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Let’s Be Smart About Growth: Applications of Trip Data

In response to the emphasis on building dense and diverse mixed-used communities, traffic engineers and transportation planners need new tools to accurately estimate smart growth trip generation. Several tools have been developed, including the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) MXD trip generation tool. However, few cities have adopted its use. In part, there is a need for a more transparent method for determining just how “smart” the smart growth development is. Currently, this is determined using judgment. This session explores different approaches to quantify trip making characteristics, so transportation professionals can present realistic, but robust information to decision-makers.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss methods to address travel modes their venues/organizations are not currently addressing or could address better.
  • Provide background for agencies and consultants regarding processes, methodologies, criteria for impacts and mitigation, etc.
  • Provide initiative for agencies that may not have up-to-date guidelines to now update them as transportation needs evolve.
  • Share a different, more quantifiable method to evaluate trip generation for smart growth.
Jennifer Pangborn, Senior Planning Manager, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, St. Louis, MO

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