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Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Statewide Travel Model Peer Review Report

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Disclaimer

The views expressed in this document do not represent the opinions of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and do not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or specification by FHWA. The document is based solely on the discussions that took place during the peer review meeting sessions and supporting technical documentation provided by Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).

1.2 Acknowledgements

FHWA wishes to acknowledge and thank the peer review panel members for volunteering their time to participate in the peer review of the VTrans statewide travel model and for sharing their valuable experience.

The following list includes each peer review panel member and the agency with which they are currently associated:

Brief biographies for each of the peer review panel members are presented in Appendix C.

1.3 Report Purpose

This report summarizes the results of a peer review of the VTrans statewide travel model with a focus on recommendations for future model enhancements. The peer review was supported by the Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP), which is sponsored by FHWA. The peer review of a travel model can serve multiple purposes, including identification of model areas for improvement, recommendations for model enhancements, and guidance on model applications. Given the increasing complexities of travel demand forecasting practice and the growing demands by decision-makers for information about policy alternatives, it is essential that travel forecasting practitioners have the opportunity to share experiences and insights. The TMIP peer review program provides a forum for this knowledge exchange.

VTrans's overall goal for model improvement and motivation for seeking a TMIP peer review was to continuously maintain and apply a model representative of the state of the practice in travel forecasting that equips the agency with the support needed for informed decision making throughout the state. The peer review was conducted in four two-hour phone/web-based meetings: two technical background meetings including TMIP moderators, VTrans and associated staff, and peer review panelists; one meeting between the panelists and TMIP moderators to discuss potential recommendations; and one final meeting involving all parties to present these recommendations to VTrans. The results of each of these discussions and recommendations from the panel are presented in this report.

1.4 Report Organization

This report is organized into the following sections:

In addition, the report includes six appendices:

Updated: 3/25/2014
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