Activity Center Development Impact Analysis

by Frances D. Harrison, Cambridge Systematics Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA,
John H. Suhrbier, Cambridge Systematics Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


A flexible microcomputer spreadsheet analysis method is described for analyzing area-wide and localized impacts of new development in urban or suburban activity centers. The analysis approach starts with the specification of projected square footage of new development by type and location, and produces estimates of traffic, parking, public transit, and pedestrian impacts. Local data on building occupancy, trip generation rates, modal split and auto occupancy can be utilized where available, or standard national 'default' assumptions can be relied upon.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Transportation studies | Traffic analysis | Public transportation | Geomatic surveys | Management methods | Computer analysis

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