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Asssessment of Integrated Transportation/ Land Use Models, Final Report May 31, 2006

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The final report of a study focusing on four integrated transportation/land use models, including UrbanSim and PECAS. In addition to detailed descriptions of the four models, the study identifies agencies currently using or developing various models, and provides examples of the costs and other challenges they faced in selecting and developing integrated models. The study also describes greater benefits, some of them unanticipated, which resulted from knowledge gained by use of these tools.
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Completed

Report Abstract:

Use of integrated transportation/land use models is increasing worldwide as practical applications demonstrate the value of these sophisticated planning tools. Such models continue evolving from simple GIS-based forecasting models to extremely complex microeconomics based integrated land use and transportation models.

Modeling is not a “one size fits all” proposition. Each Metropolitan Planning
Organization or Department of Transportation is a different size, has different needs, is growing and changing in different ways, and has differing data, budget and staff available for modeling.

As part of this research, a system of information exchange involving the UC Davis research team, model developers, and modeling staff from Caltrans and selected California MPOs was created to eliminate knowledge barriers and provide feedback and criteria for model evaluation.

The practical information gained through this process is related in this report, which will become a time -and money-saving resource to agencies considering selecting and implementing an integrated model to evaluate land use policies, test transportation investment scenarios, and evaluate compliance with various legal mandates.

This study focuses on four different models, including two which are considered state-of-theart, UrbanSim and PECAS. In addition to detailed descriptions of the four models, the study identifies agencies currently using or developing various models, and provides examples of the costs and other challenges they faced in selecting and developing integrated models. The study also describes greater benefits, some of them unanticipated, which resulted from knowledge gained by use of these tools.

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