An Operational Platform for Modeling Multi-Modal Transportation Investments in the Northeast Corridor Megaregion

The institutionally-fragmented nature of surface and air transportation planning in the Northeast Corridor Megaregion (NECM) has significantly hampered the NECM’s ability to undertaken essential multi-modal transportation investments in timely and productive manner. Part of this problem is technical. Each of the 15 separate metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that have transportation planning jurisdiction along the 460 miles of I-95 that connect Boston to Washington D.C. uses a different transportation planning modeling and forecasting system. Even if the various MPOs in the Northeast Corridor region wanted to better collaborate in making megaregional-scale investment decisions, their disparate planning and modeling technologies would get in the way. This proposal will attempt to mitigate these technical difficulties by developing a collaborative megaregional-scale platform for comparing and evaluating alternative, multimetropolitan surface and air transportation investments. The proposed project will take two years to complete. Project activities during the first year will involve inventorying the transportation planning packages and databases currently in use by MPOs in the Northeast corridor region; building a new, megaregional scale transportation analysis zone (TAZ) zone system, and populating it with appropriate socio-economic and land use data; using VISSUM to build interacting highway, passenger rail, commuter rail, passenger air, and public transit networks that function at the mega-regional and metropolitan scales; and calibrating a complete 4-step transportation planning model for the most recent year (e.g., 2015) for which data is available.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $101198
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      LANDIS, JOHN

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01650974
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 16 2017 9:59AM