Climate Change, Data Analytics, Data Collection, Geo Services, Mobility, Process Improvement, Public Safety, Workflow
October 6, 2020
November 2, 2020
October 6, 2020 - October 19, 2020
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is located in the Northeast where winter storms can cause transportation service to slow or even stop completely. The Snow and Ice Operations Plan provides operational instructions to departments working to support our public transportation services despite these winter storms.
Prior to each storm, operational leadership determines the severity level of the storm and we deploy staff and assets based on that severity level. However, a storm's severity level is based only on three variables (existing snow base, expected snowfall, temperatures) and universally applied to all transportation modes and maintenance crews regardless of how differently the storm might affect a given group.
We are ultimately interested in most efficiently deploying our resources. They must be maximally effective without being wasteful or unnecessarily risky. We believe that a more nuanced process for determining a storm's severity level might support that outcome.
Academic research teams will have access to:
The MBTA seeks the following outcomes: