Identifying Transportation Control Measures: a Straighforward Approach to Identifying Transportation Control Measures to Address Concerns with Air Quality

by Thomas F. Rawls, Florida Dep of Transportation, Fort Lauderdale, United States,
Potluri M. Rao, Florida Dep of Transportation, Fort Lauderdale, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) exemplify society's increasing environmental concern. Regions not attaining the CAAA requirements must develop methods to reduce the pollution. One of these methods is traffic congestion relief. Regional traffic congestion relief measures must be accurately researched and planned to ensure the most effective use of capital expenditures. As a result, there tends to be a great expense in time and money in the data acquisition and planning, which leaves less time and money for actual implementation of transportation enhancements. One of the Florida Department of Transportation's regional commuter assistance programs, Gold Coast Commuter Services (GCCS), has initiated a systematic, cost effective survey and analysis procedure to determine and further evaluate short and long term transportation congestion relief measures for Southeast Florida. Employee and student (primarily for large universities, such as the University of Miami) transportation surveys determine the demands of the peak period commuter. A commuter oriented travel survey provides the essential data to determine detailed commuter profiles including origin/destination, population, attitudinal, place of work and journey to work data. With sufficient commuter data manipulation and a thorough understanding of the work/scholastic site, GCCS may recommend appropriate transportation control measures.

Subject Headings: Air quality | Traffic congestion | Commute | Quality control | Air traffic control | Air transportation | Traffic surveys | Air pollution | Florida | United States

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