Virginia Department of Transportation Selects StreetLight Data for On-Demand Traffic Intelligence

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VDOT has unlimited access to Big Data analytics for transportation planning, travel demand modeling, congestion busting and commercial truck studies

StreetLight Data, Inc., the mobility analytics company that brings real-world travel patterns to light, today announced the company has been selected by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to provide on-demand traffic and transportation intelligence. Local, regional, and state planning agencies across Virginia utilize VDOT’s Regional Subscription to the online StreetLight InSight® platform to transform Big Data from mobile devices into useful mobility metrics and travel pattern analyses.

Since 2015, StreetLight Data has supported VDOT on several major initiatives on a project basis. Projects ranged from a statewide travel demand model to transportation demand management projects in Northern Virginia. Based on those successes, VDOT signed on for StreetLight Data’s Regional Subscription, which provides all planning agencies and designated consultants across the state with unlimited access to transportation studies. VDOT has now executed the second year of a three-year contract. In the first year, VDOT executed more than 360 studies using its StreetLight InSight Regional Subscription, realizing over $14 million in savings over pay-per-use projects and traditional methodologies.

“Working with StreetLight Data has provided VDOT excellent opportunities to deliver on our goals of mitigating travel congestion and improving transportation offerings for the benefit of all Virginians,” said Nick Donohue, Deputy Secretary of Transportation. “Using StreetLight InSight, we now have the ability to collect up-to-date mobility data for any project, no matter the size. Different agencies and consulting firms are all working with the same set of data, so everyone is on the same page. This power and flexibility help us maximize our efficiency and gain a better overall understanding of how our State moves.”

VDOT’s StreetLight InSight subscription provides unlimited analyses of real-world travel patterns in Virginia, and is available to designated employees of planning agencies and engineering firms. Projects currently underway using the platform include, but are not limited to:

  • Congestion Busting: Consultants are using StreetLight InSight to evaluate congestion mitigation tactics on I-95 and other key corridors.
  • Travel Demand Modeling: StreetLight InSight origin-destination flows are being used to update the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Travel Demand Model.
  • Commercial Truck Studies: StreetLight InSight commercial truck metrics are being used to evaluate the impact of heavy-duty and medium duty trucks on congestion through I-66.

“We are excited to be working with the Virginia DOT, and believe their forward-looking approach to objective travel data means they can better tackle major transportation challenges across the state,” said Laura Schewel, CEO and co-founder of StreetLight Data. “Even better, VDOT is using its Regional Subscription to StreetLight InSight to address large and small projects nearly every day, proving that the platform is a cost-effective way to obtain precise travel metrics for any project, no matter the scale.”

About StreetLight Data, Inc.
StreetLight Data is San Francisco-based technology firm that transforms the massive amount of geospatial data produced by mobile devices into useful transportation behavior information. Transportation experts and urban planners can access StreetLight Data’s Metrics in minutes via an easy-to-use online platform, StreetLight InSight®. To learn more visit http://www.streetlightdata.com.

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