Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 40-06. Advanced Practices in Travel Forecasting

Transportation Research Board (TRB) Special Report 288 calls for...development and implementation of new modeling approaches to demand forecasting that are better suited to providing reliable information for such applications as multimodal investment analyses, operational analyses, environmental assessments, evaluations of a wide range of policy alternatives, toll-facility revenue forecasts, freight forecasts, and meeting federal and state regulatory requirements. Many Metropolitan Planning Organizations and states have developed or begun development of advanced travel forecasting models. This growing interest in advanced modeling reflects a greater understanding of the deficiencies of trip-based models in analyzing the complex range of policy variables. Workshop 127 of the 2008 TRB Annual Meeting featured presentations from 10 U.S. metropolitan areas that have advanced models in various stages of development, from full deployment to preliminary planning. Yet there has been no systematic effort to document knowledge from or experience with advanced practices that could be transferred to the larger travel modeling community. Many of the advanced models developed have been documented internally or described piecemeal in the literature. In other cases practitioners have valuable but undocumented information that could be found from survey or interview. This synthesis of experience and knowledge of advanced practices for metropolitan, statewide, and freight forecasting will be useful to agencies wishing to transition to advanced modeling practices in the coming decade.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20080630
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18050

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464458
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:42PM