SEPTA GIS: Visualization and Analysis of Railway Safety Incidents

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University:University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator:Camillo J. Taylor
PI Contact : 215 898 0376
Project Manager:Courtney Ehrlichman
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization):DOT UTC GRANT
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Agency ID/Contract/Grant Number:DTRT12GUTC11
Start and End Dates:September 2012 – September 2013
Project Status:Complete
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Abstract:The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) s one of the largest metropolitan transit systems in the world, with an annual ridership of nearly 340 million [9]. A major concern with such a large transportation system is safety: each year, many safety incidents occur on SEPTA transit systems, particularly the Regional Rail Lines. Our work focuses on the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to be used by SEPTA. To analyze this data.

So far, our group has shown progress and completed the barebones functionality of the web application. After multiple back and forth communications with SEPTA‘s safety depart- ment, SEPTA has compiled and sent past incident data to our group dating all the way back to 2002. Our group successfully plotted more than 3000 incidents on a map of the Greater Philadelphia Area. Building on to our achievements from the Fall semester, we would like to provide analytical tools, more data for correlation, and live integration with SEPTA‘s database.
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