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Integrated land use and transportation models have evolved along a spectrum with simplistic sketch planning models on one end and sophisticated microsimulation models on the other. While each type of these models has its niche, they are largely unable to balance the flexibility and realism of microsimulation and the speed and interactiveness of simple models. The Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) aims to fill this gap by taking a microsimulation approach but making other simplifications, to model first-order long-term outcomes of land use and transportation quickly. It takes into consideration the underlying uncertainties of long-term modeling by accepting a broad range of policy inputs and technology assumptions while allowing rapid simulations of hundreds of scenarios. The RSPM is one of a few operational modeling packages (along with EERPAT and RPAT) that have evolved from GreenSTEP, a microsimulation modeling package for state-level evaluation of strategies for reducing transportation energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Several ongoing projects are aiming to develop a common software framework for the family of strategic modeling tools and improve the policy sensitivity of multi-modal travel. In this study, we introduce the RSPM framework, and then primarily focus on the new development of a multi-modal travel demand module that links various policy inputs to households’ multi-modal travel and further to aggregate transportation outcomes (e.g. GHG emissions, traffic fatalities). We discuss our choice of model structures and specifications and then estimate the models utilizing a unique US nationwide dataset combining the 2009 US National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), EPA’s Smart Location Database, and the National Transit Database. This comprehensive dataset provides a rich set of variables capturing household social-demographics, multi-modal travel, built environment, and transportation supply. We conclude the paper with the results of validation and sensitivity tests, and a discussion of future work.


Huajie Yang is a PhD student in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University. His research interests include integrated transportation and land use modeling, and the impact of transit on traffic congestion. Now he is working on a project that investigates approaches incorporating emerging travel modes in the Regional Planning Model (RSPM) tool with Dr. Liming Wang.


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Development of a Multi-modal Travel Demand Module for the Regional Strategic Planning Model