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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

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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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