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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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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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