Planning (and Planning Tools) for a More Multi-Modal California

This paper summarizes an innovative long-range land use and transportation planning effort and the associated modeling tools used to explore (and partly to encourage) a more multi-modal future in the Sacramento region. Sacramento is the state capital and one of the fastest growing regions in California -- indeed in the USA. The Sacramento case study centers on an innovative, three-stage approach to ridership forecasts for a proposed extension of Sacramento’s light rail system into suburban jurisdictions. The study and the tools it devised build upon land use plans and transportation planning databases and tools developed for the regional planning project sponsored by an alliance citizen groups and the regional planning agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); this project is known as the Sacramento Blueprint. While the Blueprint project has been very successful in informing both key decision-makers and ordinary citizens of the implications of alternative growth patterns in the Sacramento region, the GIS tools developed are too sophisticated at present for local jurisdictions (who have complete legal authority over land use decisions) to use to plan their own future growth. By contrast, the software and technical expertise required for the Analogue Station method and Direct Ridership model described herein is available to virtually all local planning agencies. Moreover the tools devised represent not only effective methods for forecasting ridership. They also serve to educate and alert policymakers regarding land use and other policies likely to affect ridership on a new transit line.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006776
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2005 4:14PM