MDOT’s New Traffic Monitoring Database

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today publicly rolled out its new Transportation Data Management System (TDMS). TDMS is a software solution developed by MS2 that offers a variety of modules to receive, process and analyze traffic related data. Some of the modules within TDMS include: Traffic Count, Turning Movement Count, Non-Motorized, Highway Performance and Traffic Crash. The MDOT TDMS will be one of the most complete datasets of any of our users.

The HPMS module will assist MDOT in reporting traffic data to the Federal Highway Administration. We have also integrated our software with ESRI’s Roads and Highways software which will enable MDOT to manage geometric and volume changes along road segments throughout the state. Walking and the use of bicycles have increased in the state of Michigan. MS2’s NMDS allows state and local planners to analyze daily, monthly and annual non-motorized volumes as well as identify the highest bicycle and pedestrian ADTs along trails, roads and sidewalks.

From MDOT’s announcement: “The Data Collection and Reporting Section at MDOT collects, analyzes, summarizes, reports, and retains detailed traffic data and travel information for 36,000 miles of federal-aid roads in Michigan, with additional reporting requirements for the 83,000 miles of local roads. Traffic data collection consists of short-term counts/studies, year-round data from the continuous count sites, and special studies. The data collected is provided to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on a monthly and annual basis. The data is also used to drive decisions being made by other MDOT divisions, Michigan State Police, the Transportation Asset Management Council, and local agencies. The section also plays a pivotal role in helping to meet the data collection and reporting required by the FHWA’s Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) on all federal-aid roads.”

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