Planning new transit and other infrastructure ought to be based on as much evidence and knowledge as possible. SRRA has built a unique data platform which is made up of both public and private sector data and knowledge. This resource is not available in one place anywhere else and allows its partners and researchers with a better understanding of the impact of new projects.
Infrastructure prioritization is critical to maximizing value. It is too risky to simply have a gut feel that something looks right. The more knowledge and information which accompanies these decisions will lead to more transparence, greater acceptancy by the public and produce more positive results.
SRRA's research has shown that the lack of a common, widely accepted base of data on which transit investment is based has led to suboptimal decisions. Starting with a one common set of data which shows annually where people live, work and travel SRRA has been able to assess future growth by combining private sector market and public sector policy data into an appreciation of the value of new projects.
Congestion is a direct result of growth in the region particularly where transit is weak and road capacity limited. To provide more options for people to take transit the knowledge acquired through the resource center provides SRRA researchers with a better understanding of where new investment priorities and optimization of existing infrastructure will enhance regional mobility.