U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Advanced Solutions to Capture Mobility Data Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a new Broad Agency Announcement seeking testable solutions that offer new capabilities for understanding multimodal travelers' decisions.

Advancements in techniques for studying travel behavior are needed to maximize opportunities for safe and effective mobility in an increasingly connected world. Although the future is impossible to predict with certainty, it will likely involve greater challenges with traffic management, greater interest in multimodal transportation options, wider options in terms of data availability and modes of wireless transmission, and a greater demand and opportunity for intelligent transportation management on a user and system level.

This BAA is intended to support research and development into new solutions to capture mobility data that will allow greater understanding of travel choices: where are travelers going, how are they getting there, and why are they making the choices they are? Solutions submitted under this BAA should advance the objective to capture and manage multimodal travel data to provide the maximum amount of usable information possible for analyses of travelers' transportation decisions.

The USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program is a research program that aims to foster transportation advancements that lead to improved safety, mobility and environmental impacts by promoting the development of advanced communications technologies and the use of existing technologies. The ITS Program involves all modes of surface transportation in these efforts. ITS technologies utilize multiple modes of communication, including the secure, low-latency Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) as well as other modes such as cellular and WiFi.

The Volpe Center supports the USDOT's Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) Program, which is the lead program conducting research in support of greater multimodal mobility. The DMA Program aims to achieve its goals by developing and supporting new approaches for managing and using increasing amounts of available and more highly detailed travel data. Through this BAA, the DMA Program is looking to accelerate advancements in mobility and multimodal travel management by developing more efficient and cost-effective ways to acquire travel decision data.

To see the entire solicitation please visit the FedBizops.gov website at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9ff883f57be8d48d61b5a83bfa671aa8&tab=core&_cview=0