Tricia and Sean also explain how the data is overlaid with historical collision data to identify areas of concern, as well as find correlations between deficient pedestrian infrastructure and high rates of pedestrian-involved collisions. This added context is now used as a strategic input for designing active transportation networks that are not only accessible, but also safe for pedestrians or cyclists.
A key component of the entire project has been both SBCTA and Fehr & Peers’ commitment to developing map resources to share with stakeholders as well as the general public. By creating interactive map assets, the team has been able to provide less technical stakeholders with real-world information for allocating project budget, and also communicate project status and funding decisions with San Bernardino County’s 2M+ residents. The panelists discuss how this type of communication increases data literacy and decision-making transparency, two goals MPOs should strive for as planning decisions become more data-driven. SBCTA and Fehr & Peers have even developed public-facing interactive maps that allow individuals to explore transportation infrastructure throughout the county. This both promotes active transportation choices and mitigates potentially dangerous activity, contributing to SBCTA’s overall project goals.
Building future-ready cities with geospatial data
The session closes with a reflection on how geospatial data holds so much potential for MPOs and civil engineering firms, but is often underutilized due to a lack of accessibility and data literacy. The panelists all agree that comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date data is foundational to planning future-ready cities, and that AI is making this data more accessible to transportation planners struggling to analyze a dynamically changing world. To demonstrate this, Tricia and Sean reiterate that the efficiency of AI-powered mapping is enabling SBCTA and Fehr & Peers to create and maintain a reliable database of detailed transportation features, and that the organizations are now looking into expanded capabilities for future projects, including 3D building analysis for construction and phasing.
This session was an informative deep dive into how AI is changing transportation planning workflows in the private and public sectors, and how civil engineering firms, MPOs, and tech companies can collaborate to develop innovative solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues. We highly recommend watching the full recorded session below to learn even more about the impressive work SBCTA and Fehr & Peers are doing to promote safer, more equitable, and safe communities in San Bernardino County.