After SB375: Using Statewide Activity-Based Modeling to Assess the Impact of Sustainable Community Strategies on Regional and Interregional Travel Behavior

This research project proposes using the advanced statewide activity based travel demand model CSTDM, in combination with the more detailed interregional model SJVITM, for the evaluation of the impact of land use policies on travel behavior in California. Senate Bill 375 requires local metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in California to develop Sustainable Community Strategies (SCSs) to promote transportation investments and land use policies that reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) and car use dependence. However, still little evidence is available on the expected results of these policies. In particular, the effects on the border regions between MPOs are not easy to estimate. In addition, contemporaneous changes in the transportation system (e.g. fuel prices, modifications in vehicle fleets and transit supply) might create synergies that are, to date, largely unexplored. The use of the proposed modeling framework, which simulates all components of long distance and short distance travel, for both passengers and goods, will provide a consistent interregional framework for this analysis. The project will provide useful insights on the overall impact of land use policies on regional and interregional travel behavior, and it will contribute to the transfer of knowledge to the community of policy-makers to support more informed decision-making.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Davis

      Institute of Transportation Studies
      Davis, CA  United States  95616
    • Principal Investigators:

      Circella, Giovanni

    • Start Date: 20120801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33492

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01471041
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 7868
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 31 2013 1:01AM