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Travel Demand Modeling

The Regional Travel Demand Forecast Model is an important planning tool both for the evaluation of proposed regional transportation improvements and the projection of mobile source air emissions for significant regional projects.  The model is the most effective and comprehensive way to project transportation needs within a twenty-year planning horizon as required by Federal regulation.

In the regional travel demand model, traffic volumes are forecast through the interaction of transportation demand and supply. Traffic zones are defined to encompass areas of development that represent the demand, while the actual road network represents the supply. A network is developed consisting of a series of points, or nodes, that graphically show locations of roadway intersections and other elements of the network. Connections between nodes are called links. Links represent highway segments and contain information such as speed and road capacity. Traffic zones contain demographic and employment information, and are represented by special nodes called centroids. Each zone is attached, or “loaded,” onto the network by specialized links called centroid connectors.

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at jpierce@cmrpc.org

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