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New Release - NCHRP 08-36, Task 098 Improving Employment Data for Transportation Planning

The NCHRP 08-36, Task 098 report on Improving Employment Data for Transportation Planning has been released. This guidebook investigates three alternative publicly available sources of employment data that may be useful for transportation planning and travel behavior research applications. The sources explored in the report are the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and two databases produced from the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics Program - the Quarterly Workforce Indicators and OnTheMap.

Click here to download the report.

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TAZ Training Webinars

Will you be responsible for creating the TAZs and/or the "new" Traffic Analysis Districts for the 5-year CTPP data in your district or MPO? Will you need to know the process or be managing a TAZ/TAD delineation effort? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you will certainly want to register and attend one of two repeat webinars that will be held at the end of February by FHWA.

FHWA is providing two webinars that will feature a discussion of the Census Data TAZs/TADs, the delineation rules and time line. There will also be a demonstration by Census Bureau staff of the delineation software that MPOs and States will be using coupled with ample time for Q&A. Registration is mandatory and make sure to include the entire link when going to the registration website.

If you are having troubling registering you can email either Elaine Murakami (Elaine.Murakami@dot.gov) or Ed Christopher (Ed.Christopher@dot.gov) and they will try to help.

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New Webinar: New Assignment Methods in Cube Voyager 5.1.2

Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT In preparation for the release of Cube 5.1.2 Citilabs will provide a webinar to train users regarding the new traffic assignment techniques included in Cube 5.1.2. The enhancements will be delivered as a part of the Cube Voyager software already licensed and maintained by the Florida DOT and should provide significant run-time benefits to models which incorporate feedback loops. Examples of Florida travel demand models that have been tested will be provided.

If you are interested in attending please register at the following website: Registration Link

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August 2010 CTPP Status Report now available

The August issue of the Census Transportation Planning Products status report is now posted on the FHWA website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ctpp/status.htm

The "Status Report" is a newsletter developed by the CTPP Planning Group, friends and anyone else wishing to write about the Census Transportation Planning Products, its use or any other census data for transportation planning issues. Its purpose is to inform the transportation planning community on matters relating to the developments of the CTPP and other census data issues of relevance to their needs.

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DOT & HUD Team Up for Coordinated Housing and Transportation Planning

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan have announced a groundbreaking collaborative effort designed to help foster planning for more livable, sustainable communities - places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments are coordinated to better serve the people living in those communities.

Together, the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the first time ever, will join forces to award up to $75 million in funding - $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.

This joint Notice of Funding Availability means projects that apply for funding will be evaluated by a dual-agency process. Rather than have applicants proceed through two separate grant application procedures that might be on different timelines with different requirements, we're streamlining to create one point of entry.

For more information please visit the following sites:

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Federal Transit Administration’s Request for Public Comment

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on Thursday, June 3, 2010. The agency seeks public comment on how to best rate and evaluate significant transit infrastructure projects that are seeking federal funding. The agency is looking for ways to measure cost-effectiveness, economic development, land use and environmental impacts in the evaluation process. This process will lead to improved changes in the way major transit project proposals are selected to receive federal assistance in FTA's New Starts and Small Starts programs.

On behalf of the MTF we encourage you to participate in this public input process. If you would like to also share your comments with Central Office please send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please visit the following websites to gain more information and provide your input:

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Where are we with Urbanized Areas Webinar - FHWA

On Friday June 11, 2010 Federal Highway Administration in coordination with the Census Transportation Planning Products program will host a two hour webinar on the Census Bureau's plans for defining new Urban Areas.

These areas are important for transportation planning because of requirements for establishing MPOs and revisions to MPO boundaries, TMA designations, and roadway functional classification. This webinar is a follow on for those who could not attend a similar workshop held at the GIS-T Conference in West Virginia. In addition to discussing Urban Area boundary development, Census Bureau staff will discuss several other geographic related products and programs. Every 10 years following the decennial census the Census Bureau redefines Urban Areas. Urban Areas include both Urbanized Areas and Urban Clusters.

This webinar will begin promptly at 1:00 PM (Eastern) and run for 2 hours. It will include presentations along with time for question and answers. Topics covered will include:

  • A Brief Transportation Perspective on Census Geography, Ed Christopher (FHWA)
  • Discussion of the Proposed Urbanized Area Criteria, Mike Ratcliffe, Census Bureau Geography
  • Review of Census Geographic Area Programs and Products, Mike Ratcliffe, Census Bureau

Space is limited and advanced preregistration is necessary. If you are unsure that you will attend please do not register. If more than one person from a site can share one computer connection that will help make space for others. The webinar will be recorded for those who miss it.

To register please visit the following link and complete the form.
Webinar Link

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