Winter Weather Demand Considerations

In 2011, the "perfect [snow] storm" hit the Washington, DC commuting area during the evening peak period causing some drivers to spend 13 hours on the road. While it is widely acknowledged that severe weather reduces speeds and capacities, their importance cannot be determined without knowing how many drivers will be affected. Predicting the winter weather demand involves understanding the complexities associated with the decision to travel at a particular time. In particular, school closures, work place policies, storm characteristics, and road conditions influence driver's trip decisions in winter events. This study explores these influences and complexities. The goal is to examine winter weather effects on demand and estimate demand models. Toward this goal, this study involves collecting original data on citizens' travel decisions during snow storms and the dependence of these decisions on the above influential factors; identifying school and employer policies with respect to early closures during snow events; and developing snow storm related demand models.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $30000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

      Pennsylvania State University
      201 Transportation Research Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

      Office of Sponsored Programs
      1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
      Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Murray-Tuite, Pamela

    • Start Date: 20120901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33635

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01472285
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC03
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2013 1:00AM