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Regional Travel Demand Model
To support the metropolitan transportation planning activities and decision making process AMBAG staff develops, maintains and applies a Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM). The AMBAG RTDM has been peer reviewed and meets best practice standards. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored TMIP peer review was conducted in 2013 to review the newly updated AMBAG model and discuss future model needs and improvements. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) determines what transportation projects are programmed into the RTDM. The current RTDM reflects transportation projects adopted by the AMBAG Board of Directors in June of 2018.
AMBAG by federal mandate is required to maintain two major planning documents: the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Plan (MTIP). These two plans and other AMBAG transportation studies rely heavily on the Travel Demand Model for predicting the impact of travel growth and evaluating potential transportation improvements. The Travel Demand Model comprises a large number of data files in order to represent the many facets of the transportation environment. These data sets provide assumptions on population, employment, income, roadway and transit networks and transportation costs. Using this data the model estimates:
- Traffic congestion
- Freight traffic
- Passengers riding existing and future transit services
- Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) emissions analysis by automobile
Bicycle Travel Demand Modeling Project
The Monterey Bay Area Regional Bicycle Travel Demand Model project analyzes bike counts, route data, inventories of existing bike facilities, and a survey of travel behavior to improve planning.