Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Real-time Visualization of the Bikeshare Systems Data around the World


Integration of Land Use & Tranport Planning in Victoria, Australia

Check out the following presentation slides on the integration of land use and transportation planning in Victoria, Australia:
http://www.mtf.org.au/site/files/ul/data_text12/1076625.pdf

"The Victorian Transport Plan is based on an integrated approach to transport and land use planning. The VTP and Melbourne @ 5 million bring together future transport and land use decisions to:
  • Increase development and job opportunities through strategic transport investment
  • Develop future housing in the established areas of Melbourne along the tram and rail network
  • Invest in new transport links to promote more jobs closer to new housing in Melbourne’s fast-growing west and north
  • Take pressure off the city and inner Melbourne by facilitating substantial employment growth at six designated Central Activities Districts (CADs), and along employment corridors in middle and outer areas
  • Support Melbourne’s growth areas with high capacity public transport links, nominating CADs, creating employment corridors and investigating the proposed extension of the Urban Growth Boundary
  • Support regional population growth through significant investment in more transport services that link regional centers to Melbourne and smaller towns to regional cities."
- Victorian Transport Plan 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MOCoPo: Measuring and Modeling Traffic Congestion and Pollution

The MOCoPo project is funded by the French Ministry in charge of Transport (MEDDTL), through the PREDIT (Research and Innovation in Land Transport Program).

"The MOCoPo offers following data and information:
  • A detailed description of the project with the presentation of the various data collection and modeling tasks; 
  • A map to present the detectors and zone where data where collected on the two lanes highway in south of the city of Grenoble (a urban area of about 700,000 inhabitants located in the French Alps); 
  • A document page where you will find photos, videos, reports on data collection description and eventually papers published (by the MOCoPo team or by you) with the help of the MOCoPo data; 
  • A data page presenting an interface that will allow you to download the data you need."

SF-CHAMP Model

SF-CHAMP activity-based model of the San Francisco area:
http://www.sfcta.org/modeling-and-travel-forecasting

"The San Francisco Chained Activity Modeling Process (known as SF-CHAMP) is a regional travel demand model that is used to assess the impacts of land use, socioeconomic, and transportation system changes on the performance of the local transportation system. SF-CHAMP was developed to reflect San Francisco’s unique transportation system and socioeconomic and land use characteristics. It uses San Francisco residents’ observed travel patterns, detailed representations of San Francisco’s transportation system, population and employment characteristics, transit line boardings, roadway volumes, and the number of vehicles available to San Francisco households to produce measures relevant to transportation and land use planning. Using future year transportation, land use, and socioeconomic inputs, the model forecasts future travel demand."

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cities as Complex Systems

"Cities have been treated as systems for fifty years but only in the last two decades has the focus changed from aggregate equilibrium systems to more evolving systems whose structure emerges from the bottom up.
Cities were first conceived as complex systems in the 1960's when architects and urban planners began to change their perceptions that cities be treated as ‘works of art’ to something much more akin to a functioning economic system that required social engineering."


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Active Traffic Management for Arterials

TRB released an NCHRP report on Active Traffic Management for Arterials:
"TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 447: Active Traffic Management for Arterials explores practices associated with the design, implementation, and operation of active traffic management (ATM) on arterial roadways.

ATM includes a suite of strategies that are used to manage traffic flow in order enhance capacity and safety." - Transportation Research Board