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Discovering How Data Can Drive Mobility

Discovering How Data Can Drive Mobility
Submitted by Robyn Francis on October 21, 2021

The Town of Morrisville, North Carolina leads a cohort or North Carolina’s Research Triangle cities and agencies seeking to develop innovative data-sharing approaches that will improve mobility in Wake County, North Carolina. Joining Morrisville is a cohort of cities and agencies including Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, Wake County, TJCOG and RDU. Read more here Press release.

Without a county-wide (Wake County) public transport system and as a growing region, the Research Triangle is looking at more, not less, traffic congestion. The region has had success with sharing data for storm water management and now wants to extend this success to solving the problem of traffic congestion.

TJ Crawley, Mayor, Town of Morrisville kicked off the Data Sharing for Mobility Collaborative Series Launch by highlighting “the desire of its residents for improved connectivity and the need regional transit planning which requires innovation and data sharing.”

Rick Ralph, Chief Information Officer and Billy Whitehead, Smart City Program Manager for the Town of Morrisville opened the first Data Sharing for Mobility series emphasizing as the metro region continues to grow so does the need for a transportation cohort to share information and plan for increased population and workforce growth.

Participating cities have agreed to go through a process of identifying shared goals and determining the data and analytics that will lead to making those goals real.  Part of this process is to invite experts such as Carlos Rivero, the Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the local metro association - TCOG to discuss how data sharing works and can work in Wake County. 

Want to learn more listen to the recording of the Data Sharing for Mobility Launch Session – October 13, 2021.

Are you a city that wants to accelerate your projects? Apply to the current Readiness Challenge here.

Are you a solution provider and want to participate? Register for any of the upcoming public sessions using this Zoom link.

  1. Submit an innovative solution as follows:
  • Email the Smart Cities Council 
  • Explain briefly your innovative solution
  • The Council will review with Research Triangle to determine how to proceed.