Leveraging Archived Operations Data for Performance-Based Planning and Programming at the MPO Level (June 5, 2014)


Date: June 5, 2014


This session will describe analytical methodologies and procedures to process archived operations data for planning and programming activities in a large metropolitan area. The role and importance of quality data processing to develop performance measures that support sound investment decisions will be examined. The session will include a description of the link between regional goals and objectives and a multimodal performance measurement framework, as well as lessons learned on selecting measures that can be communicated to multiple audiences. A case study will be shared describing the characteristics of each data source and the application of analytical tools used to develop a web-based Performance Dashboard tool.


Monique de los Rios-Urban manages the Transportation Performance Program at MAG where she is leading the implementation of performance management at the planning and programming level. She has extensive experience in the areas of regional planning, transportation systems analysis, data visualization and policy development. De los Rios-Urban has a Masters of Environmental Planning Degree from Arizona State University with a concentration on innovative energy systems for the built environment.

Wang Zhang is a transportation engineer at Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG - Designated MPO of Phoenix region). He received his PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Virginia Tech. Zhang manages projects and studies in support of transportation modeling and system analysis at MAG. He has extensive experience in traffic data, modeling and congestion analysis.