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» GUEST VIEWPOINT Navigating the Waves of Transportation Data By Rich Biter Florida Department of Transportation W hen huge container ships arrive at Florida's 15 seaports and thousands of trucks line up to load and unload their cargo, the last thing many business leaders and transportation management officials may think about is data. But data will drive the future of transportation in Florida and around the globe. We already know that, if properly collected and maintained, these massive amounts of data can hold the key to increasing safety, efficiency and economic opportunities. At the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), we are committed to finding more and more ways to unlock the economic power of that data. Moreover, we are dedicated to making it easier to do so with public-private partnerships. For those attending the American Association of Port Authorities' annual conference in Miami, let's use that area as an example. The greater Miami area is a leading U.S. port of entry for perishables, including flowers and produce, and serves more than 6 million cruise passengers per year. It's the region's second largest economic generator. As the nation's third largest state and with one of the world's busiest seaports at PortMiami, we are generating relentless waves of new data with our increasing ability to measure the movements of ships' cargo, truck and rail freight, and the speeds and spacing of vehicles on our growing highways. As the only state transportation agency to host an annual Data Symposium, Florida continues to look for ways to share transportation data to spark economic activities in our state. At our 2nd Annual Transportation Data Symposium near Orlando in August, which drew 400 attendees from 27 states, we announced that FDOT is creating a one-stop data shop to better utilize its massive collection of data. The project called ROADS (Reliable, Organized and Accurate Data) will help tame the flood of transportation data in ways that create meaningful and useful information. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold are working together to provide infrastructure improvements and utilize data and metrics to make port operations and freight movement in Florida more efficient, saving time and money for consumers and the freight industry. Of course, we are finding that our transportation systems grow more and more interconnected and that increasing the ease of changing from one mode to another (e.g. ships to trucks or trucks to As the only state transportation agency to host an annual Data Symposium, Florida continues to look for ways to share transportation data to spark economic activities in our state. rail) means improving economic opportunities as well. For example, the toll-free PortMiami Tunnel, which opened in August 2014, was built by FDOT as a Public-Private Partnership to provide a much needed alternate entryway. The Port Tunnel gives PortMiami direct access to the U.S. interstate highway system. That's going to be even more important after another Public-Private Partnership finishes the deep dredge project, which will make PortMiami accessible to the larger cargo ships expected to go through the Panama Canal after the canal's widening project completes next year. So how do we deal with the anticipated increase in truck traffic around PortMiami? FDOT is helping to create two Truck Travel Centers in the Miami area that can handle more than 200 trucks on a total of 45 acres and help truck drivers get the most out of their allowable hours of driving without wasting it by searching for parking or turning back to find a rest area. Of course, all of these activities are generating even more data that will mean more opportunities to stimulate autonomous and connected vehicle projects that can make operations at the port and on the highways even safer and more efficient. There's not enough space to go into that here. However, if you want to know more, please join us at FDOT's Automated Vehicles Summit in Jacksonville in December. It's all connected. And so are we. ● Rich Biter is the Florida Department of Transportation's Assistant Secretary of Intermodal Systems Development. For more information on FDOT's Data Symposium and Automated Vehicles Summit, please visited FALL 2015 * WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM 49 http://WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President's Desk
Big Data, Big Possibilities
Greenlight on Green Metrics
An Eye on Data
Trusting Third-Party Data
Data in Latin America
Washington Zeroes in on Port Performance
Improving and Expanding Our Nation's Seaports
Navigating the Waves of Transportation Data
Big, Bad Big Data
Data Strategies to Avoid Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Leveraging Regional Freight Data to Improve Port Connectivity and Boost Trade

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015