Accounting for Commercial Vehicles In Urban Transportation Models

This study is a research investigation into how commercial vehicle trips should be handled in urban transportation planning. The study will attempt to answer the following specific questions: (1) how much of the traffic in a metropolitan area is attributable to commercial vehicle movements? (2) how are commercial vehicle trips distributed, geographically, temporally, and by type of transportation facility? (3) an commercial vehicle trips be classified into meaningful categories, amenable to modeling and forecasting? (4) what economic, demographic, and/or land use factors influence the magnitude and distribution of commercial vehicle trips in a metropolitan area? and (5) what data is needed to estimate and forecast commercial vehicle trips? How can this data be acquired? Depending on the answers to the above questions, technical guidance may be developed to help transportation planners better account for commercial vehicles traffic in their travel demand forecasts. This study will be conducted in two phases. Phase I will identify the nature and magnitude of the problem, summarize and assess the research done to date, and recommend an approach for addressing the problem. Phase II will complete the research and prepare the technical guidance, as appropriate. Implementation of Phase II is subject to funding availability. The following statement of work and current funding cover only Phase I.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Spear, Bruce

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

      150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 4000
      Cambridge, MA  United States  02140-2369
    • Start Date: 20030414
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20031016
    • Source Data: RiP Project 8046

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459223
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-98-D-00107
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:59PM