Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Under the Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP), during March 28-29, 2011, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) conducted a peer review for its current Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM) and future Model Improvement Plan (MIP). During the peer review all Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), Transit Agencies and Caltrans Executive Directors and their technical staff were also invited to participate.
AMBAG's motivation for seeking a TMIP peer review was to ensure that AMBAG staffs, its policy board, regional and local jurisdictions have a state-of-the-practice modeling tool to support their land use and transportation planning decisions. In a specific reference to AMBAG, TMIP Peer Review provided very specific assistance for our future Model Improvement Plan (MIP). Technical and financial support as provided under TMIP peer review helped us achieve several goals.
Bhupendra Patel, Ph.D. is the Senior Transportation Modeler at the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), a tri-county Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Central Coast California. Dr. Patel has been with AMBAG since November 2006, developing and managing an increasing array of GIS data and travel demand forecasting to support the agency's transportation, air quality, land use planning, and climate change efforts under the California Senate Bill 375. He is responsible for modeling travel forecasting and analyses in these areas that meet local, state, and federal planning requirements. Dr. Patel has over 13 years of transportation planning and Travel Demand Forecasting experience with multi-county federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and have coordinated transportation planning projects and activities with various local, regional, State and federal agencies. Dr. Patel holds a Ph. D. in Geography, from Gujarat University, India, Post Graduate degree in Planning from Center of Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), India and Master of Arts in Geography from Gujarat University, India.