Incorporate Emerging Travel Modes in the Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) Tool

Performance-based planning helps local and state decision makers to understand the potential impacts of policy decisions, supporting cost-effective investments and policy choices that can help achieve policy goals. In addition, it can enable monitoring of progress and facilitate needed adjustments, help them communicate to the public, and assist them with meeting federal regulations and the intent of Moving Ahead fort Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP21). The Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) is a performance-based planning tool first developed by Oregon State Department of Transportation (DOT) (as GreenSTEP) and later adapted for use by other states in the form of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool (EERPAT) and the underlying basis of the SHRP2 C16 Smart Growth Area Planning software (SmartGAP). As the popularity of the RSPM tool grows and application cases expand, there is recognition that a deeper understanding is needed to determine how mode choices and mode share may be impacted by policy and investment decisions and how these mode choices further influence performance outcomes of the transportation system. This is particularly important when the tool is applied in a broader base of planning and decision-making processes to truly understand what may be the best decisions for the entire multi-modal and inter-modal transportation system. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is sponsoring a first phase research project led by this research team to incorporate broad stroke multi-modal travel choices in the RSPM tool. This proposed project hopes to leverage the ODOT and National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) funding to further study, along with existing modes, emerging travel modes, including car sharing, bike sharing, and autonomous vehicles, with stated preference (SP) experiments, and incorporate these new options into the RSPM tool. These modes have been rapidly gaining popularity worldwide, which will have long-term implications for car ownership decisions, fleet characteristics, travel patterns, and further system-wide performance outcomes. By incorporating these modes in the mode choice module, this project will make the RSPM tool sensitive to policies and investment targeted to shift mode share and enable it to evaluate futures in which these modes may become the mainstream, besides contributing to the emerging body of research that aims to better understanding these modes.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $279878
    • Contract Numbers:

      NITC 881

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Oregon Department of Transportation

      555 13th Street NE
      Salem, OR  United States  97301

      Portland State University

      Urban Studies and Planning
      P.O. Box 751
      Portland, Oregon  United States  97207
    • Managing Organizations:

      TREC at Portland State University

      1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
      P.O. Box 751
      Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
    • Project Managers:

      Hagedorn, Hau

    • Performing Organizations:

      Portland State University

      P.O. Box 751
      Portland, OR  United States  97207-0751
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wang, Liming

      Clifton, Kelly

      Dill, Jennifer

    • Start Date: 20150801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
    • Actual Completion Date: 20181101
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01607735
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
    • Contract Numbers: NITC 881
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 17 2016 6:22PM