Microcomputer Assisted Transportation Impacts Analysis: Hudson River Waterfront Development

by Bob Donnelly, Port Authority of New York and New, Jersey, United States,
Jerome Lutin, Port Authority of New York and New, Jersey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


Across the Hudson River from Manhattan, major office and residential developments are occurring on large tracts of former railroad and shipping properties in New Jersey. Much of this development would be located within walking distance of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid transit system. It could also be served by a bus/LRT transitway along the waterfront under study by the Hudson River Waterfront Transportation Office of New Jersey Transit. A quick-response travel forecasting method was developed, a model that is essentially a series of macro-driven spreadsheet procedures that allow planners to specify development assumptions for the corridor, along with key transportation parameters, and test them in a 'what-if' manner. The primary value of this system is that it allows for systematic sensitivity testing of the potential transportation impacts with respect to most key development assumptions (scale, type, and locations) and most transportation variables (trip generation, distribution, mode choice and PATH station and line assignment).

Subject Headings: Computer aided operations | Computer analysis | Transportation studies | Rivers and streams | Travel modes | Trip distribution | Rail transportation | System analysis | United States | Hudson River | New Jersey | New York | New York City

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