Used data and community engagement to choose transportation infrastructure projects.
Transportation infrastructure data sets made available in 2021 detailed the exact locations of signalized intersections, streetlights, sidewalks and crosswalks, among other things.
More than doubled transportation project proposals: 91 projects initially in the mix, compared to 36 in 2017.
As Granular as We Could Get
A special advisory committee of volunteer residents appointed by the ACCGov mayor and Commission has always been a key step for narrowing down TSPLOST-funded projects proposed by both residents and ACC staff. Recently data has played a much bigger role in helping the committee review and select the second batch of projects, a reflection of ACC’s growing commitment to open data.
Since she was hired in early 2021, the government has ramped up the scope and influence of its open data sets and practices.
During the recent TSPLOST advisory committee’s work, data came to life in a variety of ways. Equity was a major consideration: The Commission asked the committee of residents to spread projects across different neighborhoods in the ACCGov footprint while paying particular attention to high-poverty areas. So ACCGov capital projects office, supported by GIS, provided the committee with a map detailing poverty levels by the most recent U.S. Census tract data and plotted project locations on it.
Residents and ACCGov staff leveraged additional data sets to inform project proposals submitted to the committee for consideration. Transportation infrastructure data sets made available in 2021 detailed the exact locations of signalized intersections, streetlights, sidewalks and crosswalks, among other things. “Residents could see how sidewalk gaps in their neighborhood compared to other areas around the county,” Seago says, helping them make data-based arguments for the merits of proposals.