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Census Bureau Releases EEO Flows - CTPP Posting

Census Bureau recently released EEO flows (based on ACS 2006-2010) down to the county and place level. The EEO flows can be accessed from American Factfinder:

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Thanks Charles Barber from Baltimore MPO for bringing up Baltimore City and County workplace geocoding issues in EEO flows. Charles noticed that

"The BEA employment estimate for Baltimore City shows a decrease of (-59,800) jobs (-13%) between 2000 and 2010. Analysis of BLS and ES2020 also show decreases for Baltimore City employment between 2000 and 2010. The 2000 Census and 2010 ACS comparison show an increase in 7,500 (2%) workers reporting a primary work location within Baltimore City. BEA estimates for Baltimore County show an increase (59,800 jobs) compared with a small Census/ACS increase (3,500/7%)."

It seems to me that some of jobs in Baltimore county were mistakenly geocoded to Baltimore City. Baltimore City is an independent city and have the same street names with those of Baltimore county. We suspect this is the reason causing the grocoding issues. So if your areas have the similar county/independent city situation with the Baltimore county/city, we strongly encourage you to take a look at EEO flows and share your findings with us.

CTPP 2006-2010, which is scheduled to be out mid-2013, will be using the same workplace geocoding as those of EEO tabulations. That's why this issue is very important and if we can discover the problems early, we may have better chances to get them corrected in the CTPP 2006-2010.

- Liang Long, Cambridge Systematics

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Florida Model Task Force Meeting Announcement - December 5 - 7, 2012

The Model Task Force Tri-Chairs are pleased to announce that the Florida Model Task Force will hold a statewide meeting in Orlando, FL on December 5 - 7, 2012. This meeting will serve as a great opportunity for us to follow up on ideas and implementation strategies for future modeling efforts that were discussed at our last Full Model Task Force meeting.

To find out more details and register for the meeting, please visit the following link: MTF Registration.

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Transit Model Update Project Documents Now Available

The Transit Model Update Project was implemented with the purpose of designing and implementing, within FSUTMS and associated support systems, the changes necessary to improve the preparation of transit demand forecasts to a point consistent with federal expectations, and simultaneously to incorporate state of the practice techniques and tools. New model features bring the FSUTMS standard up to "best practices" for urban modeling in a 4-step model. To see more information please visit the following link: FSUTMS Standards

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2012 Florida Statewide Citilabs License Upgrade

The 2012 license upgrade for FSUTMS/Cube Suite is now available for public agency use, only as per the license agreement between FDOT and Citilabs. The file contains the license for Cube Base, Voyager, Cluster, Avenue and Reports, that is usable until December 31, 2012. To download the file please click HERE.

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New SHRP 2 Project Brief: Improved Models for Better Decisions

Decisions about spending public funds for transportation improvements often are informed by estimates and forecasts developed through mathematical models. The more closely these models represent reality and include important influencing factors, the more confidence we can have in spending decisions. Models that can provide a better basis for predicting how highway improvements affect congestion, for example, or that reflect the differences in forecasting freight demand and passenger transportation will provide a more reliable picture of future needs. The project brief describes five projects from the SHRP 2 Capacity and Reliability focus areas that are working to improve existing planning models, operations models, and activity-based models.

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November 2011 Newsletter Issue Posted

A new issue of the Florida Transportation Modeling Newsletter has been published and posted on the newsletter page. This issue discusses the current progress of the four technical committees under the Model Task Force, current MTF research projects, time of day enhancements to the CFRPM, and the release of Cube 6.0. The issue also provides updates on the 13th TRB Transportation Applications Conference and the online FSUTMS training courses.

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Panhandle Transportation Applications and FSUTMS Users Group Meeting

The Panhandle Transportation Applications and FSUTMS Users Group is hosting a special meeting in October for an overview of Activity Based Traffic Modeling. They request your attendance to hear the subject discussed by Dr. Abdul Pinjari and Dr. Siva Srinivasan. There will be time allotted for questions and answers after the presentation.

When: October 6, 2011
Where: Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM CDTL

Target Audience: Transportation modelers and community transportation planners within MPOs/TPOs/TPAs and local, county and state organizations.

Contact Person:
Linda Little, FDOT District 3
850-415-9217
Linda.Little@dot.state.fl.us

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