First Ever “AirSage™ Annual Transportation Industry Survey” Reveals: 96% of Transportation Planners See Themselves as Innovative

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New, Nationwide Survey Delivers Some Surprises: 53% of transportation professionals are motivated to go work every day because they love the challenge more than they love the money. Confirms Suspicions about the “Glass Ceiling”: 50% of women believe that private companies—not government organizations—offer greater opportunities and better role models for women.

“Today’s professionals must keep current in new and emerging technologies to recommend the most cost-effective, site-specific solutions."
Thomas W. Brahms, Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Transportation Engineers

For the first time in history, U.S.-based transportation planners and traffic engineers have access to insights into how their peers view the industry, their organizations, private vs. government jobs, gender and age issues and more. Released August 15 as an eBook, “The AirSage Annual Transportation Industry Survey: An Industry on the Move” was conducted by AirSage—the largest provider of consumer travel trends and population movement intelligence in the U.S.

Peer-to-peer perspectives, like those captured in this survey, provide a valuable lens through which transportation planners can evaluate their careers, their industry and multi-discipline projects. “Today’s professionals must keep current in new and emerging technologies to recommend the most cost-effective, site-specific solutions,” said Thomas W. Brahms, Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Transportation Engineers. “In addition, we need to encourage new partnerships between the public and private sectors to develop collaborative solutions for transportation needs at all stages: planning, design, implementation and maintenance.”

Conducted summer 2013, the survey focused on a variety of issues from how practitioners keep up with industry trends/news to how they use social media, from what motivates them to go to work to where they see the industry should go vs. where it will go, and more. Among the transportation planners surveyed, the study found:

= 21% of respondents ages 18 to 28 cited working with different generations as a top concern
= 86% prefer to get their news the old fashioned way (trade associations and newsletters, networking at smaller or local events, and traditional news sources such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, etc.) and only 16% ride the social media train as a primary news source
= 28% of planners polled were female and 43% of them say there are a number of quiet/hidden challenges for women

“As a technology company that provides data to the transportation industry, we want to understand what professionals in every segment of the transportation industry are thinking, so we can improve our products and services,” said Cy Smith, CEO and Founder of AirSage. “And, we have a social responsibility to provide insights, particularly technology-driven insights, to the industry. The result is the First Annual Transportation Industry Survey.”

Other findings featured in the eBook include:
= Perspectives on government entities vs. private corporations
= Views on technology and how innovative the industry is
= Insights into how transportation planners view budget challenges and bureaucracy
= The future of housing, infrastructure, transportation planning, urban/suburban sprawl and more...

To access the full results, download the first “AirSage Annual Transportation Industry Survey” or click here:

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AirSage™—a pioneer in population analytics—is the largest provider of consumer locations and population movement intelligence in the U.S. Each day, AirSage uses patented technology to capture and analyze more than 15 billion anonymous, real-time, cellular-signal data points to identify travel patterns and transportation trends. Partnerships with the nation’s largest wireless carriers give AirSage exclusive access to data from more than 100 million mobile devices. Analyzed and aggregated, AirSage data provides actionable insights into where and when people travel and is transforming the transportation industry, commercial enterprises and a diverse range of industries.

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