Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2022
In this release of the Florida Statewide Model, we have fixed a bug related to centroid nodes being offset from the actual TAZ location. This affected about 20 nodes in mostly rural sections of the state.
Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2020
In this release of the Florida statewide travel model, we have improved toll-facility modeling capabilities statewide. This FLSWM version 7.2 contains (1) a network coding fix for 2045 initial capacity inputs, and (2) increased dollar amounts in the low, medium, and high value-of-time categories. These VOT categories are highly, but not perfectly, correlated to travelers' incomes. For example, most (but not all) high-income trips use the high VOT category.
The values of time now used in the model are shown below.
VOT Value (Dollars per Hour)
Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Florida Statewide Model has undergone routine maintenance. This version 7.1 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.
Posted Monday, February 03, 2020
by Terry Corkery, FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office
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 biggest change in FLSWM is a destination-choice distribution model replacing the gravity model for most trip purposes. The gravity model works best in a traditional metropolitan area with a dominant central city surrounded by suburbs. But on a statewide scale, Florida’s unique geography with multiple activity centers spread throughout a long peninsula have presented challenges in the statewide model from its inception in the 1990s. Destination choice allows the introduction of more variables than merely travel times into the trip distribution equation. These include sociodemographic variables such as household income and household size, employment types by two-digit NAICS industry code (North American Industry Classification System), total population within the zone, and land area in the zone.
Long-distance trips are divided between the automobile mode and non-auto (air and rail) modes. Currently the non-auto mode is very small, but FLSWM is now capable of testing scenarios involving investments in non-auto modes such as high-speed rail.
Value of Time and Income Stratification
The trip tables used for traffic assignment are now stratified by income and value of time to better capture the dynamics of individual traveler decisions regarding use of toll facilities.
Florida’s Freight Supply-chain Intermodal Model, FreightSIM, was first introduced in the 2010 base-year FLSWM model. It has been enhanced with a “firm evolution” component to reflect dynamic changes in the economy and the number of employees over time.
A feedback-loop structure allows FLSWM to take into account congested roadway conditions in calculating the final trip distribution and travel speeds.
Many other revisions are detailed in the model documentation, including updated zone boundaries and trip generation rates, as well as improved socioeconomic data forecasting techniques.
Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The FLSWM Version 6.0 has passenger and freight components and will run on Cube Version 6.4 or higher. The loaded model is approximately 32 GB, the unloaded model is approximately .5 GB, the loaded network is approximately 60 MB, the passenger and freight documentation is about 21 MB, and the freight reports are about 21 MB. The loaded and unloaded FLSWM contains the passenger and FreightSIM model, documentation, and the freight reports.
7/5/18 New Documentation Added: Use of the Florida Statewide Model (see link below): This document describes the Florida Statewide Model's design and organization, and provides guidance on proper model application methods. It specifies the types of projects for which this model is appropriate, and the recommended steps for performing analysis within a subarea of the state. Finally, the report discusses the emerging modeling topic of risk analysis, quantifying the uncertainties inherent in travel demand forecasting.
Posted Monday, January 06, 2014
This version (current as of 01/01/2014) of the Florida Statewide Model (2005 Base Year) runs on Cube Voyager 6.0.2 or above. See the Training Documentation for model set up and model features. Users will need a Cube Analyst license to run matrix estimation procedures.
Posted Monday, October 20, 2008
This version (current as of 10/20/2008) of Florida Statewide Model runs on Cube Voyager 4.2 or above. See the Training Documentation for model set up and model features.