Much of the data in transportation is best represented on a map. The Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) program develops transportation maps that display this data to support USDOT agencies, the USDOT Crisis Management Center, Congress, and the transportation community. Analysis of the geospatial transportation data is also done by the GIS program to support USDOT policy and investment decisions.
The GIS Program has been Congressionally mandated in the past, and annually develops, maintains, and distributes the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), a set of nationwide geospatial databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks and associated infrastructure.
USDOT's Geospatial Information Officer resides within BTS.
FY 2012 Geospatial
Information Systems Program
|Program Activity||FY 2010 Actual||FY 2012 Request||ChangeFY 2010-2012|
|Geospatial Information Systems Program||1,758||1,521||-237|
1 FY 2012 decrease reflects reallocation of operating expenses.
2 The total funding includes salaries and administrative expenses and contract program.
Strategic Goals: Safety, livable communities, environmental sustainability, state of good repair, and economic competitiveness.
Purpose: The GIS program provides the USDOT Geographic Information Officer, leads USDOT in the use of geospatial representation of transportation information and data, and partners with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and FHWA to maintain a geospatial dataset of EPA non-attainment areas to support USDOT environmental sustainability strategic goal.
Beneficiaries: The GIS program provides geospatial mapping, analysis, and application development services to RITA, USDOT Crisis Management Center (CMC), other USDOT agencies, and Congress. Cartographic products are used in publications; provided to the CMC to support their exercises and emergency situations; and are submitted to Congress.
Partners: EPA, FHWA, Data.gov, VisualDOT, and the CMC.
Program Description: The GIS program develops transportation geospatial data applications to support USDOT agencies, the CMC, Congress, and the transportation community. Program staff performs geospatial analyses to aid USDOT decision-makers. The program is leading efforts to develop web mapping tools that will monitor a range of sustainability metrics of U.S. cities. The GIS program has also developed geospatial applications to aid in the visualization and analysis of transportation data, including a desktop application to estimate multi-modal trip distances traveled by freight shipments and a web application to display the transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Prior Year Accomplishments:
The GIS program will:
The GIS program is responsible for the development of the transportation layer of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) as established under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16.
The GIS program annually develops, maintains, and distributes the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), which has been requested by Congress in the past.
The GIS program develops the transportation layer of the NSDI and annually distributes the NTAD. This program leads the USDOT effort to develop a web mapping tool to evaluate the sustainability of U.S. cities.
Without this funding, extensive transportation mapping data would not be available. USDOT would not have access to a standardized inventory of geospatial data necessary to map locations of critical transportation infrastructure. USDOT relies on the GIS program to provide geospatial data services related to the ARRA implementation.
Effective: Customers receive high quality geo-spatial products from the GIS program. More than 2,000 NTAD DVDs are distributed annually. The NTAD download site receives more than 20,000 annual visits. During the past decade, the GIS Program has produced more than 60 special maps per year. These maps enhance USDOT publications and support the CMC.
Research: There is consistent high demand for products and services. The NTAD has been produced every year since 1995. Each year, over 2,000 DVDs are distributed. The American Customer Satisfaction Index web survey on the BTS site also captures stakeholder feedback on GIS products and services. BTS stakeholder outreach has revealed a desire for centralized GIS reporting at the USDOT and the GIS program provides this service for USDOT.
Efficient: Recent stakeholder outreach found the GIS program offers substantial value for a low-cost investment as evidenced by customer demand.
Funding Options: $1.521M would fund the base program.
History/Outyear Needs: FY 2010 $1.758M; FY 2012 $1.521M.