PART Looks To The Future
The Piedmont Triad has approached transportation planning on the regional level beginning with the creation of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation in 1998. Over the past 20 years here have been numerous studies on congestion, growth, transit services and passenger rail in the region. The conclusions have all been the same. As a region we will continue to grow and with that comes increased congestion on major highways, longer commutes and higher transportation costs.
History of Regional Planning Efforts (Adobe PDF)
The #1 Challenge: As part of the Piedmont Together project more than 290 people attended the 13 civic forums held across the region. Over 200 ideas were generated focusing on the strengths and challenges within the region. Of note, the Top Challenge identified in the region was the Lack of Transportation Options. There are two reports that summarize the civic forums, a county by county summary and an analysis of the results. They can be found on the project web site at www.piedmonttogether.org
The lack of transportation choices is causing families and businesses economic hardship in the region. A significant portion of the region’s population has difficulty accessing jobs, shopping, education, and medical services. Only 10% of the population has access to transportation options such as transit, bicycling and walking. Thirty percent of workers in the region commute to a job outside of their county of residence. Half of all jobs in the region are located in Guilford and Forsyth counties. On average, local residents spend 38% or $1,144* of their monthly household income on transportation costs. There is a lack of stable local funding sources to address these challenges.
Regional Modeling Program
PART manages the regional modeling program in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Planning Department and the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Burlington-Graham Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).The program is jointly funded by each agency listed above and saves each MPO approximately $100,000 a year through PART’s coordination of the program. Regional Modeling Vision (PDF)
The program consists of four elements:
1. Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM) – RTDM is a multi-modal four-step regional travel demand model, designed to support long range transportation planning and programming decisions in the Triad region and in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Burlington-Graham MPOs. Click for more information
2. Advanced Freight Model (AFM) – The goal is to provide a safe freight transportation system, support the region’s economic well-being, and achieve efficiency in operations and investment in the freight transportation system. Click for more information. Click for more information
3. Transit Boarding and Estimation Simulation Tool (TBEST) – The Transit Boarding Estimation and Simulation Tool (TBEST) isa multi-faceted GIS-based modeling, planning and analysis tool which integrates socio-economic, land use, and transit network data into a unique platform for scenario-based transit ridership estimation and analysis. Click for more information
4. CommunityViz Scenario Model (CVSM) – PART is leading an effort to introduce a scenario planning tool called CommunityViz. Click for more information
PART’s Planning Department plays an active role in the success of PART Express and PART’s Vanpool program. These activities are completed in cooperation with PART’s Marketing, Commuter Resources and Operations Departments.