GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

1.6 Summary of Lesson 1


In this lesson, we briefly examined the important role GIS plays in the field of transportation and learned about the manner in which GIS-T is evolving in the 21st century. We also learned something about transportation modes and the concepts of mode competition, mode shift, and containerization. In our efforts to become acquainted with transportation organizations, we spent some time exploring the USDOT, which is the topmost governmental transportation organization in the U.S. In preparation for next week’s webinar, we also spent some time learning about intelligent transportation systems and, in particular, traveler information systems. This week, you also took the first step in getting to know each other by creating a video autobiography which will serve to introduce you to the rest of the class.

Questions and Comments

If there is anything in the Lesson 1 materials about which you would like to ask a question or provide a comment, submit a posting to the Lesson 1 Questions and Comments discussion in Canvas. Also, review others' postings to this discussion and respond if you have something to offer or if you are able to help.