Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Census Bureau is offering a training session that will review different ways to access ACS data from the Census Bureau webpage. On December 9, the Census Bureau will release the first 3-year tabulation (2005 through 2007) from the American Community Survey. Data for areas reaching a population threshold of 20,000 will be released. Previous ACS results were limited to areas that reached a population threshold of 65,000, so many more counties and cities will be included in this release. The geographic units in which you are likely to be most interested in are: County, Place (cities and Census-designated Places), and PUMA. Approximately 60% of counties in the U.S. will be included. Please read Full Story for more information.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Earlier this week the AASHTO CTPP Oversight Board met and reached an agreement on traffic analysis zones (TAZs) for the American Community Suvey (ACS). MPOs and states wishing to create TAZs will be able to do so during the summer of 2011. This is a change from the previous schedule (spring of 2009) and now gives everyone more time along with the benefit of knowing what the block level 2010 population counts will be when making TAZs. Stay tuned for more details.
In other news from the Census Bureau...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
To help FDOT districts and MPOs implement the FSUTMS transit modeling framework, an updated version of the Cube Voyager Transit Model Application has been developed to provide users a more generic application structure and easier to "insert" Transit Model Application into their models to form the transit component of the model. Please see the Update FSUTMS Transit Modeling Framework for more details.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Census Bureau has just released the first of a series of "handbooks" aimed at helping data users negotiate their way through ACS data. This first handbook, "What General Data Users Need to Know" will help general audiences understand the basics of the ACS, its opportunities and challenges, and how to access and use the ACS data on the Census Bureau's Web site.
The handbook can be found at
The handbook itself is part of a much broader suite of e-learning ACS materials that can found at
In addition, NCHRP Report 588 "A Guidebook for Using the American Community Survey Data for Transportation Planning" is a MUST HAVE for the transportation planner. It can be found on-line at
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
To help FDOT districts and MPOs implement the FSUTMS transit modeling framework, a new Cube Voyager Transit Model Application has been developed to allow users to "insert" the Transit Model Application into their models to form the transit component of the model. Please see the Transit Modeling Framework for more details.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The public version of FSUTMS/Cube Verson 5.0.1 was mailed out to all public agencies on Thursday, July 17, 2008.
Monday, June 30, 2008