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Toolbox for Regional Policy Analysis Report (2000)

The toolbox report of analytical methods for testing the regional impacts of transportation and land use policies was completed in 2000. Although the report reflects the state of practices during the 1990s, it contains a wealth of information on analytical framework, evaluation methods, case studies and bibliographic references. Many sections of the report are still applicable today. To access more recent case studies, please go to "Tool Kit for Integrating Land Use and Transportation Decision-Making". For latest applications of emerging forecasting methods or integrated land use and transportation modeling approaches, please go to "Travel Model Improvement Program(TMIP)". Enjoy this web-interactive Toolbox Report!

The toolbox is designed for use by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state departments of transportation (DOTs), and other analysts who wish to assess a range of impacts in regional transportation and/or land use planning. Impacts of interest may include economic development, environmental justice, accessibility, land development, wetland and habitat impacts, and other social and environmental measures associated with transportation investments and land use policies.

The toolbox includes techniques ranging from sketch-planning methods and GIS-based analyses to integrated urban models. In contrast to project-level analysis techniques, the methods are primarily designed for analyzing the impacts of a regional transportation plan, regional land use scenarios, or other policies applied on a regionwide basis. The toolbox includes two primary components:

Case Studies - Impacts

Click on any case study to read the case study.

Case Study         Environmental Operating     Cross-Cutting
Land
Dvlpmnt
Trans. Perf. Access. Enviro.-
Physical
Emissions Air
Quality
Noise Energy Econ. Fiscal Distrib.
of Impacts
Cost Benefits/
Welfare
Albany, NY
(Land Use Modeling)
X X     X              
Envision Utah
(Regional Modeling)
X X     X X       X    
Montgomery County, MD
(Accessibility)
  X X                  
Orange County, CA
(Transit Accessibility)
    X               X  
Sacramento, CA
(Regional Modeling)
X X     X           X X
San Francisco, CA
(Accessibility)
    X               X  
SPARTACUS-
Europe

(Regional Modeling)
X X     X X X X X   X  
Tren Urbano-
San Juan, Puerto Rico

(Accessibility)
    X               X  
Waterloo, IA
(Environ. Justice)
        X X X       X  

Case Studies - Policy

Click on any case study to read the case study.

Case Study Land Use Transportation
Land Use
Policies
Regional
Development
Patterns

Micro-Scale
Patterns

Road
Investment.

Transit
Investment

Operational
(TSM, ITS)

TDM/
Pricing


Freight
Albany, NY
(Land Use Modeling)
X X   X *      
Envision Utah
(Regional Modeling)
  X   X X      
Montgomery County, MD
(Accessibility)
  X   X X      
Orange County, CA
(Transit Accessibility)
    X   X      
Sacramento, CA
(Regional Modeling)
X X X X X   X X
San Francisco, CA
(Accessibility)
      X X X    
SPARTACUS-Europe
(Regional Modeling)
X X   X X X X  
Tren Urbano-
San Juan, Puerto Rico

(Accessibility)
  X X * X      
Waterloo, IA
(Environmental Justice)
      X        

X = Addressed in case study.
* = Could be addressed using the same methodology.

Updated: 08/26/2014
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