Impact of Land Use Alternatives on Transportation Demand

by Gene Bandy, Baltimore Regional Council of, Governments, Baltimore, United States,
Charles M. Baber, Baltimore Regional Council of, Governments, Baltimore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputers in Transportation


This paper documents a study conducted by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments (Regional Council) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Under this study, alternative land use growth scenarios chosen for hypothetical analyses were tested for their impact on the transporation network. The Regional Council staff made extensive use of MAPINFO and MINUTP software to conduct this analysis. Using MINUTP, these alternative land use scenarios were used to develop trip tables which were distributed and assigned to the network (after allowing for modal split). MINUTP and MAPINFO were then used to analyze and display the results. Comparisons were made of VMT, delay, and congestion under all three scenarios and also under the currently adopted growth projections for the Baltimore Region. While differences were noted, it is apparent that even large variations in land use policy will have minimal impacts on regional highway travel. More significant impacts may be experienced in localized areas.

Subject Headings: Land use | Federal government | Computer analysis | Urban and regional development | Mapping | Highways and roads | Computer software | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

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