AMPO GIS Working Group


The AMPO GIS Working Group seeks to build capacity amongst MPOs and advance the state of practice for GIS capabilities within MPOs. Emerging technology, big data, shared mobility, and consumer preference are fundamentally changing the transportation network in many metropolitan areas throughout the country. In addition, MPOs are planning for activities that go well beyond the traditional federal requirements. As a result, GIS has become a critical element of the metropolitan transportation planning process. Focus areas to be addressed include, but are not limited to…

  • Software

o Implementation
o Best practices

  • GIS analysis
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Data partnerships
  • New technologies, services, and application development

In 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) emphasized the importance of transportation performance management by introducing performance measures to be integrated into the transportation planning process. GIS will serve as a critical tool as these measures and subsequent targets are developed and reevaluated on an ongoing basis.


Provide a forum for peer exchange and sharing of GIS tools, best practices, guidance, and resources that support:

  • Advancing the state of practice as it relates to data, map, and application development;
  • Integrating GIS capabilities into the metropolitan planning process;
  • Coordinating with a diverse group of multi-jurisdictional policymakers and stakeholders;
  • Developing strategies, techniques, and methods to meet the diverse needs of MPO stakeholders, projects, programs, and activities;
  • Identifying opportunities, challenges, needs, and emerging issues as they relate to GIS, data, mapping, and application development;
  • Communicating and sharing best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with other MPOs and at transportation planning events, as appropriate; and
  • Communicating and sharing best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with, AASHTO, FHWA, FTA, and regional planning partners, as appropriate.

Leadership Group

  • Jenny Wallace, Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Mara Kaminowitz, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Ann Burns, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

FHWA Liaison

AMPO Contact(s)

2019 Work Plan

  • Prepare summary of priority areas and/or best practices
  • Potential priority areas to be addressed via quarterly webinars

o Data storage and management
o Data visualization
o Accessibility / Access to Core services
o Environmental sensitivity analysis
o Environmental Justice Analysis
o Analysis of crash data
o Bicycle/Pedestrian
o Analysis of built environment
o Traffic management and analysis
o Imagery collection and analysis

  • Identify best practices associated with priority areas to be shared via quarterly webinar
  • Identify challenges, gaps, research opportunities to be addressed and/or reported to AMPO Standing Committees, FHWA, FTA, and TRB

Tentative Schedule

Webinar 1: March 2019

Webinar 2: June 2019

Webinar 3: August 2019

Webinar 4: December 2019