Transportation planners have long struggled with how development patterns and transportation networks impact each other. The struggle lies within accurately distributing future population and employment growth across the region. Where people live and work play a significant role in what the transportation network looks like.
To help address this opportunity, PART is leading an effort to introduce a scenario planning tool called CommunityViz. This tool will better inform the regional travel demand model by enhancing the results that help shape and inform each Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) Transportation Plan. There has been tremendous regional interest and cooperation implementing this tool.
MPO's, GIS and planning departments in cities and counties are actively assisting with getting the tool up and running. The project has involved over 40 professionals across the region. The goal is to have the scenario modeling tool calibrated and ready for use by late 2019.