Conventional four-step travel demand modeling is overdue for a major update. The latest NITC report from University of Utah offers planners a better predictive accuracy through an improved model
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Research and Events
December 2019
New Travel Demand Modeling for Our Evolving Mobility Landscape
Conventional four-step travel demand modeling is overdue for a major update. The latest NITC report from University of Utah offers planners better predictive accuracy through an improved model, allowing for much greater sensitivity to new variables that affect travel behavior. Specifically, it accounts for varying rates of vehicle ownership, intrazonal travel, and multimodal mode choices. Used by nearly all MPOs, state DOTs and local planning agencies in the United States, the importance of travel demand modeling for project selection cannot be overstated: They are the basis for forecasting future travel patterns and developing long-range regional plans.
NITC Webinar: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities
Wed, Jan 22 at 10 AM (PST) with Becky Steckler and Rebecca Lewis, University of Oregon
Autonomous vehicles, e-commerce and the sharing economy are rapidly changing land use and transportation in cities. City leaders and planners are wondering how these technologies will change how they plan and operate cities. For the past year, the University of Oregon’s Urbanism Next Center and Sustainable Year Program focused staff and students on helping the cities of Gresham and Eugene navigate new mobility and emerging tech. The team has also created new guidance from these findings, "Navigating New Mobility: Policy Approaches for Cities."
Five "Small Starts" Transportation Projects Receive $100,000 in NITC Funding
We've awarded grant funding for a new series of Small Starts projects. Evaluated by the NITC Advisory Board and selected by NITC's Executive Committee, these projects will explore mobility impacts of construction workzones, transportation equity and barriers for low-income travelers, and the widespread impacts of emerging technologies like e-scooters and ride hailing. Newly funded researchers are Abbas Rashidi, University of Utah; Philip Baiden, Godfred Boateng and Stephen Mattingly, University of Texas at Arlington; Liu-Qin Yang, Liming Wang and Aaron Golub, Portland State University; Nicole Iroz-Elardo, University of Arizona; and Dyana Mason, University of Oregon.
Student Spotlight: Damian Matzen, Oregon Institute of Technology
Damian Matzen is a masters student at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He is a third-generation college student from rural Oregon who has always had a passion for solving complicated problems. He is currently working on research to make gravel trails easier for light-wheeled transit, making parks more ADA accessible. Damian has been awarded a 2018-2019 NITC scholarship, and was selected by NITC's executive committee as the 2019 NITC Outstanding Masters Student. As a recipient of this recognition, NITC is supporting Damian's attendance at the 2020 annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. next month.
NITC Research and Partner Update
NITC University Partners
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. NITC is one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah. We pursue our theme—improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities—through research, education and technology transfer.
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