Reflecting the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices on Travel Behavior in the Context of Regional model Improvements and Dynamic Simulations

Project: Research project

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Description

Reflecting the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices on Travel Behavior in the Context of Regional model Improvements and Dynamic Simulations Reflecting the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices on Travel Behavior in the Context of Regional model Improvements and Dynamic Simulations Recent dramatic and rapid shifts in fuel price contributed to a range of adjustments in travel behavior and mode usage patterns. It is imperative that travel demand models used to forecast travel under a wide range of scenarios be able to accurately and adequately capture the range of short-term and long-term behavioral responses that might follow changes in fuel prices. New sets of modeling tools and approaches are required in order to adequately reflect these behavioral responses for certain planning tasks. This project is aimed at documenting the changes in travel demand that have occurred in the Maricopa Region in the face of changing fuel prices over the past six years. Based on the changes in travel demand that have occurred, the project is aimed at producing a white paper that documents how the existing travel demand model system accounts for these changes in travel demand and proposed enhancements to the model system that would further advance the abilities of the model to account for behavioral changes that result from dramatic and rapid changes in fuel prices. In particular, the project will quantify changes in public transit ridership and usage that may be attributable to increases in fuel prices. This task order addresses enhancements to modeling procedures, in the context of planned model improvements including simulation of the dynamic traffic phenomena with emphasis on mesoscopic, microscopic, or hybrid traffic simulations on regional scale.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/1/097/31/10

Funding

  • LOCAL: Arizona Municipal Government: $45,010.00

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