Evaluating Twin Cities Transitways' Performance and their Interaction with Traffic on Neighboring Major Roads

Principal Investigator:

John Hourdos, Director, MN Traffic Observatory, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project Summary:

The four-step model currently used to plan and evaluate transitways is less than accurate when predicting mode and route choices due to its inability to incorporate dynamic traffic information and other congestion management alternatives.

Major goals of the Metropolitan Council's 2030 Transportation Policy Plan are to double transit ridership by 2030, slow the growth in traffic congestion, and improve mobility for everyone. One of the key strategies for achieving this goal is to develop a network of rail and bus transitways with mode choices based on a careful cost-benefit analysis. In addition, management strategies (e.g., congestion pricing) are implemented with the aim of increasing the transit system's ridership.

This project attempts to develop a multi-resolution traffic analysis tool to study performance of a transitway corridor, analyze interactions between transit and other modes, determine the impact on neighboring roads, and evaluate management policies used to stimulate modal shift. The tool will be calibrated using Hiawatha light rail transit (LRT), then applied to Central LRT.


Project Details:

  • Start date: 07/2011
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Transit planning