LSTW: Large-Scale Traffic and Weather Events Dataset

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Description

LSTW is a large-scale, country-wide dataset for transportation and traffic research, which contains traffic and weather event data for the United States. In terms of traffic, we have several types of events including accident, congestion, construction, etc. In terms of weather events, we have several types including rain, snow, storm, cold weather event, etc. This dataset is continuously being collected from August 2016. For more detailed information about this dataset, please read below descriptions.

Acknowledgment

Please cite the following paper if you use this dataset:

This dataset is being distributed only for Research purposes, under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). By clicking on download button(s) below, you are agreeing to use this data only for non-commercial, research, or academic applications.

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  • Version 1 (Aug 2018): In this version, we provide data which is collected from August 2016 to August 2018 for the Contiguous United States. In this set, we have about 13.2 million traffic and 2.3 million weather event records. Download data from here.

The next version will be available by July 2019.

Format

The data is provided in terms of a single CSV file. Following table describes the data attributes:

#AttributeDescriptionNullable
1IDThis is the identifier of a recordNo
2SourceIndicates the source of an event which is either T (traffic) or W (weather).No
3TypeThe type of an event; examples are rain, snow, accident, etc.No
4TMCEach traffic event has a Traffic Message Channel (TMC) code which provides a more detailed description on type of the event.Yes
5SeverityThe severity of an event, wherever applicable.Yes
6StartTime (UTC)The start time of an event in UTC time zone.No
7EndTime (UTC)The end time of an event in UTC time zone.No
8LocationLatThe latitude in GPS coordinate (only for traffic event).Yes
9LocationLngThe longitude in GPS coordinate (only for traffic event).Yes
10Distance (mi)The length of the road extent affected by the event (only for traffic event).Yes
11AirportCodeThe airport station that a weather event is reported from, or the closest airport station to the location of a traffic event.Yes
12NumberThe street number in address field (only for traffic event).Yes
13StreetThe street name in address field (only for traffic event).Yes
14SideThe relative side of a street (R/L) in address field (only for traffic event).Yes
15CityThe city in address field.Yes
16CountyThe county in address field (only for traffic event).Yes
17StateThe state in address field.Yes
18ZipCodeThe zipcode in address field (only for traffic event).Yes

Description of Traffic Event Types

Traffic event is a spatiotemporal entity, where such entity is associated with location and time. Following is the description of available traffic event types:

  • Accident: Refers to traffic accident which can involve one or more vehicles.
  • Broken-Vehicle: Refers to the situation when there is one (or more) disabled vehicle(s) in a road.
  • Congestion: Refers to the situation when the speed of traffic is lower than the expected speed.
  • Construction: Refers to an on-going construction, maintenance, or re-paring project in a road.
  • Event: Refers to the situations such as sport event, concert, and demonstration.
  • Lane-Blocked: Refers to the cases when we have blocked lane(s) due to traffic or weather condition.
  • Flow-Incident: Refers to all other types of traffic events. Examples are broken traffic light and animal in the road.

Description of Weather Event Types

Weather event is a spatiotemporal entity, where such entity is associated with location and time. Following is the description of available traffic event types:

  • Severe-Cold: The case of having extremely low temperature, with temperature below -23.7 degrees of Celsius.
  • Fog: The case where there is low visibility condition as result of fog or haze.
  • Hail: The case of having solid precipitation including ice pallets and hail.
  • Rain: The case of having rain, ranging from light to heavy.
  • Snow: The case of having snow, ranging from light to heavy.
  • Storm: The extremely windy condition, where the wind speed is at least 60 kmh.
  • Other Precipitation: Any other type of of precipitation which cannot be assigned to previously described event types.

Visit our paper to learn how we determine type and severity of weather events.

Coverage

The data coverage is country-wide. It currently contains data for the Contiguous United States. Following diagram shows the current frequency distribution of traffic events across 50 difference states in US.

Note: For the following states, we have no traffic data from August 2016 to August 2017: AL, AR, AZ, CO, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TN, UT, VT, WI, and WY.

traffic_frequency

The next diagram shows the current frequency distribution of weather events for the same set of states.

weather_frequency

Following diagram shows the current distribution of different traffic event types:

traffic_types

Similarly, current distribution of weather event types is shown in below diagram:

weather_types

Applications of Dataset

This dataset can be used for plenty of purposes such as traffic analysis and prediction, impact prediction, accident prediction, routing engine optimization, travel time estimation, and many other research applications.



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