Special Event Impact Study at Maryland Casinos

Three casinos recently opened in Maryland: Maryland Live! at the Arundel Mills Mall (opened in June 2012), Horseshoe in Downtown Baltimore (opened in August 2014), and MGM at the National Harbor (opened in December 2016). While these new gaming resorts brought new jobs, economic development opportunities, and tax revenue to Maryland, they also create new travel demand patterns which may produce traffic impact on local residents and businesses. Traffic conditions under these cumulative impact scenarios (Casino traffic and special event traffic together) often represent the worst case, but are not considered in traditional travel demand or traffic impact analyses. In order to comprehensively assess the regional and local traffic impact at Maryland casinos and incorporate the combined impact of special events at or near these casinos, appropriate data analytics and modeling tools need to be developed. The research team will develop a list of scenarios to incorporate before-casino, after-casino, and special event traffic conditions for analysis. Mesoscopic traffic models for each of the three casinos will be developed, calibrated, and validated against observed traffic count, travel time and travel speed data for each casino site.

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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $179719
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

    707 North Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Project Managers:

    Xiang, Hua

  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhang, Lei

  • Start Date: 20171106
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20181231

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01658765
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: SHA/UM/4-52
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2018 8:45AM