Evaluating the Effect of Complete Streets on Mode Choice, A Case Study in Baltimore-Washington Area

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) needs to investigate the impact of complete streets on mode choice. With the increased attention on pedestrian and bicycle safety this information is needed for the Travel Forecasting and Analysis Division's statewide regional modeling efforts. The following tasks should be included in the scope of this study: (1) Develop and administer a survey of travelers in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area about their willingness to switch to transit and non-motorist modes in the presence of complete streets. 2) Develop a new mode choice model using the complete streets concept. For example, access mode and walking distance to transit will be changed. Also, bus travel time will decrease due to having dedicated bus line. (3) Modify the regional model's (BMC or WashCog) Mode choice model based on the new mode choice for the specified area. (4) Investigate the systemwide effect of complete street on the area by comparing the base model with the design year (with complete street features). (5) Investigate the effects on pedestrian and bicyclists, or other short-distance modes of transport. This research would support data driven decision making on multimodal transportation decisions, including pedestrian, bicycle/scooter, transit etc. to help allocate funding where the most benefit might be observed.