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Wednesday, December 09, 2020
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted the Florida Hurricane Evacuation Survey to better understand hurricane evacuation behavior of residents in Florida’s coastal counties. Specifically, the survey asked about residents’ responses to evacuation orders for Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Michael.
Understanding hurricane evacuation behavior is critically important to Florida and other coastal states to keep populations safe. Households without access to a vehicle or with limited means to pay for travel and accommodation have historically been the most vulnerable in evacuation situations and continue to be a focus in the development of state evacuation plans. Substantial technological and cultural shifts in recent years, including the ubiquity of smartphones, increased acceptance of sharing rides or homes with strangers, and increased market share of electric vehicles (which may be difficult to recharge in evacuation situations) are all shifting the options and changing the choices that residents may make when evacuation orders are made. This study was conducted to improve the understanding of decisions being made in this new context, to support development of the Florida Statewide Hurricane Evacuation Model, and to help Florida to be better prepared for future storms.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
In this research, we developed and implemented a methodology to evaluate the life-cycle cost and benefit analysis of freight transportation projects based on our previously developed economic impact analysis tool, FreighTEC 1.0. A post-processing tool, FreighTEC 2.0, is developed to assist the project prioritization process for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) based on the freight forecast model -- Freight Supply-chain Intermodal Model (FreightSIM). FreighTEC 2.0 considers costs of the entire life cycle of freight investment projects, including planning, construction, operation, and maintenance, and estimates the direct benefits to the users and economic impacts to the impacted county (i.e. local impacts) and the state as a whole (i.e., state impacts).
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Florida Statewide Model has undergone routine maintenance, and version 7.1 is now ready for downloading from FSUTMSONLINE. This release incorporates edits to streamline the designation of hourly input link capacities during network preparation steps. Also included are adjustments related to the model scenario interpolation capabilities. Please note the version change to 7.1.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Letter from Dave Schmitt:
It is with a very, very sad heart that I tell you that Jeffrey Bruggeman passed away earlier this morning. Jeffrey was a highly respected travel forecaster in the industry, with over 40 years in the industry. He developed forecasts for major transit systems around the world and helped shape many of the procedures and tools that continue to be used today. Those of us lucky to work directly with Jeffrey will always remember his direct style, quick wit and hearty laugh. Everyone who knew him well can instantly recall at least one favorite “Jeffy story”. Jeffrey’s mentorship of junior staff is well-known: there are several of today’s forecasters who had Jeffrey as their first manager (including me!).
Jeffrey spent most of his career working for the company that would become KPMG Peat Marwick. He stayed with the closely-knit modeling group when it was purchased by AECOM, and retired from AECOM in July 2010 after 40 years. He moved from his longtime home in Springfield, Virginia to Cincinnati, Ohio after retiring to spend more time with his family.
His devotion to his work and clients was extraordinary. I know of multiple instances where major modeling problems discovered on Friday afternoons were (magically) solved Monday morning because Jeffrey worked over the weekend to fix them. During work trips, he made it a point to “know the corridor”. He made it a habit to stay and dine in locations that would be directly impacted by the transit project he was working on, and to experience their rush-hour traffic each morning.
He will be missed!
Stay safe and well,
P.S. The attached photos are from Jeffrey’s retirement lunch in July 2020.
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Joint Florida Model Task Force & Transportation Data and Analytics Workshop
Register (no registration fee): https://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx
Monday, February 03, 2020
The Forecasting and Trends Office announces a major update to the Florida Statewide Model. This new base-year 2015 model, with a horizon year of 2045, replaces the 2010/2040 model last updated in 2016. Version 7.0 contains significant improvements including a destination choice model, long-distance mode choice/short-distance mode factoring, a firm-evolution component in FreightSIM, and a feedback loop in the model flow. In addition, we updated trip production rates, improved the tolling methodology, and streamlined trip assignment reporting.
The new Florida Statewide Model is available for download at the Florida transportation modeling website: https://www.fsutmsonline.net/index.php?/model_pages/modDS1/index/
Thursday, January 16, 2020
To foster greater coordination and information sharing, the Model Task Force will meet jointly with the FDOT Transportation Data and Analytics Workshop this year. The combined meeting will be held the morning of February 26 till midday February 28, 2020, at a different location from previous meetings: Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista SOUTH, located at 4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746. To give us time to plan accommodations and print name badges, please register your attendance at: https://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx.
If you need a hotel room, please make reservations on your own. Please note the hotel reservation deadline of February 1:
Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista SOUTH, 4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Booking Link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50053023
By Phone: 407-597-4000
Group Code: TDW
Special Group Rate: $149/night, if reserved by February 1, 2020
Hotel Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to arrival