Developing a Mode Choice Model for Small and Medium MPOs

 

External link: http://library.ctr.utexas.edu/ctr-publications/0-6766-1.pdf

Publication date: September 1, 2014

Capsule summary: This report documents the development of mode choice models for use at MPOs throughout Texas.

Author(s): Center for Transportation Research

Publisher(s): Texas Department of Transportation Research and Technology Implementation Office


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Definition: A federally funded transportation policy-making organization, comprised of local government representatives and transportation authorities
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Description: Mode choice is a step in a trip-based travel modeling approach, in which the network user chooses a travel mode. In order to accurately assess the demands placed on roadway infrastructure, it is important to consider mode choice in determining the number of vehicles on the road. Texas DOT’s Transportation Planning and Programming (TxDOT-TPP) Division developed mode choice modeling for inclusion in TxDOT’s travel demand modeling process.

Objectives: The mode choice model serves to supplement long-range planning at small and medium-sized MPOs. The research began with a literature review, in order to assess existing knowledge and inform the agency’s approach. The TxDOT then determined goals and created the mode choice model, including the development of skims for various modes of travel.

Findings: This research developed a framework for the use of mode choice modeling. The project developed skims for multiple modes of transportation to serve as input for the model, and identified the need for additional research into the development of transit network skims. The model is not yet prepared for implementation.

Recommendations: The research team recommends the use of mode choice modeling as an element of travel demand modeling. The model developed in this study is applicable for small and medium-sized Texas MPOs, and may inform mode choice modeling practices for other agencies with similar needs. Suggested areas for further research and development include transit skim development methods, integration of mode choice into the trip-based approach, pilot-implementation of the modeling framework, and development of workshops on the modeling approach.

Research Theme: Innovative Data Analysis, Planning for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Transit, Travel Demand Modeling

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Transportation Mode: Pedestrian, Personal, Transit

Planning Scope:

Organization Type: MPO or RPO

Planning Subject: Analysis, Evaluation and Assessment, Forecasting, Planning Methods