Guidelines for Developing Travel Demand Models: Small Communities

This research develops guidelines to simplify and standardize travel demand modeling in terms of a community size, needs and issues. The focus is on smaller communities with populations less than 10,000. Instead of using the usual computerized network-based model for all communities regardless of size, the guidelines recommend appropriately scaled approaches to reduce time and cost, yet provide adequate estimates of traffic volumes and impacts. Methods include trend line traffic forecasts, context sensitive solutions (CSS), geographic information systems (GIS), and/or manual travel allocation. As the size of the study area grows, sketch planning and quick response computer methods are suitable. The guidelines suggest available sources for model data including national and state average trip rates, and whether new travel behavior surveys are necessary. The guidelines also point to new tools for CSS evaluation, land development potential, manual trip allocation, trip distribution, and mode choice. Case studies demonstrate the guidelines and models.

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    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
    2501 Stinson Drive, Campus Box 7908
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27695-7908

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Institute for Transportation Research and Education, Centennial Campus, 909 Capability Drive
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27695

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Department of City and Regional Planning
    CB 3140, New East Hall
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599-3140

    North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Transportation Planning Branch, 1 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1554

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Stone, John R
    • Huntsinger, Leta F
    • Khattak, Asad J
  • Publication Date: 2007-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Phase 1 Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 182p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01152597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/NC/2006-58 Phase I
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2010 1:45PM