Consider data ownership issues early when contracting with the private sector data providers and avoid limited use clauses.
Florida DOT’s experience with public/private traffic monitoring.
Avoid restrictive-use language in contracts with information providers.
Avoiding restrictive language in public-private ventures is paramount to enable public agencies to serve the public in the best possible manner. In this case, an interim solution was brokered but to what cost is still to be determined. One risk that lingers is the potential loss of use of the travel-time and speed data generated by the system in the next few years, after the public has come to expect such information. This situation could place FDOT in a precarious situation with the public.
Access to real-time travel times and speeds are valuable to traveling public.
To date the public response has been quite positive similar to the experiences other jurisdictions have reported when real-time travel times and speeds are made available to the public. Agencies should strive to provide these types of data to the public but be aware of potential restrictions that can be included in public-private partnership agreements.
Published By: Florida Department of Transportation
Source Date: 5/1/2005URL: http://www.floridaits.com/Newsletters/2005/May/05-2005.htm#ITIP
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