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New FSUTMS Transit Modeling Framework

Update Notes (March 26, 2010)

This update formally releases an updated version of the FSUTMS Transit Model Cube Voyager application for Tier A and Tier B/C cities that can be imported into a regular travel demand model. The details are as follows:

  • Cube Voyager Transit Model Application
    This is the stand alone Cube Voyager Transit Model Application that can be "inserted" into a regular travel demand model to become the transit component of the model chain. The application incorporates the new transit modeling standards. It has five (5) modules: Transit Preparation, Transit, Mode Choice, Transit Assignment, and Reporting. The zipped file includes separate applications for Tier A and Tier B/C areas.
  • FSUTMS Transit Model Application Guide
    This document provides instructions on how to import the Transit Model Application into a travel demand model and describes the model procedure, catalog keys, input and output files, and the scripts that need to be modified to customize the Transit Model Application.
  • FSUTMS Transit Survey White Paper
    This report documents certain techniques in an effort to encourage more meaningful data from transit onboard surveys. The primary objective of this report is to advance the transit onboard survey state-of-practice in Florida for the purposes of better informing travel models of transit travel behavior. It is not meant to be a step-by-step guide. Some routine steps such as conducting the fieldwork, typical cleaning of the data records, routine data processing, and traditional calibration/validation techniques are intentionally not covered in this report.

Update Notes (October 30, 2008)

This update formally releases an updated version of the FSUTMS Transit Model Cube Voyager application for Tier A and Tier B/C cities that can be imported into a regular travel demand model. The details are as follows:

  • Cube Voyager Transit Model Application
    This is the stand alone Cube Voyager Transit Model Application that can be "inserted" into a regular travel demand model to become the transit component of the model chain. The application incorporates the new transit modeling standards. It has five (5) modules: Transit Preparation, Transit, Mode Choice, Transit Assignment, and Reporting. The zipped file includes separate applications for Tier A and Tier B/C areas.
  • Transit Model Application Guide
    This document provides instructions on how to import the Transit Model Application into a travel demand model and describes the model procedure, catalog keys, input and output files, and the scripts that need to be modified to customize the Transit Model Application.
  • Transit Model Development Guide
    This doucment provides background and describes the methodologies and procedures behind the Transit Model Application.

Update Notes (September 19, 2008)

This update formally releases the newly developed FSUTMS Transit Model Application that can be imported to a regular travel demand model. The details are as follows:

Transit Model Application

  • Cube Voyager Transit Model Application This is the stand alone Cube Voyager Transit Model Application that can be "inserted" into a regular travel demand model to become the transit component of the model chain. The application incorporates the new transit modeling standards. It has five (5) modules: Transit Preparation, Transit, Mode Choice, Transit Assignment, and Reporting. The zipped file includes separate applications for Tier A and Tier B/C areas.
  • FSUTMS Transit Model Development Guide This document provides background and describes the methodologies and procedures behind the Transit Model Application.
  • FSUTMS Transit Model Application Guide This document provides instructions on how to import the Transit Model Application into a travel demand model and describes the model procedure, catalog keys, input and output files, and the scripts that need to be modified to customize the Transit Model Application.

Update Notes (April 15, 2008)

This update replaces the FORTRAN programs used in the current transit modeling framework for REWALK (REWALK.exe) and TAReport (TAReport.exe) with Cube Voyager applications (ReWalkApp and TAReportApp, respectively). The Cube Voyager applications serve the same purpose as the FORTRAN programs. The accompanying documentation describes the application logic, catalog keys, input and output files, and procedures to import the applications into a model.

Transit Framework Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Framework Documentation
There are two companion documents that summarize the new transit modeling system for FSUTMS-Voyager. The Theoretical Framework document describes the theoretical underpinnings and coordination between the modeling elements. It mentions some of the key features of PT and summarizes the rationale for some of the new procedures and practices. In contrast, the purpose of the Application Framework is to describe how the elements of the FSUTMS-Voyager Transit Model are applied in PT and FSUTMS-Voyager. It contains many of the details and specifics, including settings for many of the PT control statements and keywords.

Customized Programs and Documentation
While many of the traditional customized programs have been converted to FSUTMS-Voyager scripts, some programs were maintained and/or revised to address unique needs. A summary report has been created for each program. It describes the program's history and purpose, logic and input and output files. The format of the input and output files is also provided.

At this time, there are three customized programs:
- AUTOCON develops the drive-access connectors,
- REWALK coordinates the walk-access connectors generated by PT with the percent walk data produced by GIS procedures, and
- TAREPORT reads the PT-generated loaded link files and produces two transit assignment reports.

Suggested Default Parameters and Sample Scripts
The following files are provided to give users a starting point when developing their transit models in FSUTMS-Voyager. At this time, path-building scripts and the corresponding factor files are provided for Tier A, B and C areas. Please see the Application Framework for a description of the tiers.

Transit Modeling Training Material

Sample Model

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