Traffic Access and Impact Studies

This chapter describes how traffic access and impact studies are typically conducted in order to assess the transportation impacts of proposed developments and other land use changes. The proposed development could be a new office building, subdivision, factory, or shopping center. Proposed changes in land use might include the redevelopment of an existing area into an area that includes a mix of uses. Traffic impact studies project future transportation demands, assess the impact of changes in demand, and suggest ways for mitigating the adverse effects of land use changes in defined geographic areas. For these studies, transportation demand is defined as the need for movement of people and goods by all forms of transportation, including autos, car pools, transit, taxi, trucks, bicycles, and movement of pedestrian trains in the vicinity of a proposed development. The design and implementation of meaningful impact studies is a complex process. The results and recommendations of the studies are heavily dependent on the experience and knowledge of the persons conducting the study, as well as those reviewing the study. This chapter provides an outline of the analyses required with an emphasis on the collection and organization of materials and data for traffic access and impact analyses. A complete study draws upon data collection and analysis procedures that are described in this book and other related sources.

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    • This book was reprinted in 2000 by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Nelson, Donna C
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 142-167

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  • Accession Number: 01002933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0130975699
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2005 8:39AM