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A Framework for Considering Climate Change in Transportation and Land Use Scenario Planning

Appendix D: List of Potential Performance Indicators

Provided by the scenario planning consultant in September 2010

The team can set up CommunityViz to model virtually any performance indicator whose value can be expressed in a formula. We also know that modeling GHG emissions from transportation is an area of intense study and that specialized models are required to produce sophisticated results. Our intention is to rely on external models for the bulk of the calculations and connect to them using CommunityViz external linking capabilities. We will use a combination of our team's own models and expertise, Volpe Center-provided modeling assumptions, published models and modeling coefficients, and reasonable planning assumptions for each model in consultation with the Volpe Center. Based on our understanding of the RFP, we would suggest choosing from the following list of indicators, depending on data availability and interest, but we are able and willing to make reasonable changes or additions at the request of the Volpe Center.

Vehicle Miles Traveled

VMT for total study area

VMT by town

VMT per capita

Vehicle trips by mode

Implementation Costs of Mitigation Programs: Capital, Operational

Total study area

Per program:

alternative fuels

alternative modes

roadway hardware

renewal generation in highway rights-of-way

operational improvements

pricing strategies

Per capita

New roadway centerline distance

New bike lane centerline distance

Preservation of Natural/Existing Ecosystems: Total Study Area Indicators

Area consumed by sea-level rise

Open space consumed by development

High-value conservation lands/wetlands consumed by development

New development on or near critical or endangered habitat: dwelling units, roadways, rail

New dwelling units within 1⁄2 mile of the projected 20-year shoreline

New impervious surfaces

Land Use, Social, and Economic Indicators for New Dwelling Units

Population: full-time and part-time

Dwelling units: by study area, by town, and by density

Employment: in season and off-season

Population density outside of open space

Land use mix

Building energy consumption

Accessibility Indicators for New Dwelling Units

Average distance to centers

Average distance to shoreline

Average distance to gateways

Population in transit service areas

Medium and high density dwelling units near centers

Medium and high density dwelling units near transit

Transit service area coverage

Bicycle network coverage

Transportation Energy Use

Total study area

By town

Per capita

On-road fuel consumption per capita

By transportation source or program:

conventional internal combustion passenger vehicles

gas-electric hybrids

flexible fuel vehicles

passenger rail

bus or BRT fleet

alternative fuel mix

Electric utility energy used for plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles

Greenhouse Gas, Ozone and Particulate Matter Indicators: CO2, CO, CH4, SF6, HFC, NOx, ROG, PM10, PM2.5

Total study area

By town

Per capita

By transportation source or program:

conventional internal combustion passenger vehicles

gas-electric hybrids

flexible fuel vehicles

passenger rail

bus or BRT fleet

alternative fuel mix

electric utility energy used for plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles

Updated: 03/27/2014
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