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For years, data used in traffic operations came from sensors and cameras that monitor traffic conditions at fixed locations. Now, State and local transportation agencies can use crowd­sourcing for operations to turn system users into real-time sensors on performance, providing low-cost, high-quality data on traffic operations, road conditions, and travel patterns. Integrating crowd-sourced data (e.g. data concerning speed, travel time, and incident type, such as a crash, a stalled vehicle, or debris on the road) with an agency’s existing systems, can help expand geographic coverage, improve the timeliness of data feeds, and overcome jurisdictional stovepipes, which will lead to more effective operations strategies.

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