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FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office Completes Study of UROAD Factors

The Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS) specifies that models use an attribute referred to as UROAD, which is the ratio of the practical to absolute capacity of a model link. This memo demonstrates the role that UROAD plays in the Florida modeling context by examining the impact of different UROAD parameters on total assigned trips, congested trip times, and congested speeds. The UROAD factors currently used in Florida models are listed, along with other associated variable factors, like the alpha and beta parameters and the peak-to-daily capacity ratio attribute.


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Freight Economic Impact Modeling Training

The FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office recently developed a new add-on tool for the Florida Statewide Model called the Freight Transportation Economic Impact Kit. This FreightTEIK tool combines the statewide model’s Freight Supply-chain Intermodal Model (FreightSIM) with a multi-sectoral input-output model.  The economic impacts of efficiencies gained through freight transportation improvements are conveyed in terms of changes in vehicle hours traveled (VHT), vehicle miles traveled (VMT), gross domestic product (GDP), employment, and monetized impacts.
To support this new FreightTEIK tool, we will be conducting an eight-hour training course in two locations in South and Central Florida. The course will be offered free of charge in Fort Lauderdale February 27-28 and in the Orlando area March 20-21, 2019. Both trainings will be held on a Wednesday afternoon (1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.), continuing the following morning (Thursday, 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon).
In this class you will learn how economic benefits stemming from freight transportation are an accumulation of a multitude of business and transportation activities. The process illustrates how transportation network changes ripple through different levels of the economy to yield total cumulative economic effects. Economic impacts, in turn, might be the driving force to stimulate a business to grow, which may result in increasing employment or income. These impacts are captured by a variety of economic indicators such as gross domestic product.
This hands-on training will be taught by the research team that created FreightTEIK, Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng and PhD candidate Haitao Yu. Prior modeling exposure is encouraged, but not required. Due to limited seating, please register in advance for this class at http://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx.

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MTF 2018 Postponed until further notice

This is notice that the December 11-13 meeting of the Florida Model Task Force is postponed until a later date yet to be determined.  Internal discussions with management at first provided hope that the annual meeting could continue; however, we were informed last night that the meeting will require rescheduling due to the state travel restriction.  As reference, on October 16, 2018, the Florida Department of Management Services issued a directive following Hurricane Michael suspending all non-essential travel for state employees, as well as consultants and vendors doing business for the state, for an indefinite period of time. 

The Forecasting and Trends Office will reschedule this meeting at the earliest possible date after the travel suspension is rescinded.  No date has been provided when the suspension on non-essential travel will be lifted for FDOT staff or FDOT consultants and vendors.  The Forecasting and Trends Office will keep you apprised of any further developments.

If you have already made room reservations, please confirm your cancellation – (800) 871-5831.  Hotel policy is to allow cancellations up to 72 hours prior to the arrival date. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thomas Hill

State Modeling Manager

Florida Department of Transportation

605 Suwannee Street, MS 19

Tallahassee, FL  32399

(850) 414 - 4924

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Model Task Force Hotel Reservation Information

As previously announced, the December 11-13 Model Task Force Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando-International Drive/Jamaican Court. To give us time to plan accommodations and print name badges, please register your attendance by December 1 at: http://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx.

If you need a hotel room, please make reservations on your own:

Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando International Drive/Jamaican Court
Booking Link: FMTF Room Reservation
By Phone: 1-800-871-5831
Special Group Rate: $139/night
Hotel Reservation Deadline: November 12, 2018
Hotel Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to arrival

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Save the Date: 2018 Model Task Force Meeting

The Model Task Force will meet December 11-13, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Orlando - International Drive/Jamaican Court. In late summer or early fall, the FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office will send information to the mailing list regarding the meeting agenda, hotel reservations, and registration. 

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Multi-Resolution Modeling Training Course Announcement

The FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office will offer a training course in three locations:

Multi-Resolution Modeling

  • Feb 13-14, 2018 - Miami, Engineering Campus of the Florida International University.
    Feb 13: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Feb 14: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • April 10-11, 2018 - Orlando, FDOT District 5 Orlando Urban Office.
    April 10: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and April 11: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • April 17-18, 2018 - Tampa, Embassy Suites  - Tampa USF.
    April 17: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and April 18: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The workshops are free of charge, but seating is limited.  Please register your attendance at the link below:

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Model Task Force Meeting - October 17-19, 2017 - Orlando

The Model Task Force will hold its 2017 meeting October 17-19, 2017 in Orlando. Please register your attendance at the link below:

Meeting Agenda

The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Orlando - International Drive/Jamaican Court.

  • If you need a guest room, the cut-off date for the special $133 room rate is September 17.
  • To cancel your room reservation without penalty, you must cancel at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

We encourage you to make your reservations now as the rooms fill up quickly.

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