GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

Introduction & Learning Outcomes


What will we learn?

By the end of Lesson 8, you should be able to:

  • list the different devices which are used to collect traffic count data;
  • describe some of the primary uses of traffic count data;
  • use a roadway video log system to monitor roadway assets;
  • describe some of the work being done by Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center;
  • discuss some of the congestion pricing strategies that have been implemented around the world and list some of the outcomes which have been observed;
  • discuss the value of a passenger information system to public transportation riders;
  • share something you learned about one of your classmates and/or some ideas you discussed with a classmate about the content of this week’s lesson.


Lesson 8 will take 1 week to complete. Please refer to Canvas for specific timeframes, submission instructions, and due dates.

To finish this lesson, you must complete the assignments listed below. The details for each assignment are provided in the referenced section and in Canvas.

Lesson 8 Assignments
Assignment No. Assignment Description Section Grade Component / Points
8-1 Complete a few exercises using crash data, traffic data, and Video Log. 8.1 Lesson Topic / 20
8-2 Conduct a service area network analysis using traffic data. 8.1 Lesson Topic / 15
8-3 Explore Volpe and address some specific questions. 8.2 Transportation Organizations / 15
8-4 Participate in a one-on-one video conference with a classmate (or myself) and submit a summary of the conversation. 8.3 Class Participation / 15
8-5 Participate in this week’s webinar and submit a summary of what you learned. 8.4 Guest Webinar / 15
8-6 Review the background material for next week’s webinar and respond to some questions. 8.5 Guest Webinar / 10
8-7 Submit 3 - 5 questions for next week’s speaker. 8.5 Guest Webinar / 5