At some point, all of us have been frustrated by U.S. transportation systems: waiting on a subway platform for a late train; standing at the bus stop watching the next bus go cruising past without room for more passengers. In these situations, we’ve all asked, “Isn’t there a better way to do this?” Soon, there will be, and it is thanks in large part to data-driven innovations.

With the forthcoming release of the long-awaited Big Data report by White House Counselor John Podesta, it’s easy to get lost in the politics and other distractions that come from any type of Washington report. Regardless of what the report ultimately says, it touches on the largest unfolding economic frontier this country (and the world) has discovered in generations: the data-driven economy.