Smart Mobility

Transportation is changing. It seems like every day there is a new way to get around. And, these new forms of transportation are relying on digital infrastructure, technology and data. This initiative will prepare us for our technology and data powered transportation future.

We will be successful when…

Louisville has the technology and data tools and experience necessary to evaluate, pilot, and adopt innovative transportation technologies that help us achieve our community’s mobility goals.

Goals

  • Create data platforms that will make it easier to share data across local agencies

    • % of local inventoried data sets in warehouse

    • All local transportation organization sharing relevant data with Louisville Metro

  • Upgrade Traffic Management technology

    • % of signals with advanced traffic signal controllers

  • Connect all our traffic signals to downtown Traffic Operations Center

    • % of signals connected to downtown TOC

Projects

Louisville was the 5th US city to join the Waze for Cities partnership. Waze is a smartphone navigation app that relies on crowdsourced information from drivers. This first of its kind partnership is a two-way data sharing partnership: Louisville shares road closure and event information with Waze for better dynamic routing, in turn, Waze shares anonymized congestion and incident data with the city. We use this data for a variety of purposes including traffic studies. Additionally, we built an award-winning open-source application to store and process the data.

This project is the first large-scale Intelligent Transportation System project for Louisville Metro. It will connect traffic signals to Louisville’s traffic-management system using fiber-optic lines that will be able to support future communications technology for intersecting streets, cameras, dynamic message signs and other future ITS systems and equipment. Additionally, it is the first Bus Rapid Transit line in Louisville. Using ITS technology, buses will receive priority at traffic signals if they are running behind schedule improving transit service for riders on one of the busiest lines in Louisville.

Louisville Metro is a founding member of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) and hosted the first gathering of the organization. This partnership of cities and private partners support the development of open-sourced software that provides scalable mobility solutions for cities. For now, it is focused on the development and management of the Mobility Data Specification (MDS). Mobility companies, specifically Electric Scooter companies, give us data in the MDS standardize format. Getting the data in this standard format allows us to more easily manage the digital right-of-way to ensure that the private companies follow local regulations and community is benefitting.

Things that inform our work

Metro’s 20-year transportation plan focused on reduced Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

Long-term strategy to prepare Louisville for Autonomous Vehicles

Louisville Metro’s 2015 USDOT Smart City Challenge Submission