Big data and the future of travel modeling

Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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New technologies such as smart phones and web applications constantly collect data on individuals' trip-making and travel patterns. Efforts at using these "Big data" products, to date, have focused on using them to expand or inform traditional travel demand modeling frameworks; however, it is worth considering if a new framework built to maximize the strengths of big data would be more useful to policy makers and planners.

In this presentation Greg Macfarlane will present a discussion on elements of travel models that could quickly benefit from big data and concurrent machine learning techniques, and results from a preliminary application of a prototype framework in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Macfarlane is an analyst in the Systems Analysis Group of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, developing and applying advanced travel demand models. His research and expertise includes trip-based models, activity-based models, integrated land-use/...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Topic TBD

Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Topic TBD

Friday, March 17, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Webinar: Bang for the Buck? Following the Money from Transportation Decisions to Outcomes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

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Federal, state and local governments spend roughly 5 percent of their total expenditures on transportation: roads, bridges, tunnels, public transit, ports, etc. Such projects and programs are intended to support the efficient movement of people, goods and services, but also impact livability and other societal goals. The 2012 federal transportation reauthorization, MAP-21, is calling for more performance-based decision-making.

A recent research project examines transportation decision-making in six innovative states: California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

This webinar will offer examples of current decision-making practices, note strengths and weaknesses, and highlight significant gaps in linking transportation investment decisions to outcomes.

Key takeaways include a suggested comprehensive framework for performance-based transportation decision-making and ideas for going beyond MAP-21.