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FDOT District 5 announces CFRPM Version 7 training

The Central Florida Regional Planning Model version 7 includes an all-new roadway network and zonal structure, a GIS Editing Tool (GET), completely re-scripted Cube Voyager coding, updated trip generation and distribution, a Simplified Trips on Project Software (STOPS) transit model, a downtown Orlando parking sub-model, a new Orlando International Airport (OIA) sub-model, detailed documentation, and a Wiki website--among may other updates!
The multi-day training for the new model will be conducted virtually, over three (3) four-hour sessions on March 22nd, 24th, & 26th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. After each morning’s training sessions, the trainers will conduct virtual office hours from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  to answer specific questions or provide demonstrations of the model.

You may register for the training using the link below. Please share this with anyone who may be interested.


** The model files will officially be available for download prior to the training. A formal announcement will be sent out soon.


Day 1 – March 22, 2021

  • CFRPM 7 Overview
  • CFRPM 7 Cube Application Tour
  • Geodatabase & GIS Editing Tool (GET) Overview
  • Trip Generation & Trip Distribution Updates
  • Model Feedback Procedures
  • Transit Model
  • OIA Sub-model
  • Downtown Orlando Parking Model

Day 2 – March 24, 2021

  • Automated, Connected, Electric & Shared-Use (ACES) Vehicles
  • Toll Modeling/Managed Lanes
  • Simplified Trips-on-Project Software (STOPS)
  • Subarea Modeling
  • Detailed Dive into CFRPM 7 Geodatabase
  • Using the GIS Editing Tool (GET)
  • Running CFRPM in Cube

Day 3 – March 26, 2021

  • Examples of Using CFRPM For Projects
  • Other Tools/Add-ons
  • Final Thoughts & Feedback

Note: this is a detailed training specific to CFRPM, geared toward model practitioners and users. For more general training related to the fundamentals or an overview of travel demand modeling, you may visit the FSUTMS Online website for trainings and workshops.

We look forward to seeing you!

The CFRPM Team

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FDOT Hurricane Evacuation Survey

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted the Florida Hurricane Evacuation Survey to better understand hurricane evacuation behavior of residents in Florida’s coastal counties. Specifically, the survey asked about residents’ responses to evacuation orders for Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Michael.

Understanding hurricane evacuation behavior is critically important to Florida and other coastal states to keep populations safe. Households without access to a vehicle or with limited means to pay for travel and accommodation have historically been the most vulnerable in evacuation situations and continue to be a focus in the development of state evacuation plans. Substantial technological and cultural shifts in recent years, including the ubiquity of smartphones, increased acceptance of sharing rides or homes with strangers, and increased market share of electric vehicles (which may be difficult to recharge in evacuation situations) are all shifting the options and changing the choices that residents may make when evacuation orders are made. This study was conducted to improve the understanding of decisions being made in this new context, to support development of the Florida Statewide Hurricane Evacuation Model, and to help Florida to be better prepared for future storms.

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Life Cycle Cost and Benefit Analysis of Freight Transportation, FreighTEC 2.0

In this research, we developed and implemented a methodology to evaluate the life-cycle cost and benefit analysis of freight transportation projects based on our previously developed economic impact analysis tool, FreighTEC 1.0. A post-processing tool, FreighTEC 2.0, is developed to assist the project prioritization process for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) based on the freight forecast model -- Freight Supply-chain Intermodal Model (FreightSIM). FreighTEC 2.0 considers costs of the entire life cycle of freight investment projects, including planning, construction, operation, and maintenance, and estimates the direct benefits to the users and economic impacts to the impacted county (i.e. local impacts) and the state as a whole (i.e., state impacts).

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New Statewide Model Version Released

The Florida Statewide Model has undergone routine maintenance, and version 7.1 is now ready for downloading from FSUTMSONLINE. This release incorporates edits to streamline the designation of hourly input link capacities during network preparation steps. Also included are adjustments related to the model scenario interpolation capabilities. Please note the version change to 7.1.

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Modeling Legend Jeffrey Bruggeman Passes Away

Letter from Dave Schmitt:

It is with a very, very sad heart that I tell you that Jeffrey Bruggeman passed away earlier this morning. Jeffrey was a highly respected travel forecaster in the industry, with over 40 years in the industry. He developed forecasts for major transit systems around the world and helped shape many of the procedures and tools that continue to be used today. Those of us lucky to work directly with Jeffrey will always remember his direct style, quick wit and hearty laugh. Everyone who knew him well can instantly recall at least one favorite “Jeffy story”. Jeffrey’s mentorship of junior staff is well-known: there are several of today’s forecasters who had Jeffrey as their first manager (including me!).

Jeffrey spent most of his career working for the company that would become KPMG Peat Marwick. He stayed with the closely-knit modeling group when it was purchased by AECOM, and retired from AECOM in July 2010 after 40 years. He moved from his longtime home in Springfield, Virginia to Cincinnati, Ohio after retiring to spend more time with his family.
His devotion to his work and clients was extraordinary. I know of multiple instances where major modeling problems discovered on Friday afternoons were (magically) solved Monday morning because Jeffrey worked over the weekend to fix them. During work trips, he made it a point to “know the corridor”. He made it a habit to stay and dine in locations that would be directly impacted by the transit project he was working on, and to experience their rush-hour traffic each morning.
He will be missed!
Stay safe and well,
Dave Schmitt
P.S. The attached photos are from Jeffrey’s retirement lunch in July 2020.

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Model Task Force/TDA Agenda - Kissimmee, February 26-28, 2020

Joint Florida Model Task Force & Transportation Data and Analytics Workshop

Register (no registration fee): https://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx

 Joint Meeting Agenda

     MTF Data/GIS Committee Agenda

     MTF Freight Committee Agenda

     MTF Model Advancement Committee Agenda

     MTF Transit Committee Agenda

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FDOT Rebuilds Florida Statewide Model

The Forecasting and Trends Office announces a major update to the Florida Statewide Model. This new base-year 2015 model, with a horizon year of 2045, replaces the 2010/2040 model last updated in 2016. Version 7.0 contains significant improvements including a destination choice model, long-distance mode choice/short-distance mode factoring, a firm-evolution component in FreightSIM, and a feedback loop in the model flow. In addition, we updated trip production rates, improved the tolling methodology, and streamlined trip assignment reporting.

The new Florida Statewide Model is available for download at the Florida transportation modeling website: https://www.fsutmsonline.net/index.php?/model_pages/modDS1/index/

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