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The U.S. Federal Highway Administration Reselected INRIX for National Traffic Data Set 

Since 2017, State DOTs and MPOs nationwide have used INRIX speed and travel time data for congestion reporting and analysis 

KIRKLAND, Wash. – October 3, 2022 – INRIX Inc., a world leader in mobility analytics and connected car services, announced the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state and regional agencies will continue to use INRIX traffic data to assess travel reliability, congestion and emissions.

FHWA licenses the National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) for use by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), state DOTs, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to monitor and report on road system performance. Originally selected to source NPMRDS data in 2017, the FHWA reselected INRIX to supply data through 2026. NPMRDS provides comprehensive and consistent data for passenger and commercial freight roadway performance across the National Highway System and over 25 key Canadian and Mexican border crossings.

Every state and metropolitan planning organization in the United States uses NPMRDS. It is considered the baseline dataset to meet the newly established federal congestion and freight performance reporting regulation.

“With over 7,000 professionals across more than 325 agencies using NPMRDS, we are proud to continue to supply the underlying speed and travel time data that monitor, measure and improve many of our nation’s key roadways,” said Matt Perrine, Chief Revenue Officer at INRIX. “This federal reselection is further proof of the breadth and quality of our world-class traffic services.”

INRIX will continue its partnership with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) at the University of Maryland and other industry leaders to support NPMRDS through 2026. As the prime contractor, the CATT Lab operates the NPMRDS portal that transportation planners use to retrieve data and analyze, visualize, and understand road performance. INRIX and UMD have a long and successful partnership in delivering projects and services to public agencies.

“The CATT Lab and INRIX partnership has established datasets and services that have allowed hundreds of agencies across the U.S. to seamlessly meet newly established federal reporting requirements,” said the CATT Lab Director Michael Pack. “We look forward to continuing to provide consistent speed and travel time data to enable agencies to assess network performance as pandemic recovery continues.”

Additionally, 1Spatial and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute will assist INRIX in establishing and maintaining high-quality NPMRDS GIS location referencing network files based on FHWA’s Highway Performance Monitoring System’s NHS network. KMJ Consulting, Inc. will continue to lead customer support and aid in project management.

For NPMRDS, INRIX aggregates GPS probe data from a wide array of commercial vehicle fleets, connected cars and mobile apps, processing more than twice the data used in 2017. The NPMRDS data is subject to, and since 2017 has consistently met, data accuracy requirements in ground-truth validation tests performed by the CATT Lab across the U.S. Under the new contract, data updates will increase from monthly to weekly frequency in this five-year contract cycle. State DOTs and MPOs also have options to license expanded NPMRDS datasets for additional roadways, as well as analytics and visualization tools to gain further benefits from the NPMRDS program.


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