefits:   The expected benefit is improved safety and operations of the roadway.
FHWA Topics:   Road Operations and Congestion--Transportation Management
TRT Terms:   Operations
Energy Consumption
Traffic Congestion
Information Technology
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Program and Management Analysis
Subject Areas:   Data and Information Technology
Operations and Traffic Management
Vehicles and Equipment


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