Transportation Demand Modeling and Planning Issues
Date published: Nov 10, 2006
Survey consists of responses from 42 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in the U.S. regarding demand modeling and planning issues. Topics/questions include:
- What is the present population of your metropolitan area? Does your MPO conduct travel demand modeling in-house or do you use another organization (e.g. state DOT, consultant)?
- Which components of travel demand modeling are conducted by your MPO staff?
- How many full time equivalent (FTE) transportation demand modelers are employed at your MPO?
- What is your view on the ability to hire experienced demand modelers? Why?
- What do you consider to be one or two books available today on transportation demand modeling?
- What do you consider the best course available today on transportation demand modeling?
- Does your MPO use a formal procedure (release protocol) guiding the sharing of your model with consultants or other third parties?
- Do you require consultants using your MPO’s model to submit their results to your MPO for review?
- What is your opinion about the development of TRANSIMS at this stage?
- Does your MPO plan to start using/testing TRANSIMS components over the next two years?
- What do you believe are the main benefits of integrating simulation capability in transportation model networks?
- How important is it for improved techniques to be developed by software vendors and/or funded research for: Integration of land use and transportation models, activity based modeling, peak spreading, integration between micro-simulation and travel demand modeling and transportation planning, modal split, required accuracy of input data for the demand modeling process, freight modeling, trip chaining, the interaction between congestion on a transportation network and number of trips generated and trip distribution, speed balancing, parking cost modeling, carpool modeling.
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